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Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon. Can you think of any other country in this world that has a more dramatic introduction? We guess not! To add on to the drama, Bhutan is a tiny country nestled high up in the Himalayas, providing breathtaking views of the majestic Mt. Everest.Fun fact about Bhutan – the country’s development is measured not by Gross National Product but by Gross National Happiness Index, thus making Bhutan one of the happiest countries in the world! How utterly cool is that!! Bhutan is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom! A visit to this mesmerizing land is sure to calm your mind and soothe your heart with its breathtaking views, stunning Dzongs (fortresses), vibrant culture and its famous chillies and cheese!

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Here is our curated listof places to visit and experiences that one must have when you visit Bhutan –

1. KARBANDI MONASTERY, PHEUNTSHOLING

Pheuntsholing is a small town in the border of Bhutan with clean localities, warm people and a few attractions. Karbandi Monastery is the most popular attraction in this town as one can get a breathtaking view of the Bengal plains and the whole town of Pheuntsholing!

2. THIMPU

Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, presents an ideal representation of the country. As you walk around the city, one can see the beautiful houses and buildings all built in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. Hone the traditional Bhutanese outfit called “Kira” and pose in front of one of the many beautiful houses and feel like you’re one with the locals. While you’re in Thimpu give a visit to TrashiChhoDzong – Bhutan’s largest monastery, the local handicrafts shops and most importantly Thimpu is the best place to experience the Bhutanese nightlife and to also taste traditional Bhutanese dishes.

3. THIMPU TSHECHU FESTIVAL

This is the National festival of Bhutan and one of the most popular festivals in the country. Filled with vibrant traditional attires, colourful mask dances, activities, authentic Bhutanese food and a vibe that is highly infectious will surely make you want to dance your heart out with the locals! Definitely a spectacle that must not be missed! This 3 day long festival starts on the 10th day of the 8thmonth as per the lunar calendar!

4. DOCHULA PASS

The beautiful Dochula Pass is a high mountain pass on the road between Thimpu and Punakha. This is the place to be to catch a sneak peak of the majestic snow-covered Himalayas! Your trip to Dochula Pass shall be incomplete without a walk among the 108 Chortens that serve as a memorial to Bhutanese soldiers killed in an uprising in 2003. To catch a fog free glimpse of the Himalayas visit Bhutan from October to February.

5. PUNAKHA

The beautiful valley town of Punakha, best known for the Punakha Dzong, is situated on the confluence of two popular rivers of Bhutan, Mo and Pho. All the adrenaline junkies can head out to raft in the Pho Chhu, a 16 km course with about 15 rapids of grade II-IV!

6. PARO

The picturesque Paro valley is sure to take a permanent place in your heart with its lush green rice fields, breathtaking views of the snow-capped Jomolhari ranges, sprinkled with traditional houses and monasteries. Paro is the perfect place for couples seeking peace and long romantic walks on paths nestled in nature. Adventure seekers, there is mountain biking, rafting and kayaking for you!

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7. TAKTSANG LHAKHANG OR TIGER’S NEST

Perched precariously along the edge of a high cliff, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Punakha undoubtedly offers its visitors a spectacular view of the sun kissed valley below. The Taktsang is considered to be one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Bhutan! 2 ways to get to get to this high point – take a pony or go all out and hike your way up!

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8. SNOWMAN TREK

Last but not the least, the grand Snowman trek. You cannot talk about Bhutan and not mention this ultra-challenging, 25 day long trek, across 13 Himalayan mountains. This trek is considered to be the toughest trek in the world due to the high altitude and duration, but provides you with the most stunning views. Got some time to spare, take on the Snowman challenge!

With the warmth of the people, clean valley air, rich Bhutanese culture and the grandiose of Mt Everest,Bhutan will surely hold a special place in your heart, just like it does in ours… so take along a piece of it with you by having all your beautiful memories in print!

On our visit to one of the many monasteries in Bhutan, came across a group of young buddhist monks who are studying in an outdoor class. Most of the boys are studying intently and as we walk passed, one of them look out and that’s where this shot was framed. Life in Bhutan is simple and at that time Internet and mobile was not pervasive as yet, however the people all have this light and sparkle in their eyes much more so than some of their western counterparts who are much more technologically advance but walk around with a glazed eyes staring into their cellphones.
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Let us, at Travographer make your visit all the more special by providing you with your travel photographer because with us your trip may end but your Bhutanese memories shall last forever!