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What to see and do in Bhutan

From cultural performances to amazing sights, here are our best things to see and do in Bhutan.

Christmas in Bhutan Continued

Even for non-birdwatchers seeing numerous Black Necked Cranes on our hike in the Phobjika Valley was an exciting experience. We watched their graceful flight overhead and they graciously posed for us as they foraged on the frosty ground. They migrate to this valley in Bhutan every winter.

Christmas in Bhutan with Wild Frontiers

We meet in Delhi: nine travellers arrive from different countries and of various ages and professions, all with the common desire to experience Bhutan. For me a long-held interest in Buddhist culture and love of remote mountainous terrain has led to a yearning to come here – but will it live up to expectations?

Bhutan's Amazing Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Our last full day in Bhutan saw us visit the amazing, gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest monastery. Setting off at the crack of dawn we undertook the long slog up the slope and the many steps to arrive as it opened and to have it to ourselves. The Tiger’s Nest, known as Taktshang Goemba in Bhutanese, …

Christmas in Bhutan - Alex to the rescue!

Christmas Eve, and we were en route from Gangtey to Bumthang. Sonam, our guide, has told us that the entire length of the main east-west highway across Bhutan is simultaneously being upgraded to two lanes and to asphalt – and guess which road we’re back on today? We were soon to be playing our o…

Bhutan: The Happiest Country on Earth

Where better to escape the rigours of the British winter and, should you feel so inclined, the festive season, than the happiest country on Earth, Bhutan? Our group gathered in Delhi to start our adventure in Bhutan. First was the flight to Paro, with the added bonus of flying over the Himalayas and…

So much more to Bhutan...

Just before taking off from Bhutan to Delhi, to part ways with the group he has been leading, Spike Reid realised there was so much more about Bhutan that he'd missed in his first blog. He jots them down, with a stunning array of high Himalaya stretching off into the distance, outside the plane. …

Things to Know about Bhutan

Bhutan is a largely unknown country by many westerners. The country is far different than many of its neighbors and the culture is extremely unique. Whether you are planning a trip Bhutan or simply interested in this fascinating nation, here are some things to know about Bhutan.

Joining in a village celebration of Buddha

In one of the most remote Eastern Bhutanese villages called Ranjung, where Wild Frontiers groups stay in the local monastery’s rather primitive guesthouse, lives a girl called Dekyi.  Dekyi has been my friend and self-proclaimed “daughter” ever since I first visited here many years ago and one of th…

Bhutan's sacred rites

A visit to Bhutan isn’t really complete unless you have had the chance to see one of their religious festivals.  They are called “tsechus”  and are generally held in the local dzong of the region (a dzong being both a monastic and administrative fortified complex, the like of which abound in Bhutan’…

Bhutan - Hours in the clouds

If you are going to explore this wonderful country Bhutan from West to East, as we do in our Land of the Thunder Dragon trip at Wild Frontiers, then you must spend long hours in the bus between nightly destinations.  This is absolutely unavoidable but turns out to be one of the highlights of the tri…

A warm Bhutanese rural welcome

One thing that I believe sets WF apart from all its supposed competitors is that we shy away from a tourist trail wherever possible and one of the “extras” that we slip into our itinerary here in Bhutan is a visit to a local farmhouse in Paro where its inhabitants have a particular association with …

Bhutan by moonlight

November is the perfect time of year to visit Bhutan.  The scenery (and our many thousands of photos) are enhanced by the first snows of winter, the skies at least up until now, are blue and cloudless and the valleys are still warm with the autumn sunshine. For five days we have been blessed with s…

A pilgrimage to Tigers Nest Monastery, Bhutan.

If the much photographed and world renowned Tigers Nest Monastery isn’t in the “Top 1000 things to do before you die” book, then it bloomin’ well should be.  Equally I’m thinking of starting a campaign to include it in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a thing of real beauty, mysticism…

Doing Delhi Differently

The traditional concept of a “city tour” is enough to put Wild Frontiers leaders into a manic depression.  Wild Frontiers do not “do” city tours in the touristic sense and Delhi can be such a wonderful introduction to our real India that it should be done in true WF style. My local guide shakes his…

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