Strolling through handicraft and textile shops, admiring natural beauty with majestic fortresses, ancient temples and monasteries, picturesque river valleys, meadows and hills, indulging in spicy Bhutanese cuisine, the true traveller will experience the true Bhutanese way of life with BTCL.

eatingoutBhutanese dish is hot; spicy chilli with cheese and tomato is the local delicacy. But those with a lesser endurance to chilli can treat themselves to a savory meal in many Bhutanese restaurants that cater to international travellers.

Several restaurants have come up in many parts of Thimphu today with increased tourists arrivals recording every year. Many restaurants serve Thai, Chinese, Indian, Korean and American cuisine.

Many Bhutanese love noodles and dumplings called Momo. Momos are served in vegetable, cheese and meat. New restaurants in Thimphu are adding to the menu bringing in different kinds of food on offer and varied choices for foodies.

Coffee lovers have several places to visit in Bhutan to taste their choice of flavor. For a quick snack, some restaurants in Bhutan offer burgers, sandwiches, patties and pastries.

For authentic Bhutanese dishes, several restaurants in Thimphu offer varied choices to tourists. Meat such as pork, beef, chicken and fish are the most consumed among Bhutanese.

Generous amount of chilli is added to every dish to bring about the spicy flavor that most Bhutanese enjoy. Rice is the staple crop of Bhutan and is eaten two to three times a day.

Besides offering a variety of local treats, restaurants in Thimphu also offer a unique ambience of ancient, traditional Bhutanese homes. Some Bhutanese restaurants are built over ancient ruins of traditional homes that are refurbished with the same ancient design and structure.

The traditional Bhutanese liquor is Ara, wine made out of rice, but others equally enjoy foreign liquor, beer and beverages. Some very fine whiskeys are also made in Bhutan. Bhutanese generally drink Suja, tea made with butter and salt.

As it gets colder in winter, partygoers enjoying the nightlife in Thimphu are kept warm by the street hawkers who serve steamy traditional Bhutanese rice porridges.

seight seeingBhutan presents a unique opportunity to admire its natural beauty, majestic fortresses, ancient temples and monasteries, picturesque river valleys, meadows and hills. There is so much to see, admire and take home the beautiful memories.

Each district in Bhutan has at least one ancient fortress called dzongs, the center of spiritual and political administration. The dzong is perhaps the quintessence of Bhutanese architecture.

Draped in traditional Bhutanese paintings and unique ancient architectural design, the dzong sits perched on top of a hill overlooking the valley. The construction of the dzong was necessitated in the seventeenth century when Tibetans frequently attempted to invade Bhutan.

During the tshechu, annual religious festival held in every districts, huge thongdrels or tapestries of guru Rinpoche is unfurled in the dzong. Tourists can witness the unfurling, walk across the dzong and admire the Bhutanese paintings and the dzongs’ architectural design.

The Punakha dzong built in between two rivers in Punakha sees more than hundred tourists every day. According to legends, the dzong is a replica of a palace in heaven.

One of the most fascinating sight for tourists continue to be the Paro Taktshang (tigers den) located in Paro, a one hour drive from Thimphu. The monastery sits on the edge of a vertical cliff. It is believed, Guru Padmasambhava had meditated in the cave where the monastery sits today.

The Dochula pass on the way from Thimphu to Punakha offers a panoramic view of the snow capped lofty Himalayas. The sight can be extremely enjoyable in a clear winter sky.

108 Buddhist chortens, or stupa lie in a mound separating the highway into two.

While at Thimphu, tourists can drive or walk towards Kuenselphodrang where lies one of the biggest statue of Buddha which is still being constructed. The site offers a bird’s eye view of the capital city of Thimphu.

shoppingBhutanese handicrafts including textiles have often been praised for their ingenuity, beauty and intricate designs evoking wonder and imagination. Travellers looking to take home a souvenir from Bhutan can walk into the numerous handicrafts shops scattered across the country.

Many shops in Thimphu and Paro cater to tourists’ needs selling Bhutanese antiquities, traditional bowls, woodworks, textile items, traditional Bhutanese wallet, paintings etc.

Walk into one of the handicraft shops in Bhutan and be fascinated by the unique and refined Bhutanese handicraft designs.

Craft bazar located in Thimphu’s main street exhibit a wide range of traditional Bhutanese handicraft products. It is a one-stop shop for those looking to admire and explore Bhutan’s traditional artifacts and textiles, in its entirety.

It is an opportunity to shop in more than 80 stalls in one go, take photographs and buy beautiful, memorable souvenirs for loved ones home. Some of the products in craft bazar are brought from rural Bhutan in a bid to increase income and improve livelihood of the rural populace.

Items ranging from traditional bowls, woodworks, paintings, sculpture and hand woven bamboo products among others can be found in the bazar.

Besides the handicraft shops, the weekend vegetable market in Thimphu is another attractive tourists destination. Hundreds of Bhutanese shoppers throng the vegetable market on weekends and it provides just the right opportunity for tourists to mingle with the local people.

Paro, home to Bhutan’s only international airport is another shopping destination for tourists with several handicrafts shops located in its main town. Going back home, one could stop over in Paro to pick a souvenir for friends and relatives.

Paro is also home to Bhutan’s biggest national museum, located a few distance away from Paro Rinpung dzong (fortress). The museum continues to attract hundreds of tourists every day.


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