The last Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan is awaiting your visit with all its glory and beauty. The only country with 72% of its land covered by forests has a special place in the list of magical places on Earth to visit.
It doesn’t matter if you are already planning to visit this country or if it is a country that is new to you, it will steal your eyes and heart away.
Here are some majestic mountains, rivers, and beautiful valleys to visit for your itinerary.
Know Your Bhutan
Telephone Code: +975
Languages: Dzongkha, Nepali, and Tshangla
Currency: Ngultrum (BTN) & Indian rupee (₹) (INR)
Visa: Prior Visa needed for nationals except - Bangladeshis, Indians, and Maldivians. e-Visa available
Weather: Average high temperature - degrees Celsius; average low temperature - degrees Celsius
Best time to visit:
One can visit Bhutan all through the year, and the country offers something unique in all seasons. But the best time to visit is during the spring months of March to May.
Clothing & Personal Care:
Depending on the season and activity planned, wear clothes that are modest and practical. Avoid wearing footwear inside religious places, as they are considered unholy and disrespectful.
When in doubt, follow the locals regarding traditions and clothing.
Places to Visit in Bhutan
Nestled in the high ranges of the Himalayas, Thimpu offers several spectacular sights of the emerald green forests between the Raidak and Chuu Rivers. Mixed with old-world charm and modern-day amenities, the capital city has a lot to offer in terms of Bhutanese culture, cuisine, and lifestyle.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Buddha Dordenma and grab some envy-worthy shots of the giant golden Buddha statue and the Kuenselphodrang Nature Park around it.
Paro’s unlevelled mountains and lush green fields are found on every travel Instagrammer’s feed. With the country’s only international airport located here, this historic town is best explored on foot.
There are several tourist places to visit in Paro including gorgeous temples, museums, and historic architecture.
Punakha Dzong or The Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss, is another break-taking tourist attraction.
The convergence of the rivers - Po Chu and Mo Chu by the dzong makes Punakha every adventure junkie’s paradise. The place is famous for its river rafting and trekking and is spoiled with choices of valleys, forests, and religious sites to visit.
The once ancestral seat of the royal Wangchuck family, Trongsa is located in the central part of Bhutan. The Trongsa Dzong built in 1948 is famous for its resemblance to a flying dragon and is one of its major attractions.
Trongsa is now a quaint little town filled with lush green and offers some spectacular panoramic views as it is located on a hilltop.
Do not miss to visit this Shangri La on earth to get the best of both worlds. You don’t have to choose between leisure and relaxing trips and adventurous treks. Have you packed your bags yet?
Must-Do Things In Bhutan
White rafting, Paro Chhu
Looking for a thrilling water sport between all the exquisite lush greenery and mountainous ravines? Rafting in Paro Chhu is the place to be. Catch sight of local birds flocking in and around Paro Dzong, as you cross the screaming rapids with a rising heartbeat.
This adventure sport is considered moderate, hence a good place to start with even if you are new to it.
Trekking, Mt. Jomolhari
There might be several places in the world to trek on but trekking on the Mountain of Jomolhari is a unique experience by itself.
A walk along the scenic route taking in the scenic landscapes filled with exotic flora and fauna, in their undisturbed form will quickly convince you of the same.
Apart from the spectacular rocky terrain and the forestry, you can also catch a glimpse of the local yaks grazing and ancient dzongs and colorful monks going on with their lives in their serene surroundings.
Hot springs bath, Gasa Tshachu
Hot springs are quite famous for their comforting and rejuvenating properties in several south Asian countries. These hot springs or Tshachus as the locals call them are also said to have healing properties and are known for curing specific ailments.
Reaching most of these springs requires a small trek across scenic forests making the whole experience more memorable and exotic. These hot springs are best visited in the winter but you can find many of them all through the year.
Royal Manas National Park
In a kingdom made of forests and national parks, it is hard to choose just one national park to visit. But Royal Manas National Park offers several unique experiences to make the list.
The park is filled with exotic herbal and medicinal plants that are quite famous for their healing powers. Apart from the flora, one can also find Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, golden langurs, clouded leopards, and about 365 kinds of birds here.
While one can visit and enjoy the park any time of the year, the best time to visit would be between November and March when the temperatures and ambiance make it more beautiful and comfortable.