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Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu Tshechu (festival) – held every October in Bhutan’s capital, this is one of the biggest festivals in the entire country. The Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru […]

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Thimphu

Thimphu (capital) — the Kingdom’s capital city is home to approximately 100,000 inhabitants including the Royal family. This bustling small city is the main center of commerce, religion and government in the country. The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary to […]

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Soi Yaksa Trek

Soi Yaksa Trek (Sharma Zampa, Thimphu) – this trek is one of the most popular eco-tourist activities in Thimphu, with climbs up to 15,000 ft. This trek is known for its breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. The six-day trek follows mostly off-road […]

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Simply Bhutan

Simply Bhutan (GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu) — this is a living museum, which will take you the closest to the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, is amongst the best things to do in Thimphu. This museum provides a great educational tour for those who want to understand the simple lives of the happiest people in the […]

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Royal Highlander Festival

Royal Highlander Festival (Laya, Gasa District) – held every October in the town of Laya (near the border with China) – the highest permanent town in Bhutan (3,800 meters / 12,467 ft. above sea level), the festival aims to promote the sustainable livelihood of highlanders, showcase highlander’s innovation, and exhibit the highlands as a pride […]

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Rhododendron Festival (Punakha)

Rhododendron Festival (Punakha) – held every April in the town of Punakha (2 ½ hours, or 84 km northeast of Thimphu), this festival celebrates the rhododendron flower, which blossoms abundantly in Bhutan. It features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural programs, guided walks and activities. […]

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Paro (town)

Paro (town) — Paro is a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area. North of town, the Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Northwest […]

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National Institute for Zorig Chusum

National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu) — commonly known as the Painting School, the Institute offers a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. It is a hands-on trip for visitors (who can enjoy some moments with the future artists of the country at the Painting School). Admission: Nu. […]

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Motithang Takin Preserve

Motithang Takin Preserve (Motithang District, Thimphu) – a Takin is an indigenous Bhutanese animal that looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. This reserve was created especially for this endangered animal after the zoo that houses them was discontinued. This is a densely forested reserve that takes you close to the wilderness […]

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Matsutake Mushroom Festival (Thimphu)

Matsutake Mushroom Festival (Thimphu) – held every August in Bhutan’s capital, the native mushroom and other local products, mushroom hunting, and cultural programs by the school and local community will be showcased. The objective of the festival is to create awareness on the sustainable harvesting of the local mushroom and enjoy the organic flavors of […]