Things to do in Bhutan
Bhutan has so much to offer when comes to trekking. From a satisfying day trek to grueling 31 day adventure hike, it has everything one could think of. Trekking in Himalayas is in the bucket list of many trek lovers.
Cycling acquiring popularity between tourists and locals alike. Bhutan offers cycling from paved road to challenging off-roads. The routes mostly meander through small towns and villages with no traffic and only you and your group.
Rafting & Kayaking:
Rafting and Kayaking through the glacial-melt of Himalayas is one of the spine chilling experiences. Like cycling and trekking, water activities also has ranges varies from slow gentle flow to raging strong currents. The best time for rafting and kayaking is from March to April and November to December.
Attending a festival is unique and special thing in Bhutan. Bhutan offers lots of festival throughout the year across the entire country and the most popular festival being Paro and Thimphu Tshechus. The exclusive mask dance of Bhutan is the highlight of festival. There are lots of other village festivals famous on their own way. So while booking tickets to Bhutan research of festivals dates and plan your trip accommodating one.
#1: Major food franchises like McDonald, KFC, Starbucks, etc. are not to be found in Bhutan but all kind of cuisines are easily available.
# 2: Indian Rupee is widely accepted throughout Bhutan in addition to its currency Ngultrum. Indian travelers are not required to convert INR to Ngultrum but ensure all excess Ngultrum are traded off before leaving Bhutan.
# 3: Almost all Dzongs and other tourist spots are closed by 5 P.M, so plan your day’s trip accordingly.
# 4: Bhutan is completely safe. People can stay out even at 10 P.M especially in Paro and Thimphu.
# 5: Bhutanese speak English and Hindi quite commonly and are friendly & helpful. Cops are approachable and affable.
# 6: Major transport mode is Cab. Cab would cost 2500 buck for a day trip within a city and upto 4000 bucks going up and down to other cities. Airport to Thimphu drop would be 1500 and Airport to Paro hotel would cost upto 1000 bucks.
# 7: Bhutan customs allows only 1l if alcohol & 200 sticks of Cigar and not more than that. Bhutan has own Beer factories and liquor are easily available.
Ideal Days for the Trip - 7 days
Day 1: Arriving Paro and settle in Thimphu Room. If time permits, get route permit to Punakha & other places and walk through Nordzin Lam streed, sit in clock square tower.
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing – Semtokha Dzong, Buddha Dordenma, Memorial Chorten, Changankha Lhakhang, Tashichho Dozang, Pangri Zampa monastery, Royal Texile Museum.
Day 3: Punakha day trip – Dochala Pass, Punakha Dzong, Punakha suspension bridge, Chimi Lhakhang, Jigme Dorji National Park.
If staying for another day in Punakha, plan Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorte, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, Mo Chhu river & water sport activities.
Day 4: Chele la Pass, National Museum.
Day 5: Tiger Nest Trek, as all the Dzong will be closed by 5 P.M plan whole day (relaxed) trek & evening stroll near Paro Chhu river and around Paro Dzong. Shop at Paro Chhu river’s parallel road.
Day 6: Paro Day Trip – Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Druk Choeding, Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, Jangsarbu Lakhang, Ugyen Pelri Palace.
Day 7: Return flight from Paro