The cultural diversity of Bhutan is rich only enhanced by the colourful festivals held mainly during the spring season. The congregation of the Bhutanese in monasteries and temples attired in their traditional wear performing to the rhythmic music is a treat to the senses and is truly exotic in experience. The rich colourful festivals are held throughout the country and at different times of the year at Dzongs. Highlights of these festivals to travellers are the famous masked dances. Planning your trip around these festivals is a splendid way to experience Bhutan’s fascinating culture.
Bhutan being one of the greenest countries in the World is naturally a trekking paradise offering some amazing trekking trails such as the Chomolhari Trek, Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek and Druk Path Trek.
One of the most popular treks in Bhutan, Chomolhari trek is Bhutan’s equivalent of the Everest base camp trek in Nepal and is extremely popular in the world of trekking. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of the Chomolhari Peak (7314m), especially from Jangothang, which is enroute to the base for Chomolhari peak climbing expeditions, and Jichu Drakye peak (6989m). A walk and visit through Paro and Thimpu is included in this trek that involves resting, exploring and enjoying the local delicacies.
This lovely trek starts along the fertile Paro valley through the Paro Chu (river) and then via unspoilt villages in beautiful valleys which has till today retained their ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. Thereafter, a climb through ravishing virgin forest before emerging to high summer pastures at the foot of magnificent and sacred Chomolhari peak. Along the route, one crosses three high passes – Bhonte La (4890m), Takhung La (4520m) & Thombu La (4380m), before passing two lone Dzongs (forts) in wild desolate landscape and then the final leg through the gentler delights of the cultivated valleys.
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek, a beautiful trek in complete wilderness passing via several high altitude lakes, beautiful meadows and undulating valleys with a view of the majestic Himalayas and Yak herders. Thimpu, Paro, Haa & Punakha valleys are explored giving one a peak into the culture, beauty and mystery of this place. A hike up to Bhutan’s most famous sight and monastery, Taktsang or tiger’s Nest is another highlight of this trek.
Druk Path is trek of moderate difficulty. This is Bhutan’s most popular trek following the ancient highland route between Paro and the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. Passing through a fantastic landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes, this trek also exposes one to the rich culture of the ancient land. There are several ancient lhakhangs (monasteries), dzongs (fortress) and villages along the trail that is as beautiful as the natural landscape. Throughout the trek one will have the pleasure of the views of distant slow clad peaks. One of the highlights of this trek is that it offers a breath-taking view of the Chomolhari (7314m), also known as the "Bride of Kangchenjunga".
Camping will be beside clear mountain lakes and along the trail enjoy the magnificent view of the highest un-scaled peak in the world, Gangkhar Puensum.
Bhutan, a land laden with myth, mystery, legend and adventure is no less than a paradise for trekkers and travellers alike. Experiencing this timeless beauty with all its grandeur is not to be missed at all.