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  • The land of the Thunder Dragon and a country gifted with the sheer brilliance of Himalayas, there is just no shortage of things to do in Bhutan that will leave you coming back over and over. With so many activities in Bhutan to choose from, everyone should visit this beautiful country at least once in their lifetime, be it with their friends, family or as a solo traveller. The country is gifted with such a great landscape despite of being a landlocked country in southeastern Asia. The best adventure, however, will always be to take an unforgettable bike ride through the hills of this great country. It is one of the most coveted activities by the tourists and the best way to travel in Bhutan. A land of scenic monasteries and natural wonders, Bhutan is a great place to travel in the most beautiful way possible.

    Because of being in the Himalayas, the place is a hub for many adventure sports that are sure to take your breath away and make you feel thrills that you never could even relate with such a religious and spiritual place. Adventure sports in Bhutan includes names like rafting, trekking, kayaking, rock climbing, and many more such honourable mentions. You can even take to visiting the Tiger’s Nest, which is a monastery built on a cliffside in Paro at the height of 10,000ft above sea level.

    Apart from being a place of amazing monasteries, high mountain passes and a hotspot for adventure sports, Bhutan is also a great place to see some wildlife at its best. In fact, birding is a favourite of many tourists who come here. With over 600 species that call Bhutan their home, it is truly a birdwatcher’s paradise. And of course, with great heights come amazing opportunities of practising meditation in the unique spots ever. And not just that, the whole experience of Bhutan is a rejuvenation in itself.

  • Must do Things in Bhutan

  • 01Rafting

    Unlike the typecast image of rafting where you are going against the rapids and strong currents while screaming with joy and thrill, rafting in Bhutan gives you the pleasure to gently float down the river while soaking in the surrounding beauty and moving through some modest yet exhilarating rapids.

    Instead of the thrilling adrenaline rush throughout the rafting, you will get time to marvel at the exquisiteness of the lush green valleys and watching rare birds while also enjoying the exciting time as you run the rapids.

    : Approximately 16 km of rafting route of Po Chu River with moderate rapids and 10 km of rafting route of Mo Chu River are the most popular rafting courses in Bhutan.

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

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price for one raft which can hold eight people and a local guide is 30,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate.

    If you are in the mood to get adventurous while exploring the unmatched natural beauty, Bhutan is the place to be.
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  • 02Best Offers on Bhutan Tour Packages: Enquire Now

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  • 03Trekking

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    With its stunning natural landscape, snow capped mountains, stretches of pastureland, lush green valleys, dense mixed forests and crystal clear lakes, Bhutan offers an excellent opportunity to undertake a trekking adventure. The varied landscape of Bhutan provide for easy to excruciating trekking opportunities for both beginners and experts.

    Some of the treks are demanding and require certain level of physical fitness. These treks take you to the most unspoiled and remote parts of the country where the beauty of the pristine landscape will enthral you. Interact with the local villagers and experience the rich culture and tradition of the country.

    Location: Druk Path Trek, Jomolhari Trek, Snowman Trek Nabji Korphu Trek, Merak Sakteng Trek and several other treks are available in Bhutan.

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

    Approx Price
    : Price varies depending upon the trek from 150,000 BTN to 900,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate to Challenging
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  • 04Visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)

    Visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)
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    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.

    : 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.
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  • 05Visit Punakha Dzong (Punakha)

    Visit Punakha Dzong (Punakha)
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    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.

    : 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.
  • 06Visit Dochula Pass (Thimphu)

    Visit Dochula Pass (Thimphu)
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    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.
  • 07Kayaking

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    The majestic rivers of Bhutan offer plenty of opportunity for adventure water sports like Kayaking. The six key rivers in Bhutan and their tributaries provide a variety of courses perfect for amateur as well as veteran kayakers.

    The water adventure sport tourism is relatively new in Bhutan. However, the bountiful rivers with currents ranging from slow to violent provide perfect opportunity to savour the adrenaline rush in the body amidst the beauty of nature.

    : The six major rivers in Bhutan are fed by the melting Himalayan glaciers and provide excellent kayaking routes. Paro Valley, Trongsa and Punakha Valley are the places to go for Kayaking.

    Best time/season
    : March to April and October to November

    Approx Price: The approximate price is 13,500 BTN for first two people and 2,500 BTN for each person after that.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy to advance Kayak routes are available for beginners as well as veterans.
  • 08Cycling

    The challenging climb and the exhilarating descent, dense mixed forest and lush meadows, traditional villages and ancient Dzongs, cycling in Bhutan is an amazing way to connect with the unspoiled nature of the country. It is also a unique way of experiencing the rich culture and tradition of the country and its warm countrymen.

    The mountainous and craggy landscape of Bhutan offers great opportunity for on road as well as off road cycling. The country has diverse cycling routes that are suitable for both beginners and experts alike. The smooth roads provide a smoother ride while the rough terrains challenge the bikers.

