Bhutan is not just about monasteries and festivals. The pristine environment, the lush green forests, the gushing rivers and the rolling mountains are an ideal setting for some adrenaline pumping outdoor activities.
The tourism industry recognised mountain biking as a viable product a few years ago and since then it has gained considerable popularity, both among the visitors and the locals. A number of dedicated trails are located in Phobjikha and Punakha and similar cycling excursions are possible in Paro, Thimphu and
Bumthang with its beautiful wide valleys. For those looking to experience more, a cross-country biking tour takes you along the winding highway which involves a lot of uphill peddling at times and negotiating sharp bends and corners.
These river activities are new to Bhutan. Over the past decade, some of the many rivers in the country have been explored and are considered to be potential for some of the best river rafting in the world. For a beginner, the easy gentle float on the Mo Chhu in Punakha which stretches to about 6 km, starting at the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten point and ends past the Punakha Dzong is a perfect trip.
A vast number of birds, over 600 species, have made Bhutan their home. Among those residing are the vulnerable black-necked crane and the rare and endangered species such as rufous-necked hornbill, Ward’s trogon and the chestnut-breasted partridge. Our tours are led by knowledgeable guides and we observe the exotic plants and animals of this extraordinary place while having a lot of fun at the same time.
We have leisurely nature hikes, bird watching trips, and exploring the forests insearch of rhododendrons. Come with us and explore the wonders of theHimalayan world.
Plant lovers will be delighted to explore the exotic collections of rhododendrons, blue poppy, orchids, irish, primula, gentiana, hydrangea, heteromalla and fern, found wild in the thick forests of Bhutan. Some of the trees and shrubs found around the area are weeping cypress, juniper, magnolia, pine, oak, sal, maple, daphne, delphinium, euphorbia and plumbago.
Though fishing is generally an undesired activity and frowned upon by the Bhutanese, individuals can obtain license (Nu. 500 per day) to fish in its rivers. However, some strict measures are in place. Fishing is prohibited within a kilometre of a monastery, a lhakhang, a dzong or any religious centre. Fishing season is ‘closed’ for the months of October to December every year and fishing is also banned on some auspicious days. ‘Fly-fishing’ is, however, picking up among the locals and the tourists as an alternative sport to fishing.
Bhutan may not have the first class facilities to offer golf enthusiasts from around the world, but it surely makes up by giving the thrill to be golfing in one of the most remote golf courses in the world. Placed beautifully overlooking the magnificent Tashichho Dzong in the heart of the capital, The Royal Thimphu
Golf Course has a nine-hole course (par 34, 2800yards). It is the only public golf course and visitors are welcome to experience the opportunity to play in an environment very different.
Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, red panda, blue sheep, musk deer, tiger, takin, golden langur, the capped langur and the hispid hare are some of the rare and endangered species found in Bhutan. Some of the other animals are sambar, barking deer, golden cat, rhino, elephants, wild buffalo and the ever elusive yeti (or the ‘snowman’ or ‘bigfoot’ as known elsewhere).