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Himalaya (trekking)

Himalayas (trekking) — adventure lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to trek in the Himalayas when you’re in Bhutan! In the north territories of the country lie the sub-alpine Himalayan mountain ranges, where there are plenty of different kinds of treks for varying levels of expertise. For example, one can start a Himalayan trek at the … Continue reading Himalaya (trekking)

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Haa Summer Festival

Haa Summer Festival (Haa Valley) – located three hours (104 km) west of the capital, this is a lively and uplifting celebration of traditional living-culture, nomadic lifestyles, unique Bhutanese cuisine, traditional sports and religious performances. It provides unparalleled insight into the lives and traditions of Bhutan’s nomadic herders. This event showcases a lively traditional living … Continue reading Haa Summer Festival

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Goldsmiths Workshop

Goldsmiths Workshop (Royal Goldsmiths, Thimphu) — this is one of the most interesting things to do in Thimphu for people interested in jewelry and metals. This workshop is arranged and managed by the Government and is a great place to see the production of traditional Bhutanese jewelry. You will see how ornaments in gold, copper, … Continue reading Goldsmiths Workshop

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Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass – located east of the capital (Thimphu), on the road from Thimpu to Punakha, is this mountainous pass (at 3,100 meters, or 10,000 ft. above sea level). Here, 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. These stupas were … Continue reading Dochula Pass

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Choki Traditional Art School

Choki Traditional Art School (Kabesa Lam, Thimphu) – here, you can see various levels of students learning wood-carving, sewing, painting, drawing, embroidery etc. at the Institute. The concentration and skill of the students is fascinating. You can have firsthand experience on how the students are grossly involved in their own field of work with teachers … Continue reading Choki Traditional Art School

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Chimi Lhakhang

Chimi Lhakhang (Punakha) — the town of Punakha is home to one of the most unusual shrines in Buddhism. Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, a tantric Buddhist saint known for his unconventional approach to religion. Chimi Lhakhang is more than just a village shrine. It’s a fertility pilgrimage site for those wishing to … Continue reading Chimi Lhakhang

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Changlimithang Stadium

Changlimithang Stadium (Chang Lam, Thimphu) – built in 1974, this multi-purpose outdoor stadium (with a capacity of 45,000 spectators) has mainly football matches, along with other sporting events like archery (the country’s national sport), women’s football, and volleyball games. This stadium is also the home team of the Bhutan national football team. The stadium is … Continue reading Changlimithang Stadium

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Bumthang

Bumthang (region) — known as the spiritual and cultural heart of Bhutan, the Bumthang region actually comprises four fertile valleys and is home to several of the country’s oldest and most atmospheric temples and monasteries. 7th century Jambay Lakhang, Jakar dzong – the castle of the white bird – and Kurje Lakhang are all high on … Continue reading Bumthang

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Bumdra Trek

Bumdra Trek (San Choekar Buddhist College, Thimphu) — Bumdra is not just a trek. It is a religious pilgrimage as well. Bumdra means ‘Rock of One Hundred Thousand Footprints’. People taking this trek are said to be following in the footsteps of 100,000 Dakinis (angles) who traversed these paths thousands of years ago. This three-day … Continue reading Bumdra Trek

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Thimphu Weekend Market

Thimphu Weekend Market (Chhogyal Lam, Thimphu) – this is a market which sells everything that’s locally sourced or made, from fresh food & agricultural products, to hand-knit sweaters and other garments. That, as well as locally-made Bhutanese souvenirs like ceremonial masks.