    : Most cycling tours in Bhutan start in Paro Valley and passes through Thimphu, Dochula, Punakha valley, Bumthang and Ura.

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

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price for a guided 13 days cycling tour start from 350,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Challenging
  • 09Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing
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    Rock Climbing is a sport which is full of adventure and thrill. In Bhutan, Rock Climbing was initiated by the “Vertical Bhutan Climbing Club” as early as 1998. Rock climbing in Bhutan is an amazing adventure that you can undertake amidst the breathtaking view of the country. The club offers all the climbing equipments and training to the climbers.

    The climbing rock is known as the Nose and is located right above the capital city Thimpu.  Thirteen climbing routes with varying degree of difficulty, take you to the top. Dead Man Walking, Easy Peasy, Reach N Preach, Wedding Presentand Half Moon are some of the climbing routes to reach the Nose.

    : Vertical Bhutan Climbing Club is the only rock climbing club located in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

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

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate to challenging.
  • 10Visit Punakha Suspension Bridge

    Visit Punakha Suspension Bridge
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    Located quite near to the very well known Punakha Dzong in Punakha, this bridge holds the claim of being the longest suspension bridge ever built in Bhutan. Spanning the Po Chu river in Punakha, the bridge is surrounded by mountains that make the whole setting of this place breathtakingly beautiful.

    One of the best things about this piece of architecture here is that despite being a suspension bridge and having such a great length, the bridge does not shake even the slightest bit, which might result in a high amount of panic on the visitors and commuters, as the bridge also is a connecting link between the nearby villages.

    Location- Punakha, Bhutan

    Best time- Through the year

    Entry- Free
  • 11Fishing

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    The unexplored and mystical land of Bhutan, with its glacier fed rivers and a number of rich lakes, is a great place for fishing tours. Since, the country has been isolated from the world outside, the numbers of fish species found here are not certain. Snow trout and brown trout are the most common type of fishes found.

    From large rivers to small streams, there are a number of fishing spots in Bhutan. However, you need to seek a permit to catch fishes in Bhutan. Moreover, there are a few law enactments for fishing that you need to know. For instance, the fishing is allowed only on catch and release basis.

    : Paro Valley, Trongsa Region, Thimphu Valley, Lhuentse Region and Bumthang Valleys are the places where fishing is permitted.

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

    Approx Price
    : Fishing permit fee is approximately 700 BTN for a day.

    Difficulty Leve
    l: Easy

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  • 12Hot Spring Therapy

    Hot Spring Therapy
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    Hot springs, more commonly known as Tshachus in Bhutan, are believed to have healing properties. For centuries, the local people of Bhutan have visited these hot springs to cure themselves of body aches and sinus. They have the centuries old tradition to visit the hot springs in the months of winter.

    There are many hot springs across the country. Small treks surrounded by beautiful forests on a backdrop of snowy mountains will take you to one of the hot springs where the bath houses are made with bathing facilities.

    : The hot springs are located throughout the country. The main hot springs are Gasa Tshachus which is ten hour trek from Punakha, Dur Tshachu located in Bumthang, Duenmang Tshachu located on the riverside of Mangde Chu and Gelephu Tshachu in southern Bhutan.

    Best time/season
    : Winters

    Approx Price
    : Price for 10 day hot spring tour is 200,000 BTN.
  • 13Bird Watching

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    The mystical land of Bhutan has been endowed with rich natural beauty and biodiversity. The prevalent Buddhist culture profoundly believed in preserving and deeply revering the nature. Today, this Himalayan province is one of the most important places of biological significance in the world. The country boasts of gamut of rare bird species and flora and fauna.

    With over six hundred bird species including the endemic and endangered, the country has been considered a paradise for the bird watchers. Imperial Heron and rare Black-Necked Crane both of which are endangered bird species can be spotted in the country along with Beautiful Nuthatch and Blyth’s Kingfisher.

    : Phobjikha Valley, Bumthang, Bomdeling, Trongsa, Tingtibi, Punakha and Thimphu among others places are ideal for bird watching.

    Best time/season
    : The spring season from mid March to late May.

    Approx Price
    : Average price for 18 day birding tour is 400,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy
  • 14Archery

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    Archery was declared as the national sport in Bhutan in 1971. However, the history and tradition of archery in the country dates back to six hundred B.C. The sport has started gaining popularity in the late 1920s. Now the archery is an important part of life in Bhutan. There are many archery tournaments held in each and every village of Bhutan as a mark of festivities and competition. In fact, any festival in Bhutan is rendered incomplete without archery competition.

    Traditionally the archers use the bamboo made arrows and bows. However, the participants of the tournament use modern equipment. The archery tournament completes by the colorful and vibrant dancing. The sport has become a way to celebrate the life of Bhutanese people.

