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  • With such a wide variety of the landscape and geographical features, the places to visit in Bhutan have a certain charm of their own wherever you go in this country. Being landlocked by countries of such varying culture, the effect of which you can see almost everywhere in the various Bhutan tourist places, the eclectic mix of ethnicities would certainly shock you and then make you feel as if you are in love with this country.

    A true Himalayan country, Bhutan’s most magical places lie in the hills only. 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. And for a chance to get close to the Himalayan wildlife, one can even make up their mind about visiting the Jigme Dorji National Park.

    The park spread almost over an entire district, and covering areas of neighbouring districts as well as home to snow leopards, Bengal tigers, Bhutanese takins, and many more such amazing creatures. And not just that, the national park is also a paradise for trekkers coming into the country. And yes, trekking brings to mind the name of the Dagala 1000 lake trek, which would surely leave you with an experience of nature’s beauty at its best. 

    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. 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.
  • Must Visit Places: Thrillophilia Recomendation

  • 01Visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)

    Visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)
    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    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 
    and is considered as one of the best places to visit in Bhutan. 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.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderately challenging.
    11 Days Sightseeing Tour in Bhutan

    11 Days Sightseeing Tour in Bhutan

    NNNMM32 Ratings

    d11 Daysn10 NightslParo

    O2,04,121

    Starting from

    O1,83,709

  • 02Samtengang 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

  • 03Visit Punakha Dzong (Punakha)

    Visit Punakha Dzong (Punakha)
    Image Credit : Birger Hoppe
    Bhutan is renowned for its marvellous ancient architecture scattered throughout the land. Punakha Dzong is one such beautiful architecture and offers a stunning sight of the luminous aura of the white washed walls on a bright sunny day. Golden, red and black painted woods add to the charisma of this striking architecture.

    The Dzong is surrounded by the splendid natural beauty with lush green hills and clear blue sky as a backdrop and is considered as one of the best places to visit in Bhutan. The Dzong is also of historical and traditional importance in Bhutan. For a long time it served as the capital. It also preserves the remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and holy artefact Ranjung Karsapani.

    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.
  • 04Visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro)

    Visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro)
    Image Credit : bhutanbuddhatravellers.com
    One of the finest architectural structures of Bhutan is the impressive Rinpung Dzong, more commonly known as the Paro Dzong. The name of this renowned Dzong literally translates to ‘'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels'. Surrounded by the scenic beauty, this marvellous Dzong has a long history and is of significant traditional importance.

    The Dzong was constructed in 1644 on order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and has historically contributed significantly in defending the Paro Valley. The white washed walls and golden, red and black painted and carved wood add to the elegance and royalty of the architecture. It is also the site of the famous masked dance of Tsechu festival of Paro.

    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 you can enjoy the local masked dance.
    5 Days Sightseeing Trip in Paro

    5 Days Sightseeing Trip in Paro

    NNNNM23 Ratings

    d5 Daysn4 NightslParo

    O16,300

    Starting from

    O14,700

  • 05Cheli La

    Cheli La
    Image Credit : bambaexperience.com
    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 
    and is considered as one of the best places to visit in Bhutan.

    Location
    : Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan.

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

    What to see:
    Bhutan sightseeing places
  • 06Soi YaktsaTrek

    Soi YaktsaTrek
    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

  • 07Druk 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

  • 08Visit Dochula Pass (Thimphu)

    Visit Dochula Pass (Thimphu)
    Image Credit : Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)
    Dochula Pass is a scenic spot located more than ten thousand feet above sea level, while going from Punakha to Thimphu. It is one of the most renowned destinations for tourists in Bhutan.

    The place offers a panoramic view of the surrounding snow laden mountains and the breathtaking view of the colourful flags fluttering in the wind and 108 Chortens 
    and is considered as one of the best places to visit in Bhutan. Druk Wangyal Chorten was constructed by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk.

    The chortens and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple with beautiful ornate details against the lush green forest backdrop make this spot famous among locals and tourists alike. The Dochu La Wangyal Festival where the colourful mask dance can be witnessed also makes this place illustrious.

