DESTINATION: THE TOP 20 PLACES YOU CAN VISIT BHUTAN


DESTINATION BHUTAN


Due to its breathtaking scenery, gorgeous views, divine monasteries, and vibrant activity centers, Bhutan is nothing less than a paradise. This nation, which is located in the Himalayan Mountains, will undoubtedly elevate your spirits and inspire you to go throughout this mystical place. You will immediately notice a calm and spiritual vibe surrounding you if you ever arrive in this stunning and enchanting country.
While visiting this country, you can travel to a lot of interesting places. Although the main attractions of this area are the mountains, valleys, and rivers, you will also be captivated by the architecture, handicrafts, sports, animals, and intriguing culture of the locals.

THE TOP 20 PLACES YOU CAN VISIT BHUTAN

1. Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro

This historic monastery erected on a rock is commonly referred to as Tiger’s Nest Monastery and is over 3120 meters above sea level. This location, which is surrounded by mountains in a valley named Paro, draws a large number of visitors each year.
The sole access to the monastery is by the pathways that wind through the mountains and pine forests because this mountain is situated in an isolated area. This adds to the location’s mystique. You will undoubtedly feel refreshed by the monastery’s lovely appearance and peaceful environment.
What to see: Several caves and paintings which have a connection with the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava
What to do: Mountain Hiking, Trekking, Exploring the monastery, and Meditation

2. Rinpung Dzong, Paro

Another mountain monastery, Rinpung Dzong, is situated in the well-known Paro valley and is also referred to as Paro Dzong. Your trip to Bhutan will be made complete by the incredible architecture, paintings, statues, and sculptures, as well as the panoramic views from the mountain’s summit and the hypnotic green surrounds.
What to see: Several paintings, statues, and murals, Bhutan National MuseumParo Tshechu Festival
What to do: Exploring the monastery, Trekking, Meditation

3. Punakha Dzong, Punakha

Punakha Dzong is the epitome of Bhutanese architectural brilliance and breathtaking scenery. This Dzong is one of the most alluring tourist destinations in the nation because it is situated in the lovely Punakha Valley.
The fortification, which has six stories, is situated between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Therefore, the only method to access this location is through crossing The Bazam Bridge. Bhutan’s national treasures can be found at the main temple of Punakha Dzong.
What to see: Bodhi Tree, One-hundred pillar hall, Gold statue of Buddha, the Zhabdrung, and Guru Rinpoche, Wish-fulfilling statue of Sakyamuni, the Rangjung Kharsapani, Victory Chorten, and the Nag Yul Bum Temple
What to do: Hiking, River Rafting, Meditation, and Shopping

4. Chele La, Paro

Since Bhutan is mostly a mountainous country, there are many motorable passes that connect the various landscapes. The Chele La Pass, which offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, is the highest pass in the nation. Beautiful sparkling lakes, majestic waterfalls, and gorgeous fir trees are all magically encircled by mystic valleys.
What to see: Lhakhang Karpo Temple (popularly known as a White Temple), Lhakhang Nagpo (popularly known as a black temple), Haa Summer festival, Haa Valley,
What to do: Trekking, Hiking, Bird watching, Mountain Biking, Picnic

5. Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu

One of the well-known attractions of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, is the Buddha Dordenma Statue. There are 125 000 miniature statues of Buddha inside the stunningly large golden statue of the Buddha that is constructed of bronze and covered in gold.
This statue, which was constructed in 2015 for over $100 million, quickly makes you feel really happy and peaceful. Even the Thimphu valley can be visited while viewing the statue.
What to see: Giant Buddha Statue, Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, Buddha Point, Ruins of palace Sherab Wangchuck
What to do: Mountain Biking, Hiking,

6. National Museum, Paro

Ta Dzong in the Paro Valley is home to Bhutan’s National Museum. This odd-looking structure is home to numerous historical treasures that showcase the nation’s rich cultural legacy, including antiquities, manuscripts, weapons, paintings, and more.
This museum has a variety of galleries. A mule’s egg, which has raised many questions about the veracity of a mule laying an egg in the past and continues to do so, is one of the most talked-about objects in this museum.
What to see: Arms and Armor Gallery, Thangka Gallery, Water Clock, Tribal/Nomads of Merag Sakteng Gallery, Panoramic view of Paro valley,
What to do: Exploring the museum, Hiking

7. Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

In the Thimphu Valley, Tashichho Dzong is situated beside the Wangchhu River. In addition to being a monastery, this magnificent fortification serves as the Druk Desi’s permanent office. Some of the attractions that attract visitors include the lovely gardens, the exquisite design of the castle, the incredible paintings and sculptures, and the mysterious appearance of the stronghold at night.
What to see: Rose garden, Thimphu Tsechu festival, Statue of Shakyamuni, Paintings, and architecture of Tashichho Dzong, Monastery lifestyle,
What to do: Exploring the monastery

8. Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu

The takin, which is the national animal of Bhutan, resides in this wildlife reserve. This unusual creature, which has the head of a cow and the body of a goat, is thought to have been made by the Buddhist monk Drupa Kunley. The Motithang Takin Preserve was originally intended to house the takins in a zoo, but the fourth monarch of Bhutan chose to let them go free in the forests.
These animals, however, became so domesticated that it was discovered that they were scavenging for food on the streets of Thimphu. Then, to protect these species, this wildlife reserve was established.
What to see: Takins, Sambar, the Barking Deer,
What to do: Take a walk around the lovely surrounding of the zoo, Hiking, 

9. Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha

The second-longest suspension bridge in the world is located in Punakha and spans the river Po Chu. It serves as a link between the Dzong on one side and the tiny settlements Shengana, Wankha, and Samdingkha on the other.
This location is undoubtedly for you if you’re a risk-taker willing to walk across a suspended bridge over a swiftly moving river that can be quickly moved by a gust of wind. A beautiful view of the Mystic Valley may be had from this bridge.
What to see: Panoramic view of the valley and river, Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang Temple
What to do: Sightseeing, Taking a walk on the hanging bridge, shopping in nearby villages, Trekking, Hiking 

10. Dochula Pass, Thimphu

To remember the 108 Bhutanese troops who died in a military action in 2003, this breathtaking mountain route was constructed among a lush landscape.
Due to its breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas and a few other mountain peaks, this location is among the most popular tourist destinations in Bhutan. Numerous people come to this location in the winter because of the snowfall.
What to see: Druk Wangyal Chortens, Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival, Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple
What to do: Mountain Biking, Trekking, Hiking, Picnic 

REFERENCE:
  • https://www.tusktravel.com/blog/best-places-to-visit-in-bhutan/

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