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  • Places to Visit in Bhutan includes Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Chele La Pass, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Dochula Pass, Tashichho Dzong, Phobjikha Valley and many more. Our best seller 8 Days Bhutan Tour Package (Flat 12% Off) covers major attractions of Bhutan.

    With the Tiger’s Nest monastery becoming somewhat a national symbol and the many adventure sports that happen here attracting adventurers and tourists alike, Bhutan is a must visit at least once in your lifetime. Among other best of Bhutan, tourist spots are the weekend market of Thimphu, the pilgrim’s valley, and the offbeat experience of the Haa Valley. You can book our 5 Days Bhutan Backpackers Delight (Flat 14% Off) and witness these beautiful Bhutan sights.

    Bhutan is also a paradise for trekkers as places like Jigme Dorji National Park, the Dagala 1000 lake trek are popular for trekking. With so much to share with its visitors, Bhutan is growing as a tourism hub in the Southeastern Asia, and with a wide variety of tourism options available. To visit the top tourist destinations of Bhutan book 9 Days Tour Package of Bhutan (Flat 9% Off).

    There is the spiritual experience of this place, and then there is the adventure side of the spectrum. 
    But one of the most amazing thing that you can relate to any region in the Himalayas is breathtaking beauty, and that you can also expect from Bhutan at the scenic Dochula Pass. And so, for the true Himalayan soul, Bhutan is the dreamland. Have an amazing experience by booking a 7 Days Tour to Bhutan (Flat 12% Off).
  • Must Visit Tourist Places in Bhutan

  • 01Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro

    This is the monastery whose pictures rule the Instagram feed. You must have come across its pictures in your Instagram feed as it is one of the most prominent places to visit in Bhutan. More popularly known as ‘Tiger’s Nest,’ Taktsang Palphung Monastery is one of the most prominent places to visit in Bhutan and fascinates photographers, adventurers and pilgrims alike. Everything, from the monastery’s location to its architecture is unique.

    The construction of the temple complex dates back to 1692. Located 3120 meters above the sea level in Paro Valley, this monastery is the cultural icon of Bhutan. The complex hangs to a cliff which makes it all the more unique and fascinating. Taktsang Palphung Monastery is surrounded by hills blanketed with the lush green cover of forests. Though reaching this wonderful monastery may be challenging, it is definitely worth a visit.

    Location: The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located in Paro, approximately 10 kilometres away from the city. 

    Best time/season
    : March to May and September to November.

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  • 03Punakha Dzong, Punakha

    Punakha Dzong literally translates to “the palace of great happiness or bliss” and a visit to this dzong will make you realize the relevance of its name. It is hugely popular among tourists for its impressive architecture. This dzong has a massive historical significance as it is the place where all of Bhutan’s kings have been crowned. Currently serving as the Administrative center of Punakha District, the construction of Punakha Dzong started in 1637.

    The building displays the typical architecture of Bhutan and Tibet, and is a treat to a spectator’s eyes. To witness the dzong at its best, visit during spring when the beauty of its surroundings blooms with jacaranda trees and the lush green hills in its backdrop.

    The confluence of Po Chu and Mo Chu Rivers by the dzong makes it appear even more picturesque. This is, undoubtedly, among the best Bhutan tourist places. If you admire touring in bike, don't forget to book a Bike Trip to Bhutan and this tour package covers the visit to stunning Punakha Dzong as well.

    Location: Located at the confluence of beautiful rivers of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu in Punakha & Khuruthang , Bhutan. 

    Best time/season
    : The best time to visit the Punakha Dzong is mid-May when lavender coloured jacaranda trees blossom.
  • 04Rinpung Dzong, Paro

    If you wish to witness the top-notch architecture of Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong is the place you need to be. The name of this dzong translates to ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewel’. The Dzong houses 14 shrines and chapels which make it occupy a spot among the most prominent religious places in Bhutan. However, most of the chapels are not open for tourists now. Located in Paro Town of Western Bhutan, it is also the seat for Bhutan Supreme Court.

    The perfect location of the dzong adds more reason why you should not miss this place on your Bhutan visit. Rinpung Dzong is located on a steep hillside and thus, offers breathtaking views of the hills. A bridge named Nyamai Zam spanning over Paro Chhu River is also a major attraction and is a great spot for photography enthusiasts. Book a Stunning Tour to Bhutan for 6 Days and witness all the famous tourist attractions of Paro, Bhutan.

    Location: Rinpung Dzong is located atop the hill above Pachu in Paro. 

    Best time/season
    : March to May and September to November. During the Tsechu festival in Bhutan, you can enjoy the local masked dance.

  • 05Chele La, Paro

    If you are enthusiastic about high altitude mountain passes, Chele La will definitely flatter your senses. And if you are interested in witnessing a fine example of nature’s aesthetics, still then Chele La will please your eyes. It is the highest motorable pass in Bhutan, situated at a height of almost 4000 meters above the sea level. This picturesque spot is a 36 km drive away from Paro Town. Chele La makes for an excellent road for an interesting road excursion.

    The scenic beauty of this place is beyond description. This pass separates Paro Valley from Haa Valley. The panoramic views of the snow-capped mountain peaks from here can entice any photographer in the world. A drive to this beautiful spot through dense spruce and larch forests is an experience you must not miss on your Bhutan Trip. 

    Location: Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan. 

    Best time to visit: October to November when the skies are clear.
  • 06Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha

    Punakha is an antiquated town located a 3 hours drive away from the current capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. It served as the capital of Bhutan before Thimphu. Apart from the very popular Punakha Dzong, what makes this town an interesting destination is Punakha Suspension Bridge, spanning over Po Chhu River. Being 160m long, it is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan. The bridge connects Punakha Town with Punakha Dzong.

    This picture-perfect bridge, draped with prayer flags, serves as a great delight for photographers visiting Punakha Dzong as it offers breathtaking views of the river flowing below and lush green hills all around it, with the magnetic Dzong in the frame. A walk on this bridge is bound to get your adrenaline rushing. Do not skip setting your feet on this bridge if you don’t wish to miss out on a unique experience in Bhutan.

    Location: Located 10 minutes drive away Punakha Dzong, the bridge connects the mainland and the nearby villages and Dzong. 

    Timing
    : The best time to visit it is 9 AM in the morning. 
  • 07Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu

     If you are a photographer seeking outstanding artworks and perfect frames in Bhutan, Buddha Dordenma is your ultimate destination. It is a giant golden Shakyamuni Buddha statue constructed to commemorate the anniversary of fourth king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk. The statue sits atop a gilded meditation hall in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the southern entrance of the capital city, Thimphu.

    It is 169 feet tall and houses a total of 1,25,000 smaller Buddha statues inside it. The statue was constructed in 2015 and the construction cost was almost $100 million. It is considered to be a sacred site by Buddhists. It is believed that this statue was mentioned as the “second Buddha” by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century. For anyone visiting Bhutan, Buddha Dordenma is among the top Bhutan tourist places. Don't miss a chance to book an Amazing 4 Days Tour Package of Bhutan including local sightseeings of Thimpu.

    Location: The Statue is on top of a mount in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and marks the southern entrance to the valley of Thimphu. 

    Best time/season
    : The early morning light makes it best for clicking photographs and enjoying the beauty. 
  • 08National Museum, Paro

    There is no better way to learn about the culture and history of a place than visiting its best museum. National Museum of Bhutan is located above Paro Dzong in the Paro district. It is an interesting place to visit irrespective of whether or not you are a history enthusiast because the views that this place offers are stunning. Moreover, the structure of the building is unique with reference to other historic monuments in Bhutan.

    The beautiful building consists of six floors, and each floor is dedicated to a different category of collections. The major attraction in the museum is an egg kept here that is considered a mule’s egg. Besides, you can find interesting collections of arms, ritual objects, clothes, jewelry, religious articles, scroll paintings and much more in this museum that enlighten visitors about the history, culture and rituals of Bhutan.

