The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan

Places to visit in Thimphu

Places to Visit in Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and it is the center of Government. The broad Thimphu valley represents mostly the urban way of life. Just like any other place in Bhutan, this valley is clothed with beautiful tress from valleys to the hilltops and with a beautiful building built and maintained by traditional architects.
Visit Trashichhodzong the office of the present King of Bhutan. The Dzong was built-in 1641. The Dzong was later rebuilt by the third King of Bhutan in 1965. This is must visit place in Thimphu because this houses the central Monastic body and throne room of His Majesty the King, Ministers, Nationa largest monastery, and headquarters of His holiness the Je Khenpo.

Largest Bhudha Statue

During the tour of Thimphu do not miss visiting the largest standing Budha overlooking the Thimphu valley. This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures a height of 51.5 m, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue; 100,000 statues of which are 8 inches tall and 25,000 statues of which are 12 inches tall. Each of these thousands of Buddhas has also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall. Read More

Simply Bhutan Museam

Simply Bhutan museam is one of its kind in Thimphu. The museam offers the live traditional music and dance, opportunity to shoot arrows, and taste authentic Bhutanese cuisine.

Dochula Pass altitude 3200M

The pass is located on the way towards Punakha valley. The pass stands at an altitude of 3100m offering the 10 prominent Himalayan ranges view. Colorful prayer flags surround the 108 chortens called "Druk Wangyel Chortens." Her Majesty, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, initiated the construction of these chortens to honor the 4th Druk Gyelpo and his people for their victory in the war fought in southern Bhutan in 2003.

Simtokha Dzong

The Dzong is 7 Km away from Thimphu town. Simtokha Dzong is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan which stands on a lofty ridge five miles from Thimphu city. It was built in 1627 by Zhabdrung and now houses the Institute of Language and cultural studies. The site has been chosen to guard over demonese that had vanished into the rock nearby. Read More About Dzongs of Bhutan

Hiking in Thimphu

There is many hiking trails in Thimphu. The trail includes Takin Trail Hike in Motithang, Kuenselphodrang Hike, Depsi Hike, Changangkha monastery Hike, and Dochula Hike. All these hikes are beautiful and pleasant.

Visit National Museam in Thimphu

This is must visit places in Thimphu. The museam show cases a range of beautifull Bhutanese textiles. It was opened in 2001. The museam has exhibited six major themes. They are warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textile in religion achievement in textile arts, textile from indiginios fibres and Royal collection.

Folk Heritage Museam

The museum is a restored three-storied traditional house that dates back to the 19th century. It provides fascinating insights into the traditional Bhutanese Farmhouse and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life. The typical Bhutanese settings, a traditional style kitchen garden with vegetables and a famous traditional hot stone bath, and a traditional watermill.

Visit 13th Arts and Crafts School

This is an institute where Student undergoes 6 years of vigorous training in the 13th arts and crafts of Bhutan. The student follows a comprehensive course that starts with drawing and progresses through painting, wood carving, embroidery, and statue making. You can see students working during your visit.

Visit Takin Preservation Center

It houses the rare national animal of Bhutan. The best time to see them is early morning when they gather around near the fence for feeding. The takin is listed by national conservation agencies as a vulnerable species and its rare animals are found only in Bhutan, Nepal, Burma, and some parts of China.

Druk Wangyel Stupa

Located on top of the hillock overlooking the Druk Wangyel Choetens at Dochula is certainly worth the visit. It was built by Her Majesty Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King for his selfless sacrifices for the Nation. Built with the finest wood and stonework carefully handcrafted by the best artisans in the country. Every Year there is Druk Wangyel Festival held every year at Dochula Pass.

Visit Craft Bazaar

Authentic Bhutanese Craft bazaar in Thimphu sits along the Norzin Lam stretching from the Taj Tashi hotel up to the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan.

Weekend Vegetable Market

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday many farmers and small business vendors gather on the bank of the rivers Thimchu where the weekend market is held. The place is popularly known as sabji Bazar. It is the place where you get to taste seasonal local fruits and vegetables and provides opportunity to mix with locals.

Visit National Memorial Chorten

This Chorten serves as a gathering place for the young and old. This stupa was built in 1974 by Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck in memory of her Son Bhutan’s Late 3rd king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is popularly regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide deep insights into Buddhist philosophy. This Chorten is one of the most visited religious structures in thimphu.

