Flowing from the striking Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten to picturesque Punakha Dzong, the lower Mo Chhu river connects these two most attractive sights in Punakha Valley and the swathe of lush countryside between.
The invigorating short trek along the mountain ridge that separates Paro and Haa valleys makes for a great day hike.
With a wider floor than most valleys in Bhutan, Phobjikha Valley provides the wintering roosting grounds for the magical black-necked cranes, a protected species.
This trek through beautifully unspoiled Haa district, in the far west of the country bordering Sikkim and the southernmost tip of Tibetan China, has as its destination a sacred lake: Nub Tsho Na Pata, literally translated as “the great lake to the west.”
Driving on the rough and rugged farm roads en route to one’s village for the annual puja or simply for vacations has always been a tiring experience for the common Bhutanese citizen.
When you enter this gym, you feel like you’re in one of those city gyms abroad,” says Dema Lham, mother and a career woman.
The Bhutan International Marathon will be held for the fourth consecutive year on March 4, 2017, featuring some of the most spectacular scenery offered on the international circuit.
Each autumn, when the black-necked cranes return to Phobjika, they are said to circle nearby Gangtey Goemba three times before landing, as a sign of thanks to the monks who have prayed for their return.
Prior to hitting the trail, visitors (hikers and bikers) can take in the 51.5 meter tall, bronze and gilded in gold, Buddha Dordenma statue.
This straightforward trek loops over the mountains between Bumthang's Chamkhar and Tang Valleys, winding past the hillside lhakhangs and bucolic villages for which Bumthang is known.
One of Bumthang's newer treks, the Owl Trek takes its name from the hooting often heard in campsites along the trail, thought by Bhutanese to herald weather changes.
The hike from Paro up to the Chelala Pass, the highest road pass in Bhutan at 3988 meters, then down to Haa intermixes hikers between flat roads and steep inclines.
Stretching down the middle of Norzin Lam from the National Textile Museum to the luxurious Taj Tashi Hotel, a line of simple bamboo huts house Thimphu's highest concentration of Bhutanese handicrafts and souvenirs.
Named for the goddess Dagala, who protects the lake-dotted landscape south of Thimphu, the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a moderate 6 day hike best tackled in April or September–October.
Rafting the remote Dangme Chhu offers the intrepid adventurer an experience they will never forget.
Bhutan's DANTAK Open Mountain Bike Race is being run for the seventh consecutive year in April 2017.
One of Bhutan's most accessible treks, the Druk Path links two of the country's top destinations, Thimphu and Paro.
A challenging there-and-back expedition, the Duer Hot Springs Trek offers hardy hikers a reward in the form of a rest day spent soaking sore muscles in the remote Duer Tsachu hot springs.
This trek begins in the beautiful broad-bottomed Phobjika Valley, with the trail heading west along the Juge Kangkha Chhu through meadows filled with wildflowers and groves of bamboo.
Many of Bhutan’s inhabitants enjoy the blissful waters of natural hot springs for healing and relaxation.
Well known for the ancient healing technique, Gelephu is blessed with a hot spring located 15 km away from the Gelephu town.
One of the highest golf courses in the world (sitting around 2700m), Haa golf course is located beautifully in front of the popular mountains in Haa called ‘three brother hills’.
For someone who is looking for a very light hike where one does not have to climb many uphills, Haa Valley View hike is perfect.
Seeing the countryside of Bhutan from the back of a horse, whether for several days or just an afternoon, adds distinction to what is already sure to be a unique vacation.
After following the Jomolhari Trek as far as Lingshi, the Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek branches off northeast along the mountainous Bhutan-Tibet border to the remote village of Laya, before curving south to the roadhead at Gasa — tracing the first half of the Snowman Trek.
The seven-day Jomolhari Loop is the shortest and easiest of the trekking routes around Jomolhari (7,326m/24,035ft).
The classic trek to Jomolhari (7,326m/24,035ft), Bhutan's third tallest peak, is one of Bhutan's most popular multi-day hikes.
A local hangout, Junction bookstore is a charming tiny and cozy book store in the heart of the capital.
The 3-day religious festivals held in fortress courtyards and monasteries throughout Bhutan are perennial favorites with Bhutanese and tourists alike.
Aside from visiting the historical temples and fortresses, a good hike from Jambay lhakhang to Kurjey lhakhang is a must do thing when in Bumthang.
In a remote corner of eastern Bhutan, there is an isolated land — home to nomads and blue poppies — said to be haunted by the migoi, or yeti.
In the Black Mountains of central Bhutan, deities dance on the summit of each mountain peak, clouded leopards slink through the forest, and golden langurs swing from the treetops.
Believed to be the highest vegetable producer in Bhutan because of its perfect weather condition and the soil structure, Tsirang is also the first district to go 100 percent organic.
Icy, glacier-sourced streams feed the Po Chhu or “Father River,” which energetically tumbles its way southwest towards Punakha and its confluence with the Mo Chhu (“Mother River”).
One of the oldest gyms in the capital - and located in the heart of the city - Planet Gym has gained quite the following over the years, especially because of its association with the Bhutan Body Building trainees.
One of the rare Bhutanese trekking routes that stays open throughout the winter, the Punakha Winter Trek traces an old foot trail between Thimphu and the subtropical Punakha Valley.
With stray dogs sleeping in the rough and the occasional cow on the fairway, a round of golf at the Royal Thimphu Golf Course is a uniquely Bhutanese experience — although the fervent local players will be familiar to golfers everywhere.
While newly established in 2013, this five-day trek traces the route of a far older trail once used to transport salt and silk from the Indian border at Samdrup Jungkhar to the area around Trashigang.
Best tackled in winter, this four-day trail leads from Punakha Dzong to the village of Samtengang, a short drive east of Wangdue Phodrang.
This version of the Snowman Trek follows the classic route (Snowman Trek I) as far as the remote village of Thanza before striking off along a little-used trail towards the village of Duer in Bumthang.
With a completion rate of less than 50%, the epic 25-day Snowman Trek is often billed as one of the world's toughest treks, forcing most trekkers to turn back due to snowfall or altitude sickness.
With its inconspicuous location behind the long row of handicrafts stalls that line Norzin Lam from the Three Offering Goddesses traffic circle on down, Tarayana Rural Crafts may look like any other retail shop.
Turkish Spa is inside 3-star Hotel Phuntsho Pelri in the Hong Kong Market area of central Thimphu, down the stairs from its sister salon.
The weekend craft market near the Centenary Farmers' Market on Chogyal Lam is still a little under the radar for many tourists, who don't always know that the long, corrugated metal shed on the other side of the river is someplace they might want to visit.
The challenging trek over Rodung La from Bumthang to Trashi Yangtse follows what was once a major trade route used to transport livestock to the lowlands and rice to the highlands.