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Things To Do In Bhutan

Bhutan is not an ordinary place, it has its own mystery and magic. This country holds many surprises and significantly showcases many things to do which will surely draw your attention and you just cannot miss out any of those. Explore it with our Bhutan Holiday packages. 
Explore Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

Jungshi means natural and it is a joy to watch Bhutanese paper being made from scratch, without using chemicals or harming the environment. Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory is one such place, one kilometer away from Thimphu, where paper is made using the Daphne bush’s bark. Historically, this paper was made to be provided in Bhutan’s monasteries – today a handful of such factories preserve the age-old tradition. Watch the entire process that involves pulling the bark from a tree, soaking and boiling it, then sorting, crushing and pulping it, and finally layering, pressing and drying the paper. Don’t forget to buy paper, cards, notebooks and calendars before you leave!

Shop from Handicrafts Market
Thimphu's Handicrafts market is dedicated to traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. You can find anything ranging from woven items, wooden beads, ornaments and printing blocks, to miniature statues of Lord Buddha, local fabrics and even yak tails. You may try bargaining here or check with your guide to ensure the quality of the items that you are buying. This Handicrafts market is an ideal place to get a peek into the vibrant and colorful arts and crafts of Bhutan. The shops itself are eco-friendly, made using bamboo and decorated beautifully.

Opt from a variety of shopping items at Choki Handicrafts
Located just outside the city center, the Choki Handicrafts market employs local painters, carvers, and weavers to design and make traditional handicrafts and furniture. A portion of the proceeds is contributed to the Choki Traditional Art School for underprivileged students. You will find paintings (especially the thangka ones), masks, lama tables, other furniture items and lovely souvenirs here. The Bhutanese handicrafts are not made specifically to cater to tourists – so one can trust the products to be authentic and hence relatively expensive when compared to other Asian markets.

Enjoy a live performance of Khuju Luyang
Traditionally, festivals during a particular time of the year in Bhutan call for dancing on regional, religious and folk songs in typical masks and attire. However, you can now enjoy this performance of Khuju Luyang, a troupe of 12, which takes to public spaces in Thimphu or even graces private shows to give the visitors a look and feel of their centuries-old culture. The dance performance is accompanied by singing and the use of traditional instruments like Yangchen (dulcimer), Lym (bamboo flute) and nga (drums). The troupe’s work is preserving their rich cultural heritage of folk dance and songs, some of which are listed as UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage.

Visit the Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory
The characteristic fragrance of incense sticks is easily associated with Thimphu, and Bhutan at large. While you are in the Bhutanese capital, you must plan a visit to the famous incense maker Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory. Pleasant smells of vanilla and roses amongst other fragrances welcome you in the factory that makes these sticks in bulk. You can take a look at the entire process of making incense sticks and also buy some from their souvenir shop too.

Explore the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre
Located at the southern end of Thimphu, the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre produces some of the finest, traditional hand-woven textiles of the region. In fact, the Bhutanese royals source most of their fabric and ceremonial garments (the gho and kushturara for the king and queen respectively) from this centre too. It is a place where tourists can not only buy traditional fabrics and readymade garments but also see expert weavers at work, creating intricate designs from vibrant silk threads. Housed in a humble, one-storied building, this weaving centre produces some finely embroidered scarves and kiras (traditional Bhutanese dress for women) that you can take home as souvenirs.

Discover Orchids of Bhutan
Bhutan boasts of a wide range of flora and fauna and has one of the richest stocks of orchids in the whole world. With over 350 species, some of which are unique to the country, this diversity of orchids is a prized possession that must be explored. While many species are traded in the international market, some are rare and conserved by several organizations in the mountain kingdom. One can enroll in an orchid tour in Thimphu to explore this floral treasure. 

Check out Lungta Handicrafts
To buy larger items of a good quality that you can easily take through customs, Lungta Handicrafts is the place to be. They are a Government-authorized handicrafts dealer which sells everything from bamboo boxes to antique masks, jewellery to thangka paintings, and carpets to horse saddles. They are renowned to be selling handmade items, made using pure raw materials which are wood-crafted or metal-crafted to perfection. 

