55 Places to Visit in Bhutan, Tourist Places & Top Attractions
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Lhuntse

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Chirang

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Samchi

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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.


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Chhukha

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Ha

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Mongar

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Tongsa

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Chukha

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If you are looking forward to encounter miracles of unexploited nature these holidays, pay a visit to Chukha, a pristine district of Bhutan and it is assured that you will never regret visiting the heavenly destination. This district holds a prime position in the financial stability of the entire country. A number of industries are set up in this western district of Bhutan.

This district is not much visited by tourists throughout the year which makes it pure and untouched. It also plays a vital role behind the popularity of Buddhism in Bhutan. A number of beautifully constructed monasteries add up to the beauty of the district. You must pay a visit to the monasteries like Pagar Goemba, Rinchending Monastery, Tshamdrak Goemba, etc.

After all, being just a developing district, mainly comprising of tiny villages in the lap of nature, Chukha doesn’t have lavish hotels for your accommodation. There are a few guesthouses, lodges and small hotels which will surely satisfy you. A few suggestions for your stay are The Royal Orchid Hotel, Pelling Resort, etc.

Among the first few things that hit the mind as soon as you hear the name of Bhutan is Momo. Bhutan is truly a food lover’s paradise. The must try delicacies while you are in Bhutan are Ema Datshi, Yak meat, Paksha Paa, Kewa Datshi, and of course, the heavenly delicious dumplings with meat or vegetable stuffing and steamed in bamboo steamers-the momos.

Nightlife in Chukha is not known much. As it is a district consisting of villages, there are almost no nightclubs and bars. While you are in Bhutan, do not forget to buy really comfortable and fancy woollens from the local markets. The high quality wools are feather soft, warm and cosy. Hence, shopping in Chukha is not at all a boring one.  

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Dagana

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Among the 20 districts of Bhutan, Dagana is one. Situated in south-western corner of Bhutan, it shares its borders with India. Like rest of the country, Dagana is picturesquely beautiful with greatest blessings of nature.

Covered with thick forest all around, Dagana is a home to a large variety of birds. You just can’t afford to miss carrying your binoculars while visiting Bhutan. Also, the greenery all around is a natural healing therapy for your eyes. Considering everything, Bhutan is no less than heaven on earth.  

In Bhutan, Buddhist influence can be clearly felt. You will find a lot of monasteries in Bhutan, and Dagana is no exception. Beautifully built monasteries atop hills look spectacular from a distance. From inside, they are equally mesmerising with beautiful paintings on the walls. The two monasteries in Dagana worth mentioning are Nyindukha Lhakhang and Shathong Lhakhang. You must pay a visit to these sacred Buddhist temples while visiting Dagana.

Dagana doesn’t have a lot of big hotels. You should not expect to find a five star hotel in an under-developed place like Dagana. But you will get a lot of small hotels and lodges in Dagana and they are really cosy and comfortable.

Nightlife in Dagana is not known much about. There are almost no bars, nightclubs or pubs in this small Bhutanese district. Stick to enjoying the breath-taking natural beauty of the place. If you love shopping, you must get yourself the Bhutanese woollens. The colourful high quality warm garments are worth buying for you, as well as for the loved ones back home.  

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Gasa

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Paro

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The idyllic little town of Paro is tucked in the southern slopes of Eastern Himalayas at the foothills of Mount Jomolhari. It is a landlocked country bounded by India in South and South-West and Tibet in the north and north-west. 

The name Paro brings into our minds a plethora of images of the majestic Himalayas with its rugged terrains, rickety curves, alpine forests, sacred monasteries and expansive landscapes under the blue dome of the sky and takes you into a pristine world of peace and tranquillity. Your day begins by gazing at the surreal sunrise over the Himalayas leaving an enduring effect in your soul throughout the day. 

Paro is home to some of the ancient monasteries and temples of the world whose history traces back to the 7
th century and holds various myths and folklore to their names.  Fun lovers not to be disappointed at Paro! There are cafes, restaurants, museums and places of nature hiking that will certainly keep you engaged throughout your trip. The most iconic landmarks in Paro include Taktsang Monastery, Namsay Artisanal Brewery, Archery Ground, Chele La Pass and many more.

