Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren't just a seasoning but the main ingredient. It's also a deeply Buddhist land, where monasteries are part of the mainstream, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses. While it visibly maintains its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is a living museum. You will find the Bhutanese well educated, fun loving and vibrant. The Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable approach to tourism in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. When you visit Bhutan, you will become one of the few who have experienced the natural charm of the first country where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product. By law, at least 60% of the country must remain forested for all future generations. You will experience Bhutan's natural wonders first-hand when travelling the mountain passes – resplendent with rhododendron blossom in spring. Botanical riches and unique mammals and birds are protected in several national parks, and a mountain trek is one of the best ways to experience the Himalaya. If it's not 'Shangri La', it's as close as it gets.
Extreme Himalayan Biking Kathmandu, Paro, Druk-flight over Everest, Makalu and Kangchendzonga (three of the world's highest mountains), Thimpu, Thimpu River, King's Memorial Chorten, Silversmith and Pottery workshops, Rare Traditional medicine hospitals, Buddhist thangkha painting school, the National Library (repository of undiscovered ancient teachings), Yak Textiles market, Wangdi, Dochu La Himalayan Pass, Lunana, Punakha Valley, Gangtey, Black Mountains, Nobding, Ura, Mongar, Thumsing La (12,160 feet), Lingmithang, Tashigang, Jomo Lhari, Samdrup Jongkhar. (Daily Avg: 46 mi / 75 km) Best weather: March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November 17 Days Bicycle + Mountains + Ancient Cultures + ForestsInquire   Invite Members   Add To WishList
Bhutan Culture Paro, National Museum, Thimphu, Chortens, Dochula Pass, Wangdue ("this place inspired the Indian Movie 3 Idiots"), Gangtey Monastery, Black Mountains, Phobjikha Valley, Pelela Pass, Mt. Jhomolhari, Trongsa Dzong, Chendebji Choten, Jakar Dzong, Yotongla Pass, Chumey Village, Bumthang Valley, Punakha Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang, Chimi Lhakhang, Haa Valley, Tigers Nest, Taktshang Goemba (Tigers Nest Monastery) Total: 373 mi / 601 km (Daily Avg: 46 mi / 75 km) Best weather: March, April, June, July, August, September, October, NovemberInquire   Invite Members   Add To WishList