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Best Things To Do in Bhutan

Bhutan is fondly known as the peace capital of the world for its Gross Domestic Capita or GDP is measured by their gross happiness quotient. Clad by the Himalayan ranges. Bhutan looks magical with snow peaks all around making their way for gorges, streams and scenic, dense forests. Activities like Trekking are very popular in this country and Paro Tshechu Festival which is a popular dance festival, attracts major tourists from around the world every year and is also considered among the Best Things To Do in Bhutan. The town of Paro is a charming getaway that lies on the banks of the river Paro Chhu. Paro is lined with painted and colourful wooden shops and restaurant and is a perfect destination for brisk walks and long strolls. Bhutan is also a hub of architectural wonders dotted with ornate temples, monasteries and dzong fortresses.

Taktshang Palphug Monastery, Cheri Gompa Monastery and Taktshang Goemba aka Tiger’s Nest, are among the most notable monasteries in Bhutan that are frequented by tourists all year round. A cultural tour across the country will give one glimpse of the electrifying locales, the tradition and astounding culture. Apart from the magnanimous mountain ranges, Bhutan is blessed with nature’s splendid reservoirs, most of which are environmental protected sites. Among major sightseeing getaways falls the town of Paro, Thimpu and Phuntsholing. At Thimpu one must visit Thimpu Chorten which is a stupa built to honor the third Druk Gyalpo or Dragon King. The Punakha Monastery or Punakha Dzong is the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan and is a must visit for every tourist visiting the magical country for the first time. Among Best Things To Do in Bhutan, a visit to the Dochula Pass will give one a rewarding experience. The pass is where 108 stupas were built by Dorji Wangmo, the former queen mother. Bhutan is also a hotspot for several adventure activities like Trekking, Rock climbing, River rafting, Mountain Biking etc.

 

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Attractions

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Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park is the second-largest national park in the country. Apart from covering multiple districts, it also pans over all three climatic zones of Bhutan. You can experience everything from frozen glaciers to dense jungles, rivers and historic sites without having to leave the park.

It is home to important cultural sites like the fortresses of Lingshi Dzong and Gasa Dzong and sacred mountains like  Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake. The diverse animal cover in the area includes Bengal Tigers, bharals, black musk deer, Indian leopards and over 300 species of birds. If you decide to make it a place to visit in Bhutan in December, you can also witness the glaciers Lunana and Laya Gewogs in their full glory.

Location: Bhutan

Timing: Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Free

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Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong holds an important place as a major religious and political centre of Bhutan. This large monastery and fortress belongs to the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school and is also home to the district Monastic Body. When here, you can visit the fourteen distinct shrines and chapels housed inside the Dzong and admire the rich Bhutanese architecture of the place.

The original building has been a part of the landscape since the 15th century and has been capturing the imagination of people worldwide, especially after its appearance in the 1993 movie Little Buddha. The place also hosts colourful festivals during the Spring months where traditional mask dances are organised for several days.

Location: Paro, Bhutan

Timing: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Price: Free

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Buddha Dordenma

Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, which is situated in the mountain ranges of Bhutan. It was constructed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fourth King of Bhutan. This architectural marvel houses over a hundred thousand smaller statues of Buddha inside of it.

Both the bigger statue and the ones inside have been built using bronze gilded in Gold. This 169-metre tall statue stands amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of the thirteenth Desi Druk. If you are looking for places to visit in Bhutan in December, this beautiful gold and bronze structure sitting amidst a 943.4 acres wide conserve forest must be on your list!

Location: Kuensel Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan

Timing: Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Free

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Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan and stretches up to a length of approximately 520 feet! You can enjoy spectacular views of the river flowing underneath the bridge or the valleys rolling in every direction.

Made with solid planks of wood and cables anchored to massive cement block,  the bridge is surprisingly stable for its length and is covered in colourful religious flags at all points. It also acts as a starting point for several multi-day trekking trips in the region.

You can also stopover at the bridge if you are visiting the famous Punakha Dzong as it lies only half a mile away from the religious centre. You simply have to head north from the dzong, walk past the cremation grounds and follow the river to reach the bridge.

Location: Punakha, Bhutan

Timing: Open all-day

Price: Free

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Simtokha Dzong

Simtokha Dzong also known as the Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang or the ‘Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras’ is a relatively small dzong and the first of its kind in the country. It was built in the year 1629 and today houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes.

While here, you can spend your time admiring the architecture of the place with traditional Buddhist aspects like prayer wheels or around 300 carvings of saints and philosophers made in slate. This dzong is one of the most popular Bhutan places to visit in December and welcomes people from around the world.

Location: Simtokha, Bhutan

Timing: Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Free

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Ta Dzong

Ta Dzong is a landmark building of Bhutan. It is most prominent known for the Ta Dzong museum which is also known as the National Museum of Bhutan.

