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Bhutan places to visit

Discussion in 'Bhutan' started by Admin, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    It’s Time to Explore the Bhutan’s Culture and Beauty

    Bhutan is known for its definite beauty; being the land of tradition, culture, and scenic views. This place is counted amongst one of the few places in the world to enjoy a solicitude vacation for rejuvenation. The land of Bhutan is unharmed by commercialization and retains its virgin nature.

    It is also famous for its exotic landscape, Buddhist cultural spots, spectacular mountain scenery, and fresh nature. People ranging from travelers to nature lovers to pilgrims; all love to visit Bhutan as this place is an important getaway spot and one of the famous tourist attractions in the Asian Continent. If you want to spend time and aspires to unfold the nature, you should visit Bhutan and stay there for at least 3 to 4 days.

    As we go along, we will be highlighting the topmost tourist attractions that will mesmerize you with its beauty. So, keep on following the blog and learn about the top best places that every tourist must visit.

    1. Taktsang Monastery

    While talking about Bhutan, no one can we forget discussing about Taktsang Monastery! This monastery is famous for its amazing views, location, and mediation. The monastery is located on the top of the high cliff made up of granite and is one of the holiest places in the country. It is also known as the Tiger's Nest of Paro or Paro Taktsang.

    From the monastery, you can spot the Paro valley and river as it is perched on the edge of the hill. A religious leader named Guru Padma Sambhava, used to meditate in this spot that later became the monastery. Apart from being holy place, this place is ideal for those who love to enjoy natural sightseeing, trekking, and much more.

    2. Thimphu

    Thimphu is counted as one of the amazing cultural spots of Bhutan. This capital of the country is located on the maps of Himalayas. This city is void of traffic lights earning the title of the only city with zero traffic lights. In Thimphu, you can find many new and old buildings in the Bhutanese style. Places worth visiting in this capital city are National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, Motithang Takin preserves, and much more.

    Relish tradition Bhutanese cuisines in this city!

    3. Paro

    If you want to enjoy a natural spot in Bhutan, you can never go wrong with the place called Paro. This place is surrounded by valleys, mountains, rice fields, and important historical sites of the country. The real attraction of Paro is its undisturbed nature.

    Rinpung Dzong is an important structure here. Being in Rinpung Dzong, try to visit this monastery during the auspicious time. At that time, you can enjoy the festival of masks and visit the museum. The National Museum of Paro here houses traditional weapons, slate carving, stamp collection, prehistoric items, pieces of jewelry, and other amazing stuff.

    4. Phuentsholing

    Phuentsholing regarded as the abode of kings and queens of the Himalayan Kingdom offers some of the amazing attractions like the crocodile breeding spot, hydrothermal project, Bhutan Gate, Karbandi monastery, and a lot more. Every tourist finds this place an amazing backdrop for spending time in the laps of Mother Nature. The land is famous for its nature, trek route and hike through regions to find hidden attractions. If you want to spend some romantic time with your special one, this is the right place to spend some lone and romantic time.

    5. Bumthang Valley

    It is counted as a pilgrimage spot in the country packed with many precious and ancient religious structures and sites. This valley is located at the height of 2600m from sea level. Bumthang is also referred to as the “Switzerland of the East”. The only brewery in the country is located here. Be an audience to The Nima Ung Tshechu festival celebrated sometime around June, providing peek into the rich culture of Bumthang

    6. Wangdue Phodrang

    This is one of the most popular and the largest dzongkhags in the country of Bhutan, located close to the central highway. This valley is also rich with pasture and cattle, and a huge hub for bamboo souvenirs, stone carvings, slate carbons, and others. If you are visiting Wangdue Phodrang, never miss out on places like Tang Chhu and Panakha Chhu. If you are planning to visit Bhutan during autumns, do visit the monastery and enjoy the Wangdue Phodrang Tsechu festival.

    Additionally, it is home to some of the rare and exotic animals like Red Pandas, Tigers and Leopards. And large numbers of rare birds namely the Black Necked Crane, White-Bellied Heron and the Spotted Eagle.

