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.