Local Experience with cultural pursuits

While you are in Bhutan, we recommend you to add a few local or unique activities which can add aesthetic or adventurous flavor to your Bhutan trip. Your Bhutan trip is incomplete without taking a plunge in ‘Bhutan Culture Experience’.

There are many Bhutan Cultural activities that you can  experience while at Bhutan

  • Cook Bhutanese dishes 
  • Hit the bull’s eye with a traditional bow and arrow
  •  Take a Bhutanese hot stone bath
  •  Savor the locally brewed alcohol (Ara)
  •  Heal yourself by plunging in the medicinal hot spring 
  •  Go in search of rare flowers and birds.
  • Take photographs with monks at the hilltop 
  • Learn a meditation technique from an Authentic Buddhist master.


Top Interesting Facts about Bhutan Culture

  • Women are the head of the family 
  • Women take blessings from wooden Phallus for fertility.
  • The national dress of Bhutan is Gho and Kira
  • Everyone loves spices
  • Archery is the National game of Bhutan
  • People of Bhutan believe in Yeti, Gods and Demigods


Try Something Bhutanese

The magnificence and grandeur of Bhutan are not kept from the world anymore. The nation has given itself out to be seen by the world, hypnotic as heaven, the culture, the people, the location and everything about this place is unique. It might not be new but the nation is extremely wealthy in terms of Culture and heritage.

Spiritual & Wellness

Enjoy Bhutan Spiritual Tour 

Bhutan, the Buddhist Kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern tip, is brimming with temples, monasteries, and dzongs. All of which is surrounded by captivating landscapes. It is the only country in the world where Vajrayana Buddhism is predominantly practiced, and spiritual values are still a dynamic force in the day-to-day life of the people. Most importantly, Bhutan is the bastion of an unbroken lineage of Buddhist teachings by great masters over the centuries. This imbues the entire region with a sacred sense that anyone visiting the country will deeply feel. It is one of the few countries which aims, as the national policy, to increase happiness & not wealth. 

Places To Visit In Bhutan Spiritual Tour

Bhutan is signified as one of the best pilgrimages destinations covered with various monasteries and temples. Visit Bhutan and make a pilgrimage to the mountains & holy sites. Some beautiful spiritual places in Bhutan are:

  • Taktsang Monastery
  • Dra Karpo
  • Chumphu Nye
  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Buddha Dordenma
  • Dechen Phodrang Monastery
  • Gangtey Monastery
  • Phajoding Monastery
  • Singye Dzong

 Things To Do In Your Bhutan Spiritual Tour

Bhutan Best Inbound  Spiritual programme are held at Gangtey Shreda, Phobjikha , Phajoding monastery, Thimphu, Lungchutse monastery, Thimphu and also at Dudzom Monastery at Lhuntse.


Our Spiritual programme consist of following activities

  • You can participate in morning prayer from 5:30 AM to 6:15Am
  • We can have an evening meditation class from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Samantha meditation, loving and kindness or Vipassana.
  • You can also participate in evening prayer from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Learn Astrological Reading (Mo)
  • Hoist Prayer flags
  • Smoke Offering/Wine offering/ Butter Lamp Offering
  • Picnic with monks
  • Attending Dharma talk
  • Private Meeting with the abbot (Khenpo) of Shedra
  • Make a meal donation and serve the food to the monks
  • Attend Dharma Talk
  • Spiritual cleansing bestows by Trulku.

Bhutan Spiritual Tour Itinerary

Please check Bhutan Spiritual tour itinerary and cost here (https://www.bhutanatijong.com/bhutan-spiritual-wellbeing-tour/)and renew your spirits. All our  itineraries are 100% bespoke & can be tailored as per your likeness.

Further you can add some wellness packages in your spiritual tour to make your Bhutan Spiritual tour more holistic. You can add following wellness activities

  • Rejuvenate with herbal and hot stone bath
  • Heal your mind with yoga and meditation
  • Immerse in natural Himalayan hot spring
  • Try our indigenous therapies
  • Experience undisrupted calmness of nature
  • Try your skills with organic cooking from a selection of your favorite organic food
  • Treat your lungs with a breathe of fresh air everyday

Benefits Of Bhutan Spiritual & Wellness Tour

Spirituality not only enhances your levels of happiness but also increases your focus. Doing meditation on a regular basis can help you in reducing some of the major health ailments like heart diseases, high blood pressure and brain strokes. Exercise is also important for your health but it is recommended to spend some quality time in nature as it will give you both health and happiness.

Bhutan is a carbon-negative country which will benefit you in many ways. When you spend time in nature your mind and your body rejuvenate and recharges.

It is important to take a small vacation from your day to day routines as it will help you in increasing your concentration, mental and physical health as well as your productivity. This will not only give you relaxation but will also give you a golden chance to spend some quality time with yourselves.

