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    A view of the Tiger’s nest monastery with the beautiful hills in backdrop

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    Bhutan “The Land of Thunderbolt” is still one of the least heard or traveled destinations, even by the young travel enthusiasts of its neighboring country – India. But it’s a long list of forts, monasteries, and other Buddhist relics, trekking spots, and shopping areas are surely worth a visit. Known as the Last Shangri-La, the entire country comprises panoramic valleys, majestic Himalayas, and abundance of rare fauna and flora. The rivers, arising from the Himalayas, meander through the valleys and mesmerize with their beauty. Offering a kaleidoscope of sceneries and experiences, the best tourist places in Bhutan must feature on your itinerary while visiting the Land of the Thunder Dragon. If not all, at least a few of the below-listed places to visit in Bhutan deserve a visit by you and your travel buddies. From wildlife sanctuaries to monasteries, a vacation to Bhutan is all about tranquility and serenity that is unmatchable. 

    About Bhutan

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    Bhutan is a small country located in the southern foothills of the Himalaya mountains. The country is in between the Republic of China and the Republic of India. The elevation level is here 38,394 km² and the population is 735553. Southern Bhutan is respectively hot and has a humid atmosphere, but the climate always varies from 15 to 30 degrees. In the northern areas, the temperature is low and cold, as it is near the mountains. In this region the mountains tops usually stay covered in snow thus, the lower parts stay cool.

    Bhutan is rich with precious culture and diversity. There are so many celebrations that are held here from time to time. Every single village in this country has their own celebration and one of the well-known is the annual Tshechu and it’s a very religious festival of this place. In Tshechu the people dress up in colorful clothes and join at the nearest monastery or temple. This celebration is usually done to pray to the second Buddha, the Guru Rimpoche. The people gather to have their traditional dance, they share meals which includes, red rice, spicy pork, ema datshi and momos which is generally made by pork or beef. They also drink the traditional rice wine known as Ara. This is the celebration where families gather and catch up with everyone.

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    Top 46 Tourist Places In Bhutan

    Knowing about some of the tourist places in Bhutan that one should visit on their trip to Bhutan will surely benefit you on your next vacay. So, scroll down to know what all Bhutan tourist places you can cover with your friends and family. All of these places will simply leave your jaws dropped. Be it a natural or an architectural marvel, Bhutan is a destination that has it all! 

    • Rinpung Dzong – Admire Bhutanese Architecture
    • Chele La Pass – Get Views Of The Himalayas
    • Punakha Dzong – Second-Largest Dzong In Bhutan
    • Buddha Dordenma Statue – Gape At The Bronze Statue
    • Dochula Pass – Ideal For A Picnic Day
    • Tiger’s Nest – Must-Visit Place Of Bhutan
    • Phobjikha Valley – Haven For Bird Watchers
    • Chomolhari – Explore Untrodden Paths While Trekking
    • Norzin Lam Street – Ideal For Souvenir Shopping
    • Main Street Time For Shelling Out Money
    • Tashichho Dzong – Largest Landmark Of Thimpu
    • Drukgyel Dzong Ruins – Dig Into Bhutan’s History
    • Motithang Takin Preserve – Explore Different Species Of Animals
    • National Museum of Bhutan – Know More About Bhutan
    • Simply Bhutan – Learn About Diverse Facets Of Bhutan
    • Punakha Suspension Bridge – Traverse The Lane Of Flags
    • Haa Valley Explore The Villages Of Bhutan
    • Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang Temple – Hear About Old Folk Tales
    • Namgay Artisanal Brewery – Tingle Your Taste Buds
    • Zuri Dzong Fort Get Scenic Views Of Paro Valley
    • Drukgyel Dzong Monastery Perfect For Folklore Freaks
    • Samdrup Jongkhar Buy Bamboo & Silk Products
    • Lhuentse Untouched By Industrialization
    • Gasa Tshachu Relax In The Hot Springs
    • ThrumshingLa National Park – Perfect Nature Retreat
    • Gangtey Monastery Explore The Vibrant Culture Of Bhutan
    • The Folk Heritage Museum – Oldest Mud & Wood Structure
    • Jigme Dorji National Park – 2nd Largest National Park In Bhutan
    • Simtokha Dzong – Colossal & Alluring
    • Tango Buddhist Institute For Spiritual Awakening
    • Talo Village Picturesque Landscapes
    • Dagala Thousand Lakes Surreal & Enchanting
    • Royal Manas National Park Haven For Wildlife Lovers
    • Choki Traditional Art School – Souvenir Shopping
    • Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory – One-of-a-kind Experience
    • Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan – Traditional Attire Exhibition
    • Trashi Chhoe Dzong – For Religious Celebrations
    • Tower Of Trongsa – The Cultural History Of Bhutan
    • Hidden Valleys Of Bumthang – Set Out On A Quest
    • Torsa Strict Nature Reserve – Untouched Natural Beauty
    • Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary – The Newest Addition
    • Mo Chhu River – A Beautiful Scenery Awaits
    • National Institute for Zorig Chusum – To Witness Art
    • Handicrafts Market – For Local Goods
    • Memorial Chorten – A Peace Statue
    • Druk Path – The Countryside Trek

    1. Rinpung Dzong – Admire Bhutanese Architecture

    Rinpung Dzong

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    Rinpung Dzong is a beautiful dzong (fort), with towering walls, built in the 16th century. Known as the Fortress on a Heap of Jewels, Rinpung Dzong is among the best tourist places to visit in Bhutan and a classic example of Bhutanese architecture and deep rooted traditions. You can look at the Bhutan tourist places map for its exact location.