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

    Best time/season: March to May and September to November.
  • 09Dagala 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.

    The trek 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
    Trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes

    Trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes

    NNNNM27 Ratings

    d12 Daysn11 NightslThimphu

    O6,000

    Starting from

    O5,500

  • 10Visit Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) (Thimphu)

    Visit Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) (Thimphu)
    Image Credit : Andrea Williams
    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.

    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.
  • 11Phobjikha Valley

    Phobjikha Valley
    Image Credit : commons.wikimedia.org
    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.
  • 12Bumdra

    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

  • 13Gangtey Monastery (Wangdue)

    Gangtey Monastery (Wangdue)
    Image Credit : Richard Hopkins
    It is one of the largest Monastries in western Bhutan. Perched on top a hill and overlooking the stunning Phobjikha Valley, the Monastery of Gangteng Gompa was built in 1613 by Gyalse Pema Thinlay. He is considered the reincarnation of renowned Pema Lingpa. Villages of Hermits surround the Monastery.

    The place is one of the main centers of Nyingmapa School where Buddhism is being taught. The history of the Monastery traces back to 17th century during the period of Pema Lingpa who was a treasure finder. Many of his prophecies are still alive at the monastery.

    Highlights
    : Techu, a traditional Mask dance is hosted in the monastery during September and early October. It is worth to visit the place at the season and witness beautiful dance performances. Also, Phobjikha Valley is native to many Blacked neck cranes that migrate there during November to roost.

    Location
    : Wangdue

    Best Season
    : September to November
  • 14Visit Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu)

    Visit Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu)
    Image Credit :  Michael Foley
    One of the largest Buddha statues in the world, Buddha Dordenma is a masterpiece of architectural wonder. The massive bronze statue is more than 50 meters in height and is gilded in gold. Apart from this it also houses 125,000 other Buddha statues that are placed surrounding the Buddha Dordenma statue.

    Sitting royally atop a great meditation hall, this Buddha statue exudes peace and tranquillity 
    and is considered as one of the best places to visit in Bhutan. The project has been believed to be prophesized as early as eight century in a sacred treasure kept by Guru Padmasambhava.

    It is a representation of manifestation of human faith and everlasting peace and happiness for all human beings.

    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.

  • 15Jigme Dorji National Park

    Jigme Dorji National Park
    The exotic park was built by the 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorgi in 1974 and is approx 4, 316 km in area. The park is second largest in the country and is a dwelling to many endangered animals such as snow Leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Asiatic wild dog, Red Panda etc.

    The national park is an ideal place for trekking because of its magnificent spread of flora and fauna. Hence, it is also known as Trekker’s Paradise. The park is also the dwelling of the Semi Nomadic Community, Layap. Four rivers Mocchu, Pocchu,Wangchu, Pachu originate from this park; therefore is one of the largest contributors of Bhutan’s economy.

    Highlights
    : Largest collection of medicinal baths and hot springs; only place where the Snow leopard meets the Royal Bengal tiger; views of majestic peaks namely Jomolhari, Tsherimgang and Jichu drakey

    Location
    : Gasa

    Best season
    : March to October
  • 16Tango Buddhist Institute (Thimphu)

    Tango Buddhist Institute (Thimphu)
    The Tango Bhuddist institute was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in 13th century. The place is renowned for the beautiful monastery set in the backdrop of spending natural beauty. The institute houses many statues. An amazing place to go for hike or meditation, Tango Bhuddist institute offers a great view of the surrounding Thimphu valley.

    The ground floor of the institute is the temple of Trulku for worship of Buddha. It consists of a huge gold and copper Buddha statue. The second floor houses a gold and copper statue of Avalokiteshvara. The third floor also consists of temples, statues and relics.


    Highlights
    : Enjoy the exhilarating half day hike amidst the beauty of the lush green Thimphu valley to reach the Institute. Meditate in the institute for inner peace and harmony.

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

    Timing
    : 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM.
  • 17Kurje Lhakhang (Bumthang)

    Kurje Lhakhang (Bumthang)
    Image Credit : Terry Feuerborn
    One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, Krje Lhakhang consists of three temples which are surrounded by 108 Chorten walls. The first and the oldest structure of the three, was constructed on the rock where Guru Rinpoche meditated.

