Most of the religious sites will require you to remove your shoes and leave them outside the doorway when entering a Buddhist monastery. Inside of a dzong or temple, you should be dressed respectfully by not wearing hats, short skirts, shorts, and t-shirts. As a general guideline, typically wearing longer sleeved pants that will cover your legs, and blouses or jackets that cover your arms
Multiple layers of clothing (you will likely get warmer the farther up the hike and the inside of the monastery can be very cold) adequate hiking shoes, small backpacks, camera, water and food to eat. Alternatively, there is a teahouse halfway up the trailhead and a cafeteria at the top with the temple (bring rupees or Bhutan ngultrum to pay for food)
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and the most played/watched sport to this day.
Thimphu is the largest city in Bhutan with a metro population of 115,000.
Festivals in Bhutan vary from year to year. In general, the biggest festival is the Thimphu Tshechu, a three-day festival full of dancing, drinking, and singing.
There is one main highway in Bhutan, the National Highway, that stretches between the east to the west of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The highway stretch from Paro (and the Paro airport) to the capital of Thimphu, has been drastically improved in recent years, as well as accessing Dochula Pass is generally easy with this strip of the highway being one of the most well maintained in Bhutan.
On average by foot the Tiger’s Nest hike takes 2-3 hours, you can also travel the trail by horse or donkey, which are usually available to pay for at the base of the hike where local guides can begin to take you up the trail.
There are four airports in Bhutan: the Gelephu Airport, Bathpalathang Airport, the Yongphulla Airport, and the Paro International Airport. This Paro International Airport is the only international airport, and considered one of the world’s most difficult to access, with only a limited number of pilots certified to land at Paro International Airport. Tourists most commonly fly into the Paro International Airport from other major international airports in cities like Delhi, Bangkok, and Singapore.
Yes, Bhutan has a dress code that is expected to be followed. However, this dress code has undergone debate and a growing number of Bhutanese people wish not to participate in it.
Bhutan has been represented in all 9 of the summer Olympic games since 1984, although no Bhutanese citizen has won a medal. Events Bhutan has been represented in include archery and rifle shooting.