    The entire area is filled with various shrines and temples in Bhutan. Some of the shrines are, Kungarwa, Monk’s assembly hall, Sandalwood stupa, protector’s shrine and so on. Every year there is an annual festival of tshechu and it is held in Rinpung Dzong and it starts from the eleventh day to the fifteenth day and the day is marked in Bhutan’s lunar calendar. If you want to know the months properly then it’s the months of March to April.

    In this festival holy images are carried in a procession, and this very thing is followed by the mask dances which tells many stories and these are performed by the monks for many days. On the fifteenth day before dawn breaks a sacred banner which consists of eight manifestations of Padmasambhava is shown for the public in those early hours and the tradition is that there will be no sunlight to fall on the banner.

    Location: Paro District, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Beautiful temple and wall paintings related to Buddhism

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

    How to reach: You can take a taxi or hire a bike from anywhere in Paro to get to this spot.

    Places To Stay: Norwangs Villa, Nirvana Inn, The Village Lodge Paro, Hotel Ratna Vara, 

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    2. Chele La Pass – Get Views Of The Himalayas

    Chele La Pass

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    Located at an altitude of about 3,989 meters, Chele La pass is among the popular tourist places in Bhutan. The magnificent pass is en-route the Haa Valley in Paro. On a nice and clear day, you can experience the Jomolhari mountain from here and the adjacent peaks from the northwest side and can view the valleys of Haa and Paro as well. Many hotels, resorts, and homestays in Paro also organise regular tours to Chele Le Pass in affordable rates.

    This pass is located at the 13,000 feet above in the west from the Paro valley, it is the highest road pass of Bhutan and is surrounded with amazing views of the Himalayan range, and the Mount Jomolhari, which is this country’s most sacred mountain and it’s over 22,000 feet. To reach this Bhutan tourist attraction you have to take one and a half hour drive from the valley floor of Paro.

    Another attraction of this place is the Haa summer festival, and this is the symbol of the rich culture of the nomadic heaps. You can have a small excursion, which will take only 2 and a half hours, as many tourists visit this place for the excursion here.

    Location: Between the Haa and Paro valleys, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Magnificent panoramic view of the valleys, gushing waterfalls, alpine flowers, and clouds drifting above the hills

    How to reach: Take a taxi from Paro to get to this point on the Bondey-Haa Highway.

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    3. Punakha Dzong – Second-Largest Dzong In Bhutan

    Punakha Dzong

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    Punakha Dzong is the second largest dzong in Bhutan(The Land of Thunderbolt) and is known for its brilliant structure. Among the best tourist places in Bhutan, the dzong speaks volumes about the beautiful stories and traditions of the Buddhist culture. Do not miss this on your Bhutan sightseeing tour.

    Punakha is the winter capital of this country and the head clergy of Bhutan spends the winter in this popular Dzong. The Punakha Dzong is situated on the 1,200 meters and on this height no one ever suffers from height sickness or oxygen shortage, so if you are thinking about hiking in Bhutan, then you can aim for the higher place such as Paro Taktsang or tiger’s nest and it’s a very ideal place for beginners.

    This dzong is considered the most beautiful one in the country and the very first national assembly was held here in 1953. This is the second largest fortress in Bhutan and the most popular one as well. To finish the building of this dzong took a year and the most interesting fact is that this building has no usage of nails. Almost every national treasure of the country is kept here, and in here the king of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck got married to the Queen Jetsun Pema in 2011.

    Location: Punakha, Bhutan

    Key attractions: The intricate paintings and the architecture of the fort, sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa.

    Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

    How to reach: Take a bus or taxi from Paro or Thimphu to Punakha. Further, take a taxi or bike to this point in Punakha.

    Places To Stay: Hotel Vara, The Four Boutique, Hotel Zangto Pelri, Damchen Resort, Chimi Lhakhang Village Homestay

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    4. Buddha Dordenma Statue – Gape At The Bronze Statue

    Buddha Dordenma Statue

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    The Buddha Dordenma Statue is a 169 feet tall statue of Buddha, built at the foot of the hills in Thimphu. This iconic gold and bronze statue is visible from almost anywhere in Thimphu and is among the best tourist places in Bhutan.

    This is a statue of Buddha and it’s a giant one at the top of the mountains in Thimpu and it’s also known as the Kunzang Phodrang. The presence of this giant statue of Buddha symbolizes the dominant religion of Bhutan. This very religion plays a solid part in this country and in the everyday life of the country’s people which is what makes it one of the best places in Bhutan for sightseeing. You will see the string of flags at the roadsides and the several praying wheels around the clock tower, which is in the midst of the town.

    There are small temples and various paintings that adorn the walls that are made of cement and rock. Buddha dordenma is the largest statue and it’s 52.5 meters tall and made of bronze. Inside this figure, there are 125,000 small figurines of the same. There are 25,000 and 12 inches ones and 100,000 8 inches one.

    Location: Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Key attractions: The 169 feet tall Buddha statue, thousands of smaller bronze and gold statues of Lord Buddha, and the surrounding Kuensel Phodrang nature park

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Thimphu to get to this statue.

    Places To Stay: Hotel Oro Villa, Hotel River Valley

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

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    5. Dochula Pass – Ideal For A Picnic Day

    Some of the Chortens at the Dochula Pass

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    Dochula Pass is a beautiful pass consisting of 108 Chortens or Stupas, built in the memory of the Bhutanese soldiers who died in a war against the insurgents from India. The beautifully built temple and stupas, with the picturesque Gangkar Puensum peak in the background, makes the Dochula Pass one of the best tourist places in Bhutan. Dochula pass is situated on the way to Punakha and Thimphu.

    This very pass is a popular location for every tourist who visits the country. From the pass, you can have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range, and you must know the view is very beautiful from the top. You will get to see the snow covered mountains and the amazing backdrop of the place. So many Bhutanese families enjoy their holidays in this area, they have small picnics, and some just come here to enjoy the view. You can have your lunch and tea in a flask and come here to enjoy the food and hot tea.