    : The archery tournaments are held throughout the Bhutan. Each and every village organizes and competes in these tournaments.
  • 15Meditation and Retreat

    Meditation and Retreat
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    With the prevalent Buddhist culture in Bhutan, yoga, meditation and meditation retreats are widespread. The undisturbed scenic beauty and meditation retreats on high hills, makes this country a paradise for those who are looking for some undisturbed silence and inner peace. There are meditation and yoga centres throughout the kingdom.

    Apart from the temple and monasteries, most hotels in Bhutan also provide for meditation and yoga session facilities.Whether you want a meditation and retreat tour or you want to take solitary route, Bhutan has a lot to offer you when it comes to connecting with your inner self and the nature.

    : Almost all the hotels, temples and monasteries in Bhutan has meditation and yoga centres.

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

    Approx Price
    : Price for 15 day meditation retreat tour including meals, accommodation, transport, guide and visit to attractions, is 400,000 BTN.
  • 16Wildlife Safari

    Wildlife Safari
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    Being isolated from the outside world and its modernization for too long and the deep seated Buddhist value of preserving and respecting the nature have made Bhutan one of the finest places in the world to witness the biodiversity of flora and fauna. Unarguably, this land of Himalayan kingdom is a paradise for those who love to connect with the wild.

    Asiatic elephants, black bear, leopards, tiger and golden langur among other mammals can be seen in their natural habitat. You also have the chance to get the glimpse of the mighty beast, Tiger. The wildlife safaris, tiger safaris and bird watching tours are held through the dense forests.

    : The dense forests of Mo Chhu River and various hills and mountains of Bhutan.

    Best time/season
    : April to June and September to November

    Approx Price
    : For 15 days Tiger Safari tour, the approximate price is 250,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy.
  • 17Biking in Bhutan

    Biking in Bhutan
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    The landscape here and the rugged mountains make the country of Bhutan one of the best places to take up biking. One of the best things to do in Bhutan, one can take up both on the road and off-road cycling expeditions as per what matches their skills and choice of adventure.

    Most of the trails actually pass through paved roads but the adventure seekers know where and when to take a turn to bring things to a new level.

    Where- The best cycling route is from Thimphu to Dochula Pass, and for people looking for moderate and shorter routes, there are many around the cities of Paro and Thimphu

    Best time- The fall season, that is October to December. Also, Spring in March to April

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  • 18Camping, Thimphu

    Camping, Thimphu
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    Camping in the lap of Himalayas and amidst the green forests of towering trees is one of the most mesmerizing experience. And Bhutan is one of the best places to experience what it feels like to camp in the high mountains and wake up to a great sunrise.

    Camping is one of the best activities in Bhutan that will rejuvenate you completely and that too overnight, so why miss out on it all?

    Where- There are many trekking trails near Paro and Thimphu where you can camp with local guides arranging everything for you

    Best time- Camping in Bhutan can be best experienced in the months before and after winters in Bhutan. Summers and rains are usually a little too the extreme and tend to ruin experiences

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  • 19Nabji Korphu Community Based Trek

    Nabji Korphu Community Based Trek
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    A one week trek in the heart of the country, the Nabji Korphu Community based trek near the beautiful Trongsa Dzongkhag is a must try and one of the best things to do in Bhutan. One of the most pleasant trails in the country with the perfect climate throughout the year, the height here remains in the limit of 1000-1500m. 

    The trail is particularly famous for the kind of flora and fauna that one can observe here, including red pandas and Himalayan bears. It is the best week that one can experience while in Bhutan.

    Where- The trek goes around the beautiful region of Trongsa Dzongkhag and inside the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

    Best time- The best time to take on this famous trek is in the winters, that is in the months of October to April

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  • 20Chele La Pass

    Chele La Pass
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    Termed as one of the highest motor-able pass in Bhutan which is at a height of 13000 feet, the Chele La pass goes through lush green forests extending an amazing view of the serene nature. Trekking to the view point is considered to be one of the exciting things to do in Bhutan. The majestic views of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake will also be a visual treat while you cross the trails. 

    During the winter, the beauty of the pass just heightens up and one will get to behold a mélange of waterfalls, frozen rivers, alpine flowers and much more snow. Visitors are allowed any time to enter and explore the pass. As winter adds more charm to the whole surrounding, trekkers prefers to face adventure at its best at Chele La Pass.

    Location: Paro, Bhutan

    Price: Entry is free

  • 21Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking
    The culturally rich and naturally endowed land of Bhutan offers outstanding opportunity to savour the landscape, traditions and flora and fauna of the country while enjoying the adventures of mountain biking. There are ample climbs and thrilling descents as well as smooth paved roads to cater to the needs of all types of mountain bikers.

    The downhill rides are also available for those looking for some adrenaline rush. The unspoiled natural beauty and the ancient Buddhist culture that colours this land offers an amazing experience to all mountain bikers. The guided tours are available and the bikes can be rented.

    : Paro Valley, Punakha, Phobjikha Valley, Tongsa, Wangthang La, Wamrong and many other locations in Bhutan are ideal for mountain biking.