National Parks
  • Bhutan’s National Park is protected area and is spread over nine different locations . It represents various ecological zones and covers more than 50% of the total land . It is almost 20,000 km² making Bhutan a crown jewel of the Eastern Himalayas.
  • The combination of  protected area and biological corridors constitute the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex (B2C2) . It  encompasses, within all types of ecosystems in Bhutan. It consist of five Bhutan national parks, four Bhutan wildlife sanctuaries, one strict nature reserve, and nine corridors. The protected areas’ corridors connect with each other both laterally and vertically ensuring ecosystem stability while also providing for the safe passage of wildlife from subtropical to the alpine ecosystems.
  • You can include a visit to some of our Bhutan National Park or visit to Bhutan Wildlife Sanctuary  in your holiday to Bhutan. To name
  1. Jigme Dorji National Park
  2. Wangchuk Centennial Park
  3. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
  4. Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary
  5. Thrumsingla National Park
  6. Jigme Singye National Park
  7. Sakteng Wildlife National Park
  8. Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park also popularly called as Black Mountains National Park
  9. Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve
  10. Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary
  11. Royal Manas National Park
  •  These  National parks are protected areas and very rich in bio-diversity. The parks are astoundingly beautiful and attract thousands of international tourists to relish its rich biodiversity
  • Established in 1999, the Biological Corridors were bestowed as a gift to the earth from Bhutan. It  represents both visions unsurpassed by any other nation on Earth.
  • Things to do in Bhutan National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 1.River rafting
    2. Fishing
    3. Trekking
    4. Wildlife viewing and Bird watching
    5.Traditional Farming
    6.Hot springs
  • 7. Day walks
Learn Bhutanese Astrology

Situated in the northern part of Thimpu city, an approximately 30-minute drive away from the main city lays the Pangrizampa monastery. It was one of the oldest monasteries on the land and has now been upgraded; it has become a College of Bhutanese Astrology. Founded in the 16th century it was home to the Unifier of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, in 1616. 

 Monks who wish to be traditional astrologers visit to study in this college. We can visit here to see how astrology works in Bhutan. Some of the astrologers are so good that they can even predict the no of rice grains clenched in your fist.You can try yourself. They are wonder to watch beyond Science

The localities come here to get advises on the upcoming year; like yearly predictions based on their health, money, career, luck and many more topics. Tourists who like to know about there future are active visitors to this place. Also, the photography fanatics are welcomed by the magnificent views here. A wooden staircase leads you to the top of the temple. It is a simple, peaceful location that everyone must go to for acquiring some quite.

Even if the chapels are open, the white structure and large curtains that drape the walls are eye-catching and wonderful.


Visit Villages Of Bhutan

Apart from all the major well-known places, there are some hidden jewels of nature in the country which are not discovered by many people. These are those villages of Bhutan which are still practising their age-old traditions and their old ways of living.

 While in Bhutan you must try out few of our villages so as to penetrate through our customs, old traditions and rich heritage.

In Search Of Blue Poppy

Hypnotic and captivating, Blue Poppy or as it is scientifically known Meconopsis gakyidiana is the national flower of the kingdom of Bhutan. They were earlier, believed to be only legends; which implies in real life due to the difficulty in spotting and finding.

There are several species of the poppy flower, but the blue poppy .  It grows at high altitudes .

To find one you will have to hike up the mountains that surpass the tree level and are 3,500m to 11,000m beyond the sea level. And if you have the luck, only then will you be able to come across one. They only bloom between May and July. Though they are rare, their vibrant blue color makes it hard to spot in the grey and green background of the mountains.

Trekking up higher in trails can increase the chances of you to see these. The best place to hunt them would be by taking the short trek (few hours) from Chelela pass and ascending upward. The trek leads the tourers higher while they can absorb the natural amazedness of the location. It climbs up to Dogney Tsho which is at 3,200m from sea level, ideal for health and fresh air.

A variety of wildflowers and plants, local herders, yaks, and similar domesticated animals can be spotted on this trail. Despite all the challenges,  a mere sight of this flower can enlighten your mood. This trek is advised to be taken before the arrival of monsoon since it gets difficult for most people to walk on a slippery route.

An incredible chance to be in commune with nature. 

Say Hello To The Nomads Of Bhutan

Say Hello to the Nomads of Bhutan & learn the stories of the beautiful , cold mountains of the country . A culture encounter that will offer a sneak peek into the rich arcane lifestyle of the nomads. From the Royal Highland Festival in the scenic highlands of Laya, a sojourn to the highland settlement of Merak in the eastern flanks of Bhutan. 

Merak-Sakteng and Laya stands out as a distinct attraction in Bhutan. Unlike anywhere else in the country, it offers a visitor to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle, culture and vernacular in one of the most scenic pastoral valleys .

Hot Springs Of Bhutan

In Bhutan, hot springs are known as Tshachus and are found all over the Kingdom. The medicinal properties of these hot springs have been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries to cure various ailments ranging from arthritis to body aches and even sinuses.  It is a popular tradition among Bhutanese to visit hot springs during the winter months.a

Birding In Bhutan

Bhutan is blessed with one of the richest ecosystems on the face of the earth. Bhutan is a paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists. Birding in Bhutan is rewarding. Over 774 species of birds have been recorded and many more are yet to be discovered. Around 50 species of the known birds are winter migrants. These include ducks, waders, birds of prey, thrushes, finches and buntings.

Bhutan’s moist climate & wide altitudinal range-from subtropical lowlands to arctic like mountain peaks-provide an array of climatic conditions and habitats, from tropical jungles to temperate forests and Tundra that support over 800 species of birds. They include some of the most exotic and rare species in the eastern Himalayas. Ten species of birds that are in danger of extinction are found in Bhutan including the Black- Necked Crane, which traditionally winters in the valley of Phobjikha and Bomdeling.

The diversity of bird life in Bhutan is accentuated by the migration of hundred of species between breeding grounds across a vast expanse of central Asia and wintering areas of subcontinent India.


Best Time For Birding In Bhutan

Over the years the kingdom has been attracting more and more birders, with most of the trip arriving in the spring from March through May when bird migration is at its peak. Although the number of species one may encounter is the greatest in the spring , birding in early winter months-when there are fewer birders can still be rewarding. For example , the black necked cranes would have migrated to its summer habitat in Tibet by Mid-March, while it is a guranteed sightseeing from late October to Mid March. The White bellied Heron, one of the 50 rarest birds in the world , is more likely to be seen in winter months than in spring when it is nestling and rearing its young. Other much sought after birds like the Ward’s Tragon, Rufus Necked Hornbill and Beautiful Nuthatch are residents and can be seen throughout the year.

