A small, quiet landlocked country high in the Himalayas, Bhutan is one of the most underrated honeymoon destinations in the world, but perfect in so many ways. Known as the Last Shangri La, the country comprises panoramic valleys with the majestic Himalayas in the backdrop, and an abundance of rare fauna and flora. Though a honeymoon in Bhutan may not seem like a conventional option, you will be amazed at the number of romantic experiences Bhutan has to offer — sunsets over snow-capped mountains, lovely woodland strolls, and magnificent valley views, Bhutan has it all.
This sovereign nation, home to the Wangchuck dynasty, is known for its breath-taking greenery, serene monasteries, and vibrant festivals. Here’s what you need to keep in mind while planning your honeymoon in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Best time to visit Bhutan
Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the ideal seasons to visit Bhutan. While Spring boasts of a host of festivals along with the blossoming of a wide variety of flora such as clematis, primroses, lily, and Rhododendrons and poppies, Autumn is the best time to catch a glimpse of the famed black-necked cranes.
In Bhutan, experience festivals like never before
Bhutan is rich in culture and every village has its own celebration. One of the most well known festivals is the annual Tshechu, which held in monasteries where people gather to pray to the second Buddha, the Guru Rimpoche. Festivals such as Rhododendron,DungmedTshechu, and JakarTshechu are a visual treat for travellers. Here, you can experience the sacred Black Hat dance, the drummers of Drametse, and witness the blossoming of the famed Rhododendron flowers.
Bhutan sightseeing delights
Bhutan is home to some of the most beautiful palaces, museums, and monasteries. These include Paro Taktsang, Punakha Dzong, Trongsa Dzong, Bhutan Textile Museum, Buddha Dordenma, Chorten Kora, and the National Library of Bhutan. The fertility temple Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the Temple of the Divine Madman, is a favourite with couples who seek blessings for an auspicious beginning of their life.It is an incredible experience to watch the sun set behind the Himalayan range with rows of colourful prayer flags fluttering at a nearby monastery. A must visit is climb to the gorgeous Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest monastery, which is Bhutan most well known tourist site.
What Bhutan offers for the adventure lovers
If you and your partner are a nature junkie then Bhutan has so much to offer.
Explore Bhutan’s national parks and trek through its spellbinding landscapes. Experience the ultimate thrill and excitement through a whole host of adventure activities like mountain biking, kayaking, river rafting, and hiking.Whether you thrive on culture, or get your kicks from trekking, experience the Tiger’s Nest monastery, Phajoding monastery, and the Bumthang cultural trek. While in Bhutan, you can also engage in birdwatching, as the country is home to some of the most endangered species in the world. These include – the Imperial Heron, the Black Necked crane, the beautiful Nuthatch, Blyth’s Kingfisher, and many more. One can also catch a glimpse of the Takin; an extremely rare mammal that is the national animal of the sovereign nation. Another must-do activity is opting for the‘My Gakidh’ village tour, wherein travellers get the opportunity to experience the Bhutanese way of living. This eco-tourism initiative allows visitors to trek through beautiful villages and pristine natural landscapes.
Bhutan: An abode of peace
Bhutan offers a multitude of experiences for travellers seeking solace, rest and recuperation. Newly wedded couples can soak together in one of the many Mineral Hot spring baths, which are known to have healing and rejuvenation properties. They can also sample Sowa Rigpa, the traditional medicine of Bhutan, and enjoy a joint yoga session, offered by most hotels.
Revel in the happiness quotient of this lovely country as you bond over the comforting Bhutanese cuisine.From taking long walks together and enjoying new, vibrant festivals, to attending workshops, the serenity of Bhutan is therapeutic, something no city can match up to.
(Daniel D’souza is President and Country Head, Leisure, at SOTC Travel)