By Meenakshi Shankar
Tucked into the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan gives you a time travelling experience. Meenakshi Shankar explores the gorgeous country – The Roof of the world’ as Bhutan is known, which took her breath away.
Its is a magical land inhabited by magical people. While a monk laughing and dancing in the snow at dawn on top of a mountain is beautiful, it is hardly surprising. Here, I think, almost everything is magical and almost anything is possible”.
1. Head out on a hike in Paro Valley
The Paro Valley resembles an Oriental version of Switzerland, with plots of wheat and barley, rice fields and the valley floor gleaming silver with irrigation channels that flow from the Paro River.
The valley’s spectacular scenery leaves us breathless (it’s more than just the high altitude). Green fields, isolated farms, cozy hamlets and more.
Southwards, is the habitat of elephant and tigers. The transition from north to south, from mountains to plains and cold to hot, is repeated across Bhutan.
Must see along the way
The Taktsang Monastery which defies logic, gravity, and reason: it clings impossibly and precariously to a sheer granite cliff almost a kilometer above Paro valley.
2. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the river side
Whilst you explore Punakha Valley – along the Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch on the banks of the Punak Chu – surrounded by lush green. Nature at its best seduces you to unwind. Watch the drifting clouds as they float by, feel the stress ebb away from you whilst you drink in the surreal scenery.
3. Explore the gorgeous nature and the mystical culture
Dzongs, endless streams, incredible mountain views, superb architecture, warm and friendly people welcome you.
4. Explore the valleys
Traveling through Bhutan’s ethereal landscape on the way to wild center, pass countless golden roofed monasteries, temples and prayer flag covering the hilltops; navigate endless emerald valleys and ancient forests with now capped Himalayan peaks in the back ground throughout your journey.
5. The magic of Thimphu Festival (Tsechu)
One of the grandest of Bhutan’s festivals and attracts the largest audience. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan.
Check out our Wanderers Group Tour on Bhutan