    Location: East-West Road from Thimpu to Punakha

    Key attractions: Panoramic view that gives a glimpse of the peak of the sacred Himalayan mountain – Chomolhari, Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple, and the fusion paintings on the temple walls

    How to reach: Take a taxi from Thimphu or Punakha to get to this point.

    Places To Stay: Mendrelgang Homestay, Yangki Guest House, Thori Resort, Hotel Pundarika, Choni Apartment

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    6. Tiger’s Nest – Must-Visit Place Of Bhutan

    A view of the Tiger’s nest monastery with the beautiful hills in backdrop

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    Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery is one of the must visit places in Bhutan. It is known for the beautiful and the sacred monastery of Guru Rinpoche. It is considered as a place of pilgrimage and is an easy half trek, which gives you the panoramic views of the Paro valleys. According to the legends, Guru Rinpoche also considered as the second Buddha rode to this place on a tigress’s back to suppress a local demon and thus he meditated here for 3 months. This place is Bhutan’s most religious site and it hangs on the cliff as it stands above the lush forest of thousands of species of rhododendrons and blue pine. Due to this, it is counted in the list of best tourist places in Bhutan.

    Tourists can come to this monastery by standard permits which your guide will arrange for you. Also, you have to register your at the entrance deposit your cameras and bags because photography is prohibited inside of the temple. If you are backpacking in Bhutan, then you must consider visiting this place.

    Location: Taktsang trail BT, Taktsang trail, Bhutan

    Key attractions: The tiger’s nest, the cave temple inside the monastery, the majestic views, and the many small temples inside the premises of the monastery.

    How to reach: Take a shared cab to the starting point of the path leading to the monastery. Trek to the top.

    Places To Stay: Norwangs Villa, Nirvana Inn, The Village Lodge Paro, Hotel Ratna Vara, The chhodens, Zhideychen Resort

    Timings: Always open

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    7. Phobjikha Valley – Haven For Bird Watchers

    Phobjikha Valley

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    Phobjikha is a small town in the central part of Bhutan(The Land of Thunderbolt). Like many other beautiful places to see in Bhutan, Phobjikha is bestowed with valleys and is surrounded by mountains and lush greenery making it one of the top Bhutan attractions. The place is known for its beautiful landscapes and passes and a day’s hike will take you through the town and the woods.

    Phobjikha valley is about 3000-meter elevation and the place is in the shape of a bowl, and it’s on the western slopes of the mountains. The place is at the border of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. If you are visiting Bhutan then this is the most famous place and you must visit this place. One cannot afford to miss a visit to the best tourist place in Bhutan, that is, Phobjikha Valley.

    Get to experience the big flock of black-necked cranes at the winter time and as it is at the side of the crucial wildlife sanctuary in the country, you might also see some barking deer nearby as well or hear their voice. To heighten your excitement you must know that there are leopards, wild boars, red foxes, Himalayan black bears and so many other species in the forest.

    Location: Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Black-necked cranes migrate to Phobjikha from November, and the hike through the valleys to witness spectacular views of the birds and the amazing greenery.

    How to reach: Take a taxi to Wangdue from Thimphu or Phuentsholing. Then take a bus or shared cab from Wangdue to Phobjikha Valley.

    Places To Stay: The Valley Camp, Dewachen Hotel & Spa, Phuntsho Chholing Lodge, Gangtey Gonpa, Yue-Lo-Ki Guest Houes Gangtey

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    8. Chomolhari – Explore Untrodden Paths While Trekking

    Chomolhari

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    Chomolhari is among the popular Bhutan tourist spots, most popular for its treks. Chomolhari trek, starting at Paro, is one of the most challenging treks of Bhutan. With the altitude going about 5,000 meters, it is enchanting and rewards the trekkers with blissful views after a difficult trek. The trek is truly for the adventure enthusiasts and spans between 7 – 15 days on average.

    If you love small treks then this is one of the ideal ones for you. Chomolhari or Jomolhari is one of the well-known tourist spots here, and if you are here for the trip then you must be acclimatized in the Haa Valley first then begin the trek. This entire valley will offer you eye-searing beauty of the monasteries and the small villages. Get to see the beautiful alpine forests and experience the most untouched parts of the country. If you are a nature lover then make sure that you include this place in your list as it is one of the most amazing places to see in Bhutan.

    The perfect time for the trek is from late March to the middle of June in Bhutan. September to November is a good time as well. However, the ideal time for the trek is April to May. Also, the entire trek is mildly strenuous but not tough.

    Location: Near Punakha, Bhutan

    Key attractions: The glacial lakes, the snow capped mountains and splendid views of the landscapes are a treat to the eyes

    How to reach: Take a taxi from Thimphu or Punakha itself to the starting point of Chomolhari trek.

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    9. Norzin Lam Street – Ideal For Souvenir Shopping

    A view of the market street at Norzin Lam in Thimphu

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    The capital city is probably the most beautiful tourist places in Bhutan. The main street of Norzin Lam is filled with shops selling various items – souvenirs, woolen clothes, crafts, and local wine. Although slightly expensive, some things are worth buying there if you’re not going further till Bumthang.

    This is the artery of Thimpu and is a very popular place here as well. Although the place is always crowded you will get to see some artifacts and so many other shops which are perfect for shopping. If you live at a hotel near this street, you might get to see the football stadium from there and if lucky you can enjoy a match on the ground too!

    You can find the beautiful wood items here and carpets, clothing anything that symbolizes Bhutan, you will get from the shops at the site of the street. Have the taste of local food from the restaurants here and you might not forget the taste of those tasty cuisines.

    Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Textile building and the textile shops in the middle lane of Norzin Lam for buying some of the best handmade textiles, including Gho and Kira – the traditional attire of Bhutan for men and women respectively

    How to reach: You can take a taxi or just walk to this point from anywhere in Thimphu.