    Location: The museum is located at a hill above Paro Dzong. Paro Dzong is a 15 minutes drive from Paro market. 

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 

    Price
    : For adults the price is 150 BTN. For monks, nuns and children below ten years, the entry is free.
  • 09Jigme Dorji National Park, Gasa

    This is the second largest national park in Bhutan and is an absolute treat for wildlife lovers on Bhutan trip. The park stretches over a very vast area – 4316 sq. km which is evident from the fact that its elevation ranges from 1400 m to 7000 m. Some of the major attractions in this park are threatened fauna species like clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, etc. along with many other local and exotic species of flora and fauna.

    Besides remarkable biodiversity, Jigme Dorji National Park comprises of some of the most captivating landscapes in the world featuring glaciers, snow-laden mountains and striking lakes. Furthermore, there are some great trekking trails in the park that take you through some unforgettable sights in Bhutan. Located at a distance of 122 km from Thimphu, the national park is well connected by road.

    Location: Gasa 

    Best season
    : March to October
  • 10Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), Thimphu

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    Tashichho Dzong is a remarkable architectural structure which currently is the house of the throne room and seat of the government. More commonly known as the Thimphu Dzong, it is also called the ‘fortress of glorious religion’.

    The impressive structure with white washed walls, golden, red and black wood and lush gardens on a backdrop of blue sky and flourishing green valleys, emanates a look of splendour.

    The Dzong was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung on the grounds of Dho Ngon Dzong which was earlier built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The Dzong caught fire a few times in the history first in 1968 and later again in 1869, which could be considered a mystery. You must check the 5 Days Bhutan Tour Package (Flat 11% Off) and visit Tashichho Dzong to get a glimpse of  Bhutan's Culture.

    Location
    : The Tashichho Dzong is located near the Thimphu town on the west bank of Wangchhu River and offers magnificent view.

    Best time/season
    : March to May and September to November.
  • 11Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu

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    Dzongs in Bhutan tourists spots are a very famous part of the tourism industry, and also are very prominent in the country. The meaning of the word is “Temple fortress”, and that is something that will be evident when you set foot in the Simtokha Dzong.

    Built in the year 1629, the historical importance of this place can be judged by the fact that this building was the first of its kind. It is now a museum and a leading learning centre for Dzongkha, the local language.

    It is a small Dzong, but that doesn’t belittle the importance of this place as it was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who first unified Bhutan as one

    Location- Thimphu, Bhutan
  • 12Tango Buddhist Institute, Thimphu

    One of the most revered Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan, Tango Monastery or Tango Buddhist Institute is located on steep crags of Thimphu Valley. This institute sits at a distance of 30 minutes drive from the City. Built as a monastery, the institute now serve as an educational institute for monks to study the religious texts. The monastery is built upon a cave where, as per a popular belief, Tibetan Lana Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal meditated once.

    There are a number of legends and beliefs associated with the monastery that make it an even interesting place to visit. This place is also popular among adventure lovers as there is a route that you can take to hike up to here. Tango Buddhist Institute is held sacred and significant by Buddhists.

    Location: The Institute is located 14 kilometres from the capital city Thimphu. 

    Timing
    : 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM.
  • 13Dochula Pass, Thimphu

    Bhutan is a country blessed with extraordinarily gorgeous mountainscapes. One of the best among those is Dochula Pass. It is a mountain pass in the Himalayas on the road from Thimphu to Punakha. Located at a height of 3100 meters, Dochula Pass is 30 km away from the country capital, Thimphu. It is popular for 108 memorial stupas here, built by the eldest Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk.

    There is also a prominent monastery located here that was built to commemorate the fourth head of the state of Bhutan. It is also the venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival. himalayasOwing to its popularity among locals and tourists, Dochula Pass is easily among the most sought after places to visit in Bhutan. Dochula Pass is frequented by tourists enthusiastic about witnessing the snow-blanketed mountains peaks of Himalayas that are visible from here.

    Location: The Pass is located at a height of 10,171 ft on east-west Road from Thimphu to Punakha. 

    Best time/season: March to May and September to November.
  • 14Gangtey Monastery, Wangdue

    The vibrant and unique culture of Bhutan is one of the major factors why the country shows a magnetic force towards tourists all across the world. The country is replete with numerous Buddhist monasteries displaying the brilliant architecture. A famous one among those is Gangtey Monastery located in Wangdue Phodrang district in central Bhutan. It belongs to Nyingmapa school of Buddhism and is a popular place among pilgrims and tourists alike due to its architecture and scenic location.

    It is located at an elevation of 16,000 ft. Splendid views of the Phobjikha Valley below can be witnessed from the monastery. If you like trekking, you ought to know that a trekking route passes through here in case you are looking for some action around your visit to this monastery.

    Location: Wangdue 

    Best Season
    : September to November

  • 15Rafting In Mo Chu River

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    Adventure activities in Bhutan are one of the favourite things for tourists to do after arrival here. And apart from biking, hiking and trekking, one of the best way to get the adrenalin in you going are to get on a raft on the Mo Chu river.

    A wide and gentle river in the country of Bhutan, Mo Chu offers a 10km course of rafting with over 10 rapids to conquer which are of class 2 or above.

    The experience of rafting past the Punakha Dzong and some of the most serene scenes of the forests and vegetation around is something you would not forget

    Location- Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan
  • 16Haa Valley

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    Many say that if you visit Bhutan and don’t go for a day out in the Haa valley, you didn’t actually visit Bhutan. This valley is one of the scantiest population in Bhutan, the place has a rich diversity of animals and plants living here, making it the perfect get together for anyone who is a nature lover.

    This place is also the hotspot for hiking and biking enthusiasts for the amazing trails spread across the place. A little off the beaten way, the best part about this place that it is pretty less crowded, and the way that leads to the valley gives you an unparalleled view of the Chomolhari

    Location- Western Bhutan on the border with Sikkim, India

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  • 17Dagala Thousand Lakes

    Dagala Thousand Lakes
    The most famous and gifted with a high level of natural beauty, the Dagala Thousand Lakes trek is certainly a must try if you ever plan to visit Bhutan. The serene beauty of the valley as you trek from one lake to another in this 5-day trek takes a strong hold on your spirit. Starting from the amazing Paro Valley.

    This trek in Bhutan starts with a visit to the Paro Taktsang, and after getting the blessings of the divine, takes you into a trek from Thimphu to Genekha, and onto Gur, Labatama, Pankha, Talakha, Chamgang and then back to Thimphu. All through the trekking experience, you will see some of the most beautiful high altitude lakes with the bluest of waters ever possible. You will surely leave your heart here when you leave, as have many who have walked the Dagala Thousand
    Lakes Trek

    Location- Thimphu Valley

    Best time- April to June and September to October
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  • 18Chomolhari

    Chomolhari
    Chomolhari, or Jomolhari, is a mountain on the border of Tibet and Bhutan, with a summit of the height 7,326m above sea level. A pure beauty to look at, the places from where you can see this mountain are some of the best Bhutan tourist places.

    The locals even call this as the “bride of the Kanchenjunga”. Forming a major part of the border, Chomolhari is a sacred mountain to the Buddhists, and a proof of that is the temple of the same name on the Bhutanese side of the hill, where the devotees can stay while visiting the hill.

    Location- On the border of Bhutan and Tibet near Thimphu
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  • 19Royal Manas National Park

    If you think Bhutan is all about Buddhist monasteries, time to reconsider your notion as Bhutan has much more to offer. This wildlife park is the oldest one in Bhutan and is all a wildlife enthusiast can ever ask for. Royal Manas Park is spread across an area of 1057 sq. km and houses a great biodiversity. The southern border of the national park is connected with Manas Tiger Reserve of India.

