Places to Visit in Bhutan

Places to visit in Bhutan

Paro valley

Paro valley is at an altitude of 2200 Meter is one of the biggest and most fertile valleys and hosts the country’s only International Airport. One can fly here from Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta and Bangkok, Singapore, Yangoon, Gaya and Bagdogra.  The Small airport is at backdrop of the imposing Ta Dzong (National Museum) and Rinpung Dzong. In the north, overlooking the valley is the Tiger’s Nest monastery, built on a sheer rock face. At the far end of the valley is the Drugyel Dzong, the ruined Fortress.

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Haa valley

Haa valley covers an area of roughly 1706 sq. km and is one of the smallest districts in the country. This tiny region is one of the most beautiful and isolated areas in the kingdom. It is adorned with pristine alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks. This valley remains one of the remote places and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest. The wooded hills of Haa provide an ideal location for hiking and mountain biking. Biking around the valley to get to the local temples.

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Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and lies at an altitude of 2300 meters. This is a small vibrant city with approximately one hundred and fifty thousand people. It is the only capital city in the world with no traffic lights. The Tashichho Dzong is the administrative center and houses the Government offices including the office of His Majesty the King. The other significant structure is the SAARC Secretariat which houses National Assembly of Bhutan.

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Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan and the valley lies at an altitude of 1242 m. The beautiful Dochu La Pass at 3100 m is on the way to Punakha is a beautiful spot and has 108 stupas. One can get the most spectacular view of the Himalayan range from this pass. Punakha Dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 between two rivers and is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo. Several fires that ravaged the building through the years.

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Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Phodrang (Altitude 1300 m) is on the way to Gangtey and is the last town before entering central Bhutan. It is a small town with a prominent landmark, Wangdi Phodrang Dzong which sits on a hillock. The Dzong was built in 1639 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on a ridge that looks like a sleeping elephant. As you drive 40 kilometers towards Central Bhutan, there is a diversion on the right before reaching Pelela Pass that leads to the beautiful Gangtey valley.

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Trongsa is the first town in central Bhutan and the first two Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from here. The name Trongsa means a new village. It was built in 1644 by Chhogyal Minjur Tempa on the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Lama Ngagi Wangchuk, the great grand father of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built the first temple in 1543. This Dzong is in the middle of tri – junction and used to controlled the trade between east and western Bhutan.

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Places to visit in Bhutan-Trongsa


Bumthang was a quiet town for a long time and now, with its pulse still finely tuned to tradition and culture, the breathtaking valley is finally making a transition to modernity with all the elements of its rich past very much intact. Its ancient monasteries and rock-solid fortresses to taking a stroll down open countryside as horses graze in meadows against the mighty Mt. Gangkhar Puensum. The scenic valleys of Bumthang draws a large number of tourists each year. Here are 15 places for you to visit.

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Places to visit in Bhutan-Mongar


Making up the eastern part of the nation, these four districts boasts the most diverse elevations and climatic zones. From lush sub-tropical forests to extreme alpines and mountains that form the natural formidable border, the east is a must visit. Here, rivers teem with Mahseer, tigers roam the rich forests and the Black Necked Crane roosts in highest climes. Trashigang and Lhuntsi have spectacular Dzongs replete with ancient history. The people of the east are also distinct in their way of life and culture.

Places to visit in Bhutan-Phuntsholing


Phuentsholing is one of the main entry points into Bhutan from the sweltering plains of Indian state of West Bengal at 293 m. The small town is spread at the foothills of the mountains that lead into the interiors. Given its border status and linkage to India, Phuentsholing also an Industrial and business in Bhutan. It is a bustling city and has a slightly hurried pace of life. The nearest Airport is 164 kms. (4 hours drive) at Bagdogdra. You can travel to the Indian states of Sikkim which is 7 hours journey and to Darjeeling which is approximately 6 hours drive. The route passes through the lush tea gardens of the British era in India.