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This year Bhutan has been on my mind as one of our newest destinations we are offering at Wildland. Last week I posed the question to my son about where we should travel to in 2014. I gave him several awesome choices, but when I mentioned “archery” he said “Bhutan! Let’s go there”. My son takes archery classes and he likes that archery is the national sport in Bhutan and is deep-rooted in the culture. Going to an archery match in Bhutan is like going to a baseball game here. The archers are amazingly skilled, shooting from 430 feet. When you are done watching a match or trying your hand at the sport, you can venture off to a more peaceful activity such as visiting a beautiful Dzong, a local temple or wandering in a market.
Our Central Bhutan Walking Adventure is an active itinerary taking you on hikes to mountain temples and bike rides to villages. You can stay at a guesthouse and eat with a local family. You can meet some of the many artisans which create unique handcrafts. Or talk with monks about the form of Buddhism practiced by the majority of Bhutanese. When my son and I visit, we plan on taking a few days to trek in the Himalayan foothills. Now the question is which season to enjoy: spring with the blooming rhododendrons? Summer for the birdlife? Fall for the mountain views or winter for the peace and crane migration?
Bhutan is also an excellent destination for single travelers as costs are only slightly higher for an individual traveler and everyone receives the same customized experience. Contact me to plan your adventure in Bhutan and I will encourage you to visit during one of the many interesting festivals where you can watch parades, dances and, of course, archery.
Keeping it wild,