Highlights: The Ta Dzong museum is a cultural museum that is situated in the Paro town in western Bhutan. Established in the year 1968, the refurbished Ta-dzong building lies right above the Rinpung Dzongunder. It has some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art which includes some masterpieces paintings and fine examples of the Bhutanese art including bronze paintings and statues. The place is a must visit for art lovers.

Location: It is located in Paro in Bhutan.

Timings: The museum in the building stays open from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Pricing: Local Nu. 10 SAARC Country Citizens Nu. 25 Non-SAARC Country Citizens Nu. 150 Bhutanese Students Nu. 5 Monks, Nuns, and Children under 10 yrs. Free
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The National Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial Chorten is a Memorial Stupa of Thimphu which is also known as the Thimphu Chorten. It is a stupa located on the Doeboom Lam in the southern-central end of the city.

Highlights: The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa that was built in the year 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is one of the quintessential landmarks of the city given its golden bells and spires. Regarded as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan, it is a must visit for all. Highlights:

Location: The National Memorial Chorten is located in Chhoten Lam in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Timings: You can visit the place from dawn to dusk everyday.

Pricing: Entry to the National Memorial Chorten is free.
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Drukgyel Dzong

The remnants of once flourishing Drukgeyl Dzong echo many stories. The Dzong sits on a path that connects Paro Valley to the Tibet through the Tremo La pass. In the past, it was a significant trade route and the Dzong was a major administrative centre. In 1951, the Dzong was destroyed by a fire and the charred walls and beams are still visible.

The complex consists of a Chorten, chapel and ruins of big towers. An adventurous climb leads you to the ruins where you can admire the once proud and regal building.



Highlight
: There is something mystical about taking a walk in the historical ruins of the Dzong. On the way you can get a view of the majestic Mount Jhomolhari's snow laden peak, on a clear day.

Location
: The Dzong is located in Paro valley and is about 25 minutes drive away from Paro International Airport.

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Traveller Tales From Bhutan

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Lakshita Hada

15 October 2019

Me and my friends visited Bhutan this May. We took the flight from Kathmandu to Paro, it took us only an hour and we enjoyed the magnificent view over the highest mountains of Himalayas and the top o...

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Harshita Jadiya

15 October 2019

I only had a few days to visit Bhutan. But I couldn't leave South Asia without at least seeing the storied kingdom. I had seen the architecture in photos, but the magnitude of the buildings in the scen...

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Ganak Chopra

08 July 2019

This was a 7 day tour and i was with my husband. We have explored Bhutan completely and we were so happy in the end by the arrangements made by Thrillophilia.

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Vimala Bharadwaj

08 July 2019

Got to see a lot of what I was hoping to see great tour

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Sharmila Abbott

08 July 2019

Trekking was such an amazing experience and we did camping also

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Devvrat Adiga

08 July 2019

Experienced bhutan at it's best. This trip was much needed. Great itinerary and the meals were the best part.

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Gauranga Nambeesan

27 March 2019

loved this tour. Thanks

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Chatur Tandon

27 March 2019

Bhutan was my dream destination and it finally got fulfilled. Thank to Thrillophilia who helped me everytime from booking to travelling to returning. Arrangements were nice at every places. At some pla...

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Geetanjali Kocchar

27 March 2019

nice trip, though the trek was tiring but I and my brother managed to complete it. We took 2 hours break at the top to come back as we were very tired but still we enjoyed alot.

What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Bhutan

  • Q. What are the best things to do in Bhutan?

    Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas is much known for its exquisite landscapes that vary from mountains to valleys, streams and rivers. It is also an architectural hub owing to its wondrous monasteries called Dzongs that are built usually over the cliffs covered by forests.

    Punakha Dzong and Taktsang Dzong are among famous monasteries in Bhutan. Bhutan is a great destination for adventurous activities like rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and also trekking. Some infamous treks that start from Bhutan are Bumthang Owl Trek, Oomta Lake and Mt. Jomolhari among many others.

    The towns of Paro, Thimpu and Phuntsoling offer varied entertainment and sightseeing options for its tourists.

  • Q. What are the best adventure activities to do in Bhutan?

    Bhutan is a great destination for adventure sports fanatics as it is a thriving hub for various adventurous activities like rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, biking and also trekking. Some infamous treks that start from Bhutan are Bumthang Owl Trek, Oomta Lake and Mt. Jomolhari among many others.

    Rafting is quite popular in Bhutan and takes place in the rapids of Po Chu River and Mo Chu River. Bhutan also offer great camping escapades and tourist can avail a camping in the wilderness tour visiting Paro, Thimpu and proceeding on to the serene landscapes of Punakha via Dochu la pass

  • Q. Which are the best places for river rafting in Bhutan?

