Bhutan reminds us of the green valleys, snow capped peaks, cold climate and attractive heritage and culture. This splendid country is flanked by the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the East, Nepal in the West, and Tibet in the north. You will never be in want of activities in Bhutan. The valleys and temples, Handicraft emporiums, memorial, Chukha Hydel Project and monasteries are some of the major ones among the tourist places in Bhutan.
Small village with a bazaar, hotel and a restaurant. Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong, which also houses the National Museum, are two places of awareness. Ta Dzong was built in 1651 as a watch tower. A six-storey structure, it has a number of objects of religious and cultural interest, along with a collection of thankas.
An open valley the capital of Bhutan kingdom is an attractive, clean, small town encircled by high mountains with the Thimphu Chu flowing to its E. The built up area extending for about 3km, is mostly of established houses and a population of 20,000. The core area. Entering the town from Paro or Phuntsholing, the Nordzin Lam starts where a petrol station is seen.
3. Flora & Fauna
Bhutan is exactly said to be a botanists’ glory. It has a rich selection of the floral species that include Rhododendrons, junipers, magnolias, carnivorous plants, rare orchids, blue poppy (the national flower), edelweiss, gentian, medicinal plants, daphne, giant rhubarb, high-altitude plants, tropical trees, pine and oak.
The fortress serves as the office of the King, ministers and different government organizations and also headquarters for basic body of Bhutan. Bhutan’s religious leader and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha exist in here during summer. It is also the venue for Thimphu Festival in the fall season.
5. Phajoding Temple
A saint known as Shacha Rinchen built the temple in 15th century and is situated at an elevation of 12,138 feet, overlooking the Thimphu Valley. Surrounding the temple is many withdraw houses for the people who come here and spent about 3 years in withdraw. The hike is uphill north of Thimphu through mixed conifer forest with great views of Thimphu valley behind.
Most tourists entering Bhutan over land enter at the border town of Phuentsholing, from the nearby Indian town of Jaigaon. The change in the degree of purity and organization as you cross the border is unbelievably visible. Places you can see are Kharbandi Gompa, built in 1967 by the Royal Grandmother; the monastery contains paintings on the life of Buddha and statues of Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpochey.
7. Zangdo Pelri Temple
This holy place is situated in the center of Phuntsholing town, represents the abode of Guru Rinpochey. On the earth level there are statues of Guru and his eight Manifestations. And the Wall is enclosed with paintings of Buddha's life. On the second floor it contains of eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshwara and Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal while on the top floor the main statue is of Buddha Amitabha.
8. Taktsang Temple (Tiger's Nest)
The trail to the monastery climbs through attractive pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an infrequent grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue our hike for short while until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery.
Situated at an altitude of 4430 feet above sea level, Punakha had once served as the winter capital of Bhutan. It is still being used as the winter home to Bhutan’s spiritual leader and the monks of Thimphu and Paro. Blessed with moderate climate and fed by Pho Chu (Male) and Mochu (female) rivers, it is the most fertile valley and best red rice grower in the country.
Mongar to Tashigang is about 100km. The road crosses Kori La (2450m), descends to a bridge over the Sheri River (750m) and transitory through an open valley arrives at Tashigang. This is a large town with a middle climate and easy-going joyful people. It is also the HQ of a few international improvement projects, and many Western faces can be seen among the most olden people of the high Himalaya. Standing on a hill spur, Tashigang Dzong was built in 1659 and has many temples.
Tongsa forms the necessary hub of the nation and is previously the place from where attempts at uniting the country were launched. The huge expanse of the amazing landscape around Tongsa would seem to tease you into thinking if ever you will make it there.