Phajoding Monastery

The monastery is a beautiful hiking route in Thimphu. It is situated at a commanding height overlooking Thimphu valley. In the form of a statue, here Guru is shown in his terrifying appearance holding a sword in his right hand and a bowl made of a skull in the left hand. The yogic path that turns from India to the mountains of Tibet and Bhutan is said here in symbols with utmost consistency. From Thimphu, it is about 4 hours hike to the monastery. The monastery takes its name from the saint Phajo Dugom Zhigpo who meditated there in the 13th century.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Thimphu


Amankora Hotel

Amankora Hotel is a chain of hotels. Set in the upper reaches of the Motithang area, the 16-suite Lodge of Amankora Thimphu is built in the style of a traditional dzong fortress. Fortress-inspired Amankora Thimphu Lodge is a supremely serene retreat in virgin pine forest above Bhutan’s easy-going capital. Check the Hotels

Six Sense Hotel

Amankora Hotel is a chain of hotels. Set in the upper reaches of the Motithang area, the 16-suite Lodge of Amankora Thimphu is built in the style of a traditional dzong fortress. Fortress-inspired Amankora Thimphu Lodge is a supremely serene retreat in virgin pine forest above Bhutan’s easy-going capital. Check the Hotels

Places to Visit in Punakha Bhutan

Places to Visit in Punakha


Punakha served as the old capital of Bhutan until 1955. It continues to be the winter residence of the central monastic body.

Blessed with a temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, Punakha is another fertile valley of Bhutan with abundant crops from terraced rice fields, seasonal fruits, and vegetables. The altitude of Punakha is 1220M above sea level.

Punakha is popular for Winter Trek that can be done during peak winter starting from December to February.

Best Places to visit in Punakha

Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan. The valleys of Punakha are warmer compared to Thimphu and Paro. There are also many paddy fields in these two valleys. River rafting is mostly done in this region. Punakha is the winter residence of the monastic body.

Visit Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong also Known as “Palace of Happiness”is a massive structure at the Junction of the two rivers. Built in 1637 by zhabdrung the Dzong is 600 feet long and 240 feet wide.The valley and the Dzong of Punakha was the seat of power and politics in medieval Bhutan. This Dzong is must visit places in Bhutan if you visit Punakha.

Visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Monastery

It’s a breathtaking one-hour hike from the road point to the monastery. It was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability, and harmony in the changing world. One can enjoy the excellent view of Punakha valley from the temple’s upper-storied building. Read More

Visit Chimi Lhakhang

The temple is a half-hour walk across the rice field from the road point. The temple was built in 1499 and is located in a hillock in the center of the Valley. It was dedicated to divine madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley who used humor, songs, and outrageous to teach the religion. It is believed that childless couples who pray at this temple are usually blessed with children.

Visit Talo Village in Punakha

It is a 1-hour drive from Punakha town to the village. Talo is located at an altitude of 2,800m above sea level. The village enclosed with traditional houses scattered along the ridge is a stunning sight. Every household in this region has maintained a flower garden of its own adding to the beauty of the village. Apart from the cleanliness and hygiene of the village, Talo is known for its beautiful women. The Royal Queen Mothers, four sister queens of the fourth King of Bhutan belong to the Talo region.

Best Things to do in Punakha

River Rafting: River rafting in Punakha is very popular and the only place to experience rafting. Spend a few hours on the water and see a different side to Bhutan. Rafting on the Mo Chhu (Female River) and the Pho Chhu (Male River) gives you the chance to opt for how adventurous you want to be. For beginners and families who want an enjoyable and scenic float down the river, we recommend the Mo Chhu.

Attend Punakha Festival: Holding a historical significance, Punakha Drubchen Festival is celebrated to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese over the invading Tibetan armies. This usually takes place in early Spring.

Experience the longest Suspension Bridge: Punakha Suspension Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan measuring 180 m in length. From the bridge, you can get a spectacular view of the Po Chhu river (male river) and the valley. It’s an ideal place for a photo shoot with a stunning background

Luxury Hotel in Punakha


Uma by Como

COMO Uma Punakha, our second hotel in Bhutan, is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley.