    The second building is also called the Sampa lhundrup temple and houses a colossal statue of Guru Rinpoche. The third building is known as Ka Gon Phur sum lhakhang dedicated to the happiness of all living beings in the kingdom.

    Highlights
    : It is one of the most beautiful and sacred sites in Bumthang. It offers much to explore and learn about Guru Rinpoche and the culture, tradition and faith of Bhutanese people. Explore various images, statues and elaborate paintings of deities.

    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.
  • 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
    A Trip to Chomolhari in Bhutan

    A Trip to Chomolhari in Bhutan

    NNNNM30 Ratings

    d14 Daysn13 NightslParo

    O14,901

    Starting from

    O13,881

  • 19Drametse Goemba

    Drametse Goemba
    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    One of the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan, Drametse Goemba is a place of religious significance. The Drametse literally translates into ‘a peak without enemy’. It was founded in 1511 Ani Choten Zangmo.

    The complex houses a gold funeral Chorten and a statue of Pema Lingpa. It also consists of a thondrol depicting Pema Lingpa in a box which only opens up during a yearly festival. Apart from that there are also chapels in remembrance of Palden Lhamo and Tamdrin.


    Highlights
    : Partake in the sacred ritual where you can receive a holy thread on making an offering and get blessings by the holy dagger. If you want, you can roll a dice to get the divine reading from their ancient book of divination.

    Location
    : The monastery is an eighteen kilometre detour and hour drive from the road that takes you to Trashigang from Mongar.
  • 20Royal Manas National Park

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

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


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

    Location
    : Thimpu

    Best Season
    : November to March
  • 21Simtokha Dzong

    Simtokha Dzong
    Image Credit : tollotoshop.com
    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
  • 22Punakha Suspension Bridge (Punakha)

    Punakha Suspension Bridge (Punakha)
    The Punakha valley of Bhutan is offers a mesmerizing view of natural beauty to the beholder. Amidst this natural setting lies the second longest suspension bridge of the country. Built high on the river Po Chu, this arched wooden bridge connects the Punakha Dzong with Punakha City and the smaller villages scattered in the valley.

    A visit to this Bridge is must if you are seeking a bit of thrill and adrenaline pump in your body while surrounding amidst natural beauty.

    Highlights: Crossing the bridge is a fun in its own way. However, do not forget to make a visit to the nearby Punakha Dzong, a beautiful ancient fortress which houses valuable relics of time immemorial.

    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.
  • 23Drukgyel Dzong

    Drukgyel Dzong
    Image Credit : Denis De Mesmaeker
    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.
  • 24Talo

    Talo
    Image Credit : justins.world/

    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.

  • 25Weekend Market in Thimphu

    Weekend Market in Thimphu
    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
  • 26Champaca Café

    Champaca Café
    Image Credit : catarambulo.com
    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
  • 27The Folk Heritage Museum

    The 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
  • 28Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park

    Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park
    Image Credit : voices.nationalgeographic.com/
    The National park was established in the year 1995 and is around 1723 sq. km. in area. The park borders over 31 cute little villages and shelters one of the oldest founding tribes of Bhutan, Oyleps. The Jigme national park was originally named as the ‘Black Mountain Park’ as it is situated in the Black Mountain, separating the eastern and western Bhutan.

    20% of the park is ruled by the gorgeous yet dangerous animal, Tiger. Apart from it, the golden langur, musk deer, red panda and Asiatic elephants are few wild animals you might see moving around in the forest.

    Highlights
    : Trekking in the exotic Phobjheka valley where the mystic Black Necked crane dwells; a sanctuary of more than 450 species of birds; third largest park in the country;

    Location
    : Near to Trongsa Dist, central Bhutan

    Best Season
    : Between November and March
  • 29National Museum (Paro)

    National Museum (Paro)
    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    If you want to learn about the Bhutanese culture, history and traditions, there is no other place better than the National Museum of Bhutan. The current national museum used to be a watchtower.