    7. Mongar and Lhuntse

    Mongar located in the eastern part of the country is a small town. It is also one of the beautiful places located in the lapse of Himalayas. Here you can also find small structures, monasteries, nature, and ruins. Mongar Dzong was built traditionally built in the place of ruins. If you read its history, you would learn about how the entire monastery was built without a single nail or drawing.

    Lhuntse is located at an elevation of 1460m from the sea level. It is the rural region that is famous for its Kurteo region. This place was the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family.

    8. Punakha

    This momentous destination explains the culture and history of the land. This place is linked with many historical ones and is located 1300 above the sea level. The Docchula pass of this region was the former capital of the country which tells us the story of Bhutan’s history and culture. If you are looking for places to enjoy nature and culture at the same time, visit Chini Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Limbhukha, and others.

    9. Haa Valley

    This is another most important destination to visit in Bhutan. This place is small but has scenic value that makes it a top-notch element for any tourist. In this valley, you can find a few temples and fortresses. This valley’s top attractions for visitors are Lhakhang Karpo, white and black temples of Nahro, Shekhar Dark, Dobji Dzong, Tagchu Goemba, and much more.

    Once you reach the top floor of the Dobji Dzong, you can get a panoramic view of the region. The most interesting thing about this region is that it has many temples that are more than a hundred years old.

    10) Gaselo and Nahee Village

    These two villages are located in the west of the province, under the Wangdue Phrodang dzongkhag. Want to explore the ages old traditional methods of rice plantation followed in Bhutan!?

    Visit country’s these two villages during a mesmerizing summer season and watches out the process yourself.

    Welcoming Bhutan

    The above-mentioned is not an exclusive list of attractions in Bhutan. Bhutan is always green and beautiful place. The best time to visit this region is between October and December. If you want to have a natural vacation, visit Bhutan for witnessing the prime beauty and other numerous rhododendrons at bloom and copious valleys with shades of color.

    Presence of numerous monasteries instead of shopping malls or sightseeing destinations, gives visitors more of an opportunity to discover the true spirit of Buddhism.

    The Kingdom of Bhutan is also known as the DRUK YUL, being its traditional name which means the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon.'

  2. Mohina

    Mohina New Member

    There is a fair share to see in Bhutan, which I didn't think there was, as I thought it was just monasteries to see there.

    Do Indians require a visa to visit Bhutan?

  3. Kate Collins

    Kate Collins Member

    I love historical places. I think i would put Bhutan in one of my bucket list. I think im gonna enjoy those tourist spots.!

    Thanks for sharing!
  4. Meenakshi

    Meenakshi New Member

    I'm quote surprised at the number of places one can visit in Bhutan, as I wasn't expecting as many.

    Do Indian nationals require any kind of visa to enter Bhutan?
  5. Kate Collins

    Kate Collins Member

    I think visa is not required when you visit Bhutan as long as you are an Indian passport holder. But would have to follow the Entry Permit.
  6. Prits

    Prits Member

    Indian citizens do not require a visa to visit Bhutan. However, they do need certain travel documents. Here are the details:

    1. Entry Permit:
      • Indian citizens traveling to Bhutan need to obtain an entry permit. This permit is usually issued on arrival at the entry points in Bhutan.
    2. Documents Required:
      • Valid Indian passport with a minimum of six months' validity.
      • A passport-size photograph.
      • A voter identity card.
    3. Restricted Areas:
      • Travel to certain restricted areas in Bhutan may require additional permits, and it's advisable to check with the authorities or your tour operator if you plan to visit such regions.
    4. Tourist Packages:
      • Bhutan generally promotes tourism through authorized tour operators, and visitors are required to book their travel through these operators.
    It's crucial to check for any updates or changes in the entry requirements, as these can be subject to alterations by the Bhutanese government. Additionally, the situation may have evolved since my last update in January 2022.

    For the most accurate and current information, I recommend contacting the Bhutanese embassy or consulate or checking the official website of the Tourism Council of Bhutan.