Extended Journeys to Bhutan
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Have more time, second trip to Bhutan or looking for something
specific? Here are some additional highlights when creating your
custom Bhutan travel plan. If this is your first taste of Bhutan,
visit our Essential
Bhutan page to discover must-see sites, attractions and travel
Bumthang Cultural Trek
This three-day trek winds through villages and mountain
monasteries, allowing access to traditional Bhutanese rural
The "Burning Lake" is worth visiting if you are in the Tang
valley. A short walk brings you to a bridge and a lake, one of the
most revered sites in Bhutan. It is of deep religious and social
significance because the revered Pema Lingpa, the revealer of
terma, dove into the lake and emerged with lit candles, spreading
the spiritual benefit to all. The rolling dark water, flecked with
mica dust, seems to indeed possess a magic all its own.
Two hours southwest of Paro, this district opened only a couple
of years ago for tourist travel. The population is fairly isolated,
relying on pastoral farming for their livelihood.
The Far East
The prospect of days spent driving on circuitous (and sometimes
unpaved) roads deters all but the most determined traveler. A
tourism infrastructure is practically non-existent in eastern
Bhutan, and one should be prepared for cold showers and outhouses.
Having said that, the tropical lowlands are where you'll encounter
fields of corn, exquisite weavings, minority ethnic groups and one
of the most remote, unvisited regions in the world.