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Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in 2019

  • Lhuntse

    Lhuntse
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  • Lhuntse Attractions

  • 01 Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
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    The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the stunning landscapes of alpine meadows and encompasses gorgeous alpine lakes. Bumdelling conservation area was merged with Kulong Chhu Wildlife Sanctuary and therefore, was officially established in 1994. The Bumdelling Valley situated here is one of the two wintering spots for the Black Necked Crane.

    The Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 1, 545 sq. km among which 1/3rd is occupied by human civilization. The villagers are sweet and friendly. The area is an idyllic ground for trekking as the routes are covered with lush meadows and towered by alpine forest.



    Highlights
    : Cultural and heritage sites that has significance internationally; Known as the paradise of butterflies for it has more than 120 recorded species of Butterflies inhabiting there. Handicrafts such as wooden bowls, handmade papers and Buddhist painted scrolls can be bought in the village

    Location
    : North Easter Bhutan,

    Best Season
    : March to September


  • 02 Lhuntse Tshechu

    Lhuntse Tshechu
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    Bordering the Tibetan region Lhuntse is the easternmost district of Bhutan. The place is filled with various sacred monuments but it is Lhuntse Dzong the fortress that attracts all eyes of the visitors. Almost all the villages of Lhuentse have their own festivals and customs which are unique and extremely attractive but what catches the eye most is the elaborate annual three day festival which is celebrated to honor the deities and suppress the misfortunes.
     
    It is a religious celebration and that is why huge devotees gather here to visualize the masked dance and fetch blessings from the pious relics that remain publicly displayed. It is one of the colorful festivals of the country along with Cha and Ha festivals.


     Highlights: Colorful attire of Kushithara, which makes the festival more famous.

     Festival time: In the month of November


  • Pemagatshel

    Pemagatshel
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  • Pemagatshel Attractions

  • 01 PemaGatshel Tshechu Festival

    PemaGatshel Tshechu Festival
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    Based in the eastern part of Bhutan, Pema Gatshel Dzonkhag is a well known district inhabited with Tshanglas, known for its religious involvement, traditions, festivals and folk music. The celebration of Tshechu has started in this region from the early 1980’s with the construction of Dzong. This is a three day affair where people from neighboring place and far away locations come here and celebrate the social gathering and contemplate religion.

     It is believed that one can attend merit by only being a part of this religious celebration. Folk dances and music is quite common during this period. Cham, a popular mask dance is performed during this festival which narrates ways of Buddhism. It is believed to protect from harmful influences and misfortune.


    Highlights
    : Folk dances by the natives.

    Festival Time
    : Usually in October


  • Sarpang

    Sarpang
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    Sarpang is a cosmopolitan district in Bhutan with diverse ethnicities. This gives a good cultural experience to tourists when they visit this place. It is popular for its nature and wildlife destinations and has a few wildlife sanctuaries and national parks nearby. It is at the foothills of the Indian border. It is located above the sea level and is divided into many administrative areas. There are many scenic villages that you can visit nearby. This is one of the oldest towns in Bhutan and can be covered by a motorbike. It has favourable climatic conditions and has many farms where spices are grown.

    There are not many places to see or things to do in this district town except for taking hikes and camping in the national parks and sanctuaries. Enjoy watching different species of birds and animals at this park. Within the town there are not many places for sightseeing either. This is a small town with budget places to stay and a few eating joints. You can, however, enjoy taking a glimpse of the diverse culture and habitation of this town. You can take nature photography; enjoy taking a bath in the hot springs. There are many nearby villages that you can visit to get an insight into its culture.




  • Sarpang Attractions

  • 01 Royal Manas National Park

    Royal Manas National Park
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    Royal Manas was entitled as a wildlife sanctuary in 1966 and became a National Park officially only in 1993. The park shelters more than 365 species (recorded) of birds and grows 900 classes of plants and trees. Most of the trees have religious and medicinal values and are commercially used for the same.

    The Royal Manas is situated in the southern part of Bhutan and borders the Manas Tiger Reserve, India which is a world heritage site. It also connects the Singye Jigme Wangchuk National park.

