JAKAR & URA VALLEYS
What a better way to immerse yourself in local culture than to join in a tsechu (festival) celebration. These are serious business in Bhutan – dance performances go on all day amidst swirling incense, streaming costumes, ancient, magically charged masks and sacred rites.
PARO & THIMPHU MONASTERIES
Precariously-set Tiger’s Nest Monastery is the country’s most iconic but Tango Goemba, also constructed cliffside in an intriguing half-round shape, is equally unforgettable. Be prepared for a steep hike up to these sacred buildings.
THIMPHU & EASTERN BHUTAN
In Thimphu, visit the Royal Academy of Dance where young students are taught secrets of the Bhutanese masked dance tradition. In Eastern Bhutan, traditional folk arts still flourish – visit artisans who are masters of their rare craft.
WILDLIFE IN PUNAKHA & THIMPHU
The Phobjikha Valley near Punakha is home to a fabulous variety of protected native wildlife. For an up-close look at Bhutan’s most iconic species, the unusual Takin, visit the dedicated Takin Sanctuary near Thimphu.
One of the most revered sites in Bhutan, the waters of the so called “burning lake” of Membartsho are flecked with mica dust and seem to sparkle and glow of their own accord.
TREKKING IN BUMTHANG & EASTERN BHUTAN
The best way to experience the natural splendor and cultural heritage of Bhutan is often on foot. Trek routes are carefully planned to avoid detrimental impact on the surrounding environment and locals welcome curious travelers with open arms.