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    10. Main Street – Time For Shelling Out Money

    A view of shopkeepers unloading from the trucks on the Main Street at Paro

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    The main street of Paro, stretching across two lanes, is known for its antique Buddhist souvenirs and prayer related materials. Some of the unique souvenirs can be shopped here. Have a walk on this Main street of Paro for admiring the numerous shops and the mountain ahead. If you are a tourist then you must buy something as a souvenir, then you will get every necessary thing for the same purpose only. Try visiting the market on this street on Sunday, and you will see how many delightful things the Bhutanese sell in their respective shops.

    From Kiran which is the traditional dress of the country to Bhutanese stamps, all are available here. You can check the handcrafts here, handmade Bhutanese boots, dried Yak cheese, amazing embroidery, weaving at various shops. Take note of the expensive jewelry from the shops as well, as there are pricey silver amulets and other types of traditional wearable are sold. Make sure that you include this place in your list as it is one of the top Bhutan tourist places.

    Location: Paro, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Scrumptious local food, wonderful bounty of nature, lots of tourist attractions in the vicinity, and the welcoming locals

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get here.

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    11. Tashichho Dzong – Largest Landmark Of Thimpu

    Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

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    Located at the northern end of the city, Tashichho Dzong is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Bhutan. A popular fortress set on the edge of the city’s border, this monastery is a delight to watch as it is set on the western banks of River Wang Chu.

    This is one of the famous Dzong in the country and regarded as the largest landmark of Thimphu. The dzong is situated 2 km away from the actual town and holds huge importance as it is the main secretariat and its houses are the office of the throne room and the King as well.

    Some of the central monastic bodies and some people from the ministry live here and this is the summer residence of the monks too. If you have a plan to visit this place then try not to miss the 5 pm changing of the flag, as it’s very important to watch and it begins in the courtyard and ends outside in the front.

    Location: Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Key attractions: It has not only served as the summer capital of the country but also as the royal seat of Druk Desi who is also called the Dharma Raja.

    Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 9 AM to 5 PM, and 5:30 PM to 6 PM; Saturday & Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get here.

    Places To Stay: Sambhav Service Apartments

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    12. Drukgyel Dzong Ruins – Dig Into Bhutan’s History

    Drukgyel Dzong, Paro

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    Once a massive fortress that stood tall and served as one of the greatest Buddhist monasteries, only ruins remain on the site of the famous Drukgyel Dzong. Located in the upper district of Paro, this monastery was established in 1649 by the famous Tenzin Drukdra after they were triumphant over Tibet’s invasion.

    This is one of the famous Dzong in the country and regarded as the largest landmark of Thimphu. The dzong is situated two kilometers away from the actual town and holds huge importance as it is the main secretariat and its houses are the office of the throne room and the King as well.

    Some of the central monastic bodies and some people from the ministry live here and this is the summer residence of the monks too. If you have a plan to visit one of the best tourist places in Bhutan, then try not to miss the 5 pm changing of the flag, as it’s very important to watch and it begins in the courtyard and ends outside in the front.

    Location: Paro District 11001, Bhutan

    Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 6 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get here

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    13. Motithang Takin Preserve – Explore Different Species Of Animals

    Motithang Takin Preserve

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    Did you know about the national animal of Bhutan? Well if your answer is no, then you’re not alone in that. Located in the district of Motithang in Thimphu, Motithang Takin Preserve serves as the home of the famous species of takin. Many travelers consider visiting this zoo-converted-reserve as one of the best tips while traveling to Bhutan. The Takin is a rare type of animal and falls under the goat species and their actual habitat is the eastern Himalayas. These animals live in the high altitudes of the country, also found in Northwest Myanmar, northwest India as well. These odd-looking animals according to the local legends were assembled by a 15th-century saint who agreed to create a miracle.

    This saint joined the head of a goat at the top of a cow’s skeleton and brought this new type of animal to life. Apart from myths, this animal is the result of evolution and has a protracted nose, large head, and strong torso provides it a different look. The Takins live around 8.4 acres from the rainforest and the Bhutan government is taking good care of them by preserving the species and they do not keep the animals in a zoo because they believe in the non-confinement of animals in a Buddhist country.

    Location: Motithang, Bhutan

    Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 9 AM to 4 PM; Closed on Mondays

    Entry Fee

    Locals: INR 10 per person

    SAARC National: INR 30 per person

    Foreigners: INR 50 per person

    How to reach: Take a taxi or hike to Motithang Preserve from Thimphu.

    Places To Stay: Sambhav Service Apartments, Namseling Boutique Hotel, Hotel Golden Roots, The Pema

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    14. National Museum Of Bhutan – Know More About Bhutan

    National Museum Of Bhutan

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    The National Museum of Bhutan tops the list of Bhutan tourist attractions. Built in the year of 1968 and set above the famous Rinpung Dzong, it was constructed to exhibit the famous Bhutanese art. From contemporary paintings to ancient statues, the museum today houses about 3000 masterpieces and exhibits more than 1,500 years of cultural heritage of Bhutan. This place is also the photo gallery of the country and many Bhutanese hold their dance ceremonies in this place as well.

    The building is currently under some temporary building but you can visit the other parts of it as the museum is divided into portions for wildlife, masks, and so on. In the evening, the museum lights up and you can visit the place to take amazing photos. Apart from masks and wildlife, you will get to experience the pretty flora and fauna in this place and get to view the brief history of Bhutan as well.

    Key attractions: Do not miss out on the bronze statues, galleries, and the ancient paintings.

    Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get here.