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    Highlight
    : Royal Bengal tiger, one –horned rhinoceros, leopards, Himalayan black bears are few of the wilderness you can spot. Birds which are almost extinct in other part of the world such as Pallas fishing eagle, emerald cuckoo, blue headed rock thrush etc take refuge in this park; elephant and jeep safari, and boat trips are part of the park’s entertainment.

    Location
    : Thimpu

    Best Season
    : November to March

    Cost
    : N/A


  • Mongar

    Mongar
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  • Mongar Attractions

  • 01 Mongar Tshechu Festival

    Mongar Tshechu Festival
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    If you are in Bhutan, you should definitely visit Mongar, especially during Tshechu, the three day annual event which is organized every year in November. This is one event you will really not want to miss, especially if you are someone who loves the culture and tradition of Bhutan.

    The event is so popular that people from all over Bhutan come to see it. In fact, you will be able to see people coming from Lhunentse and even Trashigang. The most incredible thing about this event is the number of traditional dances and performances you get to se. Although many traditional festivals keep happening in different parts of Bhutan, this one is easily the most exquisite and unforgettable one. Come and visit this event to get the true essence of Bhutan in every way.



    Location
    : Mongar, east of Bhutan

    Timing
    : November, during the day

    Price
    : No special fee is applicable


  • 02 Mongar and Lhuntse

    Mongar and Lhuntse
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    As many might see it as, the Mongar and Lhuntse are two of the most preferred places in Bhutan by the travellers.

    Highlights: The journey leading you from the Bhumtang to Mongar is definitely one of the most visually appealing in the Himalayas which is arrived after crossing the 3800 meter high Thrumshing La. Mongar Dzong is the newest of the Bhutan’s Dzongs and was built in the 1930s. During the time it was built, it came up to replace the Zongkar Dzong which was then only in its ruins. It is built keeping in view the tradition of Bhutan where no nails or drawings are used. Lhuntse is a rural and an isolated district of Bhutan. Lhuntse’s kurtoe region is the ancestral home of the Royal Family.

    Location: Mongar is located in the eastern Bhutan. It lies on top of the hill. Lhuntse on the other hand is located at an elevation of 1460 meters.

    Timings: Open 24 hours.

    Pricing: Entry is free.


  • Trashiyangtse

    Trashiyangtse
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  • Trashiyangtse Attractions

  • 01 Chorten Kora Festival

    Chorten Kora Festival
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    Celebrated in the easternmost district of Bhutan, Trashiyangtse, this festival is famous for its religious significance. Chorten Kora is a notable stupa created by Lama Ngawang Lodrö in 1740 to subdue a demon which used to live in the place where at present the Chorten is based. Dakpa Kora a popular ritual takes place during the Chorten Kora festival.

    The festival remains crowded by people from various regions of the country. The brilliant designs of the stupa often remains compared with the Boudhanath stupa based in Nepal. According to the legends here, the stupa took about twelve years to complete and after its construction, the village people lived peacefully. One can enjoy many age old traditions of Bhutan in this festival.



    Highlights
    : Sight of Chorten Kora and enjoy traditional performance by natives

    Festival Time
    : In the month of March


  • 02 Trashi Yangtse

    Trashi Yangtse
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    Trashi Yangtse also known as Trashiyangtse is a small town in the Yangtse Gewog. It is the district headquarters of the Trashiyangtse District in the eastern Bhutan.

    Highlights: Not too densely populated, Trashi Yangtse has a little population of 2735. Given the fact that the population is low, the place is unadulterated and is still beautiful as ever. In the year 1997, a dzong was inaugurated in Trashi Yangtse. Further, the other attractions of the Trashi Yangtse includes a huge art school - The School of Traditional Arts which is a sister school of the School of Traditional Arts in Thimphu. A visit to the school can be a life changing experience for many.

    Location: Trashi Yangtse lies in the of the Chorten Kora that is located towards its west.

    Timings: Can be visited at any hour of the day.

    Pricing: Entry is free.