Top 10 things to do in Bhutan

Timphu, Bhutan
1. Explore the Centenary Farmers Market in Thimpu where tourist and locals alike come to browse the kaleidoscopic array of fruit, vegetables and crafts

2. Sample Bhutanese food, especially the most famous dish, ema datshi made from red chili peppers and yak cheese with red and white rice

Wooden wall, Bhutan
3. Enjoy the traditional architecture of Paro, where decorated shops and house line the small streets and squares

Memorial chortens are dotted along the Dochula Pass
4. Discover the Dochula Pass and its 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas where the snow-capped mountains are radiant on clear days

5. Visit the sacred temple of Jambey Lhakhang, said to be one of 108 temples built by a Tibetan king in one day, to trap an ogress on earth forever

6. Go back in time at Rinpung Dzong, a large monastery near Paro which has been standing since the 15th Century

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is the most famous sight in Bhutan
7. Marvel at Taktsang Tiger’s nest monastery, clinging to the edge of a cliff as with fluttering prayer flags and colourfully painted walls

Archer, Bhutan
8. Watch an archery competition. Bhutan is obsessed with archery and the elaborate tournaments are a fantastic glimpse into their culture

9. Trek the Druk Path, the original mule trail that winds through the mountains between Thimpu and Paro, past green pastures and misty lakes, meeting local yak herders along the way

10. Learn about Bhutan’s history in the National Museum of Bhutan, going back over 1,500 years with the art and religious sculptures that are housed there

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