Best places to visit in Bhutan

Whether you are planning to explore classic Buddhist forest or stroll alongside the field of rhododendron, Bhutan is a vibrant country. It bestows the visitors with the motley of sceneries and beautiful landscapes. The trip can be the most memorable experience of your life.

Bhutan, the last Himalayan kingdom has stunning snow peak mountains and picturesque landscape. All covered by forests, 72% of this “happy country” is the world’s only carbon-negative country. The traditional Buddhist culture of Bhutan meets majestic architecture. As a result, there is the architecture like such as like dzongs and monasteries. With different beautiful natural and cultural heritages, Bhutan is a very mystical and magical place to be.

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Here is the list of most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan. A. Tiger’s Nest Bhutan

Also known as Taktsang Monastery, this is the most unique monastic architecture. Sitting restfully at 800 m above the valley of Paro, it is perched on a half-way of the mountain cliff face. The place is renowned for its unique position and reflects legendary Bhutanese architecture. 

Not just the position of the place, the name is itself a unique one. This place is said to be the meditation center of the Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava). He is renowned to bring Buddhism to Bhutan. Legends believe that Guru Rinpoche landed on such an exotic mountain after flying on a giant tigress. The tigress is trusted to be a consort, famous as Yeshe Tsogyal. After the meditation on the 13 caves, Guru Rinpoche emerged in eight manifestations. Since then, the place became holy. 

The Tiger’s Nest monastery was built in 1692. After that date, it stood as a cultural icon of Bhutan. It stands above the stunning forest of blue pines and rhododendrons. Getting in the monastery demands the sheer climb of the hill (900 meters). Most likely, you can get a pony ride up until the cafeteria. On the trail, you can witness a butter lamp and waterfall. From the top, the view of the Paro valley is breathtaking.B. Paro Bhutan

Paro valley is the foremost must visit place in Bhutan. This gorgeous valley is surrounded by stunning lush green rice fields. Paro might be the first city you land- it homes the only international airport of Bhutan. 

This historic town is home to various ancient buildings and monasteries. Along with Punakha and Jakar, Paro builds the ‘golden triangle’. The golden triangle is the most popular tourist destination here. Likewise, there are craggy mountain hills along with untouched serene beauty. The fresh air and peaceful environment of Paro will fill your heart with charm. 

Rinpung Dzong, the finest Bhutanese monastery captivates the visitors. Rinpung hosts the Paro Tsechu which is popularly known as a festival of masks. Another place to visit is the National Museum of Paro. The Museum exhibits slate carvings, Thangka paintings, rich stamp collections, and jewellery. 

This city has other places of attractions such as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and Ugyen Pelri Palace. Other must-visit places include heritages such as Tago Lhakhang, and Pelri Goemba. Other in the list are Bondey Lhakhang, Khangkhu Lhakhang, and Druk Choeding. The peaceful environment of Paro can be best explored on foot. You can stroll around the city as you witnessing everyday chore of Bhutanese people. Or you can take a ride around the city, stopping at important places.C. Thimpu

Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan is also an intriguing touristic destination. Thimphu is a diverse place graced with modernity and old-world charms at the same time. The city is nestled within the higher Himalayan ranges. It offers astonishing views of its emerald forests. During the stay, one can enjoy the beauty of the Raidak or Chuu River. 

In Thimpu, the red light is fully replaced by the human traffic controller. When the locals disliked the red light and found it to be negative, the replacement was made. 

Top sightseeing places in Thimphu are Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma, and Dechencholing Palace. Other places include Motithang Takin, Clock Tower Square. Also, there are Dzong such as Simtokha and Tashichho. Monasteries like Dechen Phodrang, Cheri and Tango are worth visiting. Thimphu is not only famous for sightseeing. It is among the best place to explore the spicy Bhutanese cuisine. There are charming cafes and colorful bars to socialize and try their exotic foods. Ema Datshi; cheese and chillies is the national dish of Bhutan.D. Punakha

This is a breathtaking destination for adventure seekers. Punakha is the best city for the people who wish adrenaline rush. River rafting within the rivers of Mo and Pho is the most thrilling adventure. Besides that Punakha is famous for the fortress of the 17th-century. It is known as Punakha Dzong which sits beside the river of Pho and Mo Chhu. 

Punakha Dzong is the second oldest dzong in the kingdom. During the stay, you might get to enjoy the traditional dances and music. Punakha Tshechu is a religious Bhutanese festival celebrated in the city. If you wish to understand about the Bhutanese culture and history, this can be an ideal place. Together, you can enjoy the divine natural beauty of Bhutan. The must-visit attractions of the valley are Namgyal Chorten and Chimi Lhakhang. Other beautiful places include Namgyal Chorten and Chimi Lhakhang. There are multiple viewpoints along with the city. Such places show the most beautiful views of mountain hills.E. Jigme Dorji National Park

No place than Jigme Dorji could be ideal to explore the undisturbed wilderness of Bhutan. The park was established in 1974 in order to conserve the endangered animals in Bhutan. More than 37 endangered animals reside in this area of 4,300 square kilometres. 

Ranging from 1,400 m to over 7,000 m asl it homes rare species of animals. In list includes Bengal tiger, the snow leopard, the clouded leopard, the Himalayan black bear, and the popular Bhutanese Takin. The place is also rich in exotic flora. There are thousands of indigenous and migratory birds roaming around. With many sites of cultural importance, the park offers a very spiritual experience. 

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