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Top 30 Must Visit Places in Bhutan

Bhutan is the smallest country in Asia. It is a landlocked between Tibet, Sikkim, West Bengal Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It is located in the beautiful Himalayas on the southern slopes and is geographically diverse country. It is blessed with abundant nature and surprisingly pleasant weather that contribute to it being a favorite vacation destination for millions and millions.

It is enriched with plenty of stunning mountains which are in fact among the highest mountains in the world, which also hold the record of the unsealed mountains of the world due to the reason of the country being preserved to itself with the aim of guarding and protecting their culture for centuries.

The highest point of Bhutan is the Gangkhar Puensum at 7,570 meters and also is not yet climbed.  It was only after 1974 that Bhutan loosened up a bit and the outsiders were allowed to take a tour of the divinely beautiful country.  The country is decorated with number of swift running rivers and deep valleys and landscapes covered with meadows of alpine shrubs.

The Mo Chhu and the Drangme Chhu are the two famous rivers here which flow on the either sides of the Black Mountains of Bhutan, which holds a thick subalpine conifer forest and broad leaf forests. Owing to all these facts about Bhutan, It holds an important place in world tourism.

Bhutan is the Top Destination in Asia 

Bhutan is the top destination in Asia

Bhutan opened up to the rest of the world and transitioned from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy. The new king was totally up for development of the country to boost the economy of the country but of course laying more emphasis on the Gross National Happiness. So, as the peaceful, serene country was bolted and on its own with a very small population, its abundant natural beauty was safe and undisturbed. This is one of the reasons why tourists from around the world choose Bhutan from the list of top vacation spots.

Explore the Unexplored in Bhutan

Explore the unexplored in Bhutan

It is a rare opportunity today to be able to explore the unexplored so the world is in hurry to reach their first before it is stepped on a million times or just to get lost in its divine beauty especially the newlyweds . Bhutan has many tourists place in map yet which are not explored. Apart from this there are hundreds of other reasons as to why Bhutan is the most preferred one, only few of which shall I state here.

Colorful Religion and Faith in Bhutan

Colorful religion and faith in Bhutan

Well let me start with religion and faith. Bhutan has a certain percent of its population who follow other religions but Buddhism is the most followed of all, as a result of which Bhutan homes plenty of ages old monasteries of interesting and unique architecture. People here are extremely religious and are very particular when it comes to God, religion, tradition, culture and customs. After offering prayers they have a custom of tying or polling colorful flags outside their houses or in the monastery itself. This gives the country an extra stroke of beauty.

Rich in Culture and Tradition

Rich in culture and tradition

Bhutan also has a very rich culture and tradition therefore the country has many festivals which they celebrate in a very grand manner and is very interesting to watch. The most famous of all is the Tshechu. Many entertainments and Bhutanese dance programs are held on this day, the special of all is the mask dance.

Wide Range of Adventure Opportunities

Wide range of adventure opportunities

Another reason why tourists are crazy about this country is that it has a wide range of adventure opportunities for those who crave for adrenaline rush. You can go Cycling or Mountain Biking on the thick lushius forests and rugged landscapes with rich wildlife and varied biodiversity. Or you could go on a scenic trekking of hiking as this would be a perfect way to scale and observe every inch of the lands of Bhutan. There are six major rivers in Bhutan Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries. These swift flowing rivers form perfect white currents for a memorable Rafting and Kayaking. Apart from that there are other adventure appetizers as well like Rock Climbing, Horse Riding, Motor biking and Camping.

1. Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest, this monastery are the most famous and the most treasured places showcasing valuable tradition of the country. To keep in the ‘Bhutan Dairies’ must click Bhutan sightseeing photos. It is located on the top of the Paro valley therefore providing a pleasant journey up the hill with the most mesmerizing view.

How to reach:

If you travel by air you will have to hire a cab, plenty of which will be inside the main bazaar and if you travel by any other medium, after reaching Phuntsholing you may take a shared taxi or a private taxi or a bus. However, to reach the Tiger’s nest you will have to walk half the way then there will be horses available there so you can ride up to the top.

2. Dochula Pass 

Dochula Pass

You will find this serene spot on your way to Thimphu from Punakha. It has 108 beautiful Chortens. This place sits peacefully high and amidst the emerald green forests over viewing the eye soothing panoramic view of snow capped mountains and the country full of colorful prayers encrypted flags fluttering in the wind.

How to reach:

Weather you travel by air or by any other means there will be plenty of taxi services and bus services available in the area which you can hire or you can get in touch with an agent who will take you to place you want to go.

