One of the most interesting destinations in the world, Bhutan is a Himalayan kingdom shrouded in magic and mystery. Things to do in Bhutan.
Wedged in-between India and China, in the high altitudes of the Himalayas, this is a remote Buddhist kingdom with soaring peaks, majestic monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, and incredible trekking.
It is perhaps one of the most authentic cultural experiences left in the world. Closed to the outside world until the 1970’s, restrictions on tourism have preserved one of the most fascinating cultures on earth, in a pristine mountain environment, which has hardly changed throughout the centuries.
So there are many unique and incredible things to do. Here are four ideas you should add to your Bhutan itinerary.
Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, all your travel arrangements must be made through a Bhutanese tour operator (the government prioritizes “high value, low impact” tourism). Many people therefore opt to travel with a tour company, like Kandoo Adventures – Bhutan.
Things to Do in Bhutan: Add These to Your Itinerary!
Try Your Hand in Archery
Archery is the country’s national sport, and one of the most popular things to do in Bhutan. At any location in Bhutan, you will find men shooting arrows. It would be fun to try a hand in this cultural part of the people of Bhutan, as you bond and learn more about their culture.
You will also enjoy how the females’ cheer as the men aim for the bull’s eye. It’s definitely a game that will make you fall in love with the people with Bhutan.
Go Looking for a Yeti
The Yeti is a legendary bear that almost every village in Bhutan claims to have a close encounter with. The legend is so strong that young children are taught how to act in case they come into contact with the Yeti.
Quite interesting right? Why not join the locals in searching for this legendary creature. You never know, you might go home a hero after finding what the people of Bhutan have been searching for, for centuries.
Take a Walk to the Unknown
Bhutan is surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in the world. As such, it has extensive forests that tourists can take walks in, as they test their ability to confidently walk into the unknown. Bhutan sightseeing.
Think about the adrenalin surge you would get as you through the forest not knowing where exactly you are going. Even better is the fact that these treks allow you to watch the different bird species that call Bhutan home.
The walk into the unknown is definitely an experience to remember. The experience in itself is worth more than selfies and photos.
Take a Shot at Increasing Your Happiness
Bhutan has an interesting way of measuring progress. It’s called the gross national happiness. Under this system, all government policies are geared towards happiness. Add happiness to your Bhutan itinerary!
As a tourist, why not take a shot at some of the things that the people of Bhutan do for happiness. After all, it wouldn’t hurt to temporarily escape from the world you live in, one that is ruled by money as a measure of satisfaction.
Do it the Bhutan way, watch the turtles swim, meditate with the monks, and so much more.
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Photo credits: Hands of an archer by Marina & Enrique.