From our picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo Chu river, Uma Punakha is ideally located for those who wish to explore this remote Himalayan Kingdom. Read more

Six Sense

Six Senses Punakha offers 19 spacious villas and suites, starting from 721 square feet for the Lodge Suites and up to 2,949 square feet for the Three-Bedroom. This beautiful lodge has a rustic feel inspired by the valley’s farmhouse architecture and is blessed with a warmer climate. You’ll find a choice of suites and villas, pools, boutiques, yoga and meditation huts, and from here you can visit one of Bhutan’s highlights: the majestic Punakha Dzong. Read More

Places to Visit in Wangdiphodrang Bhutan

Places to Visit in Wangdi


Wangdi lies at an altitude of 1240m above sea level. Wangdi has about 65% of its area covered with forest. Wangdi is famous for its fine bamboo work, slate, and stone carving. Wangdi covers a very large area, from the northern snow-capped mountains to the cold damp glacial valley of Phobjikha, to the warm breezy town of wangdi.

Wangdiphodrang Dzong

Founded by Zhabdrung in 1638 it is located on a top high ridge overlooking a river Junction. The Dzong stands majestically on a spur and commands an impressive view over both north-south and east-west roads. Below the Dzong one can see chorten like structure in the middle of the river. These are only the remaining ruins of a bridge built in the river.

Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha valley is one of the beautiful wide valleys you should not miss while in Bhutan. The valley is winter home to the rare black-necked crane and endangered species that migrates from its northern habitat in Tibet and Siberia. There are about 450 to 500 cranes in which 250 to 300 live in this wide, alpine beautiful valley.

Gangtey Goenpa Monastery

The temple lies at an altitude of 3020m above sea level is a major attraction with an old monastery dating back to the 16th century. Situated on a ridge overlooking the Phobjikha valley, built by the grandson of Terton Pema Lingpa, Gyalse Pema Thinley in 1613 and later expanded by Tenzin Legpau Dhendup.

Places to Visit in Trongsa Bhutan

Trongsa Dzong
Places to Visit in Trongsa Bhutan


Trongsa is the central most part of Bhutan and lies at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. It was from here that our present Royal family emerged as most powerful at the beginning of the last century. The district also lies under Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park spread over two gewog which preserves the wildlife found within the area which includes the white Languar and Himalayan Bear and a variety of Deer.

Taa Dzong

The watchtower once guarded Trongsa Dzong against internal rebellion stands impressively above the Dzong and provides visitors insight into the historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s History.

Chendebji Monastery

The temple is situated at the confluence of two rivers on the way to Trongsa. This temple is a replica of the Boudanath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the mains of an evil spirit that was subdued at the spot.

Kuenga Rabten Palace

The palace is the winter palace of the second King of Bhutan. It is about an hour’s drive from Trongsa town. It offers a good insight into the early days of the Bhutanese monarchy.

Places to Visit in Bumthang Bhutan

Places to Visit in Bumthang


Bumthang is the spiritual heartland of Bhutan and home to its most ancient and precious Buddhist sites. The tales of Guru and his reincarnates known as Lingpas, linger in every nook and corner of this beautiful valley. Bumthang is named after the “Bumpa” shaped Bumthang valley. Bumpa is the holy vessel for water found on the altar. After starting your journey from Trongsa you will reach Chumi valley. Chumey valley is well known for its yathra a traditional textile woven with wool.Read More About Bumthang Travel Guide

Jakar Dzong

Jakar Dzong. The fortress of the white Bird was initially built as a monastery in 1549. The Jakar Dzong or the “Castle of the White Bird” dominates the Chamkhar valley and overlooks the town. The Dzong is used as the administrative center for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.

Jambhay Lhakhang

This is another secret temple in Bumthang valley you must visit. Temple was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King, songsen Gyempo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

Kurjey Lhakhang

This is another temple you should visit during your tour of Bumthang valley. The temple consists of three buildings and one on the right was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru Body and is therefore considered the holiest. The third temple was built by the Queen’s mother. These three temples are surrounded by 108 shortens.

Tamshing Lhakhang

The Lhakhang is located opposite of Kurjey temple on the other side of the river, was founded in 1501 by great treasure hunter Terton Pema Lingpa. The temple has ancient religious paintings such as the 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras.