    Bhuatan offers adventure water sports like rafting to its tourists which gives one an enthralling experience. Rafting down the rivers of Mo Chu and Po Chu river lets tourists soak in the surrounding beauty while moving through some modest yet exhilarating rapids. Rafting through these rivers, one also gets to witness the imposing 17th century Punakha Dzong and also frequent some of world’s rarest birds. The 16 km rafting route of Po Chu River with moderate rapids and 10 km rafting route of Mo Chu River are most popular rafting courses in Bhutan.

  • Q. Which are some famous campsites in Bhutan?

    Bhutan is still an unexplored territory and there are many areas which are still pristinely secured much away from the reach of tourists. There are several campsites that are frequented by both locals and tourists. Punakha located at an elevation of 1350m, offer great campsites and is surrounded by fertile Punastangchu valley and many little villages.

    Phobjikha falls in Wangdue Phodrang located at 2900m is also known as rhododendron garden, and offers spectacular camping experiences. Among other popular camping places, the valley of Bumthang which is also a sacred site has an average altitude of 2650m and is colloquially referred as “Second Switzerland”, is apt for four season camping. Haa Valley also offers good camping spot for all seasons.

  • Q. Which are the most adventurous places for trekking in Bhutan?

    Trekking in Bhutan has always been a pleasure for seasoned trekkers, until recently more and more adventure enthusiasts have treaded into Bhutan to venture out exploring Bhutan’s breath taking nature trails and trekking routes.
    Bhutan offers spectacular treks, the much popular high altitude treks are Jumolhari Trek, Laya Gasa Trek and Druk Path Trek whereas the Snowman Trek that commences in Bhutan is known to be one of the most difficult treks in the world. The pristine beauty of Bhutan along with its verdant forests and abundant natural treasures of high passes, snow- capped mountains and ice-fed gushing streams is best explored by treading on the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek where the trail runs through many high altitude lakes.

  • Q. Which are some best locations for rock climbing in Bhutan?

    Bhutan is blessed with the Himalayas but not until recently in 1998 that an adventure sport like Rock Climbing has been introduced in Bhutan by a private club called Vertical Bhutan Climbing Club. The “Nose” is a climbing rock situated just above Bhutan's capital Thimphu. The rock face offers 13 safely bolted climbing routes and is a great spot for bouldering and other climbing related activities like Rappelling, Zoomering and Overhang Climbing.

  • Q. Which are the best destinations for a wildlife safari experience in Bhutan?

    Bhutan has the world’s largest region of protected natural areas in the country and the country has a wide system of national parks, protected areas and forest corridors which homes to endangered animals, birds and plants. The most rewarding parks are the Jigme Dorji National Park and the Jigme Singe Wanchuck National Park in the Black Mountains where one can find several animals only if they choose the right season to go.

    In Bhutan leopards are found in high altitude locations and Royal Bengal Tigers are also found at the altitude ranging from 3000 to 4000 meters. TrumshingLa National Park, Royal Manas National Park, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary are great destinations for a wildlife safari experience in Bhutan where one can see animals like Takin, Red Panda, Langur, Himalayan Black Bear, Sambar, Wild Pig, Barking Deer, Blue Sheep among many others.

  • Q. Where can I do Kayaking in Bhutan? When is the best time for it?

    Kayaking activities are quite common in Bhutan and is mostly conducted by the tourism council of Bhutan. The most popular places where one can try their hand in Kayaking are the rivers of Paro Chhu, Upper Pho Chhu, Mo Chhu – Tashitang Devil’s Gorge Section and Mangde Chhu. The best months to enjoy Kayaking in Bhutan are March – April and again between October – November

  • Q. Which are the best sites for fishing in Bhutan?

    Bhutanese Rivers are abundant of fishes where Brown Trouts and Golden Masheers are commonly found in its rivers. Fishing is allowed in most of the rivers of Bhutan on special permit to be obtained from local forestry department. Best River for fishing is Tang chhu in charming Tang valley where valleys come down to meet with the flowing water.

    Haa Valley is also a great fishing spot but winters there get severe, fishing is best done on the months between March-May and September-October. Other notable fishing sites in Bhutan are Sankosh River, Manas river and Mangde chhu.

  • Q. Which are some amazing routes for biking in Himachal Pradesh?

    Bhutan is a land locked country bearing stunning landscapes comprising of majestic mountains, beautiful architecture and deserted regions and the rough terrain makes the country a great place for adventure. Experiencing the spirit of Bhutan is best done via bike rides. Routes like Phuentsholling to Thimphu via Chunka and Phuntsholing to Paro are the most popular biking routes in Bhutan where either one rides to the capital of Thimpu or to the quaint little town of Paro, visiting the Rinchending Monastery and Gedu University on the route.