Whatever the season, birding in Bhutan offers not only an incredible array of species but also a rare opportunity to see unusual numbers of individual birds all at once. For example, golden -breasted fulvettas-birds that are considered rare elsewhere-have been seen in Bhutan flying around in the flock of 25;scores or even hundreds of laughing thrushes might be seen flocking together.

Birding Places In Bhutan

The vertical pitch to the landscape also makes the wide variety of habitats relatively accessible, with excellent birding  done frequently from road side stops. Picture a single pullover where one can scan on the one side of the road upslope into the shrubs and up to the treetops, and then pivot to peer into the canopy of the opposite of the road. Short walk along old footpaths offers extraordinary opportunities for birding in quite corners of landscape with minimal effort. Of course, more intensive multi day treks into the high country or lower elevations offer yet another level of unmatched birding experience.

You can check our Birding Tour and Packages here

  1. All Bhutan Birding Tour
  2. Western Bhutan Bird Watching Tour

Below are the list of Popular Birding Places in Bhutan which can be integrated in your Bhutan Tour as per your likeness.


Try SomeThing Bhutanese

Bhutanese Costume

Dress in Bhutanese costume by choosing your favourite colour.

The national dress is an integral part of the Bhutanese Identity. Introduced at the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the 17th century. Men wear a gho and women wear Kira.

A gho is a long robe fastened with woven belt at the waist and worn to knee length, somewhat akin to the Scottish Kilt.

The Kira is ankle-length rectangular cloth, folded over the body and worn over a blouse known as wonju. The kira is fastened at the waist with a cloth belt called the kera and secured at the shoulders with an intricately cast silver clipped called a koma. A jacket-like garment called the toego completes the essemble.

The set of Kira price starts from USD 40 and man’s Gho from USD 80 onwards.

However the gho and kira made out of silk ,with extraordinarily detailed and intricate pattern  known as kishuthara can cost USD 1000 or more.

Authentic Bhutanese Paper

You can try your hand in  making authentic Bhutanese paper of your own as a souvenir. It is locally known as Desho paper   Deh-sho paper was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books.

 Visitors can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations. The whole process of paper being made from the pulp to the finished paper would be an amazing activity to add in your to-do list. 

Celebrate Archery Match With Local

The national sport of Bhutan is Archery, it is locally known as ’Da’ in Dzongkha (the national language of Bhutan). The level of passion and excitement Bhutanese have for archery is unmatched; it would be wrong not to include Da while talking about Bhutan. The zeal on the faces to see and arrow zip 100m past them onto the target is peerless. You try this out with your family; it will be an enjoyable learning experience for all.

Traditional Hot Stone Bath

Another fun activity to try in Bhutan would be the Traditional Hot Stone Bath. 

The bathwater is called Menchu/ Smenchu or medicinal water; it is made by boiling Artemisia leaves with fresh river water. The process includes hot river stones, which are roasted in the fire until they give out a gleaming red look. The water temperature is increased by inserting the hot stones up a wood chute which is connected to the wooden tub containing medicinal water.

The holes in the wooden chute allow water to be heated quickly, this prevents any burn or injury chances; it is very safe. In the culture, the stones are supposed to possess healing powers that they transmit in mineral form into the water. After a long day having fun outdoors, you can end it relaxing in Menchu water while enjoying hot drinks. You can add on scrub and massage if you need it. This would be an excellent way to release all the tension and stress and regain your calm and composure for the next thrilling day traveling and seeing Bhutan.

Bhutan Farm House Lunch

Bhutan farm house lunch can be a great experience.

Bhutan is the only 100% organic nation in the whole world. It is considered special because the food which reaches their tables is organic and consists of almost 0% of fertilizers. Many farm lunches are also organized on the farm as well, to give a feel of freshness to the tourists. Often these meals are organized in the presence of farmers where they describe the procedure of growing these vegetables and the obstacles faced by them in doing so. These collaborative lunches give an insight to the tourists about the culture and the farming methods followed in Bhutan.

You will also be served fresh food directly from the farms. Bhutan is famous for fruits like peaches, plums and pears. The vegetables which you should include in your plate when you visit Bhutan are Bamboo shoots, Fiddlehead Fern, Bhutanese Spinach, Mushroom and Bittergourd.

Game Of Khuru

Suja or Butter tea is a staple drink in Bhutan. Butter tea making can be fun.

In fact, drinking butter tea is a regular part of life in Bhutan. Before going to work, a Bhutanese will typically enjoy several bowls of this beverage to kick-start the day.

Traditionally, Suja is made from tea leaves, water, salt and butter.

You can try a hand in the traditional Butter Tea making process. It would be fun using a wooden churner to churn the butter for tea. Back in the olden days, the preparation of Suja was quite a big task. To make this specialty in Bhutan, a wooden churner was used to churn the butter for the tea.

Butter Tea Making

Dodeydra hike in Thimphu will take you back in time to Dodeydra monastery. The name Dodeydra has been derived from the word ‘split rock’ from where Ter (Hidden Treasure Teachings) in form of scripture was discovered.

There are 3 different routes that lead us to Dodeydrak.

The shortest route starts from Samteling Palace, but only monks residing at Dodeydra are allowed to use this route and it is closed for anyone.

So, this leaves us with two routes, one route starts from Jungzhina and the other one from Dechencholing.

If you love hikes and forests then you can take the route from Junngzhina.

