Bhutan – the last true Illusion of Shangri-La is known for its beautiful landscape and Buddhist monasteries. Bhutan is certainly a place where the spectacular mountains help you breathe a fresh air of life within you. Shrouded in amazing snow peak mountains and shadowy forests that create picturesque landscape of Bhutan,is the only carbon negative country of Bhutan. Prepare to get charmed by friendly locals as you travel through the little country with some amazing places to visit in Bhutan.
1) Punakha Dzong
Being the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong is the country’s most gorgeous and majestic Dzong. This district, leveling from 1300m at the valley floor rises to almost 3000m around Dochula pass, served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. People visit this place mostly to understand the Bhutanese
history and to enjoy its natural beauty.
Key Attractions: Punakha Dzong, Chhimi Lhakhang and Limbhukha are the places nature lovers won’t give a miss. The intricate paintings and the architecture of the fort, sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa.
2) Paro Taktsang Monastery
Taktsang Monastery also recognized as Tiger’s Nest in Paro is one of the holiest places to visit in Bhutan. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff and stands above an enchanting forest of blue pines and rhododendrons. It is considered as a place of pilgrimage and is an easy half trek, which gives you the panoramic views of the Paro valleys and sheer overlook of the monastery perched on a rocky ledge.
Key Attractions: Att tiger’s nest, the cave temple inside the monastery, the majestic views of Paro.
The city of Thimphu is nestled in the higher ranges of the Himalayas offering astonishing sights of their emerald forests and beautiful view of the Raidak or Chuu River flowing through it. The captivating city has retained its traditional Buddhist sights and flavour gracing with modernity in Bhutanese style. Thimphu combines a natural small-town feel with a new commercial exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s natural conservatism and Shangri La image.
Key Attractions: Buddha Dordenma, National Memorial Chorten, Dechencholing Palace, Clock Tower Square, Motithang Takin Preserve, Tashichho Dzong.
4) Phobjikha Valley
Phobjikha Valley also known as Gangtey Valley is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. One of the intriguing places to visit in Bhutan that deserves eyeballs from travelers from all around the world. Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m, falls under the district of Wangduephodrang and lies on the periphery of the Black Mountain National Park.
Key Attractions: Gangtey Monastery and Jigme Singye National Park.
5) Chomolhari Peak
Also spelled as “Jhomolhari”. Chomolhari is the second highest peak in Bhutan lying on the western border with Tibet. Chomolhari is among the popular Bhutan tourist spots, most popular for the its treks, one of the most challenging treks of Bhutan. With the altitude going about 5,000 meters, it is enchanting and rewards the trekkers with blissful views after a difficult trek. The trek is truly for the adventure enthusiasts and spans between 7 – 15 days on average. The best time to plan a trek here – September to November.
Key Attractions: The glacial lakes, the snow capped mountains and splendid views of the landscapes of Chomolhari.