Bhutan is a jewel located amongst the majestic Himalayan ranges. Bhutan’s mesmerizing views do complete justice to why it is profoundly known as the ‘Empire of Smiles’. Buddhist art, varied culture, heaven-like destinations and fun-loving natives all pooled together make Bhutan the perfect destination to visit. Bhutan offers a soothing experience to its guests and is a retreat holding vast surprises.
Here are the top 10 destinations that should definitely be on your bucket list on your excursion to Bhutan! Plan your trip to Bhutan with our Bhutan Packages at SOTC.
Tigers Nest Monastery
Tiger Nest Monastery also is known as Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one the most visited destinations of Bhutan. Holding great traditional values and a great serene view it is one of the sacred places, Tiger Next Monastery is the most visited destination ideally for meditation. It is beautiuflly located on a high cliff which makes the place more probing. The visiting hours of this monastery are 8 am to 5 pm. It is advisable to register at the entrance and deposit the cameras at the counters as photography is strictly prohibited.
Paro Valley is the house to adventure activities like trekking, biking, kayaking and much more. Great views of the Paro Valley can be captured from the Tiger Nest Monastery. Just a walk around the calm Paro Valley will provide you with a peaceful experience. The best time to visit Paro is from September to October. Few other top places of attractions around the Paro Valley are the enchanting National Museum, the amazing Paro Dzong and the beautiful Drukgyel Dzong. The National Museum is an ancient museum that has a wide collection of stamps, varied coins, and age-old weapons. The Paro Dzong depicts the premium architecture of Bhutan. Take a trip to Bhutan with SOTC Bhutan Holiday Packages.
Punakha Dzong is the center of administration of the Government of Bhutan. It is the ancient and largest royal structures of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong offers stunning views of the majestic mountains in the background. Punakha Dzong is a palace that depicts Buddhist values. It is renowned for great metalwork and wooden carvings. It holds great historical importance is owing to many kings who have been crowned here. Punakha Dzong has no entrance fee but the visiting hours are between 11 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm.
Punakha Suspension Bridge
Another major place of attraction close to the famous Punakha Dzong is Punakha Suspension Bridge which also acts as a connecting link amongst the nearby villages. It is the longest suspension bridge built by the river Pho Chhu in Punakha. Also, if time permits or you wish to extend your stay in Punakha, do visit the beautiful Chimi Lhakhang Temple. The view from the Punakha Suspension Bridge is amazingly breath-taking.
Profoundly known as the Capital of Bhutan and located towards the Western Central part holds splendid surroundings. The astonishing fact of Thimphu is that it has no traffic lights. The main traffic is organized by traffic policemen. Dechen Phodrang meaning ‘palace of great delight’ is one of the most popular places in Thimphu. This is a monastic school and consisting of several students taking up courses of becoming monks. Dochula Pass sited at an elevation of 3050 meters from the sea level is also a major place of attraction and a most visited place by the tourists. Visit Thimphu with our amazing Bhutan Packages.
Chele La Pass
One should definitely not miss visiting the Che La Pass for the great sights that it offers. Bhutan is a country surrounded by mountains all around and is also known for having end number of passes. The most popular being the Chele La Pass. The path of this pass is covered with dense verdant forests. The climate that can be observed here depends on the season you are visiting here; you may witness a waterfall or a frozen river. The best time to visit here is during the winter months – October to February.
The one destination one should definitely not miss while holidaying at Bhutan is visiting the splendid Mount Everest – the tallest peak in the world. It is almost every traveler’s dream to explore Mt Everest once. One can observe the entire view of the Mt Everest from the Dochula Pass. The presence of Mt Everest in Bhutan is like the cherry on the top for the tourists visiting here. It is the most beautiful trekking destination for tourists planning to enjoy the snowy climate.
Situated in the Trongsa district and being the largest fortress in Bhutan Trongsa district has a lot to offer to its visitors. The famous festival Tsechu is held here depicting popular dances. The festival lasts up to five days and is mostly held in the months of December to January. Tsechu symbolizes the mark of Buddhism over the evil. Trongsa Dzong is beautifully built and is a complex structure consisting of around 25 temples having creative and innovative corridors and courtyards.
You will find the statue of Lord Buddha that is about 51 meters tall as soon as you enter into Thimphu. The view of the statue looks great both in daylight and after the sunsets too. It is one great, magnificent statue that was originally made in China and later shipped to Bhutan.
Chomolhari or even known as Jhomolhari is a mountain in the Himalayan ranges. It is renowned due to it being the second highest peak and a superb destination all over Bhutan. This mountain is considered sacred by the Buddhists and is a symbol of faith and belief to the locals. Chomolhari is most visited by pilgrims for religious reasons. Travelers also set up their camps here. The trek to Chomolhari is most popular and requires around 5 to 7 days to reach the top.
Bhutan is the exact place you need to be at if you are looking for peace of mind or doing some soul searching. If exploring snow-covered landscapes and marvelous destinations are on your mind then we at SOTC offer great Bhutan tour Packages Plan your trip now.