The Burning Lake

This is one of the secret pilgrimage sites for locals living around the country. It was believed that secret scripture was hidden by Guru in the 8th century was rediscovered by Terton Pema Lingpa in the 15th century. The lake is a 5-minute drive from the road point. The legend says that Guru Pema Lingpa went inside the lake with burning lake and came back with butter lamp still burning while he discovered much-hidden treasure.
Ura Valley in Bumthang

Ura Valley

The valley is about one and half hour drive from Jakar and is the highest of Bumthang valley. It is believed to be the earliest inhabited village in the Country. The road to Ura valley climbs to an amazingly open countryside only occasionally running into pinewood forest. Large sheep pasture line the road up to 20Km behind the southern tip of Tang valley. The route crosses Ura La(3600M) with a magnificent view of Gangkar Puensum. Villages in Ura are made up of clustered houses which is quite unusual.

Wangdicholing Palace

This palace is built during the times of the first King’s father, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck was used to be the residence of the Royals. This palace was also used by other Kings.

Visit Zhemgang, Bhutans Birding Hub

Places to Visit in Zhemgang


The district is one of the most difficult and inaccessible in Bhutan. The district is also one of the Birding hubs of the country with a total area of 2411 Sq Km.

Visit Zhemgang Dzong

The Dzong was founded by Lama Zhang Dorje Dakpa. In 1963 it was renovated and renamed Druk Dechen Yangtse Dzong. It is the oldest religious structure in Zhemgang which houses seven temples.

Places to Visit in Paro Bhutan

Places to visit in Paro Bhutan


Situated in Northwestern Bhutan Paro is a beautiful valley with rich culture, scenic beauty abound in myths and legends. The district is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries, temples, and Country only International Airport. Most of the trade-in Bhutan is conducted in Paro through tremolo pass with Tibet in the olden days.

Visit the Popular Tiger Nest Temple

The hike is about 3 hours from the base camp. The temple is one of the popular temples in Bhutan. It was here the Guru propagated Vajrayana Buddhism that was prophesized by Buddha during the attainment of Nirvana. It is believed that Bhutanese should visit this monastery at least once in a lifetime.

Visit Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung means “Fortress on a heap of jewels was built in 1646 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel mainly for defense from the Tibetan army but now holds one of the important administrative offices for paro people. The approach to the dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge over a stone inlaid path offers the amazing view of Paro Dzong.

Taa Dzong

The Dzong was once a watchtower built in 1951 for the defense of Paro Dzong during the inter-valley wars of the 17th Century. It was re-established as a museum in 1967 and has been rated the best natural history museum in Asia. It holds a fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious thangka paintings, handicrafts, masks, costumes, armor, and Bhutan exquisite Postal Stamps. The visit will provide you with a rich and unique cultural heritage and tradition of Bhutan.
Drukgyel Dzong in Paro

Visit Drukgyel Dzong

Drugyel Dzong was built as four principal Dra Dzongs(defense Fortress). Accounts differ that it was Zhabdrung who built the Dzong but others believe that it was Tenzin Drukdra the second Desi who also served as Paro Penlope who built it at the behest of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Also called victory Dzong was built in 1646 to celebrate the victory over the Tibetan invasion led by the mongoloids warlords. On a clear day, you can see the commanding view of Mt. Jumolhari from the village below the Dzong.

Visit Kyichu Lhakhang

The temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temple in the Kingdom dating back to 7th century. The temple was built by Buddhist Tibetan King in 7th century.

Visit Kiligoenpa

Kili Goenpa is a beautifull temple located an hour drive from paro main city.Its a home dedicated to Bhuddhist nuns who have dedicated their life to spiritual fullfillment and lead undisturbed life or religious studies.prayer and meditation. The goenpa is nestled in the mids of alpine forest below the highest chelela pass.

Dungtse Lhakhang

The temple was built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangthong Gyalpo. The amazing fact about this temple is it has three floors representing hell,earth and heaven with some remarkable paintings. The temple is just 10 minutes drive from town.

The best Places to Visit in Haa Bhutan

Places to Visit in Haa valley


Haa is also known as hidden Rice valley. Haa’s major land feature is its narrow north-south valley. It’s a new Dzong built-in 1915, near the older one which was destroyed by fire. Haa district has total area of 1900 Sq Km with altitude ranging from 800M to 5600M.

Chundu Lhakhang in Haa

The temple is dedicated to the valleys protecting deity, Ap chundu. The temple houses statues of the blue-faced Chundu and his red-faced cousin Jowya.

