Take it slow in Bhutan

Discover a different side of the country through local homestays, astrology readings and social enterprises

Dzongs top the itinerary in most cities on Bhutan's burgeoning tourist circuit, and for good reason too.

They are dramatic structures - former military fortresses with towering walls that encircle a network of temples, monks' living quarters and government offices today. Monks and civil servants cross the same courtyards; elaborate murals adorn walls and doorways and there are floor-to-ceiling prayer wheels.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 15, 2019, with the headline 'Take it slow in Bhutan'. Subscribe