    Places To Stay: Norwangs Villa, Nirvana Inn, The Village Lodge Paro, Hotel Ratna Vara, Hotel Dorjee Ling

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    15. Simply Bhutan – Learn About Diverse Facets Of Bhutan

    Simply Bhutan

    Based on the theme of the villages in Bhutan, Simply Bhutan is a beautiful museum that takes the travelers through the various facets of the country and thus it is one of the best tourist places in Bhutan. From the smiling people to the authentic cuisine, and from the age-old traditions to the live cultural performance, witness the best of Bhutan at this wonderful museum.

    Experience the best of Bhutan culture under one roof in this museum. Get to know about the lives of the country people, their traditional clothes, food, mud huts, and so many things. If you like you can always buy some souvenirs from the shops here and have a snack at the little restaurants.

    Location: Genyen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Thimphu to get here.

    Places To Stay: The Postcard Dewa, Norkhil Boutique Hotel & Spa, Hotel Golden Roots, Khamsum Inn, Osel Thimphu Bhutan

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    16. Punakha Suspension Bridge – Traverse The Lane Of Flags

    About The Punakha Suspension Bridge

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    Apart from Punakha Dzong, what makes Punakha a popular tourist attraction is the Punakha suspension bridge. It is built over the Po Chhu river. It is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan, spanning 160 m. It connects Punakha town with Punakha Dzong. Draped with prayer flags, it is a delight for photographers. Walking on it will by far be one of your most adventurous experiences. Make sure to stop by here.

    How to reach: Take a bus or taxi from Paro or Thimphu to get to Punakha. The bridge is at a walking distance from the bus stand or you can rent a bike to get there.

    Places To Stay: Khuru Resort, Lingbub Apartment, Yak Herder’s Boutique Inn, The Four Boutique, Punakha Phuntshochoeling Heritage

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    17. Haa Valley – Explore The Villages Of Bhutan

    Haa Valley

    Haa Valley, which is situated only 13 miles away from the India-China border, connects major Bhutanese villages like Chhukha, Paro, and Samtse. It is counted among the top tourist places in Bhutan that you must visit. It stretches over an area of 1700 square kilometres. The valley was opened to the public in 2002. However, do not expect to find any luxury hotels in Haa Valley. You can expect to find basic homestays in the valley. The locals of Haa Valley are hospitably warm.

    Altitude: 2670 metres

    How to reach: Nearest airport is Paro Airport. Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get to this valley.

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    18. Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang Temple – Hear About Old Folk Tales

    There are numerous folk tales attached to one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Bhutan. Some say that this temple in Bhutan was built on the land where a massive serpent was killed. Another legend is that it was constructed on the head of a demoness. These folk tales add to the rich heritage of the temple. It is one of the best places to visit in Bhutan on your spiritual retreat.

    Location: Paro, Bhutan

    Best time to visit: September to December

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get to this temple.

    Timings: Always open

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    19. Namgay Artisanal Brewery – Tingle Your Taste Buds

    Namgay Artisanal Brewery paro bhutan

    This microbrewery brews local flavours of Bhutan. The zany, rich flavours will tingle your tongue and send you in a coma. Some of the most famous beverages sold here include Bhutan Dark Ale and the Bhutan Red Rice Lager. The latter is brewed from red rice procured from the rice paddies of Paro. It is stronger than the Dark Ale.

    Location: Dumsibu, Paro 11001, Bhutan

    Places To Stay: Thrumshing la Home stay, RO-CHOG-JAA-DHEN HOTEL, Himalayan Tashi Phuntshok Hotel, Zambala Hotel River-View

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    20. Zuri Dzong Fort – Get Scenic Views Of Paro Valley

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    Zuri Dzong Fort is one of Bhutan’s oldest dzongs. It was built in the 14th century. The murals in the upper chapels reflect the rich history and heritage of this fort. Locals believe that there used to be a cave here where the fort now stands, and Buddha meditated inside the cave. From the top of the dzong, you can enjoy scenic views of Paro valley. Does it get any better than this?

    Location: Paro, Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get to this fort.

    Timings: Always open

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    21. Drukgyel Dzong Monastery – Perfect For Folklore Freaks

    Marvel at the magnificent ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong

    The Buddhist monastery and fortress has been ravaged over time. If you’re a fan of natural history and folklore enthusiast, we suggest you visit the ruins. You will learn a lot more about the history of Paro, and by extension Bhutan, here than you will learn anywhere else. Efforts are on to rebuild the monastery and restore it to its original prestige. You can see the Chomolhari mountains from the top of the monastery. No one would like to miss this monastery as it is counted among the list of must-see places in Bhutan.

    Location: Paro, Bhutan

    Location: 10 minutes away from Punakha Dzong, Punakha

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Paro to get to this monastery.

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    22. Samdrup Jongkhar – Buy Bamboo & Silk Products

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    Located in Bhutan’s South-Eastern region, Samdrup Jongkhar is a town follig in the district with the same name. It shared the borders with the Indian state of Assam. This lush green mountain town is often addressed as the ‘salt route’. This place has historical significance and was a major trade centre of Bhutan. It was known for its silk production which was bartered for quality bamboo. Today, travelers can find a bit of every element from its history, including bamboo and silk products. Make sure that you include it in your list as it is one of the top places to visit in Bhutan.

    Location: NA

    Best time to visit: March to August

    How to reach: Fly to the airports in Bhutan or Guwahati. The nearest one is in Guwahati, followed by Paro Airport. You can take a taxi from these airports to reach Samdrup Jongkhar.

    Places To Stay: Tashi Gasel Lodge

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    23. Lhuentse – Untouched By Industrialization

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    If you want to explore and experience the local and rural side of Bhutan, you must come to Lhuentse. This is one of those places to visit in Bhutan that has remained untouched by urban developments. Its natural beauty and old culture is still intact, especially if you’re visiting Bhutan in April. The place holds significance as the Royal family’s ancestral home. A highlight of this densely vegetated valley district is Lhuentse Dzong, which is located on the banks of River Kuri. A suspension bridge connects the Dzong to the Chortens.