    This park is a home to numerous endangered wildlife species including one-horned rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, Gangetic dolphin, Himalayan black bear and many more. Rare golden langur can also be found here. A visit to this park is a great means to have a closer look at the wilder side of Bhutan. Trekking and elephant safari are among the exciting activities to do in Bhutan that you must try on your visit to the Royal Manas National Park.

    Location: Thimphu 

    Best Season
    : November to March
  • 20Weekend Market

    When you visit a new country, you must surely take something back with you as a souvenir of the place, a little token of remembrance that will stay with you forever.

    And for Bhutan, that is what the weekend markets in Thimphu are for. Bustling with tourists through the day, the people start arriving here on the night of Thursday and stay here until the end of Sunday.

    You can collect ingredients, souvenirs and various elements that will leave your aromatic sense in a state of ecstatic high. This certainly is one of the best of Bhutan Tourist places to visit

    Location- West bank of river Wang Chhu, Thimphu
  • 21Philatelic Bureau

    Philately is the hobby of collecting and studying stamps. At Thimphu in Bhutan, the main post office of the city acts as a one of kind centre of philately that will just amaze you with the kind of gift that you can give yourself at a nominal cost.
     
    All you have to do is bring in a picture of yourself, or get clicked for a portrait at the spot. The staff will then convert your picture into your own personalized stamp, and will even gift you an entire sheet of these stamps. All this at a cost of Bhutanese ngultrum (Nu) 200
  • 22The Folk Heritage Museum

    Located in a 150-year-old mud and wood structure of 3 stories, the folk heritage museum in Thimphu showcases the local way of life in Bhutan and the cultural aspect of living here.

    The ground floor of the house is a barn, the second floor is a safe store and the top floor is the living area, each of which is very tastefully decorated.

    The 19th century home was opened for public in the year 2001, and has since then, served as one of the premier Bhutan Tourist Spots. It is a must visit if you are looking for something to explore in an hour.

    Location- Thimphu, Bhutan
  • 23Motithang Takin Preserve

    If you have never seen an akin, Motithang Takin Preserve is probably the best place to witness takins in their natural habitat. Takin looks like a mishmash of goat and cow. Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife reserve to preserve takin, the national animal of Bhutan.

    This preserve covers an area of 8.4 acres and is located at a short distance of 6 km from the main city. Earlier, takins were kept in the zoo but following the order of the fourth king of Bhutan, they were released in the wild.

    But, the animals were so tame that they could not find food for themselves. Consequently, takins were again put into captivity. You can explore these animals at Motithang Takin Preserve between 9 AM and 4 PM.

    Highlights: A perfect way to capture endangered species as photographers are allowed to click pictures of the wilds from a close proximity. This preserve is most suitable for the wildlife enthusiast. 

    Location: Motithang Dist.,Thimphu 

    Timings: Early mornings are perfect to spot and capture Takins as that is the hour they come out; 

    Hours: Every day, except Sundays
  • 24Choki Traditional Art School

    Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan has so much to offer to tourists. One such offering is Choki Traditional Art School. A visit to this art school is a unique experience in itself as it is a school where disadvantaged kids are taught and trained for traditional arts, painting and much more.

    This school helps these kids sharpen their skills to make them self-reliant. Located in the village of Kabisa, at a distance of 10 km from Thimphu, this art school is one of the most interesting places to visit in Bhutan if you are interested in arts and crafts.

    One of the major objectives of the school is to preserve the traditional Bhutanese art. The beautiful location of this school is just another reason why you should not skip a visit to such an interesting place. The school also houses a gift shop where you can buy excellent crafts of the local traditional art made by the students here.

    Location- Kaseba Valley, Thimphu
  • 25National Library

    For promoting and preserving the culture and religious aspect of the Bhutanese way of living, the state of Bhutan established the National library in the year of 1967.

    The beautiful building situated in the Kawajangsa area of Thimphu, above the Royal Thimphu Golf Course, near the Folk Heritage Museum and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum is easily recognisable from the facade and is one of the most visited places of the country.

    It is soon to become an icon of Bhutan tourist places and houses some of the best collection of what can be called a part of the rich cultural and religious heritage of the country.

    Location- Kawajangsa area of Thimphu
  • 26Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

    The best part of the entire region of the Himalayas is the local art and the handmade artefacts that just take everyone’s heart away. The same goes for the renowned handmade paper that the Bhutanese prepare by making use of the bark of the Daphne trees.

    In the region of Khuju Lam of Thimphu is the small-scale factory of the name Jungshi Handmade Paper, Jungshi meaning ‘Natural’.

    The factory is famous for a certain kind of Agrotourism in the region in which you can get to see the entire process of papermaking down to the finished product. You can even buy the paper sheets, cards, notebooks and much more prepared right here to take back with you. 

    Location- Khuju Lam, Thimphu
  • 27Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

    The Academy is an amalgamation of contemporary architecture and Bhutanese culture and heritage. Under the wings and government of Her Highness, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, this integral piece of Bhutan is an attraction of many tourists. The academy is a non-profit org encouraging in preserving the oldest culture of Bhutan, Weaving.

    The academy also exhibits their woven clothes made for the Royals to the tourists and plays videos throughout the day showcasing how to drape and wear their traditional outfits, gho and kira. The academy is built to encourage women empowerment and hence free training is provided for their welfare.

    Highlights
    : Host exhibitions on finest work of hand woven, embroidered, and appliqué clothes; presents demo on the production of finest garments, Museum portraying rich Bhutanese culture and the belongings of the royals; a souvenir shop that sells beautiful artefacts of the kingdom.

    Location
    : Thimphu

    Timings
    : Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
  • 28Trashi Chhoe Dzong

    Dzongs in the country of Bhutan are a common sight, yet are equally important and significant from a historical point of view.

    One of the many famous Bhutan Tourist spots is the Trashi Chhoe Dzong of the city of Thimphu. This large monastery in the northern fringe of the city and on the western bank of the Wang Chhu river is more commonly known as the place of coronation of the recent king in the year 2008.

    Despite that, the annual festivities that happen here at the time of Tsechu every year is something you can’t afford to miss.

    Location- Thimphu, Bhutan
  • 29National Institute for Zorig Chusum

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    Bhutanese are known to preserve their natural resources, and culture and heritage quite seriously. It is really a pleasure to visit their educational institutes because they exhibit authentic values. Institute of Zorig Chusum is one such place where Bhutan traditional art is taught.

    This beautiful heritage teaches 13 special types of an art form; hence the place is also known as ‘the painting school’. The school promotes crafts to those who have a knack for painting and the like.

    Highlights
    : A tour of the institute will take you back to art and craft forms that have become extinct in other countries. Wood carving, canvas painting, furniture painting, clay art making and different kinds of embroideries are few of the art forms you will find here. The place is a dream of every photographer as it does not lack colour and charm.

    Working hours
    : 10 am to 3:30 pm (weekdays) and 10 am-noon on Saturdays

    Location
    : Thimphu
  • 30National Folk Heritage Museum

    If you want to see a glimpse of Bhutanese traditional lifestyle, their values and heritage, the Folk Heritage Museum is the ideal place for you. The museum was established in 2001 and is set in a 3 storied timber and rammed earth building which still holds its authenticity.

    The museum artefacts transform seasonally. Every time you visit, you will get to see something unique and new.

    Highlights
    : Demo of different practices such as Markhu Tsene (oil extraction), Ara Kayne brewing, Zaw Ngowni, Tham Dhungi (pounding and roasting rice) and lot more. Ambience takes you back to 150 years old Bhutanese life with millet, paddy and wheat fields surroundings, vegetable gardens and 100 years old Kitchen.

