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Top Places To Visit In Bhutan – The Land of Happiness

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Summer is upon us, and this calls for an exciting vacation. How about beating the scorching heat in a place known for its unadulterated nature and picturesque beauty? Yes, we are talking about the happiest country in the world – Bhutan. Since it’s a neighboring country, Indian citizens need not get into the hassle of getting visa and passport formalities done. Bhutan opens its doors even if you show your voter’s card. Heave a sigh of relief if you haven’t gone on an international trip before. Our Bhutan tour packages are designed in a way that you can explore the best places including Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha without burning a hole in your pocket. Below are the top places to visit in Bhutan for tourism.

Top places to visit in Bhutan

1. Paro

The beautiful valley of Paro delights the aura around you. It is dotted with traditional-style houses and a multitude of bakeries restaurants and cafes. It’s definitely a first in the list of top places to visit in Bhutan.

Top places to visit in Paro

1. Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Monastery

Perched on the side of a rocky cliff 3000 feet above the mesmerising valley of Paro, Taktsang Monastery is the holiest site in Bhutan. Popularly known as Tiger’s Nest (UNSECO World Heritage Site), the monastery has a strong cultural and religious significance because it is where Buddhism first came into the country.

2. Kyichu Lhakhang

One of the oldest temples in the Himalayan Kingdom, Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the most frequented attractions in Paro. The entire interior is accentuated with the colour blue which goes very well with the murals inside the temple.

3. Paro Dzong

Paro Dzong

The finest example of Bhutanese architecture, Paro Dzong is one of the most impressive and renowned dzongs in Bhutan. Approached by an attractive wooden cantilever bridge and flagstone road, the entrance of the dzong is aesthetically appealing and makes for the best place to click pictures of the dzong.

4. National Museum

Sitting atop the hill above Paro Dzong, the National Museum is an unusual round-shaped watchtower, which has an underground tunnel that leads to a water supply below. The various galleries in the museum exhibit some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including paintings and bronze statues. Don’t miss out on the sunset view of Paro town from the museum.

End your day in Paro by taking a leisure stroll along the tranquil streets and enjoying the mesmerising views and sights. If you start your sightseeing in Paro on a Sunday, pay a visit to Paro Sunday Market, which gives a traditional feel and sells Bhutan’s local products.

Top places to eat in Paro

1. Bukhari Restaurant

Considered one of the best restaurants in the valley, Bukhari serves traditional Bhutanese food and Indian cuisine. Their menu changes every three days.

 2. Sonam Trophel Restaurant

At Sonam Trophel, you can taste home-style Bhutanese food adapted to foreign taste. Their dumplings, boneless chicken and ginger potatoes are a must try.

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2. Thimphu – Among the best places to visit in Bhutan

The capital and the largest city of Bhutan, Thimphu is one of the two national capitals in the world that do not have traffic lights. You will need at least two days to explore the best sites of Thimphu.

Top places to visit in Thimphu

1. Trashi Chhoe Dzong

Trashi Chhoe Dzong

Situated north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu, Trashi Chhoe Dzong is the most popular site of the city. It also hosts the city’s biggest annual bash, the colourful Tsechu Festival.

2. Weekend Market

Held on the banks of river Wang Chhu every Saturday and Sunday, weekend market is a great opportunity to mingle with local people. You can buy local food, handicrafts and clothes.

3. National Memorial Chorten

National Memorial Chorte

Take a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy at Memorial Chorten, a large Tibetan-style chorten and the most religious structures in Thimphu. The beautiful architectural marvel was built in the memory of Bhutan’s third king, who was also regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.

4. National Institute for Zorig Chusum

National Institute for Zorig Chusum

Commonly known as ‘the painting school’, the institute is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Thimphu. Teaching students traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan, the institute offers a 6-year course on 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

5.  Changangkha Lhakhang

Changangkha Lhakhang

Located on a ridge above central Thimphu, Changangkha Lhakhang is a fortress-like temple that regularly hums with pilgrim activity. The back kora (pilgrim path), accentuated with beautiful black and golden wheels, is the most attractive part of the temple.

6. Changlimithang Stadium and Archery Ground

Famous for archery tournaments and football matches, Changlimithang Stadium is one of the most frequented attractions in Thimphu. Traditional songs and victories dances are all part of the fun here.

Top places to eat in Thimphu

1. Bhutan Kitchen

With traditional seating and a standout kitchen, the elegant restaurant serves traditional Bhutanese cuisine in a spacious and warm setting.

2. Seasons Restaurants

The restaurant is popular for the variety of food it serves. Specialises in pizza, it offers daily specials including spare ribs, salads, smoked beef and steaks.

3. Karma’s coffee

Hot, iced or frappe, every conceivable version of coffee is available at Karma’s coffee. The seating is comfy, and there are plenty dishes on the menu, including burgers, fried chicken and delicious brownies.

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3. Punakha

Situated at the confluence of Mo Chhu (Mother River) and Pho Chhu (Father River), Punakha Valley is famous in Bhutan for rice farming. The scenic drive from Thimphu to Punakha and the vast open landscapes makes Punakha one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan.

Top places to visit in Punakha

1. Punakha Dzong

Top places to visit in Punakha

Strategically positioned at the river confluence, Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. The carved woods painted in gold, red and black add to the aesthetic appeal of the structure.

2. Radak Neykhang

Dedicated to an ancient warrior king, Radak Neykhang is a 17th-Century temple standing by the tall cypress trees of the district court. Make an offering and roll the chapel dice and the resident monk will read your future.

Top places to eat in Punakha

1. Phuenzhi Diner

Well-known to travel guides, the “Four Friends” restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Khuruthang. Four kilometres from Punakha, the restaurant serves the delicious and reliable food. If you get lucky, you might get pancakes on the menu.

Bhutan holidays are all about exploring and getting acclimatise with nature. Now that you know the best places to visit in Bhutan, how about planning your trip with us? Take a look at our Bhutan holiday packages under 35 k and feel elated in the happiest country in the world.

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