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Sightseeing


Being situated in the Himalayas, Bhutan offers a visual treat in whichever direction you look. Sightseeing tours in the kingdom would take you through places like Thimphu Valley, Phuentsholing, Haa Valley, Paro Valley, Punakha Valley, Wangdue Phodrang, Trongsa and Bumthang. Each of these destinations have their own unique attractions – such as Tiger’s Nest perched on a cliff near the Paro Valley and Punakha Dzong between the rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu in Punakha district. Without a sightseeing tour, your visit to Bhutan would be incomplete.

 


Thimphu Valley

Thimphu Valley
Thimphu – situated at an altitude of around 7600 feet – is the capital city of Bhutan, lying in its north-western part. Its main attraction is Tashichho Dzong, which is the center of administration and also serves as the monastic body’s summer residence. The dzong’s courtyard is the venue of the annual Thimphu Festival. Another prominent edifice in this valley is the SAARC secretariat building, housing the National Assembly. This small but vibrant city has many other touristy places to visit like Tashichho Dzong, Textile Museum, Tango Monastery, Cheri Monastery etc.


Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing
Phuentsholing is a town bordering with the Indian state of West Bengal, which thus forms the threshold from this end. It is located at the foothills, leading to the country’s interiors. Owing to its proximity with India, the place is an important industrial and trade hub for the entire kingdom. It also has some tourist attractions worth visiting, which are:
  • Chhukha Dzong
  • Kamji Lhakhang
  • Kharbandi Gompa
  • Phuentsholing Zangtopelri
  • Crocodile Preservation Centre


Haa Valley

Haa Valley
Bordering with Sikkim and Tibet, Haa Valley is the westernmost district of Bhutan, situated south of the Paro Valley. Owing to its proximity with Tibet and India, it has always been an important trade link and was recently opened to tourists as well. Apart from enjoying the scenic beauties, you can visit notable places like:
  • Lhakhang Karpo
  • Lhakhang Nagpo
  • Fishing spot


Paro Valley

Paro Valley
Paro Valley is one of the most significant places in Bhutan as the kingdom’s only international airport is located here. It is also religiously important as people believe that Guru Rinpoche landed here on the back of a tigress – a place that is today known as Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest, perched on a cliff. This broadest and the most fertile valley of Bhutan is mainly inhabited by farmers.

Rinpung Dzong, which houses the district monastic body and administrative offices of the government is a prominent landmark. To the north of the valley is Drugyel Dzong, a fortress of victory over the Tibetan invaders which stands in ruins today. Bhutan’s National Museum is housed in an old watchtower known as Taa Dzong. Other places of interest in the Paro Valley are:
  • Sanga Chhoekhor Monastery
  • Lhakhang Nagpo
  • Kila Gompa (Nunnery)
  • Dzongdrakha Monastery
  • Chelila Pass (to view the scenery)
  • Dungtse Lhakhang
  • Drakarpo (hike 2 hours)
  • Tamchog Lhakhang
  • Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery
  • Kichu Lhakhang


Punakha Valley

Punakha Valley
Punakha served as Bhutan’s capital till 1955, before it was shifted to Thimphu. The valley lies 10,500 feet below Dochula pass. The most notable feature of this place is the Punakha Dzong, standing between two rivers – Pho Chu and Mo Chu. The district is the winter capital of the clergy and his fellow monk body, who all reside at the dzong during this season. Chime Lhakhang – the temple of fertility is another significant place in the valley. More such places have been mentioned hereunder:
  • Nunnery (Near Talo)
  • Talo Monastery
  • Kila Gompa (Nunnery)
  • Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.
  • Lam Pelri Botanical Park


Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Phodrang
If you are travelling on the highway to Central Bhutan, the last town you will cross is Wangdue Phodrang. The place had a dzong by the same name, which got destroyed in a fire in 2012 and is now under reconstruction. The Gangtey Monastery – built in the 17th century – also lies in this valley. Tourists also some to Wangdue Phodrang to visit Phobjikha Valley – the winter migratory place for the endangered Black Necked Cranes. Some more places which tourists flock to in this region are:
  • Rinchengang village
  • Hydro-power projects along the rivers
  • Doma Gonpa Monastery
  • Pele La Pass (to view the scenery)
  • The Black Necked Cranes Information center


Trongsa

Trongsa
Trongsa district lies in central Bhutan, which is arrived after crossing Pele La Pass. It was once the ancestral home of the kingdom’s present-day royal family and hence occupies a significant place in their history. Trongsa Dzong, built atop a hill is visible from every route leading to the town. It is structured on several levels on the ridge. Other significant places in Trongsa are:
  • Chendebji Chorten
  • Dorji Goemba (on the way to Bumthang)
  • Yotong La Pass (to view the scenery)
  • Kuenga Rabten Palace-the Palace of the 2nd King Jigme Wangchuck
  • Taa Dzong-an ancient watch tower


Bumthang

Bumthang
To the north central part of Bhutan, lies the territory of Bumthang. It is separated from Trongsa Valley by Yotongla pass and is one of the most beautiful places in the entire kingdom. The valley is of immense religious significance as many saints meditated here and left their traces in the form of sacred worshipping places and pilgrimage destinations. Most crucial one amongst these is the dzong at Jakar and the Kurjey Lhakhang (temple), where the body imprints of Guru Rinpoche have been preserved upon a rock. Other places you can visit in this valley like Cheese Factory, Yartha weaving center at Chumey, Ura Temple (1hour drive) etc.