50 Things to Do On Your Honeymoon in Bhutan
You’ll soon get hitched to your better half. Congratulations!
Then what? Then, it’s time to getaway, relax and unwind after all the planning.
It’s time for your much-deserved honeymoon!
WHERE TO GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON?
Now this is the big question. Where does the couple who has been everywhere go for their honeymoon? Where does the couple who has been nowhere but wants to go somewhere special go for their honeymoon?
One possible answer: Bhutan.
Steeped in magic and mystery, Bhutan is the world’s last great Himalayan Kingdom.
Up until recently, this amazing no ordinary country was shrouded in secrecy and closed off to the outside world. Here, ancient Tibetan traditions are still alive and, traditional architecture is still present.
Get lost a picture-book landscape of snowy peaks, Jurassic Park forests, majestic fortress-like dzongs, and centuries-old monasteries.
Get lost in the happiest country in the world — it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering wedding planning stress.
WHAT TO DO
1. Go hiking to Tiger’s Nest – one of the world wonders. A hike up to this sacred pilgrimage in the Himalayas will be an experience you will never forget. Prince William and Kate of Britain were spotted trekking hand-in-hand up to the monastery on their Bhutan visit last year.
2. Get blessed with a …phallus. In Bhutan, you’ll see phallus depictions and sculptures adorning both temples and homes throughout your stay.
These tributes are designed to honor a frisky monk known as “The Divine Madman,” who is credited for bringing Buddhism to Bhutan.
Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple he built in 1449, can be visited by couples looking for baby blessings administered by wooden-phallus-wielding monks.
Thank goodness you let grandma sit this one out, right?
3. Indulge in traditional Bhutanese healing hot stone baths. It will help to relieve any aches and pains from the day’s or night’s exertions.
4. Get your right brain working with a lesson on Buddhism teachings.
5. Be adventurous and sample a variety of Himalayan dishes.
6. Visit incredibly beautiful and unique monasteries and temples.
7. Unplug from technology and purposefully connect with each other – tell bad jokes, make ‘top 5’ lists and play board games.
8. Trade foot massages with your significant other.
9. Make the time to catch the sunrise or sunset. Just relax and enjoy the scenery.
10. Take an afternoon siesta.
11. Get cheesy. There’s a cheesy treat awaiting you at every restaurant — ema datshi, shamu datshi, shakam ema datshi and so on.
12. Enjoy a picnic under the shade of an old tree.
13. Kiss a takin , the very unique nation animal of Bhutan. It says to bring good luck. Isn’t it handsome?!
14. Eat dinner alfresco in the balmy evening air.
15. Pray with the nuns.
16. Walk surrounded by colorful rhododendrons and poppy. Spring is a beautiful time to visit Bhutan.
The valley is laden with flora such as clematis, primroses, lily, and a wide and vibrant variety of rhododendron and poppy.
What can be more romantic than sitting hand-in-hand with your lover amidst a melody of colours, starting from scarlet to deep pink, pale pink, lavender, burnt orange, white and yellow?
17. Experience the adrenaline rush of the flight into Paro. The last few minutes of the flight are quite intense,definitely an experience that will bring you closer together.
18. Try the most expensive wild mushroom in the world.
19. Meditate with a happy Buddhist monk and get a step closer to enlightenment.
20. Chase a monkey. Yes, they are plenty of them in Bhutan. And tigers, but you won’t want to chase those ones, would you?!
21. Lean on me when you are not strong…keep singing.
22. Give your inner sloth some love and sleep in late. We mean, late afternoon. Like this monk.
23. Try the so-called caterpillar fungus − cordyceps.
An extremely rare combination of a caterpillar and a fungus, it is found at altitudes above 4,500 meters (over 14,000 feet) in the Himalayas and has been used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine since at least the 15th Century.
It made international headlines after Chinese runners broke two world records by unbelievably huge margins at the Asian Games in 1993.
It seems the secret to their remarkable athletic performances was this so-called caterpillar fungus − cordyceps.
Don’t they look delicious? Well, perhaps not.
24. Relax on your balcony with a cheese plate & a frosty beverage.
25. Meet new people and make new friends.
26. Try some edible wild ferns.
27. Go for rafting. The flowing rivers invite the professionals and amateurs alike to get wet and have some fun rafting and kayaking.
28. Have some fun while driving the long winding mountain roads
29. Pick up one of the many non-fiction books learn something new.
30. Zone out with mindful thangka painting.
31. Get Dzong-ed out.
32. Wear a traditional kira and feel like a queen.
33. Grab some binoculars and do some ornithology (bird watching).
34. Make an offering to eradicate darkness or ignorance.
35. Make a wish and let the prayer flags carry it away.
36. Have a chat with an Indigenous doctor & learn more about Bhutanese traditional medicine
37. Meet a local family. Trust us, you will be in for a treat.
38. Forget your worries and practice contentment.
39. Be amazed on how well traffic flows in a country with no traffic lights.
40. Take a lesson in serenity.
41. Take an ema datshi making class.
42. Admire the biggest Buddha structure in the world.
43. Stay in your robe & slippers all day and all night if you wish.
44. Enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner on the stone patio outside your room.
45. Explore the amazing artwork pieces around each retreat.
46. Trek together to Dochula. You may wonder, what’s so romantic about a trek?
Well, when the trek leads to a location affording 200 miles of stunning and panoramic view of the Himalayan range, including Gangker Phunsum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain, then it’s romantic for sure!
47. Try your hand at a game of archery.
48. Go for an elephant ride; you will also spot colourful hornbills and golden langurs.
49. Visit the National Post Office in Thimphu. For a small fee, you can get your own personalized stamps. You can even bring in your own images or have your photo taken to memorialize your trip forever.
50. Indulge in festivities & let go off the turmoils.
Time your trip to coincide with one of the many Bhutanese festivals held each year, typically known as Tsechu.
Attend these religious celebrations and mingle with the locals to eat, dance and receive blessings.
Do something different, unique and exclusive.
Relax in a luxury that totally spoils.
Spend your honeymoon in a place where happiness is infectious.
With few locals and fewer tourists, it will feel like you and your honey have this land of mystery and magic all to yourselves! You will love the stunning beauty and irresistible allure of this tiny country. It is further matched by the deep spirituality, old world charm and placid ways of living.
Who needs a bustling beach when you have the deserted snowy peaks of the Himalayas?