    Location: NA

    Best time to visit: Autumn and Spring

    How to reach: Take a taxi from Thimphu till Mongar and then a shared cab till Lhuentse. Or take a taxi from Thimphu or Paro all the way to Lhuentse.

    Places To Stay: The Village Lodge Bumthang, Mountain Resort, Dekyil Guesthouse, Chumey Nature Resort

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    24. Gasa Tshachu – Relax In The Hot Springs

    Gasa Tshachu

    This is one of the most popular tourist places of Bhutan. Gasa Tshachu is located in the Gasa District of Bhutan, which is popular for the Jigme Dorji National Park. Gasa Tshachu is a collection of wonderful natural hot springs. Though the country offers you several refreshing experiences, this one will help you truly relax. This hot spring is one of the best in the country and is visited by large number of travelers.

    Location: Gasa

    Best time to visit: Gasa Dzongkhag Administration Gasa, Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a bus or taxi from Punakha to Gasa

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    25. ThrumshingLa National Park – Perfect Nature Retreat

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    Spanning an area of 768 square km of land ThrumshingLa National Park is a stretch of densely forested land. Surrounded by mountains, this place is home to over 341 different species of birds including the endangered Rufous-necked hornbill, ward’s trogon, brown wood owl and white-naped Yuhina. It is truly a birdwatcher’s paradise.  ThrumshingLa National Park also encloses meadows, lakes, waterfalls, and stunning trek sites including Bribdungla and Rhodungla. This is therefore, one of the famous tourist places in Bhutan.

    Location: Mongar

    Best time to visit: March – May | September – December

    How to reach: Take a bus or taxi from Thimphu to Mongar

    Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM

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    26. Gangtey Monastery – Explore The Vibrant Culture Of Bhutan

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    Gangtey Monastery is one of the best places to visit in Bhutan and it has attracted several tourists till now. The monasteries in Bhutan display brilliant architecture that no one can afford to miss on their trip. After visiting this monastery, you will know about the vibrant culture of Bhutan. Since this monastery is located at a height of 16,000 ft., it offers some spectacular views of the valley which is why many people trek to this place for the awesome experience of hiking and camping in Bhutan which is also what Gangtey is famous for other than its monastery.

    Location: Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a cab from from Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, or Wangduephodrang to get to this point.

    Places To Stay: The Village Lodge Bumthang, Mountain Resort, Dekyil Guesthouse, Chumey Nature Resort

    Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM 

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    27. The Folk Heritage Museum – Oldest Mud & Wood Structure

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    The Folk Heritage Museum displays a local way of life and culture in Bhutan. The most astonishing part about this museum is that it has been opened in a 150-year old wood and mud structure. It opened for the public in 2001 and since then it has been one of the famous places in Bhutan. The whole house is decorated with colorful banners which are pleasing to the eyes.

    Location: Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bike from anywhere in Thimphu to get to this museum located near the Clock Tower.

    Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM

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    28. Jigme Dorji National Park

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    Jigme Dorji National Park is the second largest national park in Bhutan and also one of the best places to visit in Bhutan. Stretching to a vast area of 1316 square km, this place is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts. Spot animals like Bengal tiger, snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, and black bear. Keep your camera handy because you will get so many beautiful landscapes to capture in your lens.

    Location: Bhutan

    Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bus from Thimphu to get to this national park.

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    29. Simtokha Dzong

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    Simtokha Dzong translates to Temple Fortress and it’s every bit colossal and alluring. Built in the year 1629, the temple has now been converted to a museum that lures a huge number of visitors every year and is among the most popular Bhutan tourist spots. If you are a lover of linguistics and wish to learn the local language of Dzongkha, then you can learn the language here. Do not miss this place during your Bhutan sightseeing.

    Location: Simtokha, Bhutan

    Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bus from Thimphu to get to Simtokha.

    Places To Stay: Yangki Guest House, Thori Resort, Hotel Ugyen, Hotel Pundarika, Choni Apartment, Hotel River Valley

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    30. Tango Buddhist Institute

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    If you are in Bhutan visiting places that are holy and spiritual, then you should consider adding Tango Buddhist Institute to your list. What is interesting about this place is that it’s built on a cave now serving as an institution of knowledge and spirituality to Buddhist monks. There are more legends and interesting facts about this place that may pique your interest.

    Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bike from anywhere in Thimphu to get here.

    Places To Stay: Thimp,hu 180 view, Ludrong Hotel, Namseling Boutique Hotel, DORJI Elements – Boutique Hotel, The Pema

    Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM

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    31. Talo Village

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    Talo Village is one of the most beautiful places to see in Bhutan. You will agree once you visit. A perfect place for those who seek solace, Talo offers picturesque landscapes decorated with sweet corn and pea fields. At the very top, you will spot a Buddhist monastery. It is one of the top places to visit in Bhutan frequented by tourists. The landscape is complemented by snow-capped mountains. If you wish to explore Bhutan villages, then put this place on your itinerary.

    Location: Punakha, Bhutan

    How to reach: The nearest airport is Paro Airport. From there you can take a bus or taxi to Talo in Punakha.

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    32. Dagala Thousand Lakes

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    You may not have seen anything surreal and enchanting like Dagala Thousand Lakes. It is one of the best places in Bhutan that you should not miss visiting if you love nature and landscapes. Enjoy trekking to this place and quench your thirst for adventure and thrill. The views around will definitely put you in a good mood.

    Location: Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a taxi from anywhere in Thimphu to get to the starting point of the trek in Geynizampa.

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    33. Royal Manas National Park

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    One of the famous Bhutan tourist attractions, Royal Manas National Park is a haven for wildlife lovers. It is the oldest national park in Bhutan and is home to Royal Bengal Tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopard, and gangetic dolphins. It gives you all the more reasons to visit this place as you won’t find these species anywhere else.

