Bhutan is an incredible tourist destination that showcases its colossal mountains, emerald valleys and spectacular monasteries to the world. Renowned for its friendliness, this Buddhist nation is blessed with so much of nature’s bounty. Distinctive culture, natural sights, recreational activities; with all such attractions exploring Bhutan becomes extremely interesting.
Priceless Gems of Bhutan
The first thing you will notice in this place is its pure air and tranquility which dominate the region and also delight the senses. Paro is most famous for its iconic Taktsang Lhakhang Monastery or Tiger's Nest which is situated at an altitude of approx. 10,237 feet. The ancient watchtower Paro Ta Dzong houses the National Museum which displays many ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork. Other notable sites are Dzongdrakha Temple, Kila Gompa and Drugyel Dzong.
Thimpu is a beautiful place which is unlike other world capitals. In Thimpu, tourists will be amazed to find the nature at its best. This small and secluded city is encircled by high mountains and happens to be one of the most visited destinations of Bhutan. The irresistible charm of Thimpu is beyond apprehension. Monasteries, museums and traditional Bhutanese style houses are spread all over the city. Some of its tourist attractions are Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Simtokha Dzong and Thimphu Tshechu.
A winter capital of Bhutan in the past, Punakha today serves as the winter abode to Bhutan’s spiritual leaders and monks. At about 4400 feet, Punakha is known as the most fertile valley and a breathtaking destination to explore. Punakha Dzong, Chhimi Lhakhang and Limbhukh are the main tourist spots of the region.
Presenting fabulous landscapes, Trongsa District, in the central Bhutan, was the home to His Majesty King Ugyen Wangchuk and his son king Jigme Wangchuk. Trongsa means ‘the new village’ which features Trongsa Dzong, the majestic fortress and ancient seat of Bhutanese royals. Other prominent places in Trongsa are Ta Dzong - the watchtower, Thruepang Palace and Chendebji Chorten.
Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor; these four valleys fall under the Bumthang region. Choekhor Valley houses some of the most important dzongs, temples and palaces. Many ancient monasteries such as Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang grace Bumthang. Jakar Dzong and a sacred lake Mebar Tsho are also significant places in Bumthang.
It is the largest district in Bhutan which is located on a picturesque hillside. Known for its easy-going lifestyle, Trashigang once served as a center for important trade with Tibet. The presence of various Buddhist temples and villages make it a desirable place. However, one needs to cover a lot of distance to reach Trashigang as it is a remote place. Built in 1659, Trashigang Dzong is a strategically placed fortress on a hill spur. Trashigang Tshechu is another major attraction of the place.
A Rejuvenated Body & Spirit
Bhutan is an excellent country to attain mental peace and solace. There are many meditation and retreat centres which will ultimately connect you to the world of spirituality. Here, many hermitages and hotels offer yoga sessions and meditation facilities to tourists. Hot springs, locally known as Tshachus, abound the country. The medicinal properties of these springs help in curing various ailments. Gasa Tshachu, Dur Tshachu, Chubu Tshachu and Gelephu Tshachu are some famous hot springs which serve to one and all.
Adventure at its Best
Many exhilarating activities make your Bhutan tour worthwhile. Offering desired adrenaline kicks to adventure junkies, it has emerged as a hot favourite adventure destination. Adventurous souls get many options like cycling, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing and trekking to satiate their hunger for unlimited fun and thrill. On Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu rivers; rafting and kayaking can be enjoyed. For trekking, treks of Punakha, Druk Path, Jomolhari Laya Gasa, Nabji Korphu, Gangtey and Bumthang are the best. So, while you are on Bhutan expedition, don’t miss to take up the challenge!!