3. Bumthang

Bumthang

This is a small piece of Paradise hidden away in Bhutan. With its rich nature and wilderness it provides a perfect opportunity to trek. It is enriched with some holiest sites so this would be a perfect getaway for you from the day to day hustles and hassles.

How to reach:

You can hire a cab, or get on a taxi on share basis or board a bus or get hold of an agent who will guide you through out. This is applicable to both the travelers who travel by air or by train or by bus.

4. Gangtey Monastery 

Gangtey Monastery

This is one of the largest monasteries and is located on top of a hill. It was built in 1613 by Gyalse Pema Thinlay. The surrounding is habituated by hermits. This is a place to connect yourself with your spirit and rinse your soul. The peaceful ambience and its scenic beauty will sweep you to a different world.

How to reach:

You can hire a cab, or get on a taxi on share basis or board a bus or get hold of an agent who will guide you through out. This is applicable to both the travelers who travel by air or by train or by bus. You will be taken to Wangdue by them, and then you have to trek up to the hill top.

5. Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgeyl Dzong which was once a major and flourishing administrative centre today is just remnants. It was destroyed by a fire in 1951, the effects of which can be seen on the walls and beams. It is one of the most sorted trekking spots in Bhutan because of the beautiful scenic treat up the mountain and the ambience of the place once you get there and walk through the scarred towers of the once royal building.

How to reach:

You can hire a cab, or get on a taxi on share basis or board a bus to reach the place; Paro valley is just 25 minutes away from the airport. Those approaching to Bhutan by other mediums of transportation then you may go for a bus, an agent or a shared taxi.

6. Talo

Talo

This is a beautiful small village blessed by the Gods of nature, so it would be an ideal place for those who adore nature one of the tranquil things to see in Bhutan. The village is decorated with pretty little gardens, well managed farms and slopes covered by sweet peas and corns. And the ladies of Talo have something about their beauty. It’s just captivating and enchanting.

How to reach:

From Paro Airport you can hire a cab, or get on a taxi on share basis or board a bus to reach the place. For those approaching to Bhutan by any other mediums of transportation you can also get a taxi, a bus, an agent or a shared taxi.

 7. Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park

This is the 2nd largest park of the country. The Park was built by the King Jigme Dorji in 1974.  Apart from it being exotic with rich flora and fauna, it is the house of number of endangered animals such as snow Leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Asiatic wild dog, Red Panda etc.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available just outside the airport. You can get hold of an agent as well, in order to reach the Park. You can do the same if you arrive by train or bus also. They will get you to Gasa. On reaching the spot you can trek up to the Park, as this is known to be the Paradise for trekkers.

8. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is known for its elegance. The landscapes are covered with the alpine meadows highlighted by stunning lakes. If your search in web ‘Bhutan tourists place photos’ the appearing first photo will be Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well who will reach you to North Easter Bhutan.

9. Motithang Takin Preserve 

Motithang Takin Preserve

This actually used to be a zoo but gradually it turned to be the home of strange mountain animals known as Takin.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Motithang Dist of Thimpu.

 10. The Tower of Trongsa Museum

The Tower of Trongsa Museum

The tower was actually built in the year 1652 by the first governor of Bhutan on top of a hill to protect the people of the town from attacks. The artistic cylindrical 5 storied tower with two smaller towers at each side is now converted into a Museum.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Trongsa.

11. Choki Traditional Art School 

Choki Traditional Art School

This is a school established by Dasho Choki Dorji in memory of the 4th King of Bhutan which teaches the under privileged children, weaving, sculpting, Lhadri, Carving and embroidery. It’s just amazing to watch them create some fine arts.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Thimpu

12. Visit Chimi L’hakhang Temple 

Visit Chimi L'hakhang Temple

This is one of the most worshipped temples of Bhutan as this is the temple of fertility. People from around the world come to this place to pray for their children and to be blessed with one.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach the borders of Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang.

13. Torsa Strict Nature Reserve

Torsa Strict Nature Reserve

This is the most sorted spot by tourists all over the world as this is the only Nature Reserve left in the world which has not been affected by the human inhabitation. It is literally heaven. The place boasts off the ultimate panoramic beauty.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Western Haa.

14. National Folk Heritage Museum

National Folk Heritage Museum

This is the place that will reveal everything that you want to know about the rich tradition and culture of Bhutan. The museum was established in 2001.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Thimpu.