    In 1968 the tower was renovated and converted into the National Museum of Bhutan. There are various galleries in the museum showcasing the impressive history and culture of Bhutan. There are collection of thangkas, stone carvings, religious statues and other artefacts of significant importance.

    Highlight
    : Enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding valley. Photography inside the museum is not allowed, however, you can click beautiful pictures of the valley.

    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.
  • 30Limbukha

    Limbukha
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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.

  • 31Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

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

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

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

    Location
    : North Easter Bhutan,

    Best Season
    : March to September
  • 32Kila Nunnery

    Kila 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
  • 33Phuentsholing

    Phuentsholing
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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.

  • 34Trashiyangtse

    Trashiyangtse
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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.

  • 35Haa Valley

    Haa 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
  • 36Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary
    It can be one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Bhutan because this Sakteng Sanctuary was apparently established to shelter the infamous snow mountain men ‘Yeti’ or ‘Migoi’. Albeit the character has not yet been witnessed by the tourists, the villagers claim to have seen their footprints at night. The landscape is shadowed by broad stretch of rhododendrons trees.

    The park looks spectacular during the spring season when the landscape is adorned with colourful blooms of Blue Poppy, rhododendrons, gentia etc. Satkeng wildlife sanctuary preserves the most isolated semi nomadic tribe, Brokpas who are not very friendly with tourists.

    Highlights
    : Capture with your camera snow leopards, red fox, barking deer, Hoary Bellied Himalayan Squirrels during your traverse in the forest; bird watching is allowed and you shall get to see blood pheasants, grey headed woodpecker, dark breasted rose finch, grey backed shrike during your jaunt.

    Location
    : Trashigang.

    Best seasons
    : March to September
  • 37Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary

    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
  • 38Motithang Takin Preserve (Thimphu)

    Motithang Takin Preserve (Thimphu)
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    This Preserve was basically a zoo but in the later years became the largest preservation of a very unusual mountain animal, Takin. The origin of the animal involves a myth that includes a religious backround. It states that a saint with an epithet, who was considered ‘a divine mad man’, created this animal with head of a goat and body of a cow.

    The 4th king did not believe in enclosing animals in zoo hence he established a natural preservation for this special creature. The preserve also shelters barking deer and sambar deer.

    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 wildlife enthusiast.

    Location
    : Motithang Dist.,Thimpu

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

    Hours
    : Every day, except Sundays

  • Other Must Visit Places In Bhutan

  • 39The Tower of Trongsa Museum (Trongsa)

    The Tower of Trongsa Museum (Trongsa)
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    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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  • 40Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

    Jangtsa 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

  • 41Choki Traditional Art School (Thimphu)

    Choki Traditional Art School (Thimphu)
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    Valleys in this country are of extreme importance, not just because of their extreme beauty, but also because of the kind of support to life that these places provide. One such beautiful valley is that of Kabesa near Thimphu.

    The Valley is the home to the Choki Traditional Art School, which is famous for providing opportunities to disadvantaged children to learn the traditional arts
    of this country that is famous for the kind of culture that it curates.

    One of the best places to visit in Bhutan, the Choki Traditional Art school imparts training in carving, weaving, sculpting and painting.

    Location- Kaseba Valley, Thimphu
  • 42Visit Chimi L'hakhang Temple (Punakha)

    Visit Chimi L'hakhang Temple (Punakha)
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    One of the most revered temples of Bhutan, Chimi L’hakhang is considered as the temple of fertility, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the Divine Madman. Lama Drukpa Kuenley is a legendry saint in Bhutan, who is much revered in the country but because of his unusual way of teaching, he is considered an eccentric.

    People from all across the country come to the temple to pray for children. The couples visiting the temple are sanctified with a wooden phallus, the imitation of the saint’s iron bow and arrows and his scriptures. Surrounded by the abundant paddy fields this temple is a must visit.

    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.
  • 43TrumshingLa 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
  • 44National Library

    National 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
  • 45Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

    Jungshi 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

  • 46Torsa Strict Nature Reserve

    Torsa 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
  • 47Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan (Thimphu)

    Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan (Thimphu)
    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 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
    : Thimpu

    Timings
    : Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
  • 48Trashi Chhoe Dzong

    Trashi 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
  • 49National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Thimphu)

    National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Thimphu)
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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 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 to 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 color and charm.

