The ‘Land of Thundering Dragons’ and the ‘Last Shangri-la’ is what they popularly call this small but majestically, beautiful country. Still one of the least heard or traveled destinations, Bhutan is slowly but steadily becoming every travel enthusiast’s dream country. And the reasons range from a long list of forts, monasteries, trekking spots, Buddhist relics and shopping areas that are surely worth the visit. Bhutan comprises of panoramic valleys, enormous Himalayas and an abundance of nature.
Today we give you reasons to explore Bhutan, and where:
Rinpung Dzong, Paro
A fort with towering walls, built in the 16th century, this is known as the ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. It is one of the ‘must-visit’ tourist attraction in Bhutan and a perfect example of the Bhutanese architecture with its deep-rooted traditions.
Punakha Dzong, Punakha and Khurutang
One of the reasons why Bhutan should be on your list is its marvelous, ancient architecture. And that’s why Punakha Dzong is one such place that offers every visitor a stunning sight of its white washed walls. Golden, red and black painted woods just add to its charm like a cherry on top.
Dochula Pass, Thimphu
Now this is gem in the capital of Bhutan is a scenic spot situated on more than ten thousand feet above sea level. Stunning isn’t it? One of the more popular destinations in Bhutan, it offers you a view of the snow laden mountains and the colourful flags fluttering in the wind. In fact, here’s a historical fact for you – Druk Wangyal Chorten was constructed by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple with lush green forest in the background makes this Dochula even more breathtaking and famous among tourists.
Don’t forget to be a part of The Dochu La Wangyal Festival – the famous colourful mask dance.
Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha
Bestowed with valleys and surrounded by mountains and lush greenery, if you want to explore your inner adventure junkie and go on hikes amidst dense forest, town, stunning valleys and passes, then this is it.
Built in 1649 to protect the undefended dzong and renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. The unique building is said to be in the shape of a shell, with almost 2.5m-thick walls. Don’t miss out on this place as it is rich with Bhutan’s history.
Norzin Lam Street, Thimphu
If you are secretly a shopaholic too, then the capital city is probably the best choice for you. The main street of Norzin Lam is filled with shops selling souvenirs, woolen clothes, arts and crafts, and of course, the delicious local wine.
It is a closely guarded wilderness trek presenting a trekker with a wide range of trekking level options, from remote farmland and dense pine forests, and alpine pasture lands.
It is known to be the ideal place for thrill seekers looking for some adventure amongst the wilderness of the Himalayas. One will the chance to walk through the heart of wildlife-rich wilderness, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and meadows so powerful and serene, it will rejuvenate and inspire your entire being.
Gangtey Monastery, Wangdue
Now this is one place you simply cannot miss out on. Considered to be one of the largest Monastries in western Bhutan, it is perched on top a hill, the Monastery of Gangteng Gompa was built in 1613. It is one of the main centers where Buddhism is taught. Oh, and if you visit between September and early October, you will get to witness the famous Techu, Bhutan’s traditional Mask dance hosted in the monastery.
Weekend Market, Thimphu
Occupying the west side of the Wang Chu, at the north of Changlimithang Stadium, the weekend is another place you need to be a part of if you want to explore Bhutan in all its authenticity. Vendors from everywhere in Bhutan start arriving on Thursday and remain until Sunday night. Visit the incense area, one of the most interesting sections, full of aromatic ingredients and infinite cubes of camphor and saffron used to add a bit of flavour to the holy water served in the pilgrims.
Wangdichholing Palace, Jakar
Built in the year 1857 on the site of a battle camp of the Trongsa, this palace was the first of its kind in Bhutan. Visit this rather grand and yet neglected palace, for it is used for a rather good purpose – as a lobdra, Bhutanese for a monastic school.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, pick that passport, pack up, fly off and lose yourself to the places and history of Bhutan. Plan your Bhutan tour with SOTC’s Bhutan tour packages to explore the best of Bhutan tourism.