The beautiful country of Bhutan is a landlocked area comprising of mountains and forests with the splendid Himalayan ranges. It is a paradise for trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts. It can boast of being the first organic country in the world. For religious people, there are lot of monasteries. If you are a foodie, Bhutan has a lot to offer to you too. All in all, Bhutan has something for everyone.
1.Folk Heritage Museum
Folk Heritage Museum at Thimpu is a three storeyed, rammed-earth and timber building. It resembles a farmhouse and the furnishing is done like it would have been a hundred years ago. If you wish to have a look into the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, check out this museum. It is recommended that you take a torch along with you.
2. Weekend Market
Weekend market is held on the banks of the Wang Chhu, to the north of Changlimithang stadium. Vendors from throughout the area come to this market on Thursday or Friday. It continues till Sunday night. You get the cheapest vegetables and fruits according to the season. Across the cantilever footbridge, Kuendeyling Bazaaam, to the west bank is a collection of stalls with clothing, fabric and handicrafts. You can shop for souvenirs of Bhutan from here. Don’t forget to bargain.
3. Buddha Dordenma
Buddha Dordenma in Thimpu is one of the highest statues in the world. The view of the capital city from the top is simply mesmerizing. Photographers would surely love this place. The drive to this site is also quite delightful.
4. Lungchuzekha Gompa
Lungchuzekha offers a brilliant sight of the Himalayan ranges in Bhutan. From here, you can descend to Trashigang Goemba and Hongtsho. You will be led into beautiful red, white and pink rhododendron forest before you reach a branching trail. If you turn left, you would reach Lungchuzekha Gompa. Turning right leads to Trashigang, another beautiful site.
5. Paro’s National Museum
At the top of the hill above Paro Dzong, there is an old watchtower. This was renovated in 1968 to house Paro’s National Museum. The unique round building is said to be in the shape of a conch shell. It is also said that there is an underground tunnel from the watchtower to the water supply.
6. Paro Dzong
If you wish to see an example of finest Bhutanese architecture, Paro Dzong is the ultimate destination for you. It is known as Rinchen Pung Dzong, that is shortened to Rinpung Dzong, meaning fortress on a jewel heap.
7. Dumtse Lakhang
Built in 1433 there are three floors in this chorten-like temple that represent earth, heaven and hell. The murals inside are said to be some of the best in Bhutan. Don’t forget to bring a torch along with you when you plan to visit this place. You will need a special permit to check out the interiors, so have that assured in advance from your travel agent.
8. Trekking trail to Tiger’s nest
You can walk or ride a horse to Tiger’s nest. It takes around 2 hours for this hike. The spectacular views make it a must visit for tourists. It is a good trekking trail for beginners. If you are planning to ride horses, inform your guide two days prior to the visit. The Taktsang Palphug monastery is a must visit over here.
9. Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong is one of the most beautiful dzongs in the country. In spring, it looks even more amazing with the lilac-colored jaracanda trees and the whitewashed walls of the dzong. Gold, red and black carved woods add to the artistic charm of this place. It is one of the most important things to do in Bhutan.
10. Chele La Pass
Around 35 kilometers from Paro, Chele La Pass is a magnificent pass that offers a view of Jhomolhari peak on one side and on the other side, it is Jichu Drakey. Check out this highest motorable road of Bhutan for some of the most awesome views.
11. Dochula Pass
Dochula Pass is the second highest pass on the way to Punakha from Thimpu. The atmosphere here is simply surreal. Photographers should certainly visit this place. Visit this place during September to December or March-April. There are beautiful blooming flowers all around, during spring season.
12. Tashichho Dzong
Known as the ”fortress of the glorious religion” it serves as the office of the King of Bhutan and also has the office of the Central Monastic Body and is situated in Thimpu. It opens to public only after 5 pm and you cannot click pictures inside, but the outside glamour makes up for that. It is truly a great place to visit as you can find the king’s throne over here. The night view of this fort is breathtaking.
13. Phobjikha Valley
For people who are not used to trekking in hilly areas, Phobjikha Valley is a great choice. You can also visit Gangtey Goemba and the local school. Bird watchers should visit this place during late November to January. Black Necked Cranes are the highlights of this place.
Chomolhari Base Camp presents for a beautiful trek. It is one of the highest peaks of Bhutan. The serene and splendid surrounding over here offers a unique experience to the tourists and is loved by all avid trekkers.
Motithang Takin Preserve and Jigme Dorji National Park can also added to the list of the top things to do in Bhutan. Apart from that, the royal textile academy of Bhutan and other monasteries can also be visited. Do not underestimate Bhutan by its size. It has lots to offer to its visitors.