Lhakhang Karpo

This is very important temple as annual Haa tsechu is held here. Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo are among the 108 monasteries built in one day by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.

Places to Visit in Eastern Bhutan

Eastern Bhutan
Places to Visit in East

Eastern Bhutan

Eastern Bhutan is made of Mongar 1620M, Trashigang at 1000m, and Trashi Yangtse at 1880m above sea level. In ancient times eastern Bhutan was an important trade route between India and Tibet. All the traditional cloth that Bhutanese wear are weaved by a woman from the east. The woman is famed for their matchless weaving skills.

Places to Visit in Lhuentse

Places to Visit in Lhuentse


Situated in the northeast of Bhutan, Lhuntse is one of the remote and isolated districts of Bhutan. However, the district enjoys historic importance in Bhutan as the Kuertoe region of lhuntse is the ancestral home of the Wangchuck Dynasty who descended from the noble family of Dungkar Choeje.

Lhuentse Dzong

The Dzong was built in 1654 and has two divisions, the upper Dzong which belongs to the Monk body, and the lower zone which houses the administration.

Kurtoe Dungkar Dzong

The Dzong is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family where the first King of Bhutan was Sir. Ugyen Wangchuck was born.

Khoma Village

The village is notably famed for its weavers and special textiles and fabrics, generally considered to be the best in the Country.

Best Places to Visit in Mongar (Eastern Bhutan)

Places to visit in Mongar


Mongar has an area of 1939 Sq Km. The journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas, crossing 3800M high Thrumshing La pass. Mongar marks the beginning of the East and fastest-growing town in eastern Bhutan. After moving from Bumthang a quick stop around 8 Km before Namling Dra is must Visit Place.

Namling Dra (Cliff)

Namling Dra (Cliff) is the best place to view the impressive Namling Dra waterfall as it explodes off the mountains side and crashes down into a gorge. Approaching the place where it actually drops down from under the road you can barely see it though the sound here is thunderous and a fine mist sprays tantalisingly over you as you peer down.

Mongar Dzong

Mongar Dzong is one of Bhutan newest Dzong built-in 1930. It was built in keeping with tradition by not using any drawing or nails. A visit to the Dzong provides how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to flourish through centuries.

Yangang Lhakhang

This is privately owned monastery founded by lama sangdag, the 6th son of terton pema lingpa and is located 20minutes walk from mongar town. It stands at one of the great cultural significance as it is repository of wide range of spiritual treasures and other sacred objects known to have been revealed by terton Pema Lingpa.

Zhongar Dzong

The Dzong remained in ruins for centuries is fleetingly visible from Mongar-Bumthang highway, a few kilometers from Lingmethang. The Dzong was once the most powerful of eastern Bhutan.

Built-in the 17th century, the Dzong is believed to have been built at a site where the master architect Zow Balip saw a white bowl. Embedded inside is life is frozen in time, a wealth of history that can be still recounted orally by those who also heard it from their grandparents. A visit to the ruins can be a memorable experience and will give you a sense of the medieval Bhutanese administration.

Dremetse Lhakhang

The temple is situated 19km away from Trashigang to Mongar Highway. It is one of the most important temples for local people in the east. It houses a full range of spiritual treasures and other objects and is the source of spiritual inspiration to the people of Dremetse. The locals from Mongar and Trashigang gather here to witness the annual festival known as Kaggsol Chenmo, Trel Da Tshechu, and Daw Drugpai Choep.

Best Places to Visit in Trashigang

Tashigang Dzong/ Trashigang Dzong/ Tashigang Fotress/ Trashigang Fotress
Places to Visit in Tashigang Bhutan


Trashigang is one the largest District in Bhutan. Once the center of important trade with Tibet, It has the densest population in Bhutan. Trashigang town is the main market for those living in Merak and Sakteng. The beautiful trek of Merak and Sakteng starts in this District. The people in the district depends on agricultural production for their livelihood.
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Trashigang Dzong

Meaning the “Dzong of auspicious mount” is situated on a very steep hill overlooking the river, Drangme Chu. It was built by Kudung Pekar Chopel in 1659 on the site originally planned by Chhogyel Minjur Tenpa, the third temporal ruler of Bhutan. Its Dzongpoens(Governor) dominated eastern Bhutan in the political history of the country.