    Location
    : Thimphu 

    Price
    : Others- nu 150 and SAARC nationals – nu 25 Working hours: weekdays – 10:30 am to 4:30 pm; Saturdays – 10:30 am to 1 pm; Sundays: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

    Extra info
    : Lunch and dinner buffet provided for a group of 5 and more
  • 31Handicrafts Market

    The handicrafts market of Thimphu is also known as the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar. The shops crafted from bamboo are lined neatly in row at a mile’s stretch, selling colourful and beautiful authentic handicraft of Bhutan. There are almost hundred shops in the market selling various souvenirs, authentic handcrafted apparels, bags, masks and many more items.

    The shopkeepers mostly are Bhutanese women who welcome you with a warm smile. The products are all procured from the local villages. The market aims to preserve the Bhutanese culture and promote their traditions and handicrafts.It is a market where you can spend hours in shopping.

    Highlights
    : Look for beautiful attires with embroidery, souvenirs like carved wooden items, scroll painting, decorative items woven from bamboos, and beautiful jewellery made of gold, silver and precious stones.

    Location
    : The market is located at the centre of Thimphu below Norzin Lam.
  • 32Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)

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    Memorial Chorten is one of the most important religious places for Bhutanese people where they worship daily. Throughout the day people walk around the perimeter of the Chorten as a holy ritual. Built in 1974, it is an outstanding illustration of Buddhist culture and architecture.

    The whitewashed structure is crowned by a golden spire and is carved with intricate patterns. The spire emanates with the golden glow with the first ray of morning sunlight. The Chorten houses detailed paintings and numerous Buddha statutes.

    Highlights
    : Ongoing inside the Chorten, you can climb to the top to go out on the third-floor terrace which is quite a tranquil place.

    Best time to visit
    : The Chorten is in the morning with the golden spire glowing in the sun rays.

    Location
    : The Chorten is located on Doeboom Lam in Thimphu near the Indian Military Hospital.

    Timing
    : 07:00 am - 09:00 am
  • 33Clock Tower Square

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    Clock Tower Square is a famous landmark in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The tower has total of four clocks one on each side and has some interesting and beautiful artistic carvings and paintings.

    There are dragons which are crafted by hands, truly depicting the Bhutan as Land of Thunder Dragon. Intricate flower designs add to the beauty of the tower. The structure is a splendid example of the country’s find architecture, traditions and artwork. Small three storied buildings surround the structure with shops and restaurants.

    Highlight
    : Spend some time on the square to watch and admire the life of Bhutanese people. Savour the cuisines served at food joints nearby. Concerts keep happening in the square and if you are lucky, you will get to enjoy one.

    Location
    : The tower is located below Norzin Lam in the centre of the national capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.
  • 34Changangkha Lhakhang

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    Perched on top of a ridge above Thimphu, Changangkha Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Thimphu. The temple was built in 12th century and houses the central statue of Chenrizig, a manifestation of Avolokitesawara with eleven heads and thousand arms.

    It offers a stunning view of the surrounding Thimphu valley from the top. The structure is a fine example of Bhutanese faith, tradition and architecture. There are a number of black and golden coloured prayer wheels in the temple. The prayer book in this temple is larger than other Bhutanese manuscripts.

    Highlights
    : In the evening, this place offers an opportunity of witnessing the spectacular sight of setting sun on the city. Drop by the paper workshop on the way to temple to view the process of making papers.

    Location
    : Located in Thimphu, it is just 10 minutes drive from the main market.

    Timing
    : 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM.
  • 35Wangchu River

    The mighty rivers of Bhutan offer great opportunity for various water sports. Wang Chhu River is a Himalayan river and tributary of majestic Brahmaputra River. The Bhutan river tours are designed to let you enjoy the adventurous sports of kayaking and rafting in the rivers of Bhutan. The bustling capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is located on the banks of Wang Chhu.

    On the east side of the river, you can see the striking SAARC building. Samtenling Palace, the resident of king, can also be sighted from the river. Fluttering colourful flags on the banks make a beautiful sight.

    Highlights: Look for kayaking and rafting opportunities. The 4 Km run from Wang Chhu to lower run offers challenging water course suitable for experts. You can also try for trout fishing in the river.

    Location
    : The lively capital city of Thimphu is situated at the banks of Wang Chhu.
  • Tourist Places to Visit in Paro

  • 36Soi Yaktsa Trek

    Soi Yaktsa Trek
    Trekking, undoubtedly, is one of the best adventure activities that happen in Bhutan. A proof that is the high number of trekking trails and tours that you can easily find around here. One such amazing path to absolute adventures is the Soi Yaksa Trek, which has climbs that lead up to elevations as high as 4700m.

    What can be called the USP of this entire trek is the unbeatable view of the Jumolhari Peak and Jichu Drake from up close. Starting from Paro, the trek includes amazing trekking experiences to Soi Thangkha, Jangothang Basecamp from where you go to see the Mountains Jichu Drake and Jumolhari, then on to Tshophu Lake, Bhonte La Pass, and end the trek at the Drugyal Dzong.

    Location- Starts from Paro

    Best Time- March to May and September and October
    Soi Yaktsa Trek in Bhutan

    Soi Yaktsa Trek in Bhutan

    NNNNM35 Ratings

    d10 Daysn9 NightslThimphu

    O40,240

    Starting from

    O39,240

  • 37Druk Path

    Druk Path
    A short trek in Bhutan, the Druk Path trek takes you through an important ancient trade route through the Himalayas. Leading through some of the most amazing views of Rhododendron forests and high altitude pasture lands, and takes you through 4 different high mountain passes, which also includes the amazing Phume La at 4,210m above sea level.

    Also on the way of this trek fall the amazingly clear high altitude lakes like Jimilang Tsho Lake, Janetsho Lake and others. The trek starts from Paro and covers all these amazing places in a course of 5 days. From Paro, the trek kick starts towards the Jele Dzong which offers a majestic view of the giant Mount Jumolhari towards its north and ends with arrival in the beautiful Thimphu valley through Juniper forests.

    Location- The trek starts from Paro

    Best Time- September to Late November or Early December
    Druk Path Trek

    Druk Path Trek

    NNNNM36 Ratings

    d6 Daysn5 NightslThimphu

    O6,000

    Starting from

    O5,500

  • 38Bumdra

    Bumdra
    An amazing trek in Bhutan, this is also one of the most spiritual ones. The Bumdra Monastery is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Bhutan, partly because of the Legend associated with it, and partly because of the amazing trek that takes you there. The Legend has it that about 800 years ago, a hundred thousand angels descended from the heavens and left footprints here, and that is probably why the monastery at Bumdra is also called the ‘Rock of One Hundred Thousand FootPrints’.

    Located at about 3800m above sea level, you can even camp in the cave that is called the ‘Cave of a Hundred Thousand Prayers’, and then end the trip with a visit to the beautiful Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, making it all a one-of-a-kind spiritual and adventure experience.

    Location- Sang Choekhor, Paro, Bhutan

    Best Time- March to May and September to November
    Bumdra Trek in Bhutan

    Bumdra Trek in Bhutan

    NNNNM37 Ratings

    d6 Daysn5 NightslThimphu

    O40,825

    Starting from

    O37,559

  • 39Drukgyel Dzong

    Once serves as a fortress and a monastery, Drukgyel Dzong is now in ruins. It is located in the upper part of Paro. As per the popular belief, the fortress was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to memorialize victory over an invasion from Tibet. It was completely destroyed by fire in 1951. Though there are so many Dzongs in great shape in Bhutan, this one, despite being a ruined one, is an important site from nationalistic and historic relevance.

    14 km north of Paro, this fortress is accessible by road, and must be accessed as, apart from an insight into the past, it also offers great views of the snow capped mountain peak of Jhomolari. If you can spare a few hours on your trip to Bhutan, visiting this place seems like a good idea.

