One of the most popular tours in Bhutan is the cultural tour. Many people come to Bhutan just to experience its unique cultural and traditional heritage. With a population of about 700,000 people, Bhutan has been able to keep its cultural identity intact amidst the fast development and modernization. It is only in Bhutan one will see people wear the national dress to work every day.
The country may be small but it has a rich and vibrant culture. Bhutan has a young history and the monarchy today is 105 years old. There are lots of monasteries and temples to visit some of which are centuries old. Each has a story and significance behind its existence.
Bhutan, being a Buddhist nation has many festivals that take place throughout the year in different regions of the country. The more popular ones are the Tshechu, which literally means the tenth day. Tsechus are festivals commemorating the deeds and accomplishments of the great Buddhist saint, Guru Padmasambhava, more commonly known as Guru Rinpoche in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche was born on the tenth day of the lunar calendar and all his great deeds were also accomplished on the tenth day hence we have the different festivals in Bhutan that take place on the tenth day of the lunar calendar throughout the year. Various mask dances, songs and dances are performed along with religious rituals during the festivals.
The most popular of these festivals are the Paro Tsechu, Thimphu Tsechu, and the Ura Yakchoe.
Trekking & Hikes
Trekking in Bhutan is an experience you will remember for a lifetime! Trekking here involves being cut off from all modern amenities except the bare necessities. It is like a travelogue poetry. You can write and reminisce about it. Once you set along the trekking route, the open skies, free surroundings, crystal brooks, the hidden animals and the butterflies and birds will be your friends. However, be prepared! It is not all as easy as it sounds. Trekking in the kingdom requires at least 7-9 hours of walking at a stretch so that you can reach your destination on time. It often involves walking for long arduous hours. The best times for trekking most often depends on the weather.
Summer times you have to be prepared for the sludge and leeches but the verdant vegetation makes for great viewing. During Autumn, the nights are colder but the skies are clearer offering better photo opportunities. Late springs are great opportunities to take pictures of the luxuriant rhododendrons in the valleys.
Treks in Bhutan can last anywhere from three days to the 25-day Snow-man trek. Tourists usually trek for a week or two. The highlanders above the Snowline – Lunaps are a friendly people and you will enjoy interacting with them. However, it is to be remembered that there are no tea houses on the way but we will equip you with the best team possible so that you can enjoy the trek
You can explore the beautiful mountains, lakes, glaciers and experience real Bhutan by trekking and hiking in Bhutan. There are different levels of treks and hikes. Whether you want to hike for a few hours or go on a 31-day adventure, Bhutan has it all. Bhutan has over 26 government-approved treks and the Tourism Council of Bhutan routinely explores new routes.
From the pristine wilderness to towering snow peaks of the inner Himalaya to the picturesque hills and valleys, Little Bhutan offers some of the best-known treks in the world – Snowman, Laya, Wild East Rhodung La and Jhomolhari to name a few. A professional guide, cook, cooking assistant and a porter will accompany the trekkers.
For most foreign trekkers in Bhutan, altitude sickness is a common problem because most of the designated treks are above 3,000 meters (9,000 feet).
Bhutan is popular for its natural bio-diversity and natural resources. Bhutan has a forest cover of more than 60 percent of its land. The Fourth King of Bhutan and the people received the Champions of Earth Award in 2005 by the United Nations Environment Program, for outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in protecting and improving the environment. The forests of Bhutan host various wild animals and birds. It is a paradise for bird lovers. Bhutan has 680 species of birds of which 22 are globally threatened. You can see birds living very close to humans.
Mountain Biking is currently a new sport picking up in Bhutan. Tourists have always wanted to go on biking trips to the mountains but now you will also see a lot of the locals biking in Bhutan. There are different biking routes. Most people bike along the road but some like to bike on the mountainous rough terrains. You can go on an adventure on your bike. We can get you a professional bike with all the required biking equipment.
White Water Rafting is another adventure that is gaining popularity among tourists. Bhutan has many rivers ideal for rafting. The most popular river for rafting in Bhutan is the Pho Chhu (Male river) and the Mo Chhu (Female river) in Punakha. It is because you can admire the 17th century fortress and enjoy the tranquility of Punakha. If you are lucky, you can also get a glimpse of the White Belled Heron, an endangered bird species.
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