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

    Approx Price
    : Average price for mountain biking tour is 300,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate to extremely challenging
  • 22Trek to Dagala Trail

    Trek to Dagala Trail
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    The Dagala Trail or as it is commonly known as the Dagala Thousand Lakes trek is a 12-day trek in Bhutan. 

    One of the most famous of adventure sports in Bhutan, the Dagala trek starts from Paro, takes the trekker through the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery before heading over to Thimphu to trek to Genekha, Gur, Labatama, Jaduna, Japhuna and Talekha, passing over several picturesque and clear lakes in the high altitude plains of Himalayas.

    Where- The trek starts from Paro and ends in Thimphu

    Best time- The best time for this trek is between April to June and September to October

    Difficulty level- Easy to moderate

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  • 23Go for Pilgrim’s Valley Trek

    Go for Pilgrim’s Valley Trek

    Bringing out the best of the country’s rural attractions, this 14-day trek takes you through some of the best sights of Bhutan. One of the best activities in Bhutan is, without a doubt, trekking. 

    And as this trek aims to showcase the real Bhutan, that is life in the countryside here, you will definitely fall in love with this country and the local way of life here. Covering all sacred sites starting from Paro Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest) to the Burning Lake in Bumthang, this trek is rightly called the Pilgrim’s Valley trek

    Where- The trek starts from Paro, covering Thimphu, Trongsa and Bumthang, and ends in Paro

    Best time- April to June and September to November

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  • 24Horse Riding

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    Bhutan is a pretty open country in terms of the wild open riding grounds. One of the best adventure sports in Bhutan is horse riding. A religious land and a hotspot for tourism lately, many of Bhutan’s treks also include the option of riding a horse through the plains and valleys here.

    And there are many riding clubs and ranches here as well, where you can learn under the supervision of an expert rider. With so many different options in one adventure, why wouldn’t one experience at least one.

    Where- There are many ranches and horseback treks in Punakha and Bumthang

    Best time- April to June and September to October

  • 25Attend Festivals

    Attend Festivals
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    Bhutan was declared as the land of gross national happiness. The Bhutanese culture is coloured with a number of traditions and festivals that are celebrated throughout the country with much rigour and gusto. Taking a festival tour to this country of beautiful natural scenery and colourful celebrations offers you the opportunity to enjoy and experience the vibrant local traditions of the country.

    Tsechu is one of the most important cultural festivals and is held year round, throughout the country at various temples, monasteries and Dzongs. The festival is a blend of colours, dance, music, food and laughter. Famous mask dance is one of the biggest draw for tourists all around the world. Other than that you can also witness the sword dance or holy ceremonies.

    : Throughout Bhutan

    Best time/season
    : A customized tour itinerary can be created according to the dates of the festivals.
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  • 26Visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro)

    Visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro)
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    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.

    : 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.
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  • Other Things to Do in Bhutan

  • 27Visit Trongsa Dzong

    Visit Trongsa Dzong
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    Trongsa Dzong is famous for being the largest dzong fortress in Bhutan overlooking the mind blowing gorge of the Mangde River. A temple was established first in 1543 and in 1647, the first dzong replaced it. This dzong has a lot of importance in terms of administration and it is the headquarters of Trongza Government.

    This extensive complex possesses some exemplary architectural nuances set on different levels. It houses 25 temples as well along with the beautiful courtyards, passageways, corridors and scenic surrounding. December or January will host a five day festival at the temple which symbolizes the victory of Buddhism over evil and every monastery in Bhutan takes part in this festival.

    Location: Trongsa District, Bhutan

    Timings: 06:00 AM to 05:00 PM and till 04:00 PM in winter

    Price: Entry is free

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  • 28Visit Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu)

    Visit Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu)
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    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.

  • 29Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), Thimphu

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

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

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

    : 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.
  • 30Visit 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.

    : 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.
  • 31Experience Nimalung Tsechu Festival

    Experience Nimalung Tsechu Festival
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    One of the fascinating things about this country is the beautiful culture that it has managed to preserve the history. And every year in Bumthang happens the Nimalung Tshechu festival for celebrating the culture of the country. 

    A 10-day celebration, attending this festival is easily one of the best things to do in Bhutan, no matter who you are coming here with. The Bhutanese display their devotion to various gods through colourful dances and singing with different attires and props. 

    It is at this time that the Dzongs or the Monasteries are the best places to visit in Bhutan for a renewed sense of spirituality

    Where- Bumthang, which is also claimed to be the most beautiful valley of the country

    Best time- It is celebrated in the first fifteen days of the Bhutanese Calender, which usually fall in the month of June. in 2018, the festival begins from 21st June

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  • 32Weekend Market of Thimphu

    Weekend Market of Thimphu
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    The prominent place in Bhutan where one can get the fresh produce is the weekend market of Thimphu. A visit to the market should not be avoided from the list of things to do in Bhutan. It starts in the after-noon every Friday and ends on Sunday in the afternoon. Vendors with the best and the cheapest vegetables and fruits come and settle on their permanent stall on Friday. People from all sorts come here to grab the fresh stuff at the best price and this is the time the society catches up the weekly buzzes happening around. 