The monastery is hidden inside the mountain and gives you a feel of the lost land. The temple was established as per the prophecy of Chief Abbot Yonten Thaye who was then working as a teacher in the Phajoding monastery.

The monastery is beautifully built-in between the split rocks.

There is also a rock nearby from where holy spring water drips. It is believed that abbot Yonten Thaye visited Tibet Tsari-Nye 3 times. On his last visit, he wanted to bring something to Bhutan as it was difficult for Bhutanese to go all the way to Tibet. Therefore, he brought the rock from Tsari-Nye which when placed at Dodeydra, holy water started flowing. The rock is supposed to have the Ushnishavijaya mantra encrypted in it and locals believe that drinking this water has the power to wash away sins and promotes good health and prosperity.

Alongside the temple, you will see numerous houses which shelters 175 monks studying at Dodeydra.

They also have a small guest house; if you’re visiting and interested in meditation or Buddhism, you can stay for one to two nights and learn how Buddhism is practiced in Bhutan.

Prepare Bhutanese Dish

One of the best ways to mix with locals would be by taking part with them as they prepare Bhutanese dishes for you .You can spend time while making meals and then later savor it. Most Bhutanese foods  are rich and spicy with a lot of cheese and chilies. It has also got some cool flavors up its sleeves that are seen in the dishes found in local restaurants. Ema Datshi, Jasha Maroo or Maru, Phaksha Paa, and Red Rice are few of the most famous dishes this land has given to the world. Learning the skill of Bhutanese cooking would be an amazing event to undergo and take back with you to your home.

Home Stay In Bhutan

Homestay in Bhutan is all about knowing Bhutan culture and tradition.

If you want to start your day with the crowing of the cock, and a cup of Butter Tea, or see the farmer milking or harvesting then homestay can be the perfect answer for you. Nowadays people prefer staying in homestays as compared to staying in a hotel. There are ample reasons behind it like you will get personalized service as you become the center of attraction of the hosts of the family. If you are one of those who miss home-cooked meals while travelling then you should give a try staying at the homestay for once. You get the opportunity to meet the local people which are indeed much more beneficial for you as locals can tell you various other historical places to visit around the city, which even Google fails to detect. Staying at the homestay can be a very enriching experience for you as it will not only help you to penetrate through Bhutanese Culture but will also give you an opportunity to see life through different aspects.

So it would be a great idea to try out at least one night homestay in Bhutan. However if you still prefer to stay in a luxurious hotel then you can experience a few homestay activities like milking cows or preparing Bhutanese Dish or having a homestay meal with locals.


National Parks

Royal Manas Bhutan

An unparalleled biological treasure in the Eastern Himalayas, Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) represents the largest example of tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems in Bhutan. With hundreds of wildlife, birds and plant species, several globally endangered, Royal Manas is not only the most diverse protected area in the Kingdom but also one of the world’s biologically outstanding conservation sites. The park is the fourth largest national park in Bhutan with an area of 1057 km2 and covers the three districts of Sarpang, Zhemgang and Pemagatsel. The park area begins from the plains of Manas River in Bhramaputra basin at 108 meters and extends up to 2600 meters above sea level. After being maintained as a forest reserve by the Royal Government of Bhutan for many years, Royal Manas was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in 1964, making this park, the nation’s oldest protected area. In 1993 the area was upgraded to a national park. Now, it forms part of the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex, an extensive system of protected areas and biological corridors covering over 50 percent of the country

Royal Manas is linked to Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park to the north and India’s Manas Tiger Reserve in the south. The park is also linked to Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary and Thrumshingla National Park through biological corridors. The principal reason for this linkage is to provide a continuous gradation of protected natural habitats from tropical duars all the way to alpine Himalayan highlands. This initiative is without doubt a unique conservation achievement in the Himalayas. Today this largely unexplored treasure is opened to tourists to promote community based ecotourism in the park.

Jigme Singye National Park

Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) is endowed with large areas of natural ecosystems. Unlike other national parks around the world, JSWNP is also a home to several cultural rich agricultural villages . 

You can get the glimpse of Jigme Singye Wangchuk Park by venturing into Nabji-Korphu trek.


Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park – the second largest park; and it’s overwhelmed with nature’s surprises and magnificence. Therefore, it is home for some of the world’s rarest animals and plants. Beside the national animal- takin, the national bird- raven, the national tree- cypress, some endangered animals like snow leopard, blue sheep and red panda roam freely without much interference from humankind.

Thrumsingla National Park

Thrumshingla National Park is a jewel within the protected area system of Bhutan. It has huge expanses of some of the last remaining stands of cool-temperate broad-leaved forests and old fir growth in the entire Himalayas. The park has a combination of all the different vegetation zones of Bhutan.

A record of 360 bird species in the park includes globally threatened rufous-necked hornbill, beautiful nuthatch, Pallas’ fish eagle, chestnut breasted partridge, and other rare species like yellow-rumped honeyguide, ward’s Tragon, and Tawny Fish Owl.    

The park has 69 species of mammals. The Royal Bengal Tiger has been recorded as high as 2,950 meters above sea level, and the Red Panda is frequently sighted along the national highway. The other mammal species such as Himalayan Black Bear, Common Leopard, and Musk Deer are commonly sighted. 

More than 622 plant species are found in TNP, comprising 152 medicinal plants and 21 species endemic to Bhutan. Atop the high pass, there is an in-situ rhododendron garden with 22 species of flower, and over 50 species of edible mushrooms from the wild can be sighted. 

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 2003, the Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS), covering an area of 740 square km between 1,800- 4,400 meters is possibly the world’s only protected area known to harbor the highly reclusive yeti (snowman). 