Go for trekking to Taktsang monastery

Taktsang Monastery, broadly known as Tiger Nest Monastery, is situated in Paro, Bhutan. The religious community is a standout amongst the most loved spots of journey in the Himalayas. The Tiger's Nest Monastery is found 10 miles north of Paro (20 minutes via vehicle), making Paro the ideal command post when making this visit. The visit to the Tiger's Nest Monastery takes an entire day. By and large, it takes somewhere in the range of four and five hours to do the round excursion climb, in addition to one more hour to visit the religious community. Numerous individuals likewise eat in the cafeteria not a long way from the religious community. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and landing back at your lodging around 3 pm.
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Highest Elevation: 10,232 feet
Thrill yourself in Mountain biking
Mountain biking trails are galore and an amazing choice when you can’t reach some places on foot. Biking down the course from Paro to Bumthang, passing fields of rice and paddy, rough landscapes and spiraling drops are prevalent among bikers. In the event that you are biking past the scandalous Dochu La Pass, you'll be spoilt with a breathtaking view of the valley underneath.
Try Rafting/Kayaking
The perfectly clear streams of Bhutan are one of the kingdom's best kept open mysteries. Encouraged by the frosty dissolve of the Eastern Himalayas, six noteworthy streams (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries), have been explored for kayaking and boating. They slice through high valleys and low fields to get together with the Brahmaputra River in India. The waterways are ample with solid flows fluctuating between moderate, delicate streams in a few spots and incredible, seething downpours can be found all through the nation. The best time for boating and kayaking is from March to April and November to December.

Visit Paro craft market
For all you shopaholics who need to do some shopping in Paro, don't anticipate three-story shopping centers or boutiques here. Notwithstanding, you can shop for some local handicrafts like purses, lights, garments, and divider designs too, either for your very own home or as trinkets. There are likewise a couple of bistros adjacent where you can appreciate some sweet tea and baked goods.

Watch cultural performances at festival ground
The Paro Tshechu/Festival is a brilliant time to visit Bhutan — encounter its old culture, and get captivated in the festivals. The Festival wakes up with lively hues, music, moves and other holy customs. Mask Dance and music is performed to pass on religious messages and equitable methods for living to the general population. The Paro Tshechu celebration is a Buddhist celebration and one of the significant yearly occasions of Bhutan. Visit the Festival Ground of Paro, where artists in veils perform customary Bhutanese society moves. This is certainly a sight that can't be missed when you are visiting Paro and ought to be on your plan for the day when you visit Paro.

Visit Indian Army Camps

Haa Valley, settled in the Himalayan land in Bhutan, is the place where nature looks its fantastic best. The Valley is a settled heaven interfacing Paro, Chhukha, and Samtse areas of Bhutan. Situated at a minor 13 miles separation from the debated India-China fringe in Doklam, this place holds a key position extending more than 1700 sq km. To achieve the valley by street one needs to cross Chele-la Pass at 3988 meters. It is from the valley that you get the opportunity to devour the heavenly perspectives of Mount. Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey. Haa is deliberately imperative for India due to its nearby nearness close to the Indo-Tibet outskirt and the IMTRAT (Indian Military Training Teams) has its base in the Haa town which is a basic position for India.
Experience thrilling Rafting
Punakha is a popular site of Bhutan's most prominent rafting trips. White water rafting on the Pho Chhu begins with a climb up the side of the stream through timberland and farmland to the put-in at Samdingkha. The boating some portion of the outing has two or three class III rapids and finishes in a blast with the 'Fierce Buddha' fast alongside Punakha Dzong. 

The Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten connect, about 6km above Punakha Dzong, is the perfect spot for unwinding rafting and kayaking glide trips down the Mo Chhu. This is best for beginners. As the stream winds through the wide valley, you glide past one of the queen’s winter living arrangements, the lord's weekend home and some delightful farmland before taking out just beneath Punakha Dzong.

Visit Wangmo Hand-Woven carpet factory
This manufacturing plant contains excellent hand woven floor coverings with intricate patterns and designs. It was set up by a neighborhood lady known as Dorji Wangmo in 1992. A must-visit when in Bhutan!

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