By Lindsay Brown; Bradley Mayhew; Stan Armington; Richard W. Whitecross

Lonely Planet Bhutan 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 way of the hairs of angels. during this advisor comprehend work of art and monsters with in-depth insurance of Bhutanese Buddhism and tradition via our neighborhood expert.Special hiking bankruptcy brings Himalayan peaks that little bit closer...Find out extra and switch yeti-spotting counsel at "lonelyplanet.com"

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You can get occasional glimpses of the high peaks, but these are not the dramatic unobstructed views possible in autumn. Spring is also the time of the magnificent Paro tsechu. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season. And what a monsoon! During these three months 500mm of rain falls in Thimphu and up to a metre falls in the eastern hills. The mountains are hidden, the valleys are shrouded in clouds, and roads disappear in heavy downpours and floods. Summer is still a great time to visit Paro, Thimphu and other parts of western Bhutan.

Return to beginning of chapter SEVEN DAYS For a more comprehensive look at Bhutan, invest in a week and definitely add an overnight trip over the mountains to Punakha and nearby Wangdue Phodrang, overnighting at either of these towns. This way you’ll have time to make the 1½-hour return hike to the nearby Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, as well as visit Chimi Lhakhang and the dzong at Wangdue Phodrang. A week gives you more time to get a feel for Bhutanese culture and enables you to get off the beaten track in the Haa or Phobjikha valleys, while still seeing the major dzongs and monasteries of western Bhutan.

Go to the weekend market and visit Cheri or Tango goembas in the upper Thimphu valley. If handicrafts are your thing, hit the Textile Museum and National Institute of Zorig Chusum. Late in the afternoon drive back to Paro; most flights depart early in the morning. Return to beginning of chapter SEVEN DAYS For a more comprehensive look at Bhutan, invest in a week and definitely add an overnight trip over the mountains to Punakha and nearby Wangdue Phodrang, overnighting at either of these towns.

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