For the adrenaline junkies Paro is the perfect destination to try your guts! Paro has some of the most challenging biking trails of the world which is bound to allure any biker who wants to scale the height on the wheels. Apart from that you can go on hiking, trekking, rafting, kayaking and stargazing. The Snowman Trek which is one of the highest trekking trails of the world will leave you awestruck as you ride along the trail and get a bird’s eye view of the stunning panorama from a height of 5,400 metres.

Visiting Paro during summer will give you a chance to explore the nooks of the city of Paro and appreciate the stunning view of the landscapes at the backdrop of the shimmering white Himalayas.  During this time the climate is temperate and suitable for adventurous activities. But, if you want snow in your vacation, winter should be your choicest season.

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Thimphu

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Thimphu is one of the largest cities in Bhutan and offers a pristine view of the Himalayan range. Located in the central part of western Bhutan, it resides on the west banks of Raidak River that is colloquially known as the Wang Chu River.  The hills surrounding Thimphu are elevated at a range of 2,000 – 3,800 meters. Thimphu is the meeting point of various tributaries that emerge out of the Himalayan ranges and meet at Raidak River.

The beauty of Thimphu not only resides in the colossal Himalayan view and its tributaries, but also the monasteries and dzhongs, or fortress-like structures all across Thimphu. The architectural design of these monuments is striking, with some of them being as old as the 12
th century. In fact, Tango Monastery is one of the highest teaching institutes in the city. The hamlets visible from atop high mountains, glimmering at night, only add on to the beauty of the place. 

The top two attractions to be explored in the city are Dochula Pass and Budhha Dodhenma. The Dochula Pass is located at an elevation of 10,334 feet with a mesmerizing view of Jigme Singye Wangchuck Himalayan range. The Buddha Dordenma is a colossal Shakyamuni Budhha statue located atop a hill that is 169 meters tall with minute details carved into the gold-plated structure. 

River rafting and kayaking are two of the most popular activities conducted mostly in the Raidak River. Cycling is now becoming the most adventurous act that offers an adrenaline-pumping journey across the rocky terrains of Thimphu. Hiking and mountain biking are also becoming popular.

The weather in Bhutan is pleasant during spring and autumn. Springs are blooming with flowers, and the melted snow still glimmers with the sunlight during the morning, giving the city a surreal appearance. Autumn is met with naked tree branches and cloudy skies that hide the majestic Himalayas behind their grandeur. Winters receive snowfall, so do carry heavy warm clothes if you are visiting during winters.

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Punakha

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Punakha was the capital of Bhutan before Thimpu was made the capital city. There are many places to see in Punakha. It is popular for its temples, sightseeing viewpoints, courtyards, valleys, towers, and mini excursions in and around this town. This is one of the religious centers of Bhutan. It is at the confluence of two rivers of Bhutan. You can visit this town for taking short tours, stopping before heading towards other things to do in the Haa Valley, Gangtey, and Wangdue which have many places that are a haven for wildlife and nature photographers. These valleys have Alpine forests and mountain views that are serene and breathtaking. You get a countryside feel when you visit this riverside town, Punakha.

There are not too many tourists places to visit in Punakha. Tourists come to this town to rest, eat, and drink, before visiting other places of interest in Bhutan. You can visit monasteries, temples, Chorten, walking bridge, hill side village, and a collage where you can interact with the monks. You can go to the riverside as a weekend getaway. For most part, there is handful of places to be visited in this part of Bhutan. Quiet and tranquil, this is one of the holy places in Bhutan that is a home to monks. However, around Punakha, there are numerous outdoor and adventure activities available for tourists.


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The Punakha Dzong is one of the most famous places in Bhutan. It literally means ‘the palace of great happiness’. It is the administrative center of Bhutan and also one of the most scenic places in the country. The Punakha Dzong is one of the most majestic and artful structures of Bhutan and the places around it are also some of the most experience packed tourist places. It is a place which offers several other places around it, which will make your holidays worth it.

The most special things about all the places in Bhutan is that they are so serene and filled with sheer tranquility, that you will have no words to describe it, but just experience it. The green mountains, deep valleys, religious shrines, culture, tradition, local hospitality and the positive vibes of Bhutan will leave you mesmerized and awe-struck, as you will never experience a similar kind of environment anywhere else in the world.

