4. Taste local dishes at the Uma Paro: Ruth Reichl once said that Bhutanese cuisine was the worst in the world. It may be time for her to reconsider. The meals I had in Bhutan during a recent trip included lightly sauteed fiddlehead ferns, brittlegrill mushrooms that were redolent and earthy, a variety of cheeses (datshi) including the national dish, the fiery ema-datshi with chopped chilies that make your mouth water. Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese dinner at Uma Paro made by Tshering Lhaden, who happens to be Bhutan’s top (female) executive chef.
5. Visit the National Museum of Bhutan in Paro: This tiny jewel of a museum has artefacts from ancient Bhutan and shows the advent of Buddhism in Bhutan. Best of all, it is not an overload. You can be in and out in 45 minutes.
6. Have a traditional hot stone bath: The luxury brands all offer this for a price. The Uma Paro has a lovely experience for US$150 per person. The same with Amankora. For a local experience, try the Tshering Farmhouse in Paro where you get into a private wooden bathtub filled with healing Artemesia leaves and bask for as long as you like.
7. Spend time at the airport: Visit the galleries, try excellent coffee and definitely go the Bhutan Post shop where you can buy a postcard, a lovely Bhutanese stamp with orchids, animals, or any other theme. Write a postcard, place the stamp, pay in the local currency or Rupees and send the postcard to friends and family all over the world. What a great idea.