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A Buddhist kingdom located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is famed for its fortresses (or dzongs), monasteries, and scenic beauty. The life of Bhutanese people is centered around the philosophies of Buddhism and Gross National Happiness is used as a parameter. The people strongly believe in preserving their culture and natural wealth. The country offers an array of natural features and boasts diverse picturesque landscapes, ranging from steep mountains and valleys to subtropical plains. The 7,326 m Jomolhari Peaks in the High Himalayas are popular trekking destinations. Top natural attractions in Bhutan are Phobjikha Valley, Chelela Pass, Haa Valley, Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary, Royal Manas National Park, Jigme Dorji National Park, and Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. The small country is lined with marvels of Dzong architecture nestled among lofty cliffs. Major attractions in Bhutan are Paro Taktsang Monastery, Temple of Maitreya, Tashichho Dzong Monastery, Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Kichu Lhakang Temple, and ruins of ancient Drukgyel Dzong. The country is home to several cultural institutions and hosts popular festivals such as Thimphu Tshechu Festival, Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival, Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu Festival, Haa Summer Festival, and Paro Tshechu Festival.

Popular Destinations in Bhutan

Thimphu Located in a valley, in western Bhutan, Thimphu is the country’s capital. The city is the political center of Bhutan and known for its multiple Buddhist sites. The highlight of the city is the grand Tashichho Dzong, a fortified monastery, which serves as seat of the government. Thimphu is a modern town with an ancient soul. Visitors will find here ornate traditional Bhutanese architecture in contrast to modern buildings. Major landmarks in Thimphu are Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point), Simtokha Dzong, National Library, Changangkha Lhakhang, Zangthopelri Lhakhang, The Folk Heritage Museum, National Textile Museum, and Memorial Chorten. Thimphu is a popular shopping destination with its umpteen buzzing weekend markets. Great souvenirs such as Buddha figurines, prayer wheels, and Mandala paintings can be picked up from here. Thimphu is also a culinary hub and a great place to enjoy Bhutanese nightlife. Visitors will find here a number of clubs and bars which remain open till the wee hours of the morning. Food buffs must explore the city’s top-notch gastronomy scene and relish local dishes such as Ema Datshi with Red Rice and locally brewed alcohol, Ara.

Paro

Paro is a valley town located roughly an hour’s ride from Thimphu. The city is a major transport hub and home to Bhutan’s only international airport. Paro is renowned for its many sacred sites, scenic beauty, and traditional Bhutanese architecture. One of the widest valleys in Bhutan, Paro emerges from the confluence of Wang and Paro Rivers at Chuzom and stretches to the Tibetan border in the north. The 15thcentury Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the ruins of the 17th century Drukgyel Dzong are the most famous tourist landmarks here. Set amidst woodlands, Ugyen Pelri Palace is a former royal residence and an excellent example of Bhutanese architecture. Rinpung Dzong is an imposing fortress and the three-story Dungtse Lhakhang is a distinctively shaped temple featuring religious murals. The National Museum of Bhutan has on display traditional clothing, armor, jewelry, and Buddhist paintings. Nature lovers can explore the nearby Chele La Pass for sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in several activities such as climbing, camping, biking, and hiking in the region.

Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing, in southern Bhutan, is a border town next to the town of Jaigarh in Indian state of West Bengal. Cross border trade has fuelled the small town’s economy. The town is merely 165 kms from the capital, Thimpu and is still used by many Indians as a gateway to the nation. The major tourist attraction in Phuentsholing is the Karbandi Monastery. Locals believe that prayers related to fertility are fulfilled at the monastery. Visitors to the monastery will also be treated to breathtaking views of the town and the Bengal plains. Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, Buddhist shrine dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, also offers panoramic views of the town. Animal lovers can also visit Amo Chhu, a crocodile breeding center. The Torsa River flows west of the city and is popular for swimming, and fishing. Food lovers can indulge in several multi-cuisines (Indian, Bhutanese, and Chinese) at restaurants in the city.

Best Time to Visit Bhutan

The best time to take Bhutan flights is from the months of October to December when the weather is pleasant. For those who wish to avoid crowds and get economical flights, January to April is the ideal time to take cheap flights to Bhutan.

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