A trip to Punakha is perfect for family with kids, a group of friends or even for senior citizens, as the things to do here have no limit and can be enjoyed by people of all age groups. You are indeed going to take back a lot of memories from this trip and so, be all set for it.

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Trongsa

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Trongsa is known as the gateway to the eastern Bhutan, and is one of the oldest historical towns of Bhutan. The first monastery of Bhutan was built in this town in the 15th century. This is a small town, but a sacred town for people in Bhutan, and can be covered by foot. This is a town with fewer landmarks and places to see and things to do. You can go sightseeing on foot, and do not need a transportation to cover this town. There are no water sports, adventure, or any other activities except for taking walking trails in Trongsa. There are many places to see in and around Trongsa. Bhutan has an autonomous culture and an interesting history.

Bhutan is called ‘The land of Thunder Dragon’. It is a place that holds Dzong fortress where all the important decisions are made and the Emperor is crowned. This place is also surrounded by higher mountains and lush green on all the sides. The places to see here are mostly temples, cultural and historic monuments, paintings, costumes, and artifacts of the Bhutan Dynasty. There is no scope for having a night life, enjoying water sports, or any adventure activities in Trongsa. If you are looking to get into the life and history of Bhutan, you can visit this town and its surrounding areas.


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Bumthang has a distinctive charm that entices the visitors and separates it from the other cities, towns and districts of Bhutan. It is composed of 4 small valleys i.e. Chumey, Tang, Ura and Choekhor. Since, all the important temples and the dzongs are found in the Choekhor, is is often referred to as the Bumthang valley. The profound spiritual region of this city is rooted in this religious land. This city is also the traditional home to the renowned Buddhist philosopher and teacher Pema Linga. The present day dynasty traces its origin to the descendants of Pema Linga.  

Legends give 2 key notions on the name of this place. One, the canyon here is supposedly in the shape of Bumpa which is the container of pious water usually found on the shrine of a lhakhang. Thang here stands for a flat place or an open field. Another but rather a less respectful translation of the name relates particularly to the beautiful women residing here as bum stands for ‘girl’.  

Besides, the pristine beauty of the four valleys, Bumthang also has numerous other places to see along with a few of the oldest Buddhist temples of the kingdom. Bumthang is definitely one of the best tourist places in Bhutan which can be well explored on foot with walks to suit everyone.


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Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag is at the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in India. It is also known as Phuentsholling’s little sister as its architectural is similar. Samdrup Jongkhar is a scenic place where you can find Indian and Bhutanese culture, shops, and items. This is in the South of Bhutan. This place is also an entry point from India to Bhutan. There are many things to do and places to see when you visit this district town.  This is a town popular for its nature, sightseeing, and scenic spots. Wildlife and nature photographers can find this place to be a haven. You can take treks in the national parks and enjoy food and drinks in the restaurants of this area. There are many historical sites that you can see when you visit this town. Nature parks provide the best scenic view from this place. You can also go shopping for souvenirs in the local markets when you visit this place. Trekking and going on cycling tours is one of the most popular activities that tourists do when they visit this place. This is not a town for nightlife. However, there are drinks available while dining out.


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Wangdue Phodrang is a town in West of Bhutan that is hot and dry. Staying in cottages closer to the river is a wonderful experience. Bhutan has a distinct culture, cuisine, and history. There are many nearby villages that can be visited for its beauty and sightseeing. This is a small town that is more of a stopover before going to other cities.  There are a few places to see and only one or two things to do when in this town. There is only one airport closer to this town which can be used for arrival and departure. There are transportation facilities available within this small town. There are only valleys and a handful of places that you can see in this town. You can get around on this town by foot or by bus or taxi. There is only one festival that can be attended in the month of November. This is a conservative town. So, there is no scope of nightlife. There are no bars or clubs available here. Also, adventure and outdoor activities are also minimum. There are no water sports activities available here. You can only go on small treks in the nearby valleys.

