The Bhutanese way of life is deeply rooted in tradition and culture. The Bhutanese people place a strong emphasis on Buddhism, with the teachings of the religion influencing all aspects of daily life. The country is also known for its unique measure of progress, the Gross National Happiness Index, which prioritizes the well-being of its citizens over economic growth. The Bhutanese culture is also heavily influenced by the natural environment, with many people living in rural areas and relying on farming and livestock for their livelihoods. The Bhutanese people are known for their strong sense of community, respect for their elders, and traditional customs. The Bhutanese way of life is characterized by a balance between preserving tradition and embracing modernity.
DAY 1 – PARO: Bhutan’s second-largest city
Arrive at this adventurous travel haven. Hike to the rarely visited cliffside temple complex of Dzongdrakha, which is perched high above the valley. Admire the views of Paro, the second-largest city in Bhutan, as you pass nomads making their way from the high mountains into the city.
Join remote communities coming together to dance, be happy, and share in Guru Rinpoche’s teachings.
DAY 2 –3 : Punakha: Handsome Traditional Homes And Rural Villages
View the panorama of snow-capped Himalayan peaks at the Dochula Pass. Explore a section of the storied Trans Bhutan Trail through hiking. Learn about the 108 memorial stupas (chortens) constructed along the pass while sipping tea.
Climb to the 14th-century temple Chorten Nebu, which can only be reached on foot. A genuine glimpse of traditional Bhutanese culture is provided through a warm welcome. Discover valley views and vibrant prayer flags while climbing the herders’ routes.
On our way to the gorgeous riverfront Punakha Dzong, Bhutan’s winter capital, we raft down the Punakha Pochu River.
DAY 4 – 5 : Phobjikha: Wilderness Valley
This area is untamed. A valley with peacefulness, pleasant breeze, and boundless stretches of green studded with cows!
Visit the phobjips and stroll to old-fashioned farms. Immerse yourself in the neighborhood by taking a traditional hot stone bath, dining with the residents in their elegant houses, helping to make cheese and butter, practicing your archery, and more. Join the monks at the Gangtey monastery for an early morning “thruesel,” a self-cleansing ceremony, raise prayer flags and explore old Buddhist customs that are an important part of the neighborhood to deepen your spirituality.
Additionally, “you have not truly visited Phobjikha unless you have walked it,” so trek historic routes, meander through crane roosting areas, and take advantage of unanticipated chances. The key is adaptability.
DAY 6 – 7 : Bumthang: Immersion Into Old Bhutan
Stay at a manor home, which has been impactfully and completely preserved. Living here is a wonderful immersion into Old Bhutan. Meet Ashi Kunzang Choden, the host of this breathtaking location, and learn about the great range of artifacts linked to life in the Tang Valley through many centuries.
Visit MembarTsho in the Tang Valley, where Pema Lingpa dove into the lake to retrieve “termas” (hidden Buddhist teachings). It feels tragically real.
Try the renowned red panda beer, honey, and iconic cheese that Fritz Maurer, a Swiss immigrant, first brought to Bhutan.
DAY 8: Paro: Medieval Monasteries
Take a challenging afternoon uphill hike to the 11th-century Zuri Dzong. From here, follow the ridge to the National Museum before descending to the Rinpung Dzong to go to the archery ranges and the charming Paro township, crossing the traditional wooden Nyami zam.
Day 9 : Hike To Tigers Nest
Taksang is devoted to Guru Padmasambhava, the Buddhist spiritual leader credited for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan in the eighth century. One of the many legends surrounding him claims that he traveled from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat a demon in its mountaintop cave, giving rise to the name Tiger’s Nest.
The trail has some tricky terrain and is extremely steep. The View of Views, which looks across the gap to the monastery, may be enjoyed after you reach the steepest part of the trek. A strenuous climb (all steps) leads from here down one side of the mountain and back up the other (and then back again).
Day 10: Departure
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