Locate in the easternmost part of the county in Tashigang, SWS is designed to protect the country’s eastern-most temperate ecosystem which harbor, among others, endemic species such as the eastern blue pine and black-rumped magpie. The forest contains 203 tree species. The sanctuary is also famous for faunal diversity. There are 18 species of mammals and 147 species of birds. 

The park area covers both Merak and Sakten and a part of Lauri geowg in Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag. The sanctuary is connected to the Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary in the south part of the country by a biological corridor that is part of the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex. The SWS and the corridors linking the sanctuary to the Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary are home to the headwaters of three major rivers of Manas, Bada, and Dhansiri.

Bumdeling Wildlife Santuary

Covering an area of 1520 square km, the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) contains a wealth of flora and fauna, including some of the most scenic alpine lakes in Bhutan. The park was created out of a need for the protection of the full range of natural ecosystems found between the Indian plains and the high Himalayas, specifically in the temperate zone. 

Located at an elevation of 1,500- 6,00 meters, the sanctuary is one o the country’s two winter roosting spots for the Black Necked Cranes. 

The park shares ecosystem buffer zones with part of Trashiyangtse, Lhuntshe, and Mongar Dzongkhags, and international borders with China in the north and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast. The three main rivers in the park are Kulong Chhu in the east, Khoma Chhu in the west, and Sheri Chhu in the south. 


visit villages of bhutan

Laptsakha Village In Punakha

There is a whole set of beautiful villages as you take up the divergent road towards Wolokha (5Km from Punakha town), and head upward towards Talo Monastery.To name some we have Lapsakha village , Talo Village ,Norbugang village.You can dedicate a day to explore this beautiful  villages. It will provide visitors a wonderful experience to see the Bhutanese way of life.You can interact with the farmers and learn more about the villages.

The houses in the villages are scattered around and has a touch of distinct Bhutanese Architecture.As you hike through these villages you will get to see the variance of birds through the terrace of paddy fields,tropical fruits and farmers at work.
We can have a farmhouse organic lunch and if you like you can also lend your hand to the hostess   in the making of Bhutanese dish such ema datsi (chili cheese), suja (buttered tea) or butter making. You can also behold the spectacular view of Punakha and Wandue valley from these villages.

Merak and Sakteng

Long closed to outsiders, the beautiful far flung regions of Merak and Sakten present Bhutan travellers with the unique opportunity to see two of the least known villages in the kingdom. They are called the twin jewel of the East.

Situated at an altitude over 3,500 meters, the exotic valleys of Merak and Sakten have been home to the Brokpas for centuries since their displacement from Tsona in Southern Tibet. The nomadic indigenous group of eastern Bhutan, the Brokpas seasonally move their herds of livestock from the lower valleys in the winter to the higher pastures in the summer.

While polygamy is a prevailing practice as well, marriage among Brokpa couples is a convergence of practical consideration and sacred responsibility, with elaborate rituals to seal the union. Like the rest of Bhutan, they are fond of archery and are skilled in games of accuracy. Women are particularly well-known for their singing and they love to perform from their wide repertoire of festive songs dedicated to gods and goddesses, as well as the universal themes of nature, youth and old age. Brokpas prefer to wear their traditional attire spun from yak hair.

Laya At Gasa

Almost all the people depends on mobile livestock with specific grazing time during summer and winter. Geographical topography of the village is not suitable for any other Agricultural and developmental activities, as it’s located in the mountainous region.  

It is located at 92 kmfrom Thimphu with the road connection(72 km with black top from Thimphu to Drugyel and 20 km feeder road from Drugyel to Shana)  From Shana, you got to walk 4 days from the road end point to reach Lingzhi owing to its remote location.

Lingzhi  is one of the highest altitude Village  in Thimphu Dzongkhag located at about 3280-5960 meters above sea level(4109 fromGewog Center) with 304.230 sq.km area and forest cover of 9.47%.

Lingzhi In Thimphu

Situated 4km far from Gaden Lam on a valley, Dechen Phodrang gives a stunning view of the Thimpu city. A two-storeyed structure that has several ancient paintings along with a central ordinance by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, or the Bearded Lama. These are scenic to look at. The paintings found here are dated back to the 12th century; that is pretty ancient. Dechen Phodrang means a ‘Place of Great Bliss’. It was later (in 1971) turned into a monastic school or Lobra for the teachings and preaching. When you visit during breaks, you will find the little monks running out to ask you a lot of questions. The stunningly carved main chapel is adorned with murals that go back to the authentic 13th-century artworks. These murals leave all the viewers enticed and charmed with their precision and exactness. In the upper section of the main building, there is a large size sculpture of the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. There is also a chapel that is devoted to the protective deities it is called Goenkhang.


Sopsokha Village

A tiny village located in the midst of paddy field. It is believe that  Lam Drukpa Kinley the divine madman was followed by demoness till Sopsokha village. It is here where he has subdued the evil spirits.He used the phallus as a medium to subdue and discipline the malevolent Spirits. And to celebrate the victory , on the exact spot Chimi Lhakhang was constructed later on by Lama Ngawang Chogyal.

So maybe thats why you may see the phallus painting at almost all the house of Sopsokha Village.

Radhi Village

Trashigang Goemba was built in the 18th Century. It is located 30Kms away from Thimphu Town to the mountain top, away from the onslaught of globalization. You can reach here either by taking a dirt road of 10Km from Dochula Thimphu-Punakha Highway or by taking a 3 hours hike through a forest of Hemlock or rhododendrons.

