Now, you can be forgiven for not knowing about Bhutan before you visit because it’s a tiny country located between China, India, and Nepal. However, what is certain is that you will remember it for the rest of your life if you are fortunate enough to get a chance to go there. In fact, Bhutan is a place that is concerned with the average national happiness of its people, as well as being packed with stunning sights and memorable places to explore, so just keep reading to find out more about this place that has earned the moniker the last Shangri-La.
At the current time, no direct flights from the UK to Bhutan are operating. What this means is that getting there can be somewhat challenging. It is, however, possible to get a connecting flight from Kathmandu in Nepal, or Bangkok in Thailand.
Of course, Paro Airport the only site catering to international flights in known to be one of the most challenging places on the globe to land. Therefore even from the areas mentioned above flight can be less than regular, making just getting to Bhutan a challenge in itself.
If you are looking for five-star hotels and spas, Bhutan isn’t the place to go, but you shouldn’t let that put you off. In fact, most of the built-up tourist areas offer a decent standard of accommodation, although you can expect more rustic offerings as you get out into the rural areas.
After you have worked out the details of how to get to Bhutan and where to stay once you have arrived, you can start to consider which of the many memorable and breathtaking sites you will visit during your stay.
One in particular that you should not miss is Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as the Tiger’s Nest. Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist monastery located high on the Taktsang Trail, and a place that has deep spiritual meaning for the residents of Bhutan, as well as being a site of significant natural beauty. There you will find buildings with golden roofs, as well as staircases carved into the sheer rock, making it a place that is on most visitors’ must-see lists.
The Mo Chhu is one of Bhutan’s major rivers and cuts through some of the most remote and beautiful countrysides in this country. Take a canoe trip down the river to see things at a leisurely pace, or indulge in a white water rafting experience which will combine the fabulous scenery with some hair-raising adrenaline thrills as well.
Royal Manas National Park
Last of all, when visiting Bhutan it’s essential that you make some time to go to the Royal Manas National Park. The park is located to the south of the country, and there you will find activity such as an elephant safari and boat ride, as well as the opportunity to see some of the rare tigers, that the park is designed to help preserve. Something that genuinely helps to make Bhutan feel like the last Shangri-La.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.