The very last of the Himalayan Kingdoms, Bhutan is a country of many snow-topped Himalayan peaks and green-colored vistas. The incredible thing about this mountain country is that almost 72 percent of the land is covered with forests that make it not just a carbon-neutral country but a carbon-negative country.
It is a magical and mystical place to be where traditional Buddhist culture is conserved inside the fortress-like monasteries and dzongs. The last Shangri-La, Bhutan is a unique country and is certainly the best place to go on a family vacation, honeymoon, or adventurous holiday. Need not worry if you are thinking about all places to cover in Bhutan because we have made this list of the best places to visit in Bhutan.
Here are the places to explore while in Bhutan.
First and foremost the capital of the country, Thimphu should be on the list. Other than age-old monasteries and splendid views of the mountains, Thimphu offers a break away from the rigid itinerary to enjoy Bhutan’s scrumptious cuisine, shopping, and nightlife. Go hiking to Changangkha Lhakhang early in the morning and the devotees in traditional garb and crimson-robed monks will make you aware of the spiritual side of the country.
Paro is a picturesque valley in Bhutan and one of the major attractions of the country that was the center of the two major trade routes to Tibet. Paro holds historical significance as the valley boasts a millennium-old dzong that is strategically located on a rocky outcrop on a steep hillside. Paro Dzong stands at an altitude of 7000 feet overlooking both sides of the valley. In the past, it was one of the strongest fortresses and served as a seat to National Assembly.
Located at a height of 4200 feet, Punakha is one of the most magnificent valleys in Bhutan, it has amazing weather, a blue sky, and a vast green landscape. Punakha will woo you by the splendid view of the Himalayas and music from two sister rivers, Mo Chhu & Po Chhu. Grab a chair and read a book or soak up the serene beauty of this gorgeous valley or explore the man-made wonders like Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Talo, and Punakha Ritsha Village.