It is an important meditation centre, and there are numerous small houses for meditation near the goemba. In addition to about 16 monks, there are a few anims (nuns). Inside the lhakhang there are statues of several Je Khenpos who meditated here.

The place has an aura of different dimension.

Trong Village

Situated 4km far from Gaden Lam on a valley, Dechen Phodrang gives a stunning view of the Thimpu city. A two-storeyed structure that has several ancient paintings along with a central ordinance by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, or the Bearded Lama. These are scenic to look at. The paintings found here are dated back to the 12th century; that is pretty ancient. Dechen Phodrang means a ‘Place of Great Bliss’. It was later (in 1971) turned into a monastic school or Lobra for the teachings and preaching. When you visit during breaks, you will find the little monks running out to ask you a lot of questions. The stunningly carved main chapel is adorned with murals that go back to the authentic 13th-century artworks. These murals leave all the viewers enticed and charmed with their precision and exactness. In the upper section of the main building, there is a large size sculpture of the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. There is also a chapel that is devoted to the protective deities it is called Goenkhang.


Tang Valley

Drive to the Northern end of Thimphu valley passing through the countryside of Begana village before reaching Dodena. It is located 16 km away from Thimphu town and takes about 45 minutes to reach here. After crossing the gushing milky river on one of the oldest wooden cantilever bridges in Bhutan, enjoy your hike through the off-beaten tracks leading to the tranquil surrounding of the hilltop monastery where monks and wildlife mingle freely.

The hike is steep but there are big trees to give us shade and ease the hike.  As we ascend we may encounter various species of birds, commonly Laughing Thrust, Eurasia Nut Cracker, Brown Dipper, Spotted Laughing Thrush, Fire capped Tit, Chestnut-crowned Laughing Thrushes, White-throated Laughing Thrushes, Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers, and White-collared Blackbirds. This hike would be a treat to bird and nature lovers.

The name Chagri has been derived from “Cha” which means “Iron” and “Ri” meaning “mountain”. It was established by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620 as per the prophecy that says; “At the belt of the mountain that looks like a heart there will emerge meditation retreats that will liberate beings from suffering”; now it is a place of retreat for monks undergoing their three years, three months and three days retreat. The monastery was built around the spot where Phajo Drugom Zhigpo meditated three centuries earlier.  

Ura Village

This village of Bhutan is best known for its photographic sites and the age-old traditional architecture. This village is positioned at a height of 3100 meters from the sea level and is also one of the highest valleys in the country. This village is situated close to Chamkar and it takes around 1 hr and 30 minutes to reach there. In the winter season, this village gets covered with snow and becomes an eye-catching view. During the spring the whole surface of the valley gets covered with the flowers. Ura has  got many walking trails which is a centre of attraction for many hikers.

Mother Nature always blesses us with many boons and Bhutan is one among them. The feeling of calmness and divine happiness emerges from the heart when someone visits this heaven on earth. When you pay a visit to theses exotic places one of the major things which you will notice is the positive attitude of the villagers. SO next time when you plan a visit to Bhutan, do make sure to also visit these heavenly villages, where the Bhutanese culture shines.

Gangtey Village Wangduephodrang

Gangtey is located at the western edge of the Black Mountains. Gangtey village which is commonly known by its name Phobjikha is is a U-shaped glacial valley. It is popular for its scenic splendour and cultural uniqueness. 

This village is famous for giving shelter to black necked Crane. 

The few things that you could here would be Apart from all these Gangtey Monasteries is situated nearby the village which is the best place to practice spiritualism.


Khoma village, famous for giving the glimpse of Bhutan’s textile industry is generally at the top of the tourist’s bucket list. This village comes under the  Lhuentse district. From Lhuentse the distance to Khoma is very less and can be covered in 30 minutes. The route to Khoma has some breathtaking views which snatch away the spectator’s attention in a short period. The village’s traditional method of weaving handlooms is a treat for many tourists. Kishuthara, a textile which is produced majorly in this village has got a huge demand in the market.

Wochu Village

Wochu Village is popularly called as the Village of Blacksmith. 

It is about 5Km walk from the Paro town. The walk through Wochu valley is soul uplifting; stunning landscapes, legendary ancient house and fortresses, simple and smiling people: all these makes it a worth a visit.

 The blacksmiths here design and make traditional knives, swords, daggers and other metal products that are customized

This village also consists of the country’s only international airport. The best time to visit Paro Wochu village is in summer where the green covered fields can be seen.


SAy Hello To the nomads of bhutan


Laya is a small district under Gasa Dzongkhag in the Northwestern part of Bhutan. It is inhabited by the indigenous Layap people. It is the highest settlement in the country.  The natural splendor of Laya is unparalleled in the country. Livestock is a mainstay, particularly the rearing of yaks. In summer they live in the mountains and migrate to warmer valleys a lower elevation to barter their produce of yak dairy and meats as the cold winter begins to set in.

Women of this region have facial features that are distinct from those of other women in Bhutan, and their great love for turquoise jewelry, colorful clothing , and their conical bamboo hats immediately set them apart in any crowd.Like other parts of country , weaving is the household enterprise and the women use looms known as Zum to weave spun yak hair and wool into clothing that protect them from rain and harsh weather.



Things-To-Do :

  • Festival : The strong and rugged people of Gasa celebrate their annual festivals with a great deal of fun and festivities. Among the festivals the Auwley in the fall and the Bonco in the spring are well-known and popular. A rich repertoire of folk songs complement the celebration
  • Cordyceps Hunting: Cordyceps Sinensis which is an insect parasite fungus having high commercial demand due to its high medicinal value is also found here. You can go with the locals to hunt for it but it can be found only in a particular season.
  • Cultural Exploration: Experience the medieval ambiance & Cultural uniqueness of nomad lifestyles


How To Get there:

Take a drive from Thimphu to Gasa,  approx. 6 hours’ drive , hold a night at Gasa.

