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

    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 its 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 of 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 them.

    Top 15 Tourist Places To Visit In Bhutan – The Land of Thunderbolt

    1. Rinpung Dzong, Paro

    A night view of one of the most popular tourist places in Bhutan - Rnpung 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.

    Key attractions: Beautiful temple and wall paintings related to Buddhism
    Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm

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    2. Chele La Pass, Paro

    Trekkers get their snap clicked at the Chele La Pass

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    Located at an altitude of about 3,989 meters, Chele La pass is among the popular places to see in Bhutan. The magnificent pass is en-route the Haa Valley in Paro.

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

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    3. Punakha Dzong

    Punakha Dzong is one of the popular places to see in Bhutan

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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 popular tourist places to visit in Bhutan, the dzong speaks volumes about the beautiful stories and traditions of the Buddhist culture. Do not miss this in your Bhutan sightseeing tour.

    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.
    Opening hours: 8 am – 5 pm

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    4. Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu

    The gronze-gold Buddha Dordenma Statue is among the popular Bhutan tourist places

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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 popular Bhutan tourist places.

    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

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    5. Dochula Pass

    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 to visit in Bhutan.

    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

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    6. Tiger’s Nest, Paro

    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 most popular Bhutan tourist places in Paro, 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.

    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.

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    7. Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha

    The beautiful Phobjikha Valley surrounded by mountains and lush greenery

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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.

    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

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    8. Chomolhari

    A beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains and other landscapes at Chomolhari

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    Chomolhari is among the popular Bhutan tourist spots, most popular for the 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.

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

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    9. Norzin Lam Street, Thimphu

    A view of the market street at Norzin Lam in Thimphu

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

    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

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    10. Main Street, Paro

    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.

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

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    11. Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

    Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

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    Located at the northern end of the city, Tashichho Dzong is one of the famous Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan for which the country is famous for. 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.

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

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    12. Drukgyel Dzong, Paro

    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.

    Location: Paro District 11001, Bhutan
    Timings: Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 6 PM

    13. Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu

    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.

    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

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    14. National Museum Of Bhutan, Paro

    National Museum Of Bhutan

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    Built in the year of 1968 and set above the famous Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan 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.

    Key attractions: Do not miss out on the bronze statues, galleries, and the ancient paintings.
    Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM

    15. Simply Bhutan, Thimphu

    Simply Bhutan,

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    Based on the theme of the villages in Bhutan, Simply Bhutan is a beautiful museum that takes the travelers through the various facets of 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.

    Location: Genyen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
    Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM
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