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

    Location
    : Thimpu

  • 50National Folk Heritage Museum (Thimphu)

    National Folk Heritage Museum (Thimphu)
    If you want see a glimpse of Bhutanese traditional lifestyle, their values and heritage, 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 hold its authenticity.

    The museum artefacts transforms 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
    : Thimp

    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 group of 5 and more
  • 51Bumthang 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.
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  • 52Handicrafts market (Thimpu)

    Handicrafts market (Thimpu)
    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.
  • 53Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten) (Thimphu)

    Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten) (Thimphu)
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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 round 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
    : On going 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
  • 54The Gasa Tshachu

    The 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
  • 55Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten (Punakha)

    Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten (Punakha)
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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.
  • 56Philatelic Bureau

    Philatelic 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
  • 57Rafting In Mo Chu River

    Rafting 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
  • 58Pilgrim’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
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  • 59Clock Tower Square (Thimphu)

    Clock Tower Square (Thimphu)
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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.
  • 60Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery (Punakha)

    Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery (Punakha)
    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.
  • 61Changangkha Lhakhang (Thimphu)

    Changangkha Lhakhang (Thimphu)
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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 Thimpu, it is just 10 minutes drive from the main market.

    Timing
    : 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM.
  • 62Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge (Paro)

    Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge (Paro)
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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.
  • 63Wangchu River

    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.
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    Samdrup 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.


Attractions

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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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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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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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Jomolhari Loop Trek

The shortest of Jomolhari trekking route, Jomolhari loop lets the trekkers experience the diverse beauty of the Bhutanese landscape, flora and fauna even for beginners. This short trek is one of the most popular trek routes in Bhutan, and gives you an opportunity to see the majestic beauty of Mt Jomolhari without having to take the difficult and longer path.

Cover an altitude difference of 2500 meters to witness the changing scenery from dense forests, to stretches of pasturelands, sleepy hamlets, valleys dotted with ancient Bhutanese architecture in the backdrop of pristine mountain peaks.

 

Location
: Arrive at Paro and traverse the trek that passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, Soi Yaktsa, Thombu Shong to reach back to Paro.

Best Time
: The best time is from April to May and September to November.

Approx Price
: The approximate price per person for the 8 day trek is 250,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Easy
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Jomolhari Trek

Jomolhari Trek is the longer version of the Jomolhari loop trekking route that put up the trekkers against marvelous heights, unfathomable valleys, and challenging trekking routes. It also offers the trekkers to experience the breathtaking view of Himalayan Mountains, flourishing valleys, lush green yak pasturelands, lakes, rivers, dense forests and fruit orchards and the spectacular views of Mountain Jichu Drakey, Tshering Gang and Jho Drakey await you. It provides a superb opportunity to experience Bhutanese village life closely and marvel at the ancient architecture.



Location
: Starting from Paro the trek passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, and Linghsi from where the route diverge from Laya Gasa Trek to reach Shodu, Barshong, Dolam Kencho, Doden to reach Thimphu.

Best Time
: The best time is from March to May and September to November.

Approx Price
: The approximate price per person for the 9 day trek is 300,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Moderately difficult.
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Bumthang Cultural Trek

A trek through the “cultural heartland “of Bhutan, is always a precious one. This short and simple trek is one of the preferred trekking trails to enjoy the natural beauty of Bhutan with its trout- filled rivers and verdant valleys. Apart from this the trekking trail also provides a fascinating glimpse of some of ancient Buddhist temples and age old monasteries.

Passing through the countryside of Bumthang, one can enjoy the scenic pleasure of blue pine forest and scrub bamboo along with several small villages displaying their traditional lifestyle. For all those nature lovers this is a splendid trail to visualize the beauty of Thimphu, Paro valleys and Punakha.



Highlights
: old Buddhist temples

Duration
: 3 days trek

Location
: Bumthang, Bhutan

Best Season
: March to May, September to November

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