Early morning leave for Koina , you can either choose to trek for 4-5 hours to reach Koina . The trek is considered as one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. Overnight at Camp

Or you can choose to take a dirt road & drive till Koina. Since the road is rugged, it takes 3-4 hours drive and not recommended in summer. Overnight at Camp.

Next Day After breakfast, start trekking to your destination, the beautiful highland village of Laya. The trail winds up gradually and at times with steep climbs till you reach Laya. Early arrival to your camp and enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape and then you will come across a lot of locals in their typical Laya costumes. Overnight at Camp

Merak-Sakteng -Village

Regional Background :

Situated at an altitude over 3,500 meters, the exotic valleys of Merak and Sakten have been home to the Brokpas for centuries since their displacement from Tsona in Southern Tibet. The nomadic indigenous group of eastern Bhutan, the Brokpas seasonally move their herds of livestock from the lower valleys in the winter to the higher pastures in the summer. While polygamy is a prevailing practice as well, marriage among. Like the rest of Bhutan, they are fond of archery and are skilled in games of accuracy. Women are particularly well-known for their singing and they love to perform from their wide repertoire of festive songs dedicated to gods and goddesses, as well as the universal themes of nature, youth and old age. Brokpas prefer to wear their traditional attire spun from yak hair. Traditional wear for men comprise a black hat with five long fringes hanging from the sides. Women usually wear their long hair tied up in plaits with colorful ribbons. An apron reaching to their knees is tied at the waist.  Fond of jewelry, they wear long strands of corals, cat’s eyes and necklaces of semi precious stones.

Things to See & Do :

The diverse rituals and customs of the Brokpa people make Merak and Sakten an interesting place to visit, especially each autumn when they honour their mountain goddess Jomo Kuengkhar by observing a two-day festival to seek her blessings for prosperity. The festival is also an occasion to witness the annual naked terchaam dances of the Brokpas and the cultural splendor of the Ache Lhamo dances performed by herders.

There are also several interesting temples and monasteries in both valleys: 

The Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is another interesting place to explore. It is the only reserve in the world dedicated to protecting the habitat of the yeti or abominable snowman. The sanctuary is mountainous and rugged and boasts a diverse variety of flora and fauna .The park also has rare blue poppies,Bhutan National flower. Premilus and gentiania. that explode in a riot of colors in the spring.


On landing  at Paro, drive to Thimphu, the capital. The next day, I transferred to Bumthang  and from there to Trashigang, the furthest eastern region of Bhutan. Overnight in Trashigang, and the following morning take the road further east to Radhi village which is about 21 Km and takes about an hour.  After Radhi there is a dirt road that leads to Merak Village. It is about 40 Km and takes about 3 hrs to reach there.

Sakteng is better approached from Merak. From Merak a full day’s trek brings you to the riverside campground at Miksa Teng. Next day take a gradual three hour walk through some pleasant woods until your arrival in Sakteng.


Hot Springs of bhutan


Koma Tshachu is based at Gon Shari at Punakha. In order to reach here we have to drive along the Punakha Gasa Highway for about an hour till we reach the turning junction that leads to Gon shari village and from there it takes about 40 minutes’ walk. 

It is considered auspicious to visit this place from the eighth month of the Bhutanese calendar until the twelfth month. It is believed that one should dip for at least three continuous days to get the full effect of the minerals in the waters.

There are primarily 3 Pools

The first pool, with a temperature of 33°C contains healing properties for disease related to disturbance to your wind .The second pool with a temperature of 38.3°C can cure phlegm disorder; and it contains healing properties of cold, digestive disorder , Lymphatic fluid, skin disease; but those with high blood pressure are advised not to bath inside this pool for a long time. 

The third pool which is Medicinal water ( sman chu), also on the other side of the stream with a temperature of 17.3°C has curative properties for the impact of injury, gout , fractures and also is a good cure for Jaundice and neural diseases 

The hot spring is considered sacred as it is believed to be blessed by Guru Rinpoche, the prime deity of Bhutan.


Duenmang Tshachu or Duenmang hot spring is situated under Nangkor gewog, under Zhemgang Dzongkhag. It is situated at the bottom of a deep narrow valley. It is about a 1 hour walk down hill from the nearest road head. There are about five bathing troughs. It is believed that taking a bath in the hot spring cures many diseases like TB, Rheumatism, Gastritis etc.


Chubu Tshachu is one of the well-known hot springs in the country. Chubu Tshachu falls under Toedwang gewog in Punakha.

Like all the hot springs in the country, Chubu Tshachu is also well-known for its healing and curative properties for ailments like body aches, sinuses, ulcer, gastritis and even piles. The hot spring is located approximately 30 km away from the suspension bridge in Punakha.


Gelephu Tshachu or Gelephu Hotspring  is one of the popular places to visit in Gelephu. The location of the hot spring is surrounded by the hills on every side. This hot spring is famous as the people believe that their diseases are cured after they bathe in this hot spring which includes joint pains, stomach ache, skin diseases, etc. Visitors to Gelephu Tshachu mainly come for this purpose. The natural surroundings of Tshachu look beautiful with the peaceful environment.


Dur Tshachu is located in Central Bhutan in Bumthang Dzongkhag. Situated in the village of Dur, this Hot Spring is renowned for its medicinal value and is known to cure body aches.

