Bhutan is one remarkable kingdom which has kept itself away from the globalization and the high tech war in the world by preserving its culture, religion and traditional beliefs with the unending list of things to do in Bhutan, exploring happiness, beauty and amazing tradition here is a list of exicting Bhutan travel guide tips do in Thimphu and Paro cities.
01. Visit Taktshang (Tiger's nest)
Care for some adventure? Trekking in Bhutan is a one of a kind experience. Taktsang Monastery which is also known as the Tiger's nest is perched on the cliff side of the upper Paro valley.
This temple is devoted to Padmasambhava who is considered as the Temple of the Guru with Eight Names and this has become one of the main attractions and symbols of the Bhutanese culture. Trekking can be quite a challenging task to get yourself engaged in the hike due to the high altitude and the hike which takes about 2.5 hours but the beauty of spectacular view of the monastery will give you inspiration to continue the journey.
As you climb up the monastery you will surely thank yourself for making in up to the top to see the elegant architecture, Buddhist statues and paintings which is a clear beauty of the Bhutanese culture. Tiger's nest is one of the must places to visit in Bhutan.
02. Light 108 butter Lamps
Lighting butter lamps is a tradition that has been added to the Bhutanese culture with the influence of Buddhism. It is believed that ignorance creates darkness on a physical and mental level. Hence by offering butter lamp as the place lightens up it will let you move from darkness to light and ignorance to wisdom on a mental and physical level. This is done in a very spiritual way where the person who offers the lamps cleanses himself before the offering and uses clean cotton for the lamps while a prayer is said when the lamps are lit.
03. Prayer flag offering
As you wander through the temples and villages exploring happiness, during your bhutan trip, you will not miss the sight of colorful prayer flags waving at you. It is not a mere act of adding colour to the place, these flags are hung with the belief that the person who offer the flag receives Karmic benefit which is then carried with their soul from one birth to the other.. it is also believed that the blessing and benefit is carried out by the wind which not only benefits you but the others as well. Holiday in Bhutan and experience the beautiful message sent out to the world by the simple lifestyle of Bhutanese where your actions should not be centered only around you but also around the living beings that coexist with you.
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04. Have an authentic Bhutanese cuisine in a Farmhouse with a Bhutanese family
Bhutanese cuisine is yet another awesome experience.. try visiting a farm house where you will be served delicious, healthy and organic food made by a happy family in Bhutan. Holiday in bhutan and try the combination of farmhouse cheese and chili dish to explore how Chili has become an everyday dish in Bhutan. It is ideal to stop by a farm house on your way to the tigers nest to take a relaxing break and a happy meal to reenergize yourself.
05.Learn about GNH
Gross national happiness is a concept which is unique to the Bhutanese kingdom.
While the rest of the world measures its progress by gross domestic product this beautiful country has taken the step to GNH where the progress of the country is measured by the quality of life and happiness level of the citizens. In a world where material development has become so important it is astonishing to see how Bhutanse are sticking to a non-material concept and it is clearly shown in the happy faces you will see everywhere you travel in the country and it is something to explore and feel.
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06. Picnic in the woods
Mystic mountain peaks and blue pine woods can be a great spot for a picnic while you are in Bhutan. Grab some fresh Bhutanese cuisine and head to the woods to treat your senses with fresh air all around you and scenic beauty that will capture your heart and soul
Why not try some me time in the woods and few minutes of silence as you get closer to the nature.
07. Photography (Every location worth a click from your camera!)
Every single look around this magical destination will be picture-perfect. No high rising buildings or the smoke of pollution to disrupt the beautiful surrounding and what nature has to offer you..
Get ready to keep your mobile away from calls and start clicking pictures as you are amazed by the Himalayan Mountain peaks covered with snow, tropical forests filled with greenery and wide range of rare animals that you will spot and even happy faces of people that cannot be kept away from your camera.
08. Enjoy a local traditional hot stone bath experience
Nothing like pampering yourself with an authentic hot stone bath after a full day of discovering the true beauty of the land of thunder dragon. As you relax and recharge yourself in the bath tub filled with herbs, the minerals will be added to the water by the hot stones which will ease out any pain or joint aches and simply put you to a goodnight sleep.
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Bhutan welcomes you to a hidden paradise where main goal of life is happiness, a place where happiness never leaves. Having a season for everyone to travel to Bhutan, the winter will mesmerize you with the snowcapped highlands as you soak yourself in a hot stone massage in the evening to add bliss and serenity
09. Play high altitude golf
Ever played golf while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountains bathed with snow flakes?? In the heart of Thimphu you will find one of the most captivating nine hole golf course which is set 2800 meters above the sea level. Golf not only becomes an activity but a beautiful unforgettable experience in Bhutan!
10. Practice yoga and meditation
The slow and calm lifestyle is not something just implanted in the mindset of people, it is displayed by the natural surrounding which is also calm and quiet that you will sometimes wonder this place can exist on 21st century. Many resorts offer yoga and meditation centers where you can practice silence and reach a state of mindfulness or you could head to the lush greenery right outside the resort and get yourself involved in a meditation or yoga session where your mind and body comes to a synchronization to give you peace and calmness that rarely exist in the busy everyday world you live in.Holiday in Bhutan is a vacation garenteed with blissful thoughts and practices.