Rangjung Woesel Chholing Monastery

The temple is located more than a half-hour drive from the main town. It is a Nyingmapa monastery founded by Garab Rinpoche in 1990. One can view the beautiful view of the valley from the monastery.

Places to visit in Samdrupjongkhar (eastern Bhutan)

Places to visit in Samdrupjongkhar Bhutan

Samdrup Jongkhar

Samdrupjongkhar lies in the southeastern part of Bhutan bordering the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The road from Trashigang to Samdrupjongkhar is completed in the 1960s and benefited from trade with the south as well as from across the Indian Border. The place is also an entry and exit point for tourists visiting Bhutan from Assam. Samdrupjongkhar is the commercial hub for 5 eastern districts of Bhutan. There are not many historical places to visit here.

Khaling Village in Samdrupjongkhar

As described in the songs the village is just like heaven. A day walk to the village just below the road point is worthwhile a visit. The national institute for the disabled is located about a kilometer below the road.

Places to Visit in Trashi Yangtse

Places to visit in Trashi Yangtse Bhutan

Trashi Yangtse

Trashi Yangtse is the newest district in Bhutan and very close to the border with India. The district is created in 1992 by separating the erstwhile Trashiyangtse Dungkhag from Trashigang Dzongkhag. It was once a gateway between Tibet and neighboring Indian states via Arunachal Pradesh.

Trashi Yangtse Dzong

Trashiyangse Dzong meaning “Fortress of Auspicious Fortune” was rebuilt in 1656 by terton Pema Lingpa from the ruins of Dongdi Dzong of 9th century.

Choetenkora Monastery

The monastery which is patterned on the stupa of Boudanath in Kathmandu, Nepal was built in 1740 by lama Ngawang loday to subdue a demon dwelling at the site where the Choeten stands today. After the construction, the demon that harmed the people was subdued and banished. Thereafter people in the valleys lived in peace. During the second month of the lunar calendar, one of the most ancient festivals in Bhutan is held here, popularly Known as Choeten Kora Tshechhu.

Bomdelling National Park

This sanctuary is a winter roosting place for Black Necked Crane. It is also home to Snow Leopard, Tigers, and Red Pandas.

The Best Places to Visit in Southern Bhutan

Southern Bhutan
Places to visit in Southern Bhutan

Southern Bhutan

Southern Bhutan is made of Dagana at 1520M, Samtse at 420M, Sarpang at 325M, Tsirang at 1560M. The people from south are known as Lhotsampas who follow the Hindu religion and speak Nepali. The proximity to markest in India has contributed to the development of this area which has encouraged small trading towns to come into existance. They are also a nimber of manufacturing Industries such as liquor, bricks, processed fruits juices, and cement plants. Apart from rice grown for local consumption other crops including oranges and cardamom are grown for exports.

Places to visit in Phuntsholing

Places to Visit in Southern Bhutan


Phuntsholing (300m above sea level) is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian Plains. Situated directly at the base of the Himalayan range and sharing the border with India. It links with the Indian states of West Bengal, Sikkim, and Assam.

Kharbandi Temple

A beautifull manstery situated at an altitude of 380m amid a garden of tropical plants and flowers was founded in 1967 by the late Royal Grand Mother , Ashi Phuntsho Choden. The monastery contains paintings on life of Bhuddha. From the monastery garden, there is fascinating views of Phuntsholing town and plains of India.

Zangto Pelri in Phuntsholing

The temple lies in the middle of city and literally meaning copper colored mountain. The temple contains statues of eight manifestation of Guru and paintings of Buddha.

Crocodile breeding Center

Gharial Crocodile breeding center also called the Norgay Mini Zoo, Phuentsholing was opened in April 2018.

Places to Visit in Tsirang (Southern Bhutan)

Places to visit in Tsirang Bhutan


Tsirang lies at an altitude of 1560m above sea level.Tsirang is noted for its gentle slopes, mild climates, and rich biodiversity. Favorable as well s diverse agro-ecological features provide the district with a high potential for the cultivation of different types of cereal grains as well as horticulture crops. Approximately 58% of the land area is under forest cover comprising mainly broadleaf and chirping forest.

Namgaycholing Monastery

Namgay Choling Dratsang spans over an area of 9.37 acres and was establised in 1984. It houses three temples and sacred religious treasures.

