Top places to visit in Bhutan

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Here is the list of top places to visit in Bhutan, There are many best cities to visit in Bhutan and lots of famous tourist places in Bhutan. The few best things to see in Bhutan are its hills, mountains, nature’s beauty.

1) Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Takstang) is one of Bhutan’s most iconic landmarks

This is the religious community whose photos rule the Instagram feed. You were more likely than not to run over its photos in your Instagram feed as it is one of the most unmistakable spots to visit in Bhutan. All the more famously known as ‘Tiger’s Nest,’ Taktsang Palphung Monastery is one of the most noticeable spots to visit in Bhutan and captivates picture takers, explorers and pioneers the same. Everything, from the religious community’s area to its engineering is extraordinary.

The development of the sanctuary complex goes back to 1692. Found 3120 meters over the ocean level in Paro Valley, this religious community is the social symbol of Bhutan. The mind-boggling hangs to a precipice which makes it, even more, one of a kind and captivating. Taktsang Palphung Monastery is encompassed by slopes covered with the lavish green front of woodlands. In spite of the fact that arriving at this magnificent cloister might be testing, it is certainly worth a visit.

Location: The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located in Paro, approximately 10 kilometers away from the city. 

Best time/season: March to May and September to November.

2) Punakha Dzong, Punakha

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

Punakha Dzong actually means “the royal residence of extraordinary satisfaction or ecstasy” and a visit to this dzong will cause you to understand the importance of its name. It is colossally famous among travelers for its amazing design. This dzong has a huge chronicled importance as it is where the entirety of Bhutan’s lords have been delegated. At present filling in as the Administrative focus of Punakha District, the development of Punakha Dzong began in 1637.

The structure shows the run of the mill design of Bhutan and Tibet and is a treat to an onlooker’s eyes. To witness the dzong at its best, visit during spring when the magnificence of its environmental factors sprouts with jacaranda trees and the lavish green slopes in its setting.

Location: Located at the confluence of beautiful rivers of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu in Punakha & Khuruthang, Bhutan. 

Best time/season: The best time to visit the Punakha Dzong is mid-May when lavender-colored jacaranda trees blossom.

3) Chele La, Paro

Chele La, Paro

If you are enthusiastic about high altitude mountain passes, Chele La will compliment your faculties. Furthermore, in the event that you are keen on seeing a fine case of nature’s style, still, then Chele La will satisfy your eyes. It is the most elevated motorable go in Bhutan, arranged at a stature of right around 4000 meters over the ocean level. This pleasant spot is a 36 km drive away from Paro Town. Chele La makes for a magnificent street for an intriguing street outing.

The scenic beauty of this place is beyond description. This pass separates Paro Valley from Haa Valley. The all-encompassing perspectives on the snow-topped mountain tops from here can lure any picture taker on the planet. A drive to this delightful spot through thick tidy and larch woodlands is an encounter you should not miss on your Bhutan Trip.

Location: Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan. 

Best time to visit: October to November when the skies are clear.

4) Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha

Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha

Punakha is an antiquated town located a 3 hours drive away from the current capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. It served as the capital of Bhutan before Thimphu. Apart from the very popular Punakha Dzong, which makes this town an interesting destination is Punakha Suspension Bridge, spanning over Po Chhu River. Being 160m long, it is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan. The bridge connects Punakha Town with Punakha Dzong.

This picture-perfect bridge, draped with prayer flags, serves as a great delight for photographers visiting Punakha Dzong as it offers breathtaking views of the river flowing below and lush green hills all around it, with the magnetic Dzong in the frame. A walk on this bridge is bound to get your adrenaline rushing. Do not skip setting your feet on this bridge if you don’t wish to miss out on a unique experience in Bhutan.

LocationLocated 10 minutes drive away Punakha Dzong, the bridge connects the mainland and the nearby villages and Dzong. 

Timing: The best time to visit is 9 AM in the morning. 

5) Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu

Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu

If you are a photographer seeking outstanding artworks and perfect frames in Bhutan, Buddha Dordenma is your ultimate destination. It is a giant golden Shakyamuni Buddha statue constructed to commemorate the anniversary of the fourth king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk. The statue sits atop a gilded meditation hall in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the southern entrance of the capital city, Thimphu.

It is 169 feet tall and it is a house a total of 1,25,000 smaller Buddha statues inside it. The statue was constructed in 2015 and the construction cost was almost $100 million. It is considered to be a sacred site by Buddhists. It is believed that this statue was mentioned as the “second Buddha” by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century. For anyone visiting Bhutan, Buddha Dordenma is among the top Bhutan tourist places.

Location: The Statue is on top of the mount in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and marks the southern entrance to the valley of Thimphu. 

Best time/seasonThe early morning light makes it best for clicking photographs and enjoying the beauty. 

6) Jigme Dorji National Park, Gasa

This is the second-largest national park in Bhutan and is an absolute treat for wildlife lovers on the Bhutan trip. The park stretches over a very vast area – 4316 sq. km which is evident from the fact that its elevation ranges from 1400 m to 7000 m. Some of the major attractions in this park are threatened fauna species like clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, etc. along with many other local and exotic species of flora and fauna.

Besides remarkable biodiversity, Jigme Dorji National Park comprises of some of the most captivating landscapes in the world featuring glaciers, snow-laden mountains, and striking lakes. Furthermore, there are some great trekking trails in the park that take you through some unforgettable sights in Bhutan. Located at a distance of 122 km from Thimphu, the national park is well connected by road.

LocationGasa 

Best seasonMarch to October

7) Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), Thimphu

Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), Thimphu

Tashichho Dzong is a remarkable architectural structure which currently is the house of the throne room and seat of the government. More commonly known as the Thimphu Dzong, it is also called the ‘fortress of the glorious religion’.

The impressive structure with whitewashed walls, golden, red and black wood and lush gardens on a backdrop of blue sky and flourishing green valleys, emanates a look of splendor.

The Dzong was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung on the grounds of Dho Ngon Dzong which was earlier built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The Dzong caught fire a few times in history first in 1968 and later again in 1869, which could be considered a mystery.

Location
: The Tashichho Dzong is located near the Thimphu town on the west bank of Wangchhu River and offers a magnificent view.

Best time/season
: March to May and September to November.

8) Trashiyangtse

Trashiyangtse

While you are planning for a Bhutan trip then this is another place which is a must-visit for you. Trashiyangtse also is known as Tashi Yangtse is a small town in Yangtse Gewog. Situated near to Chorten Kora which misleads the west, a dzong was introduced in Trashiyangste in 1997.

The people of this region have developed excellent skills in traditional artwork. The School of Traditional Arts, otherwise called Rigne School, which is a sister school of the School of Traditional Arts in Thimphu and shows six types of craftsmanship; painting, ceramics, wood mold, wood-turning, enamel work, and weaving.

This rich cultural tapestry has resulted in an interesting blend of languages and cultural practices in the region.

Location: The Trashiyangtse is located in close proximity to Chorten Kora which lies to the west, a dzong.

Best Time: The best time to visit this place from October to December.

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