There is something endlessly mystifying about Bhutan – the worlds last remaining Buddhist kingdom. Youll find this intriguing little country perched between Tibet and India in the Himalayas, and resplendent with natural beauty, which combined as it is, with the countrys harmonious society, makes Bhutan deserving of the title The Last Shangri-La.
Perhaps one of the first things youll note about food in Bhutan is that the rice is usually red, as its the only variety that grows in the mountains. The food itself is hot with a heavy emphasis chillies. A typical Bhutanese dish is Ema (chilli) datshi (cheese) – which is simply made of chilli peppers and cheese and served with both red and white rice – delicious! If you do enjoy your food spicy, then be sure to ask for it – as many restaurants tone down the dishes for foreigners. If you enjoy a drink then be sure to try the locally brewed Red Panda Beer or the K5 Whiskey, which was named in honour of the new king, if you want something a little stronger.
Its quite true that you can do this throughout the Himalayas but theres something uniquely fascinating about hiking through Bhutan. Whether its the crisp fresh air, the incredible scenery or the physical exertion that makes you happy – youll love every part of it – and dont forget your camera!
Bhutan is thick with culture and history and you can witness all over the almost completely unscathed country. One of the highlights is witnessing pilgrims and monks perform centuries-old Buddhist rituals complete with deep chanting and moving displays of devotion – especially when said performances are in the incredible surrounds of a Bhutanese Buddhist temple such as Kuensel Phodrang in Thimpu.
Paro is quite simply charming. Lined with character-filled streets and colourful architecture, houses without front doors and cheery locals that are often dressed in traditional clothing. Dont miss the beautiful Tigers Nest Monastery or Paro Taktsang that is perched on a ledge high up in the jagged mountains and surrounded by mist and blue pine trees.
A Little Bhutanese Mystery
Bhutans reputation for mystery is clearly justified, no more so then when you take your first magicfilled step into one of the countrys Buddhist temples or when you witness the ancient practices of the inhabitants inside one of Bhutans serene monasteries such as Lhodrak Kharchhu in Bumthang or the Tigers Nest Magic Monastery in Taktshang which is perched impossibly atop a stark cliff face and surrounded by nerve-shaking panoramas of the Himalayas.
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