Outdoor markets, warmly lit downtowns, cozy restaurants, cheerful locals... there is something special about American…
Those of you who have been following me for a while know that while I love a good spa, I really gravitate toward adventures and exploring unique destinations. Nothing excites me more than the perfect hike through exquisite scenery and historic sites. Today I’m dreaming of Bhutan, a remote and isolated pocket between India and China offering its visitors a unforgettable blend of friendly local culture, spectacular Himalayan vistas and colorful prayer flags at every turn.
My first trek is to the historic Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This tiny monastery is wedged high upon a cliff overlooking the valley where the ‘Second Budha’ is said to have meditated after he arrived on a flying tiger. The monastery itself sits at 10 thousand feet and it’s about a two hour climb to the top starting at about 7 thousand feet.
After the monastery, I head to the city of Thimphu which is the capital of Bhutan. The city is very friendly and informal, allowing me to set my own agenda and timetable. The city’s most impressive building by far is the fortress of Tashichhodzong. This building is a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture and I take my time exploring the throne room and the intricate artwork that decorates the interior. When I’m done exploring the Tashichhodzong, I finish my tour of Thimphu by bike which is a great alternative and offers a quick and fun way to see all the top sites of the city.
The mystic and magic of Bhutan are legendary. You never forget the warmth of the people and their unique culture. The whole experience opens your mind and heart leaving you with a feeling that lasts a lifetime.
Have you traveled to Bhutan? What were a few of your favorite tours and sights?