    Location: Pemagatshel, Sarpang, Zhemgang, Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a train from Hasimara or Phuentsholing to Zhemgang and then a taxi or bike to the national park.

    Timings: 11 AM – 4 PM

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    34. Choki Traditional Art School

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    Bhutan is much more than its monasteries and rich flora-fauna. It is also rich in culture which you can learn at Choki Traditional Art School. Visiting this place during Bhutan sightseeing is a unique experience in itself. You can see disadvantaged students being taught painting and traditional arts. Learn so much about the colorful Bhutanese art and bring back a few souvenirs, if possible.

    Location: Kabesa Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Timings: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bike from anywhere in Thimphu to get here.

    Places To Stay: Thimphu 180 view, Ludrong Hotel, DORJI Elements – Boutique Hotel, Namseling Boutique Hotel, Taj Tashi Bhutan, Bhutan Boutique Residency (BBR)

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    35. Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

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    Jungshi Handmade Paper factory may seem like an odd place to visit during sightseeing in Bhutan but it is not. Handmade paper is one of the famous things you can buy in Bhutan as a souvenir. Watch the art of manufacturing handmade paper in action at the factory and get insights about the industry. It can be one of the unique and interesting things to do in Bhutan.

    Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bike from anywhere in Thimphu to get here.

    Places To Stay: CityHotel, Lemon Tree Hotel, Kisa Villa, Hotel Glory, Tara Inn, Hotel Norbuling

    Timings: 8:00 AM – 5 PM

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    36. Royal Textile Academy Of Bhutan

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    Not just a pedantic institution, Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan is where contemporary architecture meets Bhutanese art and heritage. It is one the most popular Bhutan places to visit and should definitely be on your itinerary. Attend the exhibitions of finest works of handwoven fabric and applique cloth. Also, learn the art of draping and wearing traditional outfits. It is one of the unique tourist places in Bhutan yet it is worth it.

    Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

    Timings: 9 AM – 4 PM, Sunday closed

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bike from anywhere in Thimphu to get here.

    Places To Stay: DORJI Elements – Boutique Hotel, Taj Tashi Bhutan, Osel Thimphu Bhutan, Bhutan Boutique Residency

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    37. Trashi Chhoe Dzong – For Religious Celebrations

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    In the list of Bhutan visiting places, monasteries are plenty. Trashi Chhoe Dzong is where all the festivities and religious events in Thimphu take place. It is the largest monastery in the northern fringe of Thimphu. So, it is kind of hard to miss. Dzongs are anyway important structures and religious institutions in Bhutan. So, you must visit this place on your holiday.

    Location: Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Timings: 9 AM – 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 6 PM

    How to reach: Take a taxi or bike from anywhere in Thimphu to get here.

    Places To Stay: Ludrong Hotel, DORJI Elements – Boutique Hotel, Namseling Boutique Hotel, Taj Tashi Bhutan, Osel Thimphu Bhutan

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    38. Tower Of Trongsa – The Cultural History Of Bhutan

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    One of the exciting visiting places in Bhutan, the Tower of Trongsa gives you a rar chance to step into the history and culture of Bhutan. Witness a great collection of Bhutanese artifacts kept at the Tower of Trongsa Museum, which itself is unique in its structure with its circular tower and five interesting storeys. Famous as one of the best Bhutan tourist places, this museum was a high watchtower a few centuries ago and the building still retains its age-old charm. You can find everything from Buddhist art, diverse treasures, items of religious importance, and even the 500-year-old jacket of Ngagi Wangchuk displayed here to catch the attention of visitors and teach them a thing or two about the unique culture and history of Bhutan.

    Location: Paro-Samdrupjongkhar Road, Trongsa, Bhutan

    Timings: 9 AM – 4:30 PM (Sundays Closed)

    How to reach: Take a taxi from Thimphu to get to Trongsa

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    39. Hidden Valleys Of Bumthang – Set Out On A Quest

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    Bumthang is surely one of the best valleys in Bhutan, but little do people know that it is more than what meets the eye! It is believed (and has been discovered by plenty of travelers) that the region of Bumthang is home to many hidden valleys in the Himalayas. These valleys remain concealed from the outside world in order to provide sanctuary and solace to the devoted who come here to seek refuge in times of need. From all that is known, the valleys of Bumthang are a paradise like no other and hunting them on your trip would surely be one of the most adventurous things to do in Bhutan with friends.

    Location: Bumthang, Bhutan

    How to reach: Nearest airport is Bathpalathang Airport. From there, take a taxi or bike to get to Bumthang.

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    40. Torsa Strict Nature Reserve – Untouched Natural Beauty

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    When in Bhutan, visiting places like the Torsa Strict Nature Reserve can be quite an refreshing experience for all kinds of travelers, especially nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Torsa is among the most famous tourist attractions in Bhutan not just because it’s the only nature reserve in the world that has not been tampered by human inhabitation but also because it is the home of a diverse range of flora and fauna. Jeweled with beautiful alpine vegetation and broad leaf tree forests, it is among the most preferred places for trekking in Bhutan. Don’t forget to look for and spot the Rufous Necked Hornbill when you’re here.

    Location: Western Haa, Bhutan

    Timings: Open 24X7

    How to reach: Hire a taxi or bike from anywhere in Phuentsholing to get here.

    Places To Stay: Haa Heritage Hotel, Econest Home Stay, Zuluk Dil Maya, Seluja homestay, Soyangla Homestay

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    41. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary – The Newest Addition

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    A new addition to the family of wildlife reserves in Bhutan, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the captivating places to go in Bhutan. This Wildlife Sanctuary is not only home to some exotic wildlife but also the nomadic tribes. From Himalayan black bear, barking deer, red pandas, and snow leopards to some vibrant species of birds such as Assamese macaw, grey-backed shrike, blood pheasant, and common hoopoe, there’s plenty to see.

