Amazing Bhutan

February 13, 2018
North East, Travel

If you are on a random stroll you will find that there are many places to visit in Bhutan. When you are meandering on the road, get a chance to visit the National Museum which is located on top of a hill above Paro Dzong which is an old watch tower.

If you are looking for some fresh sea food it will be advised that you should be at the Weekend Market which has stalls on both sides and one can find some fresh pork, balls of dates and dried fish and a whole section of delicious raw ingredients. If you are fond of majestic views then a visit to Trongsa Dzong will be just right.

Bhutan is still one of the least heard or traveled destinations, even by the young travel enthusiasts of its neighboring country – India. But its long list of forts, monasteries, and other Buddhist relics, trekking spots, and shopping areas are surely worth a visit. Known as the Last Shangri-La, the entire country comprises of panoramic valleys, majestic Himalayas, and abundance of rare fauna and flora. The rivers, arising from the Himalayas, meander through the valleys and mesmerize with their beauty.

Offering a kaleidoscope of sceneries and experiences, the best tourist places in Bhutan must feature on your itinerary while visiting the land of the thunder dragon. If not all, at least a few of them.

 Rinpung Dzong, Paro

Visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro)
Rinpung Dzong is a beautiful dzong (fort), with towering walls, built in the 16th century. Known as the Fortress on a Heap of Jewels, Rinpung Dzong is among the best tourist places in Bhutan and a classic example of Bhutanese architecture and deep rooted traditions.

Key attractions: Beautiful temple and wall paintings related to Buddhism

Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm

Chele La Pass, Paro

Cheli La
Located at an altitude of about 3,989 meters, Chele La pass is among the popular places to see in Bhutan. The magnificent pass is en-route the Haa Valley in Paro.

Key attractions: Magnificent panoramic view of the valleys, gushing waterfalls, alpine flowers, and clouds drifting above the hills

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is one of the popular places to see in Bhutan

Punakha Dzong is the second largest dzong in Bhutan and is known for its brilliant structure. Among the popular tourist places in Bhutan, the dzong speaks volumes about the beautiful stories and traditions of the Buddhist culture.

Key attractions: The intricate paintings and the architecture of the fort, sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa.

Opening hours: 8 am – 5 pm

Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu

The gronze-gold Buddha Dordenma Statue is among the popular Bhutan tourist places
The Buddha Dordenma Statue is a 169 feet tall statue of Buddha, built at the foot of the hills in Thimphu. This iconic gold and bronze statue is visible from almost anywhere in Thimphu and is among the popular Bhutan tourist places.

Key attractions: The 169 feet tall Buddha statue, thousands of smaller bronze and gold statues of Lord Buddha, and the surrounding Kuensel Phodrang nature park

Dochula Pass

Some of the Chortens at the Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass is a beautiful pass consisting of 108 Chortens or Stupas, built in the memory of the Bhutanese soldiers who died in a war against the insurgents from India. The beautifully built temple and stupas, with the picturesque Gangkar Puensum peak in the background, makes the Dochula Pass one of the best tourist places in Bhutan.

Key attractions: Panoramic view that gives a glimpse of the peak of the sacred Himalayan mountain – Chomolhari, Druk Wangyel Lhakhng temple, and the fusion paintings on the temple walls

Tiger’s Nest, Paro

A view of the Tiger’s nest monastery with the beautiful hills in backdrop

Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery is one of the most popular Bhutan tourist places in Paro, known for the beautiful and the sacred monastery of guru Rinpoche. It is considered as a place of pilgrimage and is an easy half trek, which gives you the panoramic views of the Paro valleys.

Key attractions: The tiger’s nest, the cave temple inside the monastery, the majestic views, and the many small temples inside the premises of the monastery

Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha

Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha is a small town in the central part of Bhutan. Like many other beautiful places to see in Bhutan, Phobjikha is bestowed with valleys and is surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. The place is known for its beautiful landscapes and passes and a day’s hike will take you through the town and the woods.

Key attractions: Black-necked cranes migrate to Phobjikha from November, and the hike through the valleys to witness spectacular views of the birds and the amazing greenery

 Chomolhari

A beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains and other landscapes at Chomolhari

Chomolhari is among the popular Bhutan tourist spots, most popular for the its treks. Chomolhari trek, starting at Paro, is one of the most challenging treks of Bhutan. With the altitude going about 5,000 meters, it is enchanting and rewards the trekkers with blissful views after a difficult trek. The trek is truly for the adventure enthusiasts and spans between 7 – 15 days on average.

Key attractions: The glacial lakes, the snow capped mountains and splendid views of the landscapes are a treat to the eyes

Norzin Lam Street, Thimphu

A view of the market street at Norzin Lam in Thimphu

The capital city is probably the most popular choice for shopaholics. The main street of Norzin Lam is filled with shops selling various items – souvenirs, woolen clothes, crafts, and the local wine. Although slightly expensive, some things are worth buying there if you’re not going further till Bumthang.

Key attractions: Textile building and the textile shops in the middle lane of Norzin Lam for buying some of the best handmade textiles, including Gho and Kira – the traditional attire of Bhutan for men and women respectively

Main Street, Paro

A view of shopkeepers unloading from the trucks on the Main Street at Paro
The main street of Paro, stretching across two lanes, is known for its antique Buddhist souvenirs and prayer related materials. Some of the unique souvenirs can be shopped here.

Key attractions: Scrumptious local food, wonderful bounty of nature, lots of tourist attractions in the vicinity, and the welcoming locals

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