Bhutan is a small beautiful country nestled between India and China on the southern foothills of Himalayas. This unique destination doesn’t receive plenty of footmarks when it comes to travelling but, it surely holds huge forts, amazing monasteries, thrilling trekking spots and ancient Buddhist antiques in the lap of mountains.
Bhutan is a perfect tourist destination for family trips, solo trips, couple trips or buddies outings. It has something to offer to every individual which makes Bhutan tourism as significant as any other tourism.
After getting familiar with the essence of Bhutan, you will feel like returning to it again and again. Let’s know about the places or things in Bhutan which can help you in enjoying this trip the most!
Places To Visit In Bhutan:
1. Rinpung Dzong, Paro
Forts are popularly known as Dzongs in Bhutan. Built in the 16th century, Rinpung Dzong will acquaint you with classical Bhutanese architecture and culture. Popular with the title of ‘the Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’, it receives a high number of tourists.
You can see various temples, assembly halls and Stupas in the fort premises. Every year this place becomes vibrant during the annual festival of Tshechu. You can become part of these festivities by visiting the Dzong in the months of March to April.
2. Chele La Pass, Paro
Located 13,000 feet above Paro Valley, Chele La Pass is the highest road pass of entire Bhutan. Due to its height, you can enjoy the views of Himalayan ranges, Paro Valley, the Mount Jomolhari and surrounding areas from here.
Be ready with your winter apparels as you can encounter high snowfall because of the freezing temperature. You can easily reach at this pass by taking one and a half hour drive from the Paro Valley.
3. Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimpu
The 169 feet tall Buddha Dordenma Statue signifies the importance of Buddhism for Bhutanese people. This magnificent gold and bronze statue is visible from every part of Thimpu city due to its location at the foot of hills.
The religion of Bhutan plays a very prominent role in the life of locals. You can estimate this from the prayer wheels, statues, temples, flags visible from every corner of the country. Inside this giant statue, there are 125,000 small figures of Lord Buddha made up of bronze.
4. Dochula Pass
Passing through Thimpu to Punakha you will find a place consisting of 108 Stupas and Chortens in the way. This is the famous Dochula Pass constructed in the memory of Bhutanese soldiers. People come here to adore the view of these structures with the backdrop of mountains.
Once at the pass, you can locate snowy Himalayan cliffs, Gangkar Puensum Peak and many other natural views. Mixing up with Bhutanese families who regularly come here to enjoy the vistas and knowing their culture will be a good idea.
5. Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimpu
You won’t find any zoo in the Buddhist country of Bhutan as Buddhists preach the non-confinement of animals. Then how can one see the species of Bhutan? The answer is Motithang Takin Preserve in Thimpu where Bhutan’s national animal, Takin, is preserved with many other species.
Takin is a unique animal with goat like head and cow like body which is found in the Himalayas. People of Bhutan narrate the tale of a miracle where a sage placed the goat’s head on cow’s skeleton. Know such more stories while viewing Motithang Takin Preserve.
Things To Do In Bhutan:
1. Participate In Archery
Do you know about the national sport of Bhutan? Don’t hesitate there are many people just like you who don’t know about it. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan which makes it necessary to try it once on the land of Bhutan.
For participating in this interesting sport, you can go to Changlimithang Stadium and Archery Ground. Don’t worry if you are unaware of how to play it. You will find lots of regular participants who will teach you the right way of holding the arch if you will request.
2. Indulge In The Celebrations Of Tsechu
Understanding and becoming a part of Bhutanese festivities will make you aware with the real essence of Bhutan. You should celebrate Tsechu, the most famous festival, in full Bhutanese style.
Its festivities begin in spring season at Paro Dzong where monks perform a ritual dance (Chom dance) in colourful costumes and big fearsome masks. These entertaining performances contain some moral messages which can tell you a lot about Bhutanese culture.
Bhutan is trekker’s paradise with its location in Himalayan Mountains and less crowded trekking trails. Trekkers can choose from easy treks to 25 day long treks as per their convenience in Bhutan.
You can opt for simple trekking routes if you are not a trained trekker. Some of the famous trekking routes are Jhomolhar Trek, Bhumthang Cultural Trek, Gangte Trek and Snowman Trek. So, don’t forget to pack up your trekking boots in luggage!
4. Walk On The Suspension Bridge
You should not miss the chance of walking on the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan which starts from Phunaka Dzong.
The task of walking on a wooden bridge above the deep waters of Po Chuu River is much more thrilling than any adventurous ride. Decorated with colourful prayer flags, this bridge connects Phunaka Dzong with the town of Phunaka.
5. White Water Rafting
You can pass the Po Chuu River in a different way also. If you are not interested in walking on the bridge then white water rafting will be perfect for you!
Gushing through the freezing water on the Himalayan region is unique in itself. The surrounding views of monasteries, Dzongs and Chortens while doing rafting will refresh you.
You can opt for few activities and places if your travel duration is shorter. You should not think too much for this trip as Bhutan tourism will be a unique travel experience for you!