15. Handicrafts Market 

Handicrafts market

Market, commonly known as the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar, sells colorful and beautiful authentic handicrafts of Bhutan. There are hundred shops in this market that are full of colorful things like souvenirs, authentic handcrafted apparels, bags, masks and many more items.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Thimpu.

16. Cheli La

Cheli La

This is the highest pass in Bhutan separating the valleys of Haa and Paro. Thi spot is also famous for its picturesque beauty.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Thimpu.

17. Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Suspension Bridge

This is the second longest suspension bridge of the country. The bridge connects the Punakha Dzong with Punakha City and other smaller villages scattered in the valley. It’s enriched with scenic beauty but it also is an adrenaline booster.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach the Punakha city.

18. Clock Tower Square 

Clock Tower Square

This is the famous land mark of Thimpu. The tower is covered with some interesting carvings and paintings. It has four clocks one on each side.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Thimpu.

19. Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery

This is a temple blessed with captivating wonder. It sits on a hilltop providing a breathtaking view of Punakha valley and Wangduephodrang valley. It boasts off exceptional architecture and tradition of Bhutan.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Wangdue.

 20. Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha Valley

This is a bowl shaped glacial valley which is located on the incline of Black Mountains Park. This also happens to be an important wildlife preserve land of the country. Enriched by lush green nature, varied biodiversity and fauna and wild life, the place is a perfect getaway.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Wangdue district.

 21. Limbukha

Limbukha

This is a village known for peaceful environment and love. The red rice produced here has medicinal properties. The place is also gifted with abundant nature.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Punakha.

22. Trashiyangtse

Trashiyangtse

This is another small little town of Bhutan, people of which excel in traditional art works because it homes The School of Traditional Arts, also called Rigne School. People call it the sister school of the School of Traditional Arts in Thimphu.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Yangtse Gewog.

23. Punakha Dzong 

Punakha Dzong

This is one of the ancient architectures of Bhutan and is a stunning one. The white washed walls sine with pride on bright sunny days and the golden, red and black painted woods just compliments the magnificent architecture.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Punakha & Khuruthang.

24. Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong

This is currently is the house of the throne room and seat of the government. It is rightly called the ‘fortress of glorious religion’ as it is yet another miraculous work of the ancient times.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach near the Thimphu.

25. Tango Buddhist Institute

Tango Buddhist Institute

This is an institute housing number of statues and offers a splendid natural beauty for site seeing. The institute’s ground floor is the temple of Trulku, which has an amazingly huge gold and copper Buddha statue. The second floor has a gold and copper statue of Avalokiteshvara.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach 15 km from Thimphu.

26. Royal Manas National Park

Royal Manas National Park

The Park was entitled as a wildlife sanctuary in 1966 and it became a National Park in 1993.There are more than 365 species of birds and it grows 900 classes of plants and trees which have medicinalproperties.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach 15 km from Thimphu.

27. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sanctuary was established to shelter the infamous snow mountain men ‘Yeti’ or ‘Migoi’; therefore it is the most sorted tourist spot in Bhutan. The creatures have not been spotted yet but the villagers claim to have seen its footsteps at night.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach 15 km from Trashigang.

28. TrumshingLa National Park

TrumshingLa National Park

This is considered the jewel of the country. The park is a home to 620 recorded species of plants and trees. The tallest mountain of the country the Gangkar Phuensum can be viewed from here. It sits majestically amidst the clouds, forests and mountains.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Mongar.

29. Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan 

Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

This is academy with an amazing blend of architecture and Bhutanese culture and heritage. It is a nonprofit organization which aims only in preservation of the oldest and valuable culture of Bhutan.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Thimpu.

30. Buddha Dordenma 

Buddha Dordenma

Bhutan proudly boasts off this tallest statue of Buddha in the whole world. It is 50 meters tall bronze statue painted in gold. It is truly a wonder and ultimate piece of elegant architecture.

How to reach:

Taxis and busses will be available from the airport and from Phuntsholing as well to reach Thimpu.

Ideal Time to Visit in Bhutan

October to December is the best time to visit in Bhutan since this time weather is too pleasant, refreshing cool air crystal clear sky and the abundant beauty. Visit the Phobjikha Valley between October to mid of February if you are willing to see the rare black-necked cranes.

Accommodation in Bhutan

There has huge number of options to stay in Bhutan safely, securely and comfort you may booked star categories hotels, normal hotels, budgets hotel, homestay, Resort and government bungle and hotels many more. One can easily spend vacation in Bhutan with the mingling world class with traditional hospitality along with friendly and softly behavior of the local.

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