Must Visit Tourist Places in Bhutan
Buddha Dordenma, 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.
Taktsang 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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The Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), Thimphu
The monument was constructed in the year 1216 AD by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa and in the year 1641 it was acquired by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. He constructed a new phase of the monastery which is known as lower dzong. The original dzong was destroyed in the year 1771 by fire and all the things were moved to the lower dzong.
It is one of the most sought after tourist attractions in the city because of its impressive large structure that is surrounded by well kept lawns and beautiful gardens.
Chele La, Paro
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.
Punakha Dzong, Punakha
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.
Rinpung 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.
Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha
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.
National Museum, Paro
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.
Jigme Dorji National Park, Gasa
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.
Best season: March to October
Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu
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
Tango Buddhist Institute, Thimphu
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.
Dochula Pass, Thimphu
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.
Gangtey 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.
Best Season: September to November
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
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
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Tourist Places to Visit in Thimphu
Dagala Thousand Lakes
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
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.
Royal Manas National Park
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.
Best Season: November to March
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
The Folk Heritage Museum
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.
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
Motithang Takin Preserve
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.
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Choki Traditional Art School
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
Trashi Chhoe Dzong
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.
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.
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Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
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.
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan
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.
Timings: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)
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
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National Folk Heritage Museum
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.
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
Clock Tower Square
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.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum
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
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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.
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.
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
Soi Yaktsa Trek
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang
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
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
Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge
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
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.
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.
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.
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
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.
Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
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.
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery
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.
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Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue
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.
Kurje Lhakhang, Bumthang
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.
Timing: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Price: 600 BTN.
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.
Jigme 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.
Best Season: Between November and March
Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
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
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.
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.
Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary
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.
Best seasons: March to September
Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary
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.
The Tower of Trongsa Museum (Trongsa)
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.
Torsa Strict Nature Reserve
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
Bumthang Hidden Valleys
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.
TrumshingLa National Park
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
Best Season: March to May, and September to December
The Gasa Tshachu
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.
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.
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.