    Location: The Dzong is located in Paro valley and is about 25 minutes drive away from Paro International Airport.
  • 40Champaca Café

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    Nothing refreshes you like a cup of coffee at the end of a tiring day. And when you are roaming the streets of one of the most beautiful cities of Bhutan, Paro, there is a reason that you should be looking for a cup of coffee.

    The Champaca Cafe in Paro is a great place to be when you are looking for a refuge from all the sightseeing.

    This South Indian cafe serves some of the best coffee, sandwiches and lunches in the area and is very tastefully decorated. Being one of the prime Bhutan tourists spots, Paro is sure proud of this small cafe based near the Paro river

    Location- Opposite to Yeshy Dorji Shopping Mall, Near Bhutan Made Handicraft, Paro
  • 41Kila Nunnery

    The oldest nunnery of the country, this scenic complex of several buildings pressed against a cliff near Paro is where 50 nuns take education in higher Buddhist colleges.

    As important as the place is, the road to one of the most famous of Bhutan tourist places is equally scenic and breathtaking in its beauty. To reach here, one has to take a dirt road from between Paro and Haa.

    Set amongst such beautiful surroundings, this place is certainly one of the best tourist spots of Bhutan, from where you can take many other scenic routes to see the beauty of the nearby region

    Location- off Paro-Haa highway, Bhutan
  • 42Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

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    Most of Bhutan Tourist places are religious in nature, and that is what fills the entire country with an air of spirituality and positivity. And another of the amazing Buddhist temples here is the Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, which lies in western Bhutan.

    The temple situated at the base of a hill between the two amazing valleys of Paro and Dopchari. The architecture of this place is somewhat a very rare sight in the country as it is in the form of a Chorten.

    With a lot of legends associated with this place, the Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang is certainly a place to visit for an experience of a different kind of meditation in the Himalayas

    Location- Across the bridge from Paro, between the valleys of Paro and Dopchari, Paro district

  • 43Pilgrim’s Valley

    Pilgrim’s Valley
    The pilgrim’s valley is one of the best Bhutan Tourist Spots. The trek that includes all the rural charm of the countryside of Bhutan and brings it all together to cover on one journey, the Pilgrim’s valley covers the monasteries and Dzongs starting from Paro to Bumthang.

    The trek starts from the Paro Taktsang, commonly known as the Tiger’s nest at a height of 10,000 ft above sea level, and ends at the sacred Burning Lake of the Tang Chhu river

    Location- Paro, Bhutan
    Pilgrim’s Valley Trek in Bhutan

    Pilgrim’s Valley Trek in Bhutan

    NNNNM41 Ratings

    d14 Daysn13 NightslParo

    Starting from

    O13,949

  • 44Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge

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    Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge is an iron chain bridge built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo and is the access route to the famous Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong. Built in early fifteenth century, the bridge has stood the test of time.

    Built on the mighty Paro Chhu River, the bridge offers a small adventurous ride to the Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong amidst the beautiful hilly sight, gushing river water underneath, lush green Paro Valley and the spectacular view of the Dzong above. To visit the Dzong, you must cross this iron bridge. At first you may feel a bit apprehension but walking on the bridge is quite a fun activity.

    Highlights
    : Built to make the remote parts of Bhutan accessible, this bridge offers a fun trip. The brightly coloured prayer flags and stunning natural beauty makes the trip worth.

    Location
    : The Bridge is located along Paro-Thimphu highway, in the Paro Valley.
  • Tourist Places to Visit in Punakha

  • 45Samtengang Trek

    Samtengang Trek
    Bhutan is a favourite amongst trekkers from around the world, owing to some of the most pristine and challenging trekking trails around the place. But for people who would like to opt for a lower altitude trek, then the Samtengang trek is specifically made for you. It is a 4-day trek through beautiful valleys, scenic forests, religious sites of historical importance and local villages of Bhutan that starts to Punakha.

    Punakha and Wangdi valley, which are the location of this trek, is easily the best places to visit in Bhutan and that becomes evident as you depart from Punakha, getting views of some of the most amazing peaks of Jumolhari, Kang Bum Peak and the Tiger Mountain. What is even better is the fact that the recommended time of the year for this trek are the winter months, adding an additional note of beauty to the entire region.

    Location- Punakha and Wangdi Valley, Bhutan

    Best time- April and September to October, and throughout the winter season
    10 Days Trekking at Samtengang in Bhutan

    10 Days Trekking at Samtengang in Bhutan

    NNNNM39 Ratings

    d10 Daysn9 NightslParo

    O28,000

    Starting from

    O27,000

  • 46Talo

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    If you have a fetish for exploring the serene village in the mountains then this is the perfect place for you. Arranged at a stature of 2,800m which is reached out along the slope inclines Talo Village is the ideal choice for the nature lovers. Talo Sangnacholing is built on a level and has brilliant sight of abutting villages.

    The stunning farm and places of the town have its own bloom gardens and on the slope slant corns and sweet peas are developed bounty. The ladies of Talo are particularly known for their beauty. Talo Tsechu has held in the ground close Talo Dzong or Monastery. One can likewise visit the Talo Monastery situated on the slopes above Punakha, Bhutan.

    Location: The Talo Village is situated at a height of 2,800m which is extended along the hill slopes.

    Best time: The best time to visit is during the month of October to December.

  • 47Limbukha

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    Known for its love and peace, Limbukha villages has slowly becoming a hit among the tourist all over the globe. Legends say that amid medieval wars the general population of Limbukha dependably volunteered as peace moderators.

    This is likewise portrayed amid the annual celebration when the Limbuk men are discovered conveying peace hails rather than swords and firecrackers.

    The town of Limbukha can be achieved effectively by going through the Feeder Street from Punakha and Wangdue. Another interesting thing about Limbukha is the red rice produced here has medicinal qualities.

    Location: The village is located near water source and is at a distance of 9km from Punakha.

    Best Time: The best time to visit this place is during the month of March, April, and May.

  • 48Chimi L'hakhang Temple

    One of the star attractions in Punakha, Chimi Lhakhang Temple is frequented by a large number of tourists all around the year. The temple was built in 1499 by Drukpa Kunley – “the saint of 5000 women”. There are so many interesting folklores and legends associated with this temple that make it a significant and sacred site among Buddhists.

    It is popularly known as ‘Fertility Temple’ and many couples unable to produce a child come here to cure their illness. People from all over the world come here to seek blessings.

    The temple offers panoramic views of the Punakha Valley and overlooks beautiful paddy fields and a river that flows below the temple. You can take a short walk across paddy fields and villages to reach this temple. Chimi Lhakhang Temple is one of the most important places to visit in Bhutan.

    Location: The temple lies on the edge of the Lobesa valley on the confluence of the borders of Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang. 

    Best time/season: The best time to visit the Chimi L'hakhang Temple is spring and autumn.
  • 49Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

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    Standing regally on the hill above the Punakha valley, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of beautiful traditions and architecture of Bhutan. The temple was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother for warding off the negative forces and bringing peace and harmony for all the living beings.

    The thing that sets this Chorten apart is that it was built on the principals described in the Holy Scriptures rather than modern engineering manuals. The golden spire and intricate wall patterns are fine example of art and tradition of Bhutan.

    Highlight
    : Enjoy the panoramic view of the valley from the top of the Chorten. The little hike to reach the Chorten will take you to the adventurous suspension bridge and the lush green rice fields.

    Location
    : Located in Punakha Valley the hill at which the Chorten is standing is half hour drive from Punakha Dzong.
  • 50Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery

    The magnificent and tranquil Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery sits atop a hill and commands the view of the gorgeous Punakha valley and Wangduephodrang valley. Standing amidst the lush pine trees, this structure is a beautiful demonstration of fine architecture and tradition of Bhutan.

    The gleaming white washed walls are complemented by the richly carved woods painted in black, red and golden colour and decorated with illustrious designs. The temple is home to a colossal 14 feet bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara. There are several other statues inside the temple. Inside the complex there is a meditation centre of nuns.


