Travel is…a solo adventure in the lap of the Himalayas

Posted on Feb 12 2018 - 7:06am by Stella M

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Summary

the majestic Himalayan Kingdon of Bhutan

Ever wanted to visit your dreamed destination then thought that it isn’t safe to travel alone? Worry no more because there are places where a solo trip, especially for women, is safe and extraordinary. Bhutan is the place to be if you really want to be at one with nature and have some much deserved time away from the hassle and bustle of the city life.

the silence of Punaka, Punakha

Shrouded in legends and mystery, the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan craves exploration. Prepare to be welcomed with its colourful prayer flags, emerald green forests, and friendly locals. Explore its rich history by visiting the National Folk Heritage Museum, Trashi Chho Dzong, the Royal Botanical Garden and The Thimphu Chorten.

greet from a smiling Bhutanese

The moment you set foot in the country, you will be greeted by the smiling locals. They not only pay great respect to women as they like treating them as equals but are also very helpful to tourists, more so to women in need of assistance. Its reputation as the last Shangri-La justifies its being the most serene place to visit. By lying in the lap of Himalayas it is the ultimate place for adventure sports and spectacular trekking trails.

If you don’t visit the cities of Punakha and Paro for their amazing festivals, you will miss out on the culture and other offerings of the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world. Among other things you will find here there are luxury hotels and beautiful monasteries.

In every country, there are factors to take into account before getting there. The same can be said in the case of your Bhutan escapade.

much-wanted pic with the Tiger's Nest

Though its rich culture and traditions guarantee visitors a distinct travel experience, planning your trip is very important which means being aware of the country’s do’s and don’ts’s. You will need to be aware of its strict entry policy, which requires a guide and driver to accompany all its visitors.

 authentic Bhutanese meal

Bhutanese food is simply presented yet very delicious. Each region offers its own specialities with most meals consisting of meat and vegetables accompanied by chillies and rice. Fried yak skin is a notable snack choice as well as noodles, momos or dumplings. The huge population of vegetarians here makes the search for meat-free meals very easy. In fact, all plant life is in the cooking of the Bhutanese people such as ferns, mushrooms, orchids, and nettles.Meanwhile, most travellers seem to have difficulty in the liberal use of chilli in almost all dishes. You can always request for one without this ingredient though!

largest dzong fortress

traditional mask dance

Thimphu’s weekend market

But don’t just take our word for it! Visit. Enjoy. Experience. Perhaps, you can get to know Bhutan deeply through some of these ways:

  • Be amazed by the fine Bhutanese architecture in Trongsa Dzong which opens on different levels. Above this building, you will also find the old watchtower Ta Tzong.
  • Try the 5-day festival known as the Ura Tsechu Excursion so as to immerse yourself in the true meaning of the Bhutanese religion.
  • Visit the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery where Guru Rinpoche meditated for three months.
  • Go to the Ura village that leads into the country’s easternmost regions.
  • Spend a weekend at the Thimpu market for some produce including yak butter, textiles, dried chillies and bamboo products.
  • Don’t miss to see its remarkable Taktsang Goemba monastery.

amazing Taktsang Goemba (Tiger's Nest)

But before going to Bhutan, know your best travel date. Fall and spring seasons are peak seasons since winter can be very cold and summer can bring the monsoons and heat. And of course, we want to know all about what you got up to while you were there.

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About the author : Stella M

She is a lover of nature and everything it has to offer. She loves to explore and discover new places and try new things believing that life is a journey worth travelling. Adventure in everything is what she’s into whether in the countryside or beach or anything in between.

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