10 Best Places to Visit in Bhutan
This list provides 10 places to visit in Bhutan which is perfect place for tourist. Find the top attractions and destination from March, April, June to October month. Perched high amidst the Himalayas, Bhutan is tagged as the ‘Land of the peaceful Dragon’. A dreamy paradise, its remoteness amidst the spectacular Himalayan terrain and its mesmerizing flora and fauna has earned it the reputation of the last ‘Shangri- La’ of the Himalayas. A land of surprises and a pristine pocket of Himalayas, Bhutan have much to offer in terms of tourist attractions.
Top 10 Places to Visit Bhutan
Some of the top hill-station destinations of this mesmerizing country are:-
Perched on the verdant Paro Valley, the hill station of Paro with its rich historical grandeur and breathtaking scenery is perhaps the most scenic landscape on offer. Beautified with traditional monasteries and houses and sprinkled with ripening rice fields, the place is an ideal retreat for all nature lovers seeking some solitude. This place is perfect to visit anything from January to July month.
The capital city of Bhutan and home to its Royal family, the hill-station of Timphu is a tourist paradise. Some of the major attractions of the place include Tashichhoe Dzong, textile museums, 51-meter bronze statue of the Buddha perched on top of Kuensel Phodrang hill, Dochula Pass, captivating view of Himalayas etc. It’s a complete holiday destination.
- Punakha Dzong
Located at the confluence of two beautiful rivers i.e. Phu Chhu which is considered as a male river and Mo Chhu which is considered as a female river, the Punakha Dzong hill station is the epitome of nature’s beauty. Nicknamed as the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’, its greatest highlight is Ritsha which is a pastoral beauty with its modern rice growing culture. Do not forget to climb up the Chimi Lhakhang to pay our homage to the Bhutan’s famous Divine Madman and get your blessings from the ‘Flaming Thunderbolt of Wisdom’. Shaped like a phallus, it is bound to leave you stunned. Additionally, the baby monks in training here will leave you full of love.
One of the most ancient and historic towns of Bhutan, Trongsa with its laid-back charm is perched high above the rapidly flowing river of Mangde Chhu River. One of the most distinguished structures to visit this lovely tourist spot is the Trongsa Dzong which looks more like a Black Mountains.
Nicknamed after the beautiful Gangtey Monastery as the Gangtey Valley, this hill-station is bowl-shaped and decorated with numerous small villages, temples, hiking trails as well as potato fields. Hosted in November, its Crane Festival is worth attending.
Another Bhutan hill-station full of legends and myths is the Bumthang or Jakar Valley. Its name stems from the white bird, Jakar Dzong which according to a myth is the bird to have taken shelter in the monastery here. Looked upon as a pilgrimage site, it’s Membartsho or the Burning Lake is its high point attraction. Best time to visit Bumthang is from October to January month.
The hill-station of Phuntsholing is situated at the foothills of the great Himalayas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayas). A border town, it stands as a testimony of the cultural as well as ethnic intermingling. The popular point attractions of the town are the Buddhist monastery (very old one), the Kharbandi Goemba as well as the beautiful temple that is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang.
A less popular hill station on Indo-Bhutan border, the hill-station of Bindu is a small town known for its cardamom plantation and Chapramari Sanctuary. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, the scenic beauty of the place with solitude is bound to leave you hypnotized. The Bindu Dam, Jaldhaka Hydel Project and the Cardamom Curing Centre at Godak are its top tourist attractions.
A bustling two-street hill station, Jakar is situated at the foot of the Chokor Valley and is the best destination to camp and visit many nearby locations. A picturesque destination, it is a major trade center hub of Bhutan and is getting transformed currently into a modern city. The string valley winds blowing from the south makes the town very nippy.
- Tashigang Dzongkhag
Located in the heart of eastern Bhutan, the hill-station flaunts quite a number of goembas and villages. Built in 1659, one has to really travel deep into the interiors to reach it but its beauty and solitude makes it worthwhile.
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