Thoughts of Bhutan immediately flood the mind with breathtaking pictures of an amazing landscape dotted with snow capped peaks, lush green valleys, exquisite flora and fauna and mesmerizing waterfalls.
A fantastic country known for its natural splendours, Bhutan is also known for its intriguing heritage, culture and history. Tourists flock to this lovely nation to witness nature’s beauty and the other attractions including its beautiful monasteries, temples, memorials and handicraft emporiums.
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Snuggled in the comfort of the Himalayan mountains and bordering India, Tibet and Nepal on its three sides, Bhutan truly has been referred to as the last Shangri La, literally meaning the Utopian paradise. Over time, Bhutan has earned its reputation as a favoured tourist destination and people from all over the world are attracted towards the unexplored landscape of this famed nation.
The mystery surrounding the beautiful hills, deep valleys and amazing flora and fauna act as an aphrodisiac beckoning people to discover the unknown.
If you are planning a trip to Bhutan, you must be aware of the various travel attractions in Bhutan. To know more about these attractions, read on.
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The picturesque landscape of Paro Valley is capable of leaving you awestruck with nature’s brilliance. Not only does it have some of the finest valleys and peaks, it is also home to Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. It is the second largest town in Bhutan and still relies on a laidback lifestyle. One of the major attractions at Paro Valley is the museum.
A visit to this museum would let you get a feel of the ancient Bhutanese way of living, showcasing brilliant artefacts that stand testimony to the traditional lifestyle of Bhutan. Apart from these, make sure that you are taking a trip to the National Museum of Bhutan, Taktshang Monastery, Paro Dzong and Kichu Lhakang.
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If you wish to visit some of the finest Buddhist temples and oldest hubs of Buddhism in Bhutan, the Bumthang Valley is the best place to be. Considered to be the religious hub of Bhutan, it attracts tourists as well as devotees in large numbers. Here you can visit the Kurjey temple along with numerous other monasteries and temples. Jakar, the most important town at Bumthang valley hosts two of Bhutan’s famous festivals, Tamshing Phala and Thangbi Mani. And if you happen to travel in September, make sure that you are participating in these festivities.
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The present day capital of Bhutan, Thimpu is another great travel attraction in Bhutan. It is the hub of various monasteries, temples, museums as well as the secretariat building. So, if you are visiting Thimpu Valley, don’t forget to make a tour to the Taschichho Dzong, the secretariat building and the throne rooms used by the King of Bhutan. It is also a chosen summer retreat for the people of Bhutan and even the Buddhist monks prefer to spend the summer at this fantastic location.
When you are visiting Thimpu Valley, make it a point to get an enthralling and captivating view of the city from atop the View Point, a famous tourist spot. You can also visit the National Folk Heritage Museum and Norzin Lam textile museum. Apart from these, take a city tour covering the prominent fortresses, temples, monasteries and other museums of Thimpu.
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If nature’s bounty fascinates you, Tongsa is one place you must travel to. It is one of those places in Bhutan that is known for its spectacular natural beauty and intriguing sights that will leave a lasting impression in your mind.
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Another destination that holds a prominent position in the tourist’s itinerary is the Punakha Valley. People come to witness the confluence of two famous rivers the Pho-chu and Mo-chu. Punakha Dzong is another place of religious importance and is quite popular among tourists.
For some stimulating and intriguing views of the breathtaking waterfalls, snow clad landscapes, stunning frozen rivers and beautiful alpine flowers, a visit to the Chalela Pass is a must on your to do list. This pass is close to Paro and will let you feel nature’s beauty from close quarters.
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Wangdiphodrang is one of the choicest places for tourists travelling to Bhutan. They seem to love the serene atmosphere and picturesque landscape of this wonderful place. The Wangdi dzong is one of the famous tourist attractions of this place and its favourable location near the Punakhachu and Tang-chu River make it even more attractive. The convergence of these two rivers and the awesome hills surrounding Wangdi dzong, make it a place that will sooth your senses and take you even closer to nature.
Nestled amongst the Himalayas, Bhutan truly can be called a traveller’s paradise. And if you are looking for an isolated place where you can spend some time with your loved one, Phuentosholing would be the best choice. It is great for honeymooners and couples seeking privacy, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The Crocodile Breeding Centre, Karbandi Monastery, Amo Chhu and Chukha Hydrothermal Project are some of the major attractions of Phuentsholing.
Other Attractions of Bhutan
Apart from these regions of Bhutan, there are several other facets of Bhutan that you must be discovering. The flora and fauna of this amazing landscape is enough to take your breath away. As you see some exquisite species of Rhododendrons, Edelweiss, rare orchids, blue poppies, daphne, magnolias, junipers, giant rhubarb and majestic oaks and pine trees lining the hill sides of Bhutan, you are bound to fall in love with the plants.
The abundance of wildlife is another great feature of Bhutan. Here you can have close encounters with the red pandas, Himalayan brown bear, tigers, pheasants, snow leopard, golden langur, mountain goats and other species of wildlife.
The gateway to Phunsoling in Bhutan is another place you must visit. This architectural marvel separates India from Bhutan and has been beautifully designed with different cultural motifs. Mongar is another place that attracts a lot of travellers and is home to a number of new Dzongs. These are architectural masterpieces and would give you an idea about the rich traditional Bhutanese architecture.