    The collection of goods varies from different types of vegetables to pulses, cereals, fruits, fish and meat. Along with edibles, one can easily find handicrafts, textiles, religious stuff, baskets and other similar things. From Friday 07:00 AM to Sunday 07:00 PM, anyone can enter the market and get the things.

    Location: Chhogyal Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Price: Entry is fee

  • 33Dance with Monks

    Dance with Monks
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    Bhutan is a country that loves its festivals. And Bhutan is also a country that loves to dance when it comes to celebrating these festivals. And in this Buddhist country, even the monks are not untouched by the fervour of dancing. During many of the festivals here, which they already have a lot of, the local monks of the monasteries and Dzongs (temple fortresses) come together to dance and celebrate the occasion. 

    And if you happen to visit one such monastery, you can also be lucky enough to join in the celebration and that will one of the most fun and memorable activities in Bhutan for you. But remember that photography is a big no inside the sanctorum, so it’s just enjoying the flow of the dance

    Where- Monks dance in many of the monasteries and Dzongs of Bhutan, including the Trongsa province Dzong and Rinpung Dzong

  • 34Meet Takin

    Meet Takin
    Takins are a kind of Goat-Antelopes that call certain parts of the Himalayas their home. Also known as the Gnu Goat, they are usually found in the Bamboo forests at higher altitudes.

    The best place to meet and greet these beasts in Bhutan is the Jigme Dorji National Park, which is considered to be the biggest area of their concentration in the country. The animals that usually break down their herds when winter comes, the animals are really a sight to behold in their usual forms and habitat.

    Where- Out in the wild they are rather difficult to spot, but you can see them in the Jigme Dorji National Park

    Best time- Throughout the year, but if you wish to see them easily, then winters are the best as they leave high altitudes and travel down a little

  • 35Visit Kyichu Lhakhan

    Visit Kyichu Lhakhan
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    The beautiful Paro district in Bhutan has a lot of attractions within it but Kyichu Lhakhan prompts a lot of tourists toward it every time. This Himalayan Buddhist temple is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan which was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songstan Gampo. It is believed to have a lot of precious stuff inside the temple hidden by the ancient rulers. It possesses another belief as well that says the two orange trees in the courtyard bear fruits throughout the year. 

    Tributes to the deities named Vahrasattva, Palchen Heruka, Vajrakilaya etc have been done here from the earlier times. Located amidst the scenic nature, the temple holds 11 Buddha statues and other architecturally intriguing stuff. A visit to Paro will give you the opportunity to spend almost one hour at the temple offering prayers and enjoying the surrounding.

    Location: Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001, Bhutan

    Price: Entry is free

  • 36Experience Buddhism

    Experience Buddhism
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    Vajrayana Buddhism is the state religion of Buddhism and majority of the population follows Buddhism. On your tour, one of the things to do in Bhutan is experiencing the influence of Buddhism in almost everything here. Bhutan is rich with Buddhist monasteries and convents where you can find monks and nuns offering prayers to the different bodhisattvas in the accompaniment of a variety of instruments.

    Chortens are the prominent religious spots where people come in large numbers to pray and pay tribute to Buddha. Taktsang Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Tango monastery, Tongsa etc are some of the very influential and visited temples of Buddhism in Bhutan.

  • 37Visit Simtokha Dzonga

    Visit Simtokha Dzonga
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    Located in the southern part of Thimphu, Simtokha Dzonga is another Buddhist temple that was built in the year of 1629 under the guidance of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Mark the temple as a must visit and it could be counted as one of the best things to do in Bhutan. The temple houses Yeshay Gonpo or Mahakala which is belived to be the chief protective deity of Bhutan. It is placed inside the 12 sided central tower or Utse as people call it.

    A number of different types of paintings, statues etc of Buddha are displayed inside the temple such as the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rimpoche, Shakya Gyalpo, the Buddha of Compassion etc and many other carvings which are explicitly portrayed. There is a belief about the temple saying it was constructed to subdue an evil spirit that had disturbed the travelers of this region continuously.

    Location: Semtokha, Bhutan

    Price: Entry is free

  • 38Visit National Memorial Chorten

    Visit National Memorial Chorten
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    National Memorial Chorten is one of the important religious center in Bhutan. This building holds the remarkable features of Tibetan architectural style. A bunch of Bhutanese comes on a regular basis to offer prayers at this temple. Built as a memorial to Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the temple extends such a peaceful ambience equally adopting elder people and children.

    The architecture itself makes the temple one of the most visited landmarks of Bhutan. The structure has a classical stupa with golden spirals and bells along with a pyramidal pillar that has a crescent and sun on the top. Also, the alluring annexes facing the four directions bring forth a specific charm.