    Highlights
    : The temple provides a gorgeous view of the surrounding value and tranquil environment for peace and meditation. You also get an opportunity for bird watching and witnessing river smoke, an interesting and rare natural phenomenon.

    Location
    : The temple complex is located in Wangdue.

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM.
  • Other Tourist Places in Bhutan

  • 51Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue

    Famous for its biodiversity, Phobjikha is an important wildlife preserve in Bhutan, and is one of the top Bhutan tourist places. Phobjikha is a U-shaped glacial valley, and is also known as Gangteng Valley. If you get lucky, you can sight fauna species like barking deer, wild boar, sambar, leopard, Himalayan black bear, etc. on your visit to this place. It is also famous for being home to the large flock of black-necked cranes.

    Besides wildlife, the valley boasts unequaled charm of nature. Snugly nestled among the mountains, this valley offers beautiful views of vast expanses of green fields. It is the kind of place where you can explore wildlife while exploring the wonderful creativity of nature. It is an ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts who like activities like hiking and trekking. On your trip to Bhutan, do not forget to take a scenic drive to Phobjikha Valley.

    Location: Wangdue district.
  • 52Kurje Lhakhang, Bumthang

    One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Bhutan, Kurje Lhakhang boasts a majestic complex located on the bank of the Chamkhar River. The complex consists of three temples built at different times. The historical and religious significance of the temple complex makes it a majorly popular site in Bhutan, and is frequented by pilgrims and tourists alike.

    The oldest temple in the complex, Guru Lhakhang, was built in 1652 and displays brilliant architecture and offers the spectators a glimpse of the cultural history of Bhutan. The second temple was built in 1900 by the first king of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuk. And, the third one is almost new, built in 1984. Visit this amazing place for its brilliant architecture, beautiful statues and breathtaking scenery of the place it is located at.

    Location: Located 5 kms from Bumthang district on the bank of Chamkhar River. It takes 12 minutes drive from Bathpalathang Airport. 

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM 

    Price
    : 600 BTN.
  • 53Drametse Goemba

    The richness of Bhutanese culture and well-preserved sites of importance to Buddhists make Bhutan a must visit destination for culturally curious tourists all over the world. Drametse Goemba holds an unequaled position among Bhutan tourist places. Apart from being the most revered one, this monastery is also the biggest one in eastern Bhutan. Pema Lingpa’s granddaughter found the monastery in 1511.

    This 5 centuries old monastery is also a great choice for history buffs. It is renowned as the home of the Nga Cham drum dance. Though the monastery is a little hard to access as it is located 18 km off the main road, it is worth a visit because of the sacred relics, chapels, images of deities, and much more it houses. Drametse Goemba is located at a heighted place, so, spectacular hill views are guaranteed.

    Location: The monastery is an eighteen kilometre detour and hour drive from the road that takes you to Trashigang from Mongar.
  • 54Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Trongsa

    If visits to monasteries start to develop monotony on your trip to Bhutan, how about an escape into a great nature and wildlife space? If that sounds exciting to you, Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park is the place you must choose. Encompassing wide variations in terms of altitude and vegetation, this park is full of scenic beauty and biodiversity. It is located at a distance of 81 km from the capital city, Thimphu.

    Spread across an area of 1730 sq. km, this park boasts an excellent range of animal and bird species. Animals like Royal Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, golden langur, musk deer and many more can be sighted here. This park offers a bounty of great frames for photographers to capture including dense green forests and green meadows and mountain slopes blanketed with velvety green texture.

    Location: Near to Trongsa Dist, central Bhutan

    Best Season
    : Between November and March

  • 55Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

    The two most important factors contributing to the popularity of Bhutan among tourists are its remarkable monasteries and its wildlife spaces. One of the best options in Bhutan for wildlife lovers is Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary covering a vast area of 1521 sq. km. The sanctuary encompasses a variety of ecosystems of Eastern Himalayan Eco-region. Owing to the large area it covers, it encompasses various vegetation types including Alpine pastures and meadows, Conifer forests, Alder forest, Alpine scree slopes, Evergreen Oak forest, etc.

    The greenery this park is blessed with is stunning and calls for a long photography session on your visit to this park. It is also a great choice for bird lovers as a wide variety of exotic bird species can be found here. Besides, this sanctuary was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. It is definitely among the best places to visit in Bhutan.

    Location
    : North Eastern Bhutan, 

    Best Season
    : March to September
  • 56Phuentsholing

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    Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and head out for an amazing vacation to Phuentsholing, Bhutan. Phuentsholing is that one place for where all the people from various places like Kolkata and Siliguri.

    The little, sweltering border town of Phuentsholing sits inverse the much bigger Indian bazaar town of Jaigaon, isolated by a feeble fence and the abundantly captured Bhutan Gate. This place has become one of the most visited places in Bhutan.

    It is a captivating spot where distinctive ethnic gatherings blend conspicuously Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese. Being the border town, Phuentsholing serves as the helpful passage for Bhutan furthermore the critical connection to visit the Indian condition of West Bengal, Sikkim, and Assam.

    Location: Phuentsholing lies on the Indian border, next to the town of Jaigaon.

    Best Time:  The best time to visit Phuentsholing is during the month of November to March and May-August.

  • 57Trashiyangtse

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    While you are planning for a Bhutan trip then this is another place which is a must visit for you. Trashiyangtse also known as Tashi Yangtse is a small town in Yangtse Gewog. Situated near to Chorten Kora which misleads the west, a dzong was introduced in Trashiyangste in 1997.

    The people of this region have developed excellent skills of traditional art work. The School of Traditional Arts, otherwise called Rigne School, which is a sister school of the School of Traditional Arts in Thimphu and shows six types of craftsmanship; painting, ceramics, wood mold, wood-turning, enamel work and weaving.

    This rich cultural tapestry has resulted in an interesting blend of languages and cultural practices in the region.

    Location: The Trashiyangtse is located in close proximity to Chorten Kora which lies to the west, a dzong.

    Best Time: The best time to visit this place October to December.

  • 58Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

    The geography of Bhutan is dotted with numerous lush forests and other wildlife spaces which make it an excellent choice for wildlife lovers around the world. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Bhutan for the lovers of nature. The most interesting thing about this sanctuary is that it was established with an objective to protect a mythical snowman.

    Many locals claim to have even seen it and its footprints. Covering a vast stretch of 650 sq. km, this sanctuary has a rich wildlife including a variety of forests. Snow leopard, Himalayan red fox, Himalayan black bear, etc. can be sighted here on a lucky day. Besides, it also houses a  wide range of bird species.

    The major portion of the sanctuary lies in Trashigang District of Bhutan. Visit this sanctuary to surround yourself with beauty and bounty of nature.

    Location: Trashigang. 

    Best seasons
    : March to September
  • 59Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary

    This is a great place to witness the best of wildlife in the most beautiful landscapes and mountainscapes. Though Wangchuck is blessed with impressive biodiversity, it is more popular for its scenic beauty among tourists since many several high altitude mountains are within the boundaries of the park. The sanctuary covers an area of 4919 sq. km and borders 5 districts of Bhutan namely Bhumthang, Gasa, Dzongkhags, Trongsa and Wangduephodrang.

    It is also an ideal location for adventure enthusiasts on Bhutan Trip as it is dotted with several amazing options for trekking and mountaineering. The protected animal species that can be spotted here include snow leopard, Royal Bengal tiger, Himalayan black bear and Himalayan red fox.

    The sanctuary was opened to the public in 2008 and has gained popularity over the period. Spend some time here amidst the nature on your visit to Bhutan.

