A tiny and remote kingdom nestled in the Himalayas between its neighbors India and China lies a slice of heaven content with minimalism and happiness being their motto. The natives believe in Buddhism. The charm of Bhutan lies in how authentic the place is in it’s thoughts and actions. The Bhutanese are extremely simplistic, friendly and warm people, believing in the philosophy of living in harmony with the environment, not getting exposed to the negativity of television or internet. Bhutan is also the worlds first carbon-negative country. Bhutan has been ranked the happiest country consecutively and it is also the eight happiest country in the world.
Putting together for you, an unforgettable trip to Bhutan. Upon arrival is at leisure, the evening exploring and walking on the cultural and vibrant streets of Paro, enjoy a donut and cinnamon coffee soaking in the simple pleasures of life. Dinner in a traditional Bhutanese set up with authentic meals on offer for your first evening out in Paro will be served.
Next morning is an early start, hiking upto the popular Tigers Nest or Paro Taktsang. One of Bhutan’s most popular spots and also most photographed. This sacred monastery is located on the Cliffside of upper Paro Valley. Guru Rinpoche first meditated here and he was the one to introduce Buddhism to the natives in 1692. Legend has it that a Tigress carried the Guru on her back and hence the name “Tigers Nest” The only way to get to the monastery is to hike it up or take a horse maybe. The hike takes about 4-5 hours one way and the roads are not cemented. The hike is absolutely worth it because the views offered while hiking up are unmatched. While on your return, the best way to get the fatigue off is to enjoy a hot stone bath. The hot stone bath is very unique to Bhutan. Fresh river water is mixed with Artemisia leaves and rocks are heated on fire until it is red hot. Once burning, the rocks are put in the water into a compartment which is separated via an iron mesh to a wooden tub filled with water. The mesh allows the heated water to fuse with the water in the tub and create the heat. The stones are believed to have medicinal benefits and release essential minerals for aches and pains of the body. The evening is free to relax. Dinner will be at the hotel itself.