    Location: Doeboom Lam, Thimphu

    Price: Entry is free

  • 39Visit National Institute for Zorig Chusum

    Visit National Institute for Zorig Chusum
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    13 traditional arts of Bhutan have been included in the course subjects at National Institute for Zorig Chusum which provides four to six years courses in each topic. But the institute bears the name of ‘the painting school’ in general. The students coming to attend the courses mainly focus on painting, embroidery, sculpturing, clay modeling, wood carving etc. 

    The incomparable skills and enduring passion the students at this institute are to be appreciated well. From March to June and from August to September are the best times to visit the institute. Visitors are allowed to explore the institution from 10:00 AM to noon and from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on working days (Monday to Friday). On Saturdays, the timing is from 10:00 AM to noon. 

    Location: Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Price: For SAARC and adults it is Nu 100

  • 40Go for Antique Shopping

    Go for Antique Shopping
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    Because of being surrounded by so many ethnicities and having had such an elaborate cultural history, there is no shortage of art collectives in the country. Antiques can be found anywhere in the country’s various markets all the time.

    And with the population hailing from different cultural backgrounds that have survived here for centuries, you can rest assured about the originality and authenticity of the products that you will be buying here. One of the best ways to collect souvenirs of your trip here is to make a run in the local markets of Paro and Thimphu.

    Where- Local markets of Thimphu and Paro are pretty well known to people looking to collect souvenirs

    Best time- The Fall and Spring seasons are the best time to visit. Months of October to December and April to June are best suited.
  • 41Hike Around Haa Valley

    Hike Around Haa Valley
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    Haa Valley of Bhutan is a true jewel in the sense that it has been mostly left untouched by the modernisation and by the heavy footsteps of the visitors. It is one of the best places to just sit back and relax by the riverside. One of the best adventure sports in Bhutan is cycling, and as it so happens, Haa valley is the home to some of the best biking and hiking trails.

    Just choose a day and it is guaranteed that you will find the valley quiet and the perfect place to take a walk by the river that so lovingly flows through it. Some of the famous hiking trails here are the Hike to Katsho Goemba (Buddhist Monastery) and Hike to Jana Dingkha

    Where- Haa Valley is at just 70 kms from Paro

    Best time- Best time to hike or cycle in the Haa Valley is definitely in the months of Autumn and Springs
  • 42Explore the Handicrafts Market

    Explore the Handicrafts Market
    Bhutan and the neighbouring areas are famous for their craftsmanship and a certain expertise when it comes to handicrafts. And the fact that Thimphu has its own market entirely dedicated to handicrafts is a great testimonial and an amazing place to collect some of the best additions to your collection, or to even begin a new one. Most of what you will see here has been made in Nepal and is authentic Himalayan handicraft, that you will have a hard time finding otherwise.

    You can buy bowls, amulets, prayer beads, badges and even printing blocks. But above all what you will love here the most is the polite attitude of the shop owners who will always welcome you with a warm smile. Shopping for handicrafts here is probably going to be one of the most memorable activities in Bhutan for you

    Where- Across the Kundeyling Baazam Footbridge in Thimphu
  • 43Experience Bhutanese Cuisine - Ema Datshi

    Experience Bhutanese Cuisine - Ema Datshi
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    One of the symbol of Bhutan’s heritage and popularity is their cuisine, and the very first name that people usually find themselves saying is of Ema Datshi. Declared by popularity as the national dish of Bhutan. The reason behind this popularity is probably the ingredients that go into making this delicious Bhutanese delicacy. It is made with chillies and cheese. In fact, in the local Dzongkha language, ‘Ema’ means chilli and ‘Datshi’ means cheese.

    The Bhutanese people use a lot of variety in chillies while making Ema Datshi, ranging from green to red and white. And the best way to consume and enjoy this is considered to eat it with rice.

    Where- You can have it almost anywhere in Bhutan, as it is one of the most loved dishes in the country. The best experience will, however, sure would have to be in experiencing it at a local's house. 

    Best time- Whenever you feel like
  • 44See Mount Everest

    See Mount Everest
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    Seeing the giant Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on the earth is somewhat every human’s dream. And Bhutan offers you just that, not just one but in 2 different ways. Although a little difficult to be there at the right time of the year, but the resort on the top of Dochula Pass is one of the best locations to see Mt Everest from Bhutan.

    If you arrive here on a clear day, you can clearly see as far as the Everest mountain range of Nepal, which is sure going to be one of the best things to do in Bhutan. Also, another great way of seeing the giant is to look out of your window as you are on a flight between Kathmandu and Paro.

    Sometimes even the Pilot announces in the flight that you can see the Everest, which you would feel like is on almost eye level with you as they fly past the diamond-shaped rock jutting out of the ground.

