Bhutan has always been a mysterious country in my eyes. I only know a handful of travelers who have visited the country and it doesn’t often make the news or any travel lists. It is a small country in the Himalayas, best known for the Tiger’s Nest, and being difficult destination to reach for tourists.
Visiting Bhutan was one of my travel goals I set two years ago and a country I had been wanting to visit for much longer.
I knew I was flying into a magical place the moment our plane cruised past the summit of Mt. Everest and our pilot banked a hard left between the Himalayan peaks.
The airport in Paro, Bhutan set the tone for our adventure across Bhutan. The traditional design of the buildings resembled those in the city of Paro. The city has done a great job maintaining the cultural architecture of the past while welcoming modern amenities.
Bhutan: An Adventure Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom
The first of many Dzongs in Bhutan was the Rinpung Dzong, a fortress and monastery overlooking the town of Paro and the valley below.
Tourist2Townie crossing a colorful suspension bridge outside Paro, Bhutan. The construction of the worlds largest Buddha statue in Thimphu, Bhutan.
The view of Thimphu, Bhutan. Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and more modern than Paro.
On a visit to a Bhutanese trade school we observed students developing skills in many professions. The level of detail that goes into these paintings is incredible.
I am convinced we had the best guides in Bhutan. They were knowledgeable and always up for having a good time in any situation. At the end of the trip these guys were our friends and are one of the reasons I will have to return to Bhutan with Yeoong Tours & Travel.
There is no question the Punakha Dzong was my favorite in Bhutan.
This is my favorite photo from the trip and one of my favorites of all time.
Archery is huge in Bhutan and these guys have some serious skill.
Every day in Bhutan there was something new and amazing to see. We were the only tourists at this Dzong and had the chance to sit in on prayers with the Buddhist monks. My first glimpse of the Tiger’s Nest. This was the reason I wanted to visit Bhutan. We were told it takes some people up to 4 hours to reach the top but most could do it in 2-2.5 hours. We were so excited we were to the top in 1 hour and had the entire place to ourselves.
The Tiger’s Nest.
Tourists becoming Townies.
There is no question I will return to Bhutan. I made great friends and had a awesome experience.
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