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Situated on the bank of Gamri Chhu River, this enchanting town is truly bewitching. At the eastern part of Bhutan, Trashigang is one of the major tourist spots of the country. The entire district of Trashigang consist a number of beautifully constructed monasteries, which you must pay a visit to.

Visiting Trashigang is no less than visiting the home of nature. Covered with mountains all around, Trashigang is not only a treat to your eyes, but also a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of the crowded megacities. Visit this heavenly place once to forget all your worries and get refreshed.

If you are wondering where to stay in Trashigang, then it is to be disclosed first that you would not find five star hotels or lavish resorts there. But there are a number of comfortable and satisfying hotels for your stay. A few examples of hotels are Druk Zhongar Hotel, Hotel Druk Doethjung, Lengkhar Resort, etc.

For the shopaholics, Trashigang has a few options through which you can satisfy your shopping craves. The locally crafted accessories such as Bhutanese masks, woven baskets and stuffs, boots, belts, native style of embroidery, are very interesting to see and buy. Also, Bhutan is known for its woollen garments. Don’t forget to buy high quality sweaters and other woollen wears and they make a great gifting option too for your loved ones back home.

Nightlife in Trashigang is dull. There are no nightclubs or pubs where you could hang out after the sun goes off to sleep. 

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Other Attractions

 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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Newly Added Bhutan Experience
18 November 2015
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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek was a great experience. It passes by picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows and villages set to a backdrop of magnificent mountainous landscapes. The experience was amazing and brilliant. We had a really great trek. It was sheer brilliance.
16 August 2015
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The trekking experience was great. I had a really nice trek here. It was an inexpensive and a really nice trek. I had a great time.
10 October 2015
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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is something that every trekker must take in his life. It is so poignant and brilliant. I totally loved this. WOW can be an understatement. The crystal clear, poignant lakes just give me goosebumps. The pristine lakes are so beautiful that you will forget yourself here. The trek is difficult, but nevertheless it is an amazing and a beautiful experience to say the least. I totally loved this trek and I just still can’t get enough of this trek. The experience would not have been this nice if the planning was bad. Special cheers to the team for handling the organization and planning of this tour in such a beautiful manner. If you are planning to have heartfelt trek, then look no further than here.
13 September 2019
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We had so much fun on this bike trip from India to Bhutan. This a great trip organised by Thrillophilia for bike trip enthusiasts. All the requirements were well taken care of and the tour was well organised. The route is extremely beautiful and a group activity as it was, made it all the more amazing. A lifetime cherishable memory!!
13 September 2019
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Very well planned trip and itinerary. Our group leader was very good in managing the itinerary during the 9 days. We had enough time to see the major attractions of Bhutan and enjoy the ride of bullet with beautiful views. Group was amazing and very friendly and I had made a lot new rider friends.
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I booked this tour for a solo trip from Ahmedabad to Bhutan and everything was up to the mark and as expected. Brilliant team and execution of the plan.
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We booked this complete pre-planned tour to Bhutan, and it was exactly how it was described. Being it all the visiting or the services and facilities provided were all good. Loved it.
15 October 2019
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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 of the world mount Everest. The great thing was that our programme was made in a way that the sightseeing of the historical places started the same day we landed. We had wonderful and caring guide Bijay who was telling the facts and stories in very detail. All the hotel were excellent quality and staff was helpful in every possible way. The food was so delicious, and we had possibility to choose which cuisine we want to try from locally grown organic foods to more western food. Our advice to try Bhutanese local beer that is really good. Also, it was nice experience to have hot stone bath after a long day-trek to Tiger Nest. I had really wonderful Six days in Bhutan and I can recommend Thrillophilia to everyone wishing to visit Bhutan.
15 October 2019
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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 scenery in which they sit is stunning! Thrillophilia made everything so easy. They created an itinerary, reservations and transportation quickly and efficiently. I felt like I was welcomed at the airport by a friend. I had some special requests that they were happy to arrange; even though no one had asked to do these things before. And they even changed the itinerary during the tour per my special request. I don't suggest making their lives more difficult like I did, but truly, I am so happy that I could be accommodated. Lodging was great, food was excellent, and the guide, along with the driver made it a trip to remember. I highly recommend Thrillophilia to anyone interested in exploring the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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