    This Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 650 sq. km and exhibits the beautiful Himalayan ecosystem at its best. For those who seek the get off the beaten path can consider heading to this Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a perfect getaway from the city life and soaking in the alluring beauty of the various marvels that mother nature has displayed.

    Location: Easternmost Bhutan

    Key attractions: The beautiful snow leopards, the art of bird watching, trekking for every level of trekker, and the variety of plant species.

    How to reach: After reaching the Paro airport, hire the local taxi that is readily available to reach the Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Places To Stay: Nuraneng Resort, Red Berry Riverview Homestay, VAMOOSETRAIL DIRANG, Hot Spring Homestay, Hotel Pemaling

    Timings: 11 AM – 4 PM

    42. Mo Chhu River – A Beautiful Scenery Awaits

    Mo Chhu

    The Mo Chhu is a major river in Bhutan and flows through Punakha in central Bhutan. It flows through the famous Dagana and Tsirang districts as well. Why it makes it to the list of places to visit in Bhutan is due to its ever beautiful scenic nature and being a natural abode for rafting. Punakha is the main town which offers rafting facilities from this river.

    Location: Punakha, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Adventure activities, scenery, clean water

    Timings: Always open

    43. National Institute for Zorig Chusum – To Witness Art

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    The National Institute for Zorig Chusum is one of the finest places to visit in Bhutan which is otherwise known as ‘the painting school’. The school operates 4 to 6 year courses providing instruction in Bhutan’s 13 major traditional arts. The beautiful school has cherished generations of artists in the country. It has helped in gaining specialized skills including painting of furniture and thangkas, woodcarving, clay making. 

    Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Bhutanese art masterpieces

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM (Saturday and Sunday closed)

    44. Handicrafts Market – For Local Goods

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    One of the finest places to visit in Bhutan is the Handicrafts Market located in Thimpu. Across the Kundeyling Baazam, there is a cantilevered footbridge from where this market can be reached. Located on the east bank, it sells anything from mala beads and wooden bowls to amulets, yak tails and printing blocks.

    Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

    Key attractions: Traditional handicrafts, Amulets

    Timings: Always open

    45. Memorial Chorten – A Peace Statue

    National Memorial Chorten

    A popular Buddhist temple or the Memorial Stupa is located in Thimphu and also popular as Thimphu Chorten. It is an iconic memorial  built in memory of Third Druk Gyalpo and more importantly dedicated to World Peace. The structure is particularly impressive and made of large white structure topped with a golden spire. It is one of the top places to visit in Bhutan to witness the calm and quiet culture.

    Location: Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Key attractions: The memorial, architecture

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM 

    46. Druk Path – The Countryside Trek

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    As if you need more witnesses to confirm that Bhutan is beautiful, Druk Path stands as a constant reminder of the country’s pristine natural aura. Why it is placed in the top tourist places in Bhutan is due to the magnificent natural scenes and a popular trek route all across Bhutan. You witness the gorgeous natural landscapes, the blue pine forests, ridges and lakes that overpower the region. You can also visit some ancient dzongs, villages and lhakhangs.

    Location: Paro and Thimphu valleys

    Key attractions: Natural beauty, villages, lakes

    Timings: Always open

    Further Read: Bhutan In November 2020: Which All Exciting Experiences To Add To Your List

     

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Places In Bhutan

    Q. When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

    A. October to December is one of the best time to visit Bhutan. The weather is sunny during this time with some snow at higher elevations. If you want to see the flowers blooming and the magic of spring months, then plan your visit from March to May.

    Q. Do we need a visa for Bhutan?

    A. No, there is no need for Bhutan visa for Indian nationals to travel to the country. They only need to carry any one of the two documents:

    1) Voter identity Card, issued by the Election Commission Of India; or 2) Indian Passport, with a validity of at least 6 months.

    Q. What is Bhutan well known for?

    A. Bhutan is well known for its natural beauty, forts, monasteries, trekking spots, great culture and heritage and rich biodiversity.

    Q. How can you reach Chele La Pass?

    A. Chele La Pass can be reached from Paro or Thimphu by taking a car or a motorbike. It takes approximately one and half hours from Paro and two and a half hours from Thimphu to reach Chele La Pass.

    Q. How hard is the Tiger’s Nest hike?

    A. Tiger’s Nest hike difficulty level ranges from moderate to difficult. One can do it if they have an average level of fitness and can complete it between 3 to 5 hours depending upon the pace.

    Q. What can you buy in Paro Bhutan?

    A. Paro is a major hub for shopping in Bhutan. One can check out the following popular things to buy:
    1. Woven bags
    2. Traditional jewelry
    3. Carpets
    4. Handmade paper
    5. Thangkas
    6. Yak-bone jewelry

    Q. How many days do I need in Bhutan?

    A. Bhutan is a wonderful country to explore and it involves some within-the-country traveling too. So, at least 5 to 7 days are needed to experience Bhutan.

    Q. How much does it cost to visit Bhutan?

    A. The cost for a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights in Bhutan starts from INR 12,500. This includes hotel charges, breakfast, and sightseeing.

    Q. What are some top attractions in Bhutan?

    A. There is no dearth of tourist attractions in Bhutan with the top ones being Buddha Doredena Statue, National Museum of Bhutan, Haa Valley, Zuri Dzong Fort, Gasa Tshachu, Motithang Takin Preserve, Simply Bhutan, and Dochula Pass.

    Q. How far is Rinpung Dzong from Paro airport?

    A. Rinpung Dzong is located in the vicinity of the Paro airport. It is around 6 kilometers away and takes approximately 12 minutes to cover the distance between the two.


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