    Location- Dochula Pass, or on a flight

    Best Time- Any time of the year when the skies are clear

    Entry- Free for the cafe
  • 45Philately Counter at the National Post Office

    Philately Counter at the National Post Office
    Philately is the art of collecting and studying stamps, and the National Post office in Bhutan’s Thimphu has taken one of the most royal hobbies of people to a whole new level. The post office that operates like a normal one also provides the amazing opportunity of turning your own picture in an amazing stamp.

    Just bring one of your pictures at the counter and see the team work on it. Or if you wish, you can also have the team here take a picture of you on the spot to work with. After a short span of time, you will be handed a complete sheet of stamps with your picture on it. That for sure is one of the best things to do in Bhutan.

    Location-  GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Best time- Any time of the year

    Entry- Free of cost
  • 46Jigme Dorji National Park

    Jigme Dorji National Park
    Bhutan’s second largest national park that covers almost the entire region of Gasa, and small regions of the major districts of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. Spread in a whopping 4316 square km, the park’s elevation varies from 1400 to 7000m above sea level.

    Some of the most amazing sights here are the resident animals, namely, Takins, Snow Leopard, Bengal Tiger, Himalayan black bear, Red Panda and over 300 species of birds.

    One of the best adventure sports in Bhutan, that is trekking, is such a big craze in the Jigme Dorji National Park, that one of the most famous signboards here says ‘Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories’.

    Location- The district of Gasa, Punakha, Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue Phodrang

    Best time- March to October, with September being the most pleasant time

    Entry- Free
  • 47Attend The Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival

    Attend The Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival
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    Bhutanese people sure love their festivals, and one such festival that happens in the Phobjikha Valley is The Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival. Held in the courtyard of the Gangtey Goenpa, the festival celebrates the arrival of the enigmatic endangered species of the bird in Bhutan during their winter migration to Bhutan.

    The festival generates awareness towards the preservation of these amazing birds, and the best way for the Bhutanese to do that is to organize dances, shows and singing of folk songs in the praise of the rare bird. Masked performances by the locals are somewhat the highlight of the whole festival, and to attend that is surely the best thing to do in Bhutan

    Location- Gangtey Goenpa, Phobjikha

    Best time- The month of November on the date of the festival

    Entry- free
  • 48Visit Trashigang

    Visit Trashigang
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    A town in eastern Bhutan, and in the valley of the Drangme Chhu river just before its confluence with Gamri, Trashigang is one of the less crowded cities of Bhutan despite being the administrative capital of the largest district of Bhutan.

    Home to the Trashigang Dzong and the amazing yearly Tsechu of the district, this place is definitely a must visit while coming to Bhutan. It is also the place where the very first college of Bhutan was opened

    Location- Trashigang Dzongkhag, Bhutan

    Best time- The months of Spring and Autumn
  • 49Visit Lhuentse

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

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

    Location- North Eastern Bhutan

    Best time- Spring and Autumn Months
  • 50Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Spread over 1,520 sq. kms, and covering most of the Trashiyangtse District and small portions of the neighbouring districts, the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is situated between the elevations of 1500m and 6000m above sea level. Because of such diverse conditions, the park also exhibits several characteristics when it comes to the diversity in Flora and Fauna that call this place their home.

    It has been internationally recognized as an important bird area for the conservation efforts that this place has put into the protection of the endangered black-necked cranes, wood snipes and the grey-crowned prinias. With sightings of many other rare birds, this place in Bhutan is a must visit for bird and nature lovers.

    Location- Trashiyangtse District, Bhutan

    Best time- Winters if you wish to see the famous black-necked crane
  • 51Visit National Folk Heritage Museum

    Visit National Folk Heritage Museum
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    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 after the long-term efforts of the royal family, 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. What is even more amazing is that the founder of the museum is none other than the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo

    Location- Thimphu, Bhutan

    Best time- Throughout the year

    Entry- Free



Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park is the second-largest national park in the country. Apart from covering multiple districts, it also pans over all three climatic zones of Bhutan. You can experience everything from frozen glaciers to dense jungles, rivers and historic sites without having to leave the park.

It is home to important cultural sites like the fortresses of Lingshi Dzong and Gasa Dzong and sacred mountains like  Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake. The diverse animal cover in the area includes Bengal Tigers, bharals, black musk deer, Indian leopards and over 300 species of birds. If you decide to make it a place to visit in Bhutan in December, you can also witness the glaciers Lunana and Laya Gewogs in their full glory.

Location: Bhutan

Timing: Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Free


Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong holds an important place as a major religious and political centre of Bhutan. This large monastery and fortress belongs to the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school and is also home to the district Monastic Body. When here, you can visit the fourteen distinct shrines and chapels housed inside the Dzong and admire the rich Bhutanese architecture of the place.

The original building has been a part of the landscape since the 15th century and has been capturing the imagination of people worldwide, especially after its appearance in the 1993 movie Little Buddha. The place also hosts colourful festivals during the Spring months where traditional mask dances are organised for several days.

