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An epic journey through Bhutan's historic pilgrimage route in luxury

The recently organized Trans-Bhutan Trail connects the network of paths and passages that nomads and traders have used for centuries to move between settlements. Elements of the trail could certainly be incorporated into an Aman trip, but as my guide pointed out, almost every walk in the country offers beautiful mountain views – far more than that. Turns out the trail is new so the circuit is well maintained, but it doesn’t have to be a bucket list itinerary.

What to Pack

) Most locals own two sets of clothing – a suit for leisure (sweatshirt and jeans etc.) and a work Or traditional formal attire worn when visiting places of worship. Beautiful robe-like garments – called go for men and kira for women) – made of A vibrant multicolor pattern; one your guides will wear as they escort you around the country.

Tourists should not wear local clothing (although it is worth trying it out during your stay to appreciate its warmth and the intricate way it is assembled and worn), but one should be very careful Choose clothing when visiting temples and forts for photography. The body should be fully covered from the neck down, and go and kira more free flowing clothing is also discouraged Wear clothes that are too tight – swap out your yoga pants for jogging pants that go down to your ankles. Also, keep in mind that you must remove your shoes when entering the shrine, so you’ll want versatile footwear for hard and soft terrain that’s easy to put on and take off.

For general sightseeing, layer up – altitude means cool nights and mornings, but strong midday sun. All Amankora holiday homes offer a free laundry service, just bring two of your day clothes. Monk robes and formal attire are often red, orange and burgundy – consider prioritizing these colors on the outermost layer if you want to blend in.

What to eat

Rice and spices. If you want to try a traditional Bhutanese dish, do ema datshi (pronounced “emma dot-say”): a dish made from chilies similar to Curry stew, yak milk cheese, onions and tomatoes, served with local red rice. Be aware that the local chilli is very hot! Momo – dumplings – will be more familiar; in Bhutan, they are pockets usually stuffed with minced pork, cabbage, ginger and garlic.

What to bring home

Colorful jinn masks are often used in festival dances; they are unique souvenirs, but pricing is rather opaque, based on quality and Depending on the material, the cost varies greatly. For unique textile designs, check out CDK located across the street from the Le Méridien in central Thimphu. A favorite of royal women, the store stocks designerkira modernized for international consumption, as well as repurposed to create eye-catching homewares such as pillowcases ) of local fabrics.

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