PARO, BHUTAN

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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - TRAVEL -

Swap the busy streets of Nepal for the tran­quil paths of Bhutan and you’ll be one step closer to in­ner peace. Nes­tled be­tween In­dia and China at the foothills of the Eastern Hi­malayas, Bhutan is home to an­cient monas­ter­ies, snow-capped moun­tains and ev­er­green forests, so it’s no sur­prise it’s of­ten de­scribed as the hap­pi­est place on Earth. A hike is a must, but the rugged land­scape is best ex­plored on two wheels, which is why more vis­i­tors are choos­ing to cy­cle their way be­tween vil­lages.

Book a room at Como Uma Paro (co­mo­ho­tels.com) and start your day with a cy­cle along the fa­mous Chele La Pass and a hike to the Kila Nun­nery. Re­cover at a Bhutanese bath­house, then feast on a tra­di­tional lunch.

Take a seven-day cy­cling tour with Fire­fox Tours ( fire­fox­tours. com) and dis­cover stun­ning tem­ples, vil­lages and val­leys be­tween Paro and Thim­phu. End your jour­ney with a mus­cle-bust­ing hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

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