However to reach Dhur Tshachu you need to take a 3 day hike which would be rewarded in the form of a rejuvenating bath in these hot springs where you can relax and cure body aches after a tiring hike. Not only will you get to take a bath but also enjoy rejuvenating views of nature this trek has to offer.


If you are not a hiking person then Gasa Tshachu is the best hot spring you can opt for. Just a few  back to get to the Gasa Hot Spring visitors must trek for approximately 40 minutes from the nearby road to the springs located on the valley floor but now there is a road leading till Gasa Tshachhu spot.


Birding In bhutan

Royal Manasa National

Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) is the oldest protected areas in Bhutan.  A total of 530 species of birds have been recorded so far, highest among all protected areas. Globally endangered species include the Rufous-necked hornbill and Pallas fish eagle, and 14 other species recorded from the park that are considered to have globally significant breeding populations in Bhutan.

The chestnut-breasted partridge for which there are no recent records outside Bhutan has also been recorded in this richly forested park

Narphungla Deothang

Narphungla to Deothang(1700m/650m)

Warm Broad Leaf to subtropical forest allows viewing Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Gold-naped Finch. November to early May is the best time to visit

Deothang to Samdrup Jongkhar(850m/250m)

Subtropical forest in southern part of Bhutan are home of Wreathed Hornbill, Violet Cuckoo, Pied Falconet, Greater Rufous-breasted Parrotbill

Sengor Namling

A short stretch of 26 Kms of broad leaved forest in eastern Bhutan, found between Sengor-Namling to Yonkola in Mongar district , is considered by most visitor birders as the Birding Capital of the World.

Sengor to Namling(3050m /2360 m) : The hemlock & cool broad forest host the Tragopans, Bar-winged Wrens, fire-tailed Myzornis.

Best time of viewing April to May


Namling to Yonkola (2360m/1700m) Cool and warm broad leaf forests hosts the Yellow-rumped Honey Guide, Rufoused-Necked Hornbill, Laughing-Thrush, Coral Billed Scimitar Babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta. Best time of viewing November to early May


Damji to Gasa(1700m/2430m& Gasa to Koina to Laya(2700m to 3200m)

A 2 day trek through warm broad leaf forest from Damji to Gasa will be welcomed by Black tailed Crake, Grey-sided Laughing Thrush and from Gasa as you head towards Laya you will see Bush Robin, Firetail Myzornis, Purple Cochoa , Gold-naped Finch



Rufous necked hornbill, Blythe kingfisher, Green cochooa, Purple cochooa, Chestnut breasted partridge and manu other common species are seen here. During the evening, small animals like flying squirrel,percupine and Red fox etc. are also seen on the route


The Zhemgang-Tingtibi road stretch is mostly warm broad-leaved forests and it serves as nice habitat for Rufous-necked and Great Hornbills, varieties of Cool Laughing Thrushes, Cutias, Scarlet Minivets, Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, Woodpeckers, Chestnut-headed, Grey-bellied Tesias, Spotted Wren Babblers, etc

The Tang-Chhu

It is popular for Ibisbill, a fascinating and rather unusual bird of the Himalayas and few Black-necked Cranes drop into Geytsa every winter


Birding in Dochula which stretches along the eastern coast of Fir rhododendrons, Oak and hemlock forest is ideal for viewing Satyr Tragopan , Rufous –breasted Bush Robin, slender–billed Scimitar Babbler.

Bhutan Birding From Drugyel Dzong

Forty five minutes drive North of Paro, you will reach Drukgyel Dzong. Bhutan Birding from Drukgyel Dzong begins from Drukgyel Dzong and continues till Jagothang. The place is ideal for viewing the Tibetan Snowcock, Isisbil Layan Griffon and the Golden Eagle.

Bhutan Birding At Phobjikha Valley
Bhutan Birding Mo Chhu Valley - Wangdue

The warm broadleaf forest of Mochu valley will be a treat for birders. Birding at Mochu valley will give you an opportunity to spot the endangered White-bellied Heron, White-gorgoted Flycatcher, Yellow-vented Warbler etc.

The other birds you might see are Cute Slaty-bellied, Chestnut-headed Tesias, Red–headed Trogons, Small Niltava, Black-chinned Yuhina, Wren Babblers, Woodpeckers & Laughing thrush. Best time to visit would be from November to early May.

Birding At Mo Chhu Valley

Dur Tshachu is located in Central Bhutan in Bumthang Dzongkhag. Situated in the village of Dur, this Hot Spring is renowned for its medicinal value and is known to cure body aches.

However to reach Dhur Tshachu you need to take a 3 day hike which would be rewarded in the form of a rejuvenating bath in these hot springs where you can relax and cure body aches after a tiring hike. Not only will you get to take a bath but also enjoy rejuvenating views of nature this trek has to offer.


Birding at Chelela Pass is convenient as it is just  36 Km drive  from Paro to reach the highest motorable pass called as Chele La Pass. Situated at an altitude of 3810m, which is the famous habitat for three different species of Pheasants — colorful Himalayan Monals, Blood Pheasants and Kalij Pheasants. Not only Pheasants, you might also see other birds like Rose Finches, Grosbeaks and Laughing Thrushes.

Dodina Chari Monastery

Altitude: (2575m)

A 45 minute ride from Thimphu , there is a beautiful monastery perched on the hilltop popularly called as Chagri Monastery. To reach the monastery you need to hike through the forest of Oak and Pines. As you hike, you can comfortably spot Yellow Bellied Flower picker, Spotted Laughing Thrush, Chestnut–crowned Laughing Thrushes, White-throated Laughing Thrushes, Brown Dipper, Fire capped Tit, Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers, and White-collared Blackbirds