    Location: Gasa 

    Best Seasons: March to September and January
  • 60The Tower of Trongsa Museum (Trongsa)

    The Tower of Trongsa Museum (Trongsa)
    Take a walk into the history and culture of Bhutan through the interesting collection kept at the Tower of Trongsa Museum. The structure is a circular tower with five storeys. Apart from its vast collection, this museum is also famous for its brilliant unique structure.

    What now stands as a popular museum was built a watchtower a few centuries ago. The five floors of the museum house Buddhist art, varied treasures, items of religious significance, and many other things displaying the attention-grabbing culture and cultural history of Bhutan.

    The 500-year-old jacket of Ngagi Wangchuk is a major attraction in the museum. The views from the roof of the museum are magnificent. You can either take a steep staircase to reach here from the town or drive here.

    Highlights: The museum has in total 11 galleries exhibiting various artefacts of Buddhist culture and reminiscence of the royalties of Bhutan. The museum displays the remains of the Wangchuck Dynasty and works of the historical significance of Trongsa Dzong. There are dungeons in the tower where British soldiers were kept during Duar War.

    Location: Trongsa 

    Working hours: Monday to Saturday (9 am to 5 pm) and between November to March till 4 pm 

    Extras: Lunch (booked in advance) and refreshments are provided
    9 Days Sightseeing Tour in Phuntsholing

    9 Days Sightseeing Tour in Phuntsholing

    NNNNM33 Ratings

    d9 Daysn8 NightslPhuntsholing

    O27,575

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    O26,775

  • 61Torsa Strict Nature Reserve

    Torsa is one of the most famous tourist attractions for it is the only Nature Reserve in the world which has not been destroyed by human inhabitation. It is adorned with beautiful alpine and broad leaves tree forests, making it a favoured trekking route in Bhutan. The name came to existence from the River Toorsa which penetrates from Tibet.

    The Nature Reserve is situated at this Junction is bordering both Sikkim and China. The Nature reserve is also a dwelling to many species of endangered flora and fauna, Rufous necked Hornbill being one of them.

    Highlights
    : Excellent climate, landscapes include deciduous forests, alpine meadows, scrublands and temperate forests. A small lake, Sinchulunga, which is the source of fresh water stream is part of the Reserve; undisturbed by human settlement, this place showcases a unique tranquillity and serenity.

    Location
    : Western Haa

    Best season
    : March to September and Jan to March
  • 62Bumthang Hidden Valleys

    Bumthang Hidden Valleys
    One of the best places to visit in Bhutan is the cultural hub of the country, the region of Bumthang. It is believed in Buddhism that there are many hidden valleys in the Himalayas that are hidden from the outside world so that the devoted can seek refuge there in times of need.

    As to how much of that is true, nobody knows, but the valleys of Bumthang that make up this place sure seem to have a paradise like an effect on the visitors, and that is why one must surely visit this place and explore the valleys around.

    Location - Bumthang, Bhutan.
    Experience Bumthang's Hidden Valleys of Bhutan

    Experience Bumthang's Hidden Valleys of Bhutan

    NNNMM25 Ratings

    d18 Daysn17 NightslParo

    O14,221

    Starting from

    O13,881

  • 63TrumshingLa National Park

    Now known as Phrumsengla National Park, this unusual stretch of landscape is the jewel of the country. It is situated in the heart of Bhutan and covers 786 sq. km of land. The national park is surrounded by towering Cloud Mountains; the tracks traversing through some distinguished broadleaved tree forest and Alpine vegetation posing a perfect track for trekking and hiking.

    The park also preserves 620 recorded species of plants and trees. What can be more enchanting than watching the rhododendrons bloom during the early spring, filling the air with sweet scent?


    Highlights
    : The Park provides stunning landscape of the country and the highest peak Gangkar Phuensum can be observed from here. Bribdungla valley which is part of the National park overflows with glorious alpine lakes and meadows, glazed with pretty waterfalls. Treks include Bribdungla and rhodungla

    Location
    : Mongar

    Best Season
    : March to May, and September to December
  • 64The Gasa Tshachu

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    The district of Gasa is more commonly known as being the home to the famous Jigme Dorji National Park, the other best thing that happens to be a great attraction here is the Gasa Tshachu, the collection of natural hot springs in Gasa.

    The legends associated with this place speaks volumes about the relaxing feel that one gets when taking a dip in the waters of these springs. One of the best places to visit in Bhutan, these hot springs are the considered to be the best in the region and, thus, are the most famous as well.

    Location- Gasa, Bhutan
  • 65Lhuentse

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    One of the least developed districts of Bhutan, Lhuentse in the northeast is one of the best offbeat places to visit if one wishes to see the local life in its full swing. Known for being a textile producer and as an ancestral home of the royal family. 

    It is more renowned for the Lhuentse Dzong which lies on the banks of Kuri River on top of a small hill jutting out at the end of the valley. The Dzong and Chortens are connected to the main city with the help of a Suspension Bridge over the Kuri Chhu River.

    Location- North Eastern Bhutan

    Best time- Spring and Autumn Months
  • 66Samdrup Jongkhar

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    Frequently alluded to as Phuentsholing's younger sibling because of the comparability in engineering style and the way that both towns are on the outskirt with India, Samdrup Jongkhar has, actually, little important to sightseers.

    Indeed, even the dzong is new and does not have the appeal and masterful fortunes of the conventional dzongs. In any case, the town is a spotless and charming spot with a varied blend of Bhutanese and Indian shops, eateries and inns, so it is justified regardless of a glance around if going to the area.

    The town is situated on the south-eastern piece of Bhutan and fringes the Indian condition of Assam.

    Location: The town is located in the south-eastern part of Bhutan and borders the Indian state of Assam.

    Best time: The best time to visit this place March to August.

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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.

Price
: N/A
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Kichu Lakhang

The Kichu Lhakhang temple is one of the most iconic Himalayan Buddhist temple in Bhutan and attracts a huge tourist footfall owing to how old and beautiful it is. The temple was built in the 659 AD but its grandeur is still very visible.

Highlights: Since Bhutan is famous for its temple, you can't miss out on the Kichu Lhakhang which is just a short drive from the city of Paro. There are various additional buildings and a highly noticeable golden roof all of which was made in the year 1839 by the Governor of city Paro. There are prayer wheels around the temple and you can try spinning around the temple to worship the idol.

Location: Lango Gewog, Paro, Bhutan.

Timings: No official timings given by the temple but ideal to visit during early morning or evening.

Pricing: Visiting the temple is completely free of cost for everyone.
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Paro Tshechu Festival

Held in Paro Dzongkhag district, the Paro Tshechu is one of the sought after festivals and a major attraction in the land of Bhutan. It is one of the biggest religious festivals here. The history of the festivals travels back to 17th century when the founder of Bhutan Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel conducted it annually. The festival continues for 5 days usually during spring time on the 2nd Bhutanese lunar month. It is an opportunity to visualize the rich tradition, culture and custom of Bhutan.

The locals rejoice with both religious dance performances as well as folk dances performed by monks and natives. The last day of the festival is special as on this day a gigantic thangka or embroidery painting is shown to all. The Guru Throngdel shows Buddhist art and it is believed that looking at it also cleanses many sin of viewers.



Festival Time
: March every year
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Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary was officially announced and opened to the public in June 2008. Prior to this, the place was a Contennial Park. It is the largest wildlife park in the Kingdom of Bhutan and is one of the greatest resources of Bhutan’s economy. The park typically shows the characteristics of the Himalayan ranges, blue pine and alpine being the major vegetation of the landscapes.

It covers an area of 4919 sq km and borders 5 districts of Bhutan namely Bhumthang, Gasa, Dzongkhags, Trongsa and Wangduephodrang. Like all other national parks of the country, Wangchuck also inhabits few of the greatest endangered species of Flora and Fauna.



Highlights
: Occasional encounters with Himalayan Black Bear, Royal Bengal tiger and snow leopard. Stunning views of the alpine and blue pine landscape making the park a perfect spot for trekking and mountaineering.

