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Look for fried ferns, jellied cowskins, and dried yak cheese at Thimphu's weekend market.Be blessed with a 10-inch penis at Chimi Lhakhang, the house of the 'Divine Madman'.Dance with snowlions and banter with clowns on the decide of Bhutan's colourful festivals.Hike as much as the gavity-defying Tiger's Nest monastery, seemingly hung on to the sheer cliff face by means of the hairs of angels.In this GuideUnderstand work of art and monsters with in-depth assurance of Bhutanese Buddhism and tradition by means of our local expert.Special hiking bankruptcy brings Himalayan peaks that little bit closer...Find out extra and change yeti-spotting counsel at lonelyplanet.com
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Though as you move further from the capital, Thimphu, expect more simple facilities and less familiar food. The costs seem very steep at first, but factor in what is supplied – accommodation, food, transport, guides – and, of course, Bhutan’s unrivalled uniqueness. WHEN TO GO Climate, and therefore season, is certainly a consideration when planning your trip to Bhutan, especially if you are trekking. However, Bhutan’s altitude range, from subtropical valleys to alpine peaks, and its busy festival calendar means you can pretty much visit Bhutan at any time of the year to explore its attractions and witness colourful festivals.
Bhutanese can even get a Dzongkha font for their Microsoft Windows (though there are still no traffic lights in the country)! Political change also looms large on the Himalayan horizon. In 2005 Bhutan’s much-loved king announced that he would abdicate in 2008 in favour of the crown prince and set about drawing up the country’s first ever constitution to prepare for democratic elections that same year. This gradual ceding of royal power in favour of a parliamentary democracy stands in stark contrast to that other Himalayan monarch, Nepal’s King Gyanendra.
Swimming costume for communal hot-stone baths and hot springs. A flashlight for unexpected power cuts and for viewing interiors of dark temples and monasteries. Motion sickness medication for the long and winding drives (Click here). Return to beginning of chapter COSTS & MONEY Tourism in Bhutan is managed through partnership of government regulators and private travel agencies under a policy summed up by the mantra ‘high value, low impact’. There is no restriction on visitor numbers; however, there is a minimum daily tariff fixed by the government.