    The route of Thimphu - Punakha – Phobjikha takes one across breath taking sceneries of lush vegetation, towering cliffs and blooming flowers, making the route one of the most fascinating biking routes in Bhutan. One can also go up till Bumthang by taking the beautiful Phobjikha – Bumthang valley route.

  • Q. Where can I enjoy hot springs in Bhutan?

    In Bhutan one can find abundant hot springs known as Tshachus, all over the Kingdom. These hot springs usually contain great medicinal properties and are frequented by both locals and tourists during the winter months. There are three bath houses at the Gasa Tshachu that can be reached after a short trek from the valley floor. Among other hot springs, the popular ones are Chubu Tshachu in Punakha, Dur Tshachu in Bumthang Dzongkhag, Duenmang Tshachu located by the banks of Mangde Chu River and Gelephu Tshachu in Southern Bhutan.

  • Q. Which are the some famous places to visit for a spiritual experience in Bhutan?

    Bhutan is an amazing destination to find many mediation retreats that gives one respite from the cares and stress of everyday life. Many tourists visiting Bhutan come specifically for meditation and retreat tours. Start your spiritual journey from Rinopung Dzongs and Kichu Lhakhang temple and get acquainted with the teachings of the Buddha as delivered by learned Lamas.

    The Bumda Monastery offer incredible sceneries that can take one on a spiritual journey, enough to revive and rejuvenate the body and spirit. One can also embark on a spiritual self-trek to the infamous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery that fall between Bumdra and Paro.

  • Q. Which are some famous markets to shop in Bhutan?

    Bhutan is a place much characterised by its traditional roots that defines its cultures and aesthetics to an extreme that till today Bhutanese ensemble, arts and crafts bear intrinsic details of the country’s rich cultural flavours.

    The capital town of Thimphu is a great place for shopping that houses a bevy of markets like Hong Kong Market, Norzim Lam Street and Bhutanese Crafts Market that sell exquisite Bhutanese souvenirs and artefacts like Dzi beads, colourful masks, hand woven bamboo items, Walt Disney characters Bhutanese stamps and German unification stamps.

    The main market at Paro and its town square also houses row of shops selling apparels and souvenirs. There are also umpteen number of shops in Phuntsheoling Main Market which sell t shirts, tops and other apparels at affordable prices.

  • Q. Which are the places to visit for an art and culture experience in Bhutan?

    Bhutan, the country famous for its great monasteries, Dzongs and the great Himalayas, offer differebtial experiences to its tourists. For a cultural experience, head to the small town of Paro that is lined with painted wooden shops, housing a town square by the banks of the river Paro Chhu. One can take a hike to the much revered Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

    The cultural experience would remain incomplete if one misses visit its incredible Dzongs or fortresses that still tell stories of its bygone era. Staying at a local farm in the Paro Valley or valley camping and indulging in local authentic flavours of Bhutanese Cuisine will give one a great cultural experience.

    The best way to experience the flavours of art and culture in Bhutan is by attending one of its most famous festivals, the most known among them are Paro Tshechu and Thimphu Tshechu.

  • Q. When can I visit Dochula Pass in Bhutan? Is it open throughout the year?

    Dochula Pass is an infamous mountain pass in the Himalayas of Bhutan which fall on the way to Punakha from Thimpu where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" are built. The pass is situated at an elevation of 3,100 metres and offer beautiful views of snow clad peaks only if the weather is not to misty.

    Though the pass is open throughout the year, only between the months of October and February can on see panoramic views of the Bhutan Himalayas.

  • Q. Which are some must visit monasteries in Bhutan?

    Bhutan is filled to its brim with monasteries but there are a handful of them which you muct visit on your trip to Bhutan. The Taktsung Palphug Monastery in Bhutan is popularly known as the Tigers Nest is one of the famous monasteries of the world. The much known festival of Paro Tshechu takes place in Ripung Dzong, also known as the Paro Dzong is located amidst nature and offer breath taking views.

    The Tango Monastery located near the Cheri Mountain is a very peaceful place for all spiritual seekers and the Gangteng Monastery is one of the 2 main centres of the Nyingmapa School of Buddhism. Among other famous monasteries in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest monastery of Bhutan and Kurjey Lhakhang situated in the Bumthang Valley offer incredible spiritual and cultural experiences.

  • Q. Where can I head for cycling in Bhutan?

    The rugged, rough and mountainous terrain of Bhutan is a much revered adventure sport destination. And it lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking which is quite popular among both local and visiting cyclists. One should start cycling from Thimpu after visiting Paro, and head east to Punakha. On the way cyclists will frequent dzongs (fortresses), monasteries and temples.

    Cycling is a best method of absorbing the Buddhist culture. Another beautiful cycling route goes till Bumthang from Paro, where cyclists can visit the remote Haa Valley on the way while crossing several passes over 3000m that delivers spectacular views of the Himalayas.