If you are looking for a tourist place which is not that much well-known among the tourists and you get the opportunity to explore the unknown and unpredictable, you can consider Bhutan on the top of your list. We look at the best places to visit in Bhutan – perfect for all travellers.
Known as the ‘Land of Thunder’, Bhutan is favourite for the adventurists, nature lovers and also for those who want to explore a different type of culture and tradition. Guarded by the high walls of the Himalaya, this small country is really a land of astonishments. The country is throbbing with the Buddhist culture and religion which has its influence in the lifestyle of the locals. So, if you are planning to arrange a tour to Bhutan in your coming holidays, you can make a list of the best places to visit in this country.
Best places to visit in Bhutan
‘Dzong’ means fort or temple in Bhutan. While you are in Bhutan, you will find lots of ‘Dzong’ in this small, but beautiful country. Among those, Rinpung Dzong is one of the most beautiful forts that attract tourists from different parts of the world. This ‘Dzong’ is the best example of exclusive Bhutanese architecture and rich culture. You will find several temples and shrines over there, among which Sandalwood Stupa, Monk’s Assembly Hall, Protector’s Shrine, Kungarwa, etc. are really popular for their beauty.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery
This monastery is one of the most adventurous and extraordinary monasteries in the world. The monastery hangs on the cliff of the mountains and is surrounded by deep dense forest. And the blue pines and rhododendrons are like ornaments on that monastery. If you love to trek, you won’t want to miss trekking up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. You can also take a pony ride, but that will take you up to the café. Then, you have to take the steep way and narrow stairs to reach the monastery. Once you are there, you can get amazed by the spectacular view of the Paro valley and the Snow Lion Cave.
While you are in Bhutan, you have to visit Thimpu, the largest and the capital city of Bhutan. The valley of Thimpu is mesmerizing. This city is the home of the royal family of Bhutan and it lies on the banks of Wang Chhu River. Once you are in this city, you can visit the Tashichho Dzong which is one of the ancient monasteries of the country. For the younger generations, the nightlife of Bhutan at Thimpu is really exciting and amazing.
Chele La Pass
Chele la Pass is located at the altitude of 3989 meters and it is in the Haa Valley of Paro. This is the highest road pass of this country where the pass is surrounded by the outstanding view of the magnificent Himalayan Range. Once you are here, you can get the view of the adjacent peaks, mount Jomolhari that is considered the most sacred mountain in Bhutan. To enjoy Chele La Pass at its best, you can visit the place during the Haa Festival. You can experience the rich Haa culture and tradition of the nomadic life of the local people.
The Punakha Dzong is the second largest ‘Dzong’ in Bhutan which is really magnificent and majestic. Located between two rivers, Po Chu and Mo Chu, this place is really awesome. The Dzong is connected with the mainland with a wooden bridge. The soothing temperature and the lilac-colored jacaranda flowers will welcome you warmly at this place.
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
- This is our favourite travel insurance because it covers so many activities and travel situations that could arise on longer trips but also offer year coverage.
What to pack
- No matter where we travel to, I always take these trusty hand sanitizers and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.