Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest, is perched on a steep cliff in Bhutan. The trail to the monastery at the altitude of more than 3,000 meters in Paro district is exhausting. A long flight of stairs connects to the main part of the monastery. Taktsang means a “Tiger Lair”.…
The Nose rock in Thimphu, Bhutan boasts 13 well-marked routes graded from 4B to 7B. All the routes are appropriately named: Energy Crisis, Friction Dance, Half Moon and Wedding Present. The routes, spanning up to 27 meters, offer an array of challenges, including a chimney, ledge, overhang and vertical wall, for the climbers. Spend weekend negotiating the Nose.
Where to Experience Snowfall in Bhutan
You can enjoy snowfall in the Wangchuck Centennial Park (WCP). Most of the park experiences snow during the winter season. A major part of the snowmen trek- the most difficult trek in the country- meanders through the park.
The second largest protected area inBhutan, the park encompasses the north-central region of the country. The park is bounded in the east by Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary and in the west by Jigme Dorji National Park. In the south, a biological corridor runs along the park. The park comprises areas of Bumthang, Gasa, Lhuntse and Wangdiphodrang districts. Jazayla, Rinchen Zoegila, Gangkar Phuensum and other snow-covered mountains are located within the park. WCP is dotted with glaciers and high altitude lakes. The four major rivers- the Chamkharchu, Kurichu, Mangdechu and Punatsangchu- originate from the park. WCP, therefore, is a major source of water and hydropower for the country. Its meadows, alpine scrubs and temperate forest ecosystems are home to a wide array of fauna and flora. You will find four national symbols in the park: raven- national bird, blue poppy-national flower, cypress-national plant and Bhutan takin- national animal. Nasiphel, Zabjethang, about12 kilometres from Bumthang, is the entry point for the park. Bumthang is about four hours drive from Paro.
Alpine Festival in Haa Valley for Action-Packed Weekend
The 2-day annual Alpine Festival will begin on July 9, 2011in the MythicValleyof the Guardian Spirit in Haa region (Bhutan). Haa, the Royal Grandmother’s home, is just two hours drive from Paro (the only airport in the country) via theChelelaPass. You can stay in a traditional farmhouse that can accommodate up to six people or camp under the star-studded sky.
During the festival, you can taste home-cooked local food, including buckwheat dumplings (Haapi Hoentoe), Ema Datshi made from yak cheese, and ara brew with yak meat slices. You can even participate in traditional Bhutanese games- soksum (spear / javelin), archery and khuru (wooden dart). Enjoy horse and / or yak riding.
Mask dance and folk song performances are not be missed. A cattle show focusing on indigenous cattle breed-the Nublang- is also planned. You can observe and learn how a tent is made from yak hair. Buy Bhutanese art and craft made from wood, slate, clay, silver and gold.