Tread the sacred path to Tiger’s Nest monastery
An intense ascend with soul stirring panoramic views as a reward, is what makes the Tiger Nest monastery in Bhutan worth the climb.
Built around a cave where the Guru Rinpoche meditated, this monastery impossibly seems to cling to a cliff of rock 3,000 feet above the valley floor. The Taktsang Monastery is one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites of the Himalayan world, containing 13 holy places. It is believed, in the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche came to Taktsang in a miraculous manner, flying on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong in the region of Kurteop. The hike takes about 5 hours roundtrip, and is challenging, but unforgettably thrilling and mystical.
Constructed in 1692, the trek not only gives you a glimpse of the enthralling Paro valley but also takes you on a sacred spiritual journey.
Aim for some fun times
Archery, which is Bhutan’s national sport, is a common feature in the lives of the local people.
You will never hear a Bhutanese say "no" to a game of archery. This game is a real spectacle and provides an insight into Bhutanese culture and heritage. Locals dressed up in their best garments, a lavish feast and a dance to celebrate each hit, archery tournaments are a celebration and a fun day in the outdoors with the whole family.
The skill and artistry the archers possess is a visual treat. The sport promotes camaraderie and good cheer. On your next visit to Bhutan grab the bow and arrow and join in the merriment!
Cook up a storm in Bhutan
If you are a foodie or a fan of local cuisine, an exclusive cooking session with a Bhutanese host family is the perfect way to dive into the culture and heritage of this Himalayan kingdom.
This magical session starts with picking the right ingredients from the markets, knowing the local produce and being welcomed by the warm smiles of the villagers. Your chef shall explain the spices and the ingredients picked, along with the rich stories of Bhutanese culinary traditions.
From humble momos to the national dish Ema Datshi, the cooking session will take you through the authentic tales of the Bhutanese recipes as you learn more about this magical country.
Host a prayer in the wind
Bhutanese people are guided by the principles of Mahayana Buddhism, and participating in local customs and ceremonies is one of the best ways to understand their traditions.
Across the country you will see colour pops of red, yellow, blue, white and green dotting the earthy landscape. Prayer flags are an important part of Bhutanese daily lives. Imprinted with texts and symbols of Buddhism, fluttering prayer flags are believed to bring in good fortune for all people and beings of the earth.
Take part in a blessing ceremony by a monk and hoisting a prayer flag. The ritual involves reading of sacred mantras by the monk, burning of incense and making offerings to the deities, and hosting prayer flags. Let loose the sacred prayers and mantras as good will, compassion and peace permeates the air.
Oar your way through Bhutan
Bhutan is bestowed with six major rivers and their crystal clear waters are the country’s best kept secret.
Meandering through enchanting green valleys, they provide a perfect setting to experience the pristine wilderness. To satisfy your love for adventure, Bhutan has various points throughout its landscape, where the river flow is just right for you to go out on your kayak. An expert will guide you through the safety process for you to enjoy a quiet day on the tranquil rivers of Bhutan.