Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon
Bhutan - Land of Thunder Dragon. Can you think of any other country in this world that has a more dramatic introduction? We do not think! To add to the drama, Bhutan is a small country elevated in the Himalayas, which offers breathtaking views of the majestic Mt. Everest. Fun facts about Bhutan - The country's development is measured not by gross national product but by gross national prosperity index, making Bhutan one of the happiest countries in the world! How cool is that !! Bhutan is the last remaining Buddhist kingdom in the world! A trip to this enchanting land definitely calms your mind and soaks your heart with its breathtaking scenery, stunning Dzongs (fortresses), vibrant culture and its famous chilli and cheese!
Here is our curated list of places to visit and experiences you should have during your trip to Bhutan -
KARBANDI MONASTERY, PHEUNTSHOLING
Funtsholding is a small town in the border of Bhutan, with clean areas, warm people and some attractions. The Karabandi Math is the most popular attraction in this town as one can get a breathtaking view of the plains of Bengal and the entire city from here!
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, represents an ideal representation of the country. As you walk around the city, one can see beautiful houses and buildings built in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. The traditional Bhutanese dress is called "Kira" and pose in front of one of the many beautiful houses and feel as if you are with the locals. When you are in Thimpu, Tripti Chho Dzong - Bhutan's largest monastery, local handicraft shops and most importantly Thimpu is the best place to experience Bhutanese nightlife and traditional Bhutanese cuisine.
THIMPU TSHECHU FESTIVAL
It is the national festival of Bhutan and one of the most popular festivals in the country. Vibrant traditional costumes, colorful mask dances, activities, authentic Bhutanese food and highly contagious that will definitely make you want to dance your heart out with the locals! Definitely a spectacle not to be missed! This 3-day festival begins on the 10th day of the 8th month according to the lunar calendar!
The Sundar Dochula Pass is a high mountain pass on the road between Thimpu and Punakha. It is a place to catch a high peak of the Himalayas covered with majestic snow! Your visit to the Dokula Pass will be incomplete among the 108 roosters serving as a memorial to the Bhutanese soldiers killed in the 2003 uprising. Visit Bhutan from October to February to catch a fog-free glimpse of the Himalayas.
The beautiful valley town of Punakha, known for Punakha Dzong, lies at the confluence of the two popular rivers of Bhutan, Mo and Pho. All adrenaline enthusiasts can take a walk in Pho Chhu, with a 16 km course of grade II-IV of 16 km.
The picturesque Paro Valley is sure to take a permanent place in its heart with its juicy green rice fields, breathtaking views of the snow-capped Jomoliri ranges sprinkled with traditional houses and monasteries. Paro is the perfect place for couples looking for peace and long romantic walks on nature-lined paths. For adventure seekers, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking are for you!
TAKTSANG LHAKHANG OR TIGER’S NEST
Sitting precariously along the edge of a high cliff, the Tiger Nest Monastery in Punakha undoubtedly offers its visitors a spectacular view of the sun kissed down the valley. Takatsang is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in Bhutan! 2 ways to get to this high point - take a pony or go all out and work your way up!
Last but not least, the gorgeous snowman trek. You cannot talk about Bhutan and mention this ultra-challenging, 25-day long journey, across 13 Himalayan mountains. This trek is considered to be the most difficult trek in the world due to the height and duration, but provides you with the most stunning views. Left for a while, take the snowman challenge!