By Koustav Sarkar
Bhutan, The Land of the Thunder Dragon
Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. The country’s landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north. Bhutanese are environmental friendly and mainly focus on preserving their natural resources and rich culture. Bhutan ranks first in economic freedom, peace and is the least corrupted country in the world.
Q] Activity anyone travelling to this region should not miss?
There is so much to do when you’re in Bhutan, like archery, river rafting, hiking, but soaking yourself in a traditional Hot Stone bath is something one must experience when in Bhutan.
Q] One thing you must pack when travelling to Bhutan?
You definitely want to pack good walking shoes and warm clothes, as you will be using them a lot.
Q] Something that one must buy when they are in Bhutan?
Bhutan is known for its unique, rich hand-woven textiles and interesting painting styles. So one should definitely buy Bhutanese handicraft, gold and sliver jewellery, handmade wooden bowls, Buddhist paintings and sculptures. You can buy them at Thimphu, Paro and Phuntsheoling which are some of the major shopping centres in Bhutan.
Q] Which are the best places to capture memories when in Bhutan?
Some great picture spots are Tigers nest, Paro dzong and Punakha Suspension Bridge. Don’t forget to take amazing panoramic pictures at Buddha’s point, BBS tower, Dochula and Chelela.
Q] Any place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?
Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan, this place offers a 360-degree views of the Himalayas making every sunset and sunrise a surreal experience.
Q] The best place to try authentic local food?
Some of the best places to try authentic Bhutanese cuisine are The Folk Heritage Museum restaurant, Babesa Village restaurant and The Bhutanese which are all located in Thimphu.
Q] Which are the local delicacies which one must try when in Bhutan?
Ema datshi and Ara are famous Bhutanese curries which one must try. The local wine and beer here are good too.
Q] Which is the best time to visit Bhutan?
October to December is the best time to visit Bhutan.
Q] Any local festivals that a travellers must come visit?
Thimphu Tshechu is the biggest and the most vibrant festival which every traveller must visit when in Bhutan.
Q] Can you describe Bhutan in one sentence
Bhutan is vibrant and filled with culture.