High in the eastern Himalayas, shone between India and China, Bhutan is a little paradise of paradise. It is a country where development is measured by Gross National Happiness (and not by Gross National Product), where peppers are considered a vegetable and rice is red. Come on a tour with us through this magical country:
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We Recommend: Top Places You Must Explore
Known as the Last Shangri-LaBhutan is blessed with far-reaching valleys, magnificent Himalayas and an abundance of rare fauna and flora.
1) Rinpung Dzong, Paro
Rinpung Dzong is popular as the Fort on a heap of jewels and is a classic example of Bhutanese deep-rooted traditions and architecture.
What will attract you: Five-storey central tower (Utse), open courtyard guarded by soaring walls.
Must know: Travelers are requested to wear all long sleeve shirts (including men) for all Dzongs.
2) Buddha Dordenma statue, Thimpu
What will attract you: Kuensel Phodrang Natural Park, meditation hall seated under the giant Buddha statue.
Shhhh..Secret: The Buddha Dordenma Statue encapsulates 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. Wow! That is excellent!
3) Tiger’s Nest, Paro- Unofficial symbol of Bhutan
What will attract you: Sacred monastery of Guru Rinpoche, scenic view of the valleys of Paro, cave temple.
Keep in mind that: Camera, telephone or other gadgets are prohibited in the monastery.
4) Punakha Dzong- The Palace of Happiness
What will attract you: Intricate paintings and the architecture of the fortress, ‘hundred pillar hall’ with ornate wall paintings.
A visual treat: This Dzong is strategically placed between two rivers that show a noticeable difference in color, leading to a beautiful sight.
Fascinated enough? Top 5 facts about Bhutan
Bhutanese calling their home “Druk Yul,” meaning “the land of thunder dragons.”
Indulge: things you must try
1) Snowman Trek
From Paro, Snowman Trek leads you to the remote corner of the Lunana Valley via Lingshi and Laya.
Best time: Mid June to mid October
2) Mountainbiking in Paro en Punakha
For exploring further ruins and monasteries, mountain biking trails are an excellent choice.
Quick tip: Ditch your car and hop on a bike to experience rugged terrains, swirling dives and beautiful rice paddies.
3) Rafting a kayak
River Mo Chhu is perfect for beginners, while the lower Paro Chhu River will attract a more adventurous crowd with its many small boulder rapids.
Highlight: Opt for a rafting tour that will cross different places in Bhutan through the white waters.
A surge of flavours: Bhutanese cuisine
Unlike any other food you will ever eat, food in Bhutan is delicious. In Bhutan, try the following dishes:
The five need to know phrases in Bhutanese
Phrases To Help You Converse In Bhutanese:
Choose your dates: best time for Visit
Weather breakdown to help you choose the right travel time:
Bhutan with its pristine beauty, breathtaking landscapes and legendary ancient temples really deserves your visit. So don’t wait any longer! Plan a trip and explore the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’.