Cultural Bhutan

Tiger’s Nest (Taktshang) Monastery, Paro – Spiritual fulfilment needs effort. Unless you are Guru Rinpoche who flew to these heights on a tiger! The 8th Century Tiger’s Nest Monastery with its hanging-by-a-thread feel is a steep climb, but it is the visual icon of all that is Bhutan.

Losar Festival, Thimpu, Paro, Punakha – Celebrating Tibetan New Year, the Bhutanese pray, make their resolutions, feast on regional delicacies and display their prowess in traditional games like dha (archery), khuru (darts) and degoer (flat stone throwing). Bhutanese women do their version of cheerleading, dancing & encouraging their menfolk!

Druk Wangyel Tshechu, Dochula – Staged with the backdrop of towering mountains at Dochula, this unique festival sees the stalwarts of the Royal Bhutan Army perform incredible acrobatic, musical and theatrical feats.

Yoga Tours – Pack your mat and practice at remarkably harmonious spots like the Gangtey Palace gardens, Cheri Monastery, Puna Tsang Chu river bank and Nalanda Monastery. Many of Bhutan’s finest hotels like the Zhiwa Ling Hotel, also have Yoga studios.

Bhutanese Stone Baths – Pamper yourself with a 40-minute soak in fresh river water, steeped with Artemisia leaves and heated with fire roasted river stones. Perfect and medicinal, it’s bliss in a liquid form. Available at luxury hotels, spas (Amankora, Gangtey) and even at the local farmer’s shed!

Footprint Special – Homestays in unique locations for a authentic Bhutanese experience; Intimate forest treks to monasteries, with an exclusive picnic enroute.