Location
: Gasa

Best Seasons
: March to September and January
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The Tower of Trongsa Museum

This artistic cylindrical 5 storey tower with two smaller towers at each side was built in the year 1652 by the first governor of Bhutan. The tower was strategically built above the Trongsa Dzong on top of a hill to protect the town folks from attacks. Now, the tower is converted into a Museum for the public. The tower has two temples dedicated to Gesar of Ling and Meitreya (Jampa).



Highlights
: The museum has in total 11 galleries exhibiting various artefacts of Buddhist culture and reminiscence of the royalties of Bhutan. The museum displays the remains of the Wangchuck Dynasty, and works of historical significance of Trongsa Dzong. There are dungeons in the tower where British soldiers were kept during Duar War.

Location: Trongsa

Working hours
: Monday to Saturday (9 am to 5 pm) and between November to March till 4pm

Extras
: Lunch (booked in advance) and refreshments are provided
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Cheli La

Located at a height of 3,810 meters above sea level, Cheli La Pass is the highest pass in Bhutan that can be accessed by road. The pass separates the valleys of Haa and Paro and offers stunning views of surrounding area with picturesque beauty. On the way you will get to see he roadside drub chuu with beautiful paintings of Guru Rinpoche with his two wives.

On a bright and clear day of October and November, you can have a spectacular view of the Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and other neighbouring peaks, covered in snow and glittering in sunlight.



Highlights
: A small 2 kilometre detour leads you to Dzongdrakha Goemba, an architectural complex perched on a high ridge and consists of four chapels and a Chorten.

Location
: Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan.

Timing
: Best time to visit is October to November when the skies are clear.

Prices
: N/A
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Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

Take the adventurous Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek in Bhutan that takes you to the splendid heights and lets you experience the great diversity of landscape. Pass through the dense pine forests, lush meadows, pasturelands while soaking in the beauty of snow capped mountains of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. It is a long and difficult trek which challenges the most experienced and physically fit trekkers.

You will also pass through the beautiful hamlets and interact with the friendly Bhutanese villagers. The landscape is dotted with Dzongs, temples and monasteries which offers the glimpse of ancient architecture of Bhutan amidst unspoiled tranquillity of nature.



Location
: The trek starts at Gunitsawa and passes through Sharna Zampa, Soi Thangkha, Jangothang, Lingshi, Chebisa, Shomuthang, Robluthang, Limithang, Laya among others to end at Thimphu.

Best Time
: April-June & September- November.

Approx Price
: Per person price 13 day trek is 400,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Difficult
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Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Located on the way to Kurjie Lhakhang, in Bumthang, Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples founded in 7th century by Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King. As per legends, the king was destined to construct 108 temples in a single day, to suppress a demon in the Himalayan region. This temple is one of those 108 temples. Legend Guru Rimpoche is believed to visit this destination and considered it a sacred and extremely pious destination.

The temple got renovated again in 8th century AD. The temple has more than hundred statues of Gods and Goddesses but the main attraction is the relic of future Buddha. This is a spectacular festival which is celebrated for five days.



Highlights
: A ritualistic naked dance on the fire that attracts huge crowd from all over the country.

Festival time
: In the month of November
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Kurjey Festival

Kurjey Tshechu is a popular festival celebrated in Kurjey temple in Chokhor valley of Bumthang district. There is huge historical significance attached to this temple as well as the festival. According to the legends Guru Rimpoche meditated here for the suppression of evil spirits in this region. There are three major temples in Kurjey.

The first temple was built in 1652 on the location where Guru Rimpoche meditated, the second one on the place where Guru left his body imprint and the third built in 1990 which holds images of Guru Rimpoche. The Kurjey festival is one of the important religious occasions for the locals of the place. It is a social gathering as well as a time to seek blessing and enjoy victory of good over evil. It is a festival that displays the golden traditions of Bhutan and the rich cultural heritage.



Highlights
: special mask dance

Festival time
: In 10th day of 10th month of lunar calendar
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Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)

Taktsang Palphug Monastery or more popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the most revered pilgrimage place in the Himalayan province. It is also one of the most visited tourists destination in Bhutan and is a place that showcases the great traditional values of the country.

Uniquely located on top of the mountain 1200 meters above the Paro Valley, this monastery is surrounded by the scenic beauty. This white building topped with the golden roof on the back drop of blue sky and lush green hills look stunning. The centuries old legend of this monastery makes it more mystical. The isolated location of Tiger’s Nest can only be reached by following the gruelling mountain paths.



Location
: The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located in Paro, approximately 10 kilometres away from the city.

Best time/season
: March to May and September to November.

Approx Price: N/A

Difficulty Level
: Moderately challenging.
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Phobjikha Valley

A perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers, Phobjikha valley in Bhutan is one of the most spectacular natural settings one may find in Bhutan. Located on the incline of Black Mountains Park, this bowl shaped glacial valley an important wildlife preserve land of the country as it sits on the edge of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

With an assortment of flora and fauna species, this valley provides an excellent opportunity to experience the wildlife from close. The biggest draw to the valley is black-necked cranes. Apart from that one can also see Himalayan black bears, sambars, leopards and red foxes among other mammal species.

 

Highlights
: Visit to the Gangte Goemba, a magnificent Bhutanese architecture that provides a spectacular view of the entire valley. Get all the information you need about the black necked cranes at Black-Necked Crane Information Centre.

Location
: Wangdue district.

Timing
: N/A

Prices
: N/A
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Wangchu River

The mighty rivers of Bhutan offer great opportunity for various water sports. Wang Chhu River is a Himalayan river and tributary of majestic Brahmaputra River. The Bhutan river tours are designed to let you enjoy the adventurous sports of kayaking and rafting in the rivers of Bhutan. The bustling capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is located on the banks of Wang Chhu.

On the east side of the river, you can see the striking SAARC building. Samtenling Palace, the resident of king, can also be sighted from the river. Fluttering colourful flags on the banks make a beautiful sight.



Highlights: Look for kayaking and rafting opportunities. The 4 Km run from Wang Chhu to lower run offers challenging water course suitable for experts. You can also try for trout fishing in the river.

Location
: The lively capital city of Thimphu is situated at the banks of Wang Chhu.

Price
: N/A
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The Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival

The Annual Black-necked Crane Festival –is a popular festival celebrated in the Gangtey Gompa courtyard in Phobjikha valley, with a purpose of passing a massage to all human races. The motive behind this festival is to conserve and protect the endangered black necked cranes. In this festival the locals rejoice on the arrival of the majestic bird in their lives during the winter months.

In this festival one can view several cultural programs, celebration with folk music and dances based on the theme of conserving the species and dramas on the same content. The drama is usually shown by school children to create awareness on environment conservation. Phobjikha Environment Management Committee (PEMC), organizes the event which became almost a part of the culture in Phobjikha valley



Highlights
: sight of crane dance

Festival time
: In the month of November
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Zuri Dzong

In the year 1352, Zuri Dzong was built as a fort with a 5 storey main building. This is very well protected even today by a bridge and double walls.

Highlights: Zuri Dzong has some phenomenally fine murals in the upper chapels. One of these murals is dedicated to the protector Zaa. You can undertake a hike from Gönsaka Lhakhang to the Zuri Dzong. The peak of the Zuri Dzong is an ideal spot to have a bird eye view of the complete Paro Valley. This is the oldest Dzong of Bhutan. Here you can come across a cave where Buddha once came in the 8th century to meditate. This peaceful pace allows both the tourists and Bhutanese to soak in the tranquil which radiates from the extraordinary view. It is something that you can stare at for hours in absolute awe and wonder.

Location: It is located in Paro in Bhutan.

Timings: Can be visited anytime

Pricing: There is no entry fee to Zuri Dzong.

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