Location: Paro, Bhutan

Timing: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Price: Free


Buddha Dordenma

Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, which is situated in the mountain ranges of Bhutan. It was constructed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fourth King of Bhutan. This architectural marvel houses over a hundred thousand smaller statues of Buddha inside of it.

Both the bigger statue and the ones inside have been built using bronze gilded in Gold. This 169-metre tall statue stands amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of the thirteenth Desi Druk. If you are looking for places to visit in Bhutan in December, this beautiful gold and bronze structure sitting amidst a 943.4 acres wide conserve forest must be on your list!

Location: Kuensel Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan

Timing: Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Free


Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan and stretches up to a length of approximately 520 feet! You can enjoy spectacular views of the river flowing underneath the bridge or the valleys rolling in every direction.

Made with solid planks of wood and cables anchored to massive cement block,  the bridge is surprisingly stable for its length and is covered in colourful religious flags at all points. It also acts as a starting point for several multi-day trekking trips in the region.

You can also stopover at the bridge if you are visiting the famous Punakha Dzong as it lies only half a mile away from the religious centre. You simply have to head north from the dzong, walk past the cremation grounds and follow the river to reach the bridge.

Location: Punakha, Bhutan

Timing: Open all-day

Price: Free


Simtokha Dzong

Simtokha Dzong also known as the Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang or the ‘Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras’ is a relatively small dzong and the first of its kind in the country. It was built in the year 1629 and today houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes.

While here, you can spend your time admiring the architecture of the place with traditional Buddhist aspects like prayer wheels or around 300 carvings of saints and philosophers made in slate. This dzong is one of the most popular Bhutan places to visit in December and welcomes people from around the world.

Location: Simtokha, Bhutan

Timing: Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Free


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

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.

Drukgyel Dzong

The remnants of once flourishing Drukgeyl Dzong echo many stories. The Dzong sits on a path that connects Paro Valley to the Tibet through the Tremo La pass. In the past, it was a significant trade route and the Dzong was a major administrative centre. In 1951, the Dzong was destroyed by a fire and the charred walls and beams are still visible.

The complex consists of a Chorten, chapel and ruins of big towers. An adventurous climb leads you to the ruins where you can admire the once proud and regal building.

: 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.

: The Dzong is located in Paro valley and is about 25 minutes drive away from Paro International Airport.

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Kichu Lakhang

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

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

Location: Lango Gewog, Paro, Bhutan.

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

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

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.

: 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.

: Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan.

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

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Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)

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

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

: 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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Difficulty Level
: Moderately challenging.

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

: sight of crane dance

Festival time
: In the month of November

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.

Trongsa Dzong

Not many would be familiar with Dzong fortress until they see the Tongsa Dzong before their own eyes. It is the largest fortress in the country of Bhutan and holds a huge historical significance. It has been renovated many a times since it was built due to natural disasters as well as general maintenance.

Highlights: For all those interested in how administration of a country took place in the past era must visit the Tongsa Dzong to witness it. The place is also a major monastic complex with over 200 monks with whom you can interact. You can also visit the Ta Dzong which is a watch tower and was initially built with the purpose of watching enemies.

Location: It is located at the Trongsa District in Bhutan.

Timings: You can visit the place as and when you like, there are no timing restrictions.

Pricing: It is completely free of cost.

Chhukha Dzongkhag

Unless you are taking an overland crossing to or from India, most of the Western trekkers tend to give Chhukha Dzongkhag a vast berth.

Highlights: People who wish to take a land route to visit the district that effectively comprises of the winding road which drops from the mountains through the green tropical foothills of the Southern Bhutan to the Phuentsholing which is a burgeoning town on the international border. Jaigaon which is its twin Indian settlement lies on the other end. This indeed is a dramatic road trip which gives you an assurance of the geographical continuity which you may not get on flying into Paro. En route to the Chhukha Dzongkhag, you’ll come across the humongous ‘Lost World’ ferns which spill onto the road along with the dozens of waterfalls which cascade from here into the mist.

Location: Chhukha Dzongkhag lies in the Chhukha District of Bhutan.

Timings: Open round the year.

Pricing: Entry is free.

Dzongdrakha Temple

The Dzongdrakha Temple is a popular temple complex which has around 4 temple monasteries and is situated on a cliff side. The view of the temple is just amazing and along with its surroundings, it offers a nice panoramic view. The four different shrines are dedicated to lord Tara, Tsheringma, Guru and Jowo Jampa.

Highlights: There is an annual festival known as the Dzongdrakha rejoice and if you can schedule your trip during this time of the year, you must definitely be a part of the ongoing festivities. Ensure to visit all the four shrines that the complex consists to witness how beautiful and majestic all of them are.

Location: It is located very near and towards the western side of the Paro Valley in Bhutan.

Timings: No official timings are given but for the best experience visit here from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Pricing: Visiting the main temple complex along with all the four shrines are free of cost.

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