Tucked into the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a fascinating destination for travelers who want to go off the beaten path. This tiny Buddhist nation has a rich history and vibrant culturethat has attracted curious travelers for years. And though tourism is regulated by the government, travelers who go through the steps to get into Bhutan are rewarded with authentic experiences that give them a true feel for this country.
For adventurous travelers, Bhutan’s diverse and vivid landscape of sharp hillsides, lush valleys, and winding rivers to discover. In some regions, farmland is abundant, making it a suitable region for rice, fruit, and even dairy from the local yaks!
Things to Do in Bhutan
Bhutan is a popular destination for trekking, with routes winding through the Himilayas.But the activities in Bhutan don’t stop there. Archery, anyone? Try your hand at the national sport! Travelers can also go mountain biking, kayaking, and rafting.
Aside from exploring the stunning terrain, Bhutan offers plenty of enchanting attractions. Home to traditional Buddhist temples and monasteries that seem frozen in time, Bhutan is a must for travelers with an appreciation for remarkable architecture. For those who love shopping, look for a handmade mask, motif, or bamboo trinket among local artisans in Thimphu’s weekend Sabji Market.
Wildlife lovers and photographers should have their cameras ready!You never know what animals you may encounter on your journey through Bhutan. Keep your eyes peeled for yaks-a-grazing and snow leopards-a-leaping. And if you’re lucky you’ll spy the rare and sacred black necked crane.
Best Time to Go to Bhutan
For the best weather, go to Bhutan during April – May or October- November.
Named after the rolling storms of the Himalayas, Bhutan translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon.”
Food + Drink
Don’t miss the most famous of Bhutanese dishes, Ema datshi. Comprised of chilies and cheese, Ema datshi is a staple food in Bhutan.
Did You Know?
Bhutan was completely cut off from tourists until the 1970s. Though you can visit the country today, all trips must be booked through a tour company that can help facilitate your visa (don’t worry – your Brownell Travel Advisor can take care of that for you!).