Birding Paradise

Tsirang is also a birding paradise for bird lovers. Some of the birds spotted in Tsirang are the oriental turtle, hornbill, common myna, grey treepie, common redstart, paddy-field pipit, blue whistling thrush, jungle babbler, black eagle.

Fishing in Tsirang

Fishing around the Sunkosh river is a great experience for fishing sports. The great Golden Mahseer is found in the Sunkosh river in Tsirang.

Places to Visit in Dagana

Places to Visit in Dagana Bhutan


Dagana is one of the remotest district of Bhutan. It falls within the temperature zone in the north and sub-tropical in the south and has hot and wet summers and cool and dry winters. About 79% of the district is covered with forest with trees like champ,Arguray, Chirpine and sal.

Daga Dzong

Daga Dzong was traditionally the strong hold of the powerful Daga Penlop( Daga Governor). Situated in the ridge overlooking and expansive valley, Daga Dzong was built in the 16th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It was renovated in 1897 and houses mnay sacred temples.

Places to Visit in Samtse

Places to visit in Samtse Bhutan


Historically Samtse was sparsely populated as the mountain-dwelling Bhutanese considered the low lying District prone to tropical diseases. The district is located at the foothills bordering the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim. Proximity to markets in India offers an excellent opportunity for horticultural development on a commercial scale. The small town of Samtse is the best place to visit if you happen to travel to the southern district.

Places to visit in Sarpang

Places to Visit in Sarpang Bhutan


Sarpang is located in the central-southern foothills bordering India. The area extends from the popular Manas wildlife area in the east. It is one of the oldest town in the country with acess to motorable roas as early as 1950. Due to its close proximity Sarpang have been commercial hub for central Bhutan.

Gaylegphu Hot Spring

Gelephu Hot Spring is 15km from Gelephu town. The hot spring is known for curing all types of ailments and attracts people from all parts of the country during winter. Gelephu is also one of the entry and exit points from Assam India. Domestic flights operate from Gelephu airport during peak tourist season. If you happen to tour Assam and have an extended program to Bhutan, Gelephu is the best way to enter Bhutan from Assam.

Places to Visit in Gasa

Places to Visit in Gasa Bhutan

Gasa Dzong

Gasa lies in the extreme northwest of the country and spans the middle and high Himalayas. Gasa is best known for natural hot springs found at several places with different medicinal values. Gasa lies at an altitude of 2770m above sea level.

Gasa Dzong

Gasa Dzong is built on the slope facing east. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Gasa also falls on a popular trekking route of Laya Gasa Trek.

High altitude and scanty rainfall make farming difficult so the people in Gasa earn their main source of cash income by being porter to local residents as well as tourists who book Trekking in Bhutan.

Laya Village

Nestled in the remote northern part of Bhutan, Laya Village is a hidden gem known for its stunning landscapes and unique cultural heritage. Perched at an altitude of around 3,800 meters, this picturesque village offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Laya is home to the Layap people, who are known for their distinct customs, traditional attire, and warm hospitality. Visitors can experience their rich culture through local festivals, traditional music, and unique bamboo crafts. The village is also a gateway to some of Bhutan’s most challenging and scenic treks, including the Snowman Trek, one of the world’s toughest.

Despite its remote location, Laya Village is a testament to the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, offering a peaceful retreat for those seeking tranquillity and a glimpse into Bhutan’s untouched beauty.


There are two best seasons to visit in BhutanMarch to May (Spring Season) is the best season as the days are clear, warm temperature, and flowering season in Bhutan.

October to December(Autumn) is another ideal time to visit Bhutan as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder, but from then until April the climate remains dry and pleasant and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with color.

The most popular places to visit in Bhutan are Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, and  Bumthang. The mentioned places have favorable climates, warm temperatures, and many touristic places like Dzongs, Museums, and the popular hiking temple Tiger Nest in Paro.

Bhutan is the safest destination for solo travelers. Bhutan is very low in crime and Country law makes it an even better place to visit for solo women travelers.

Bhutan is a very unique Country when it comes to Trip cost,s unlike other countries. The cost for tourists visiting Bhutan is fixed by the Royal Government of Bhutan. The cost is US$ 250 per person for peak season and US$ 200 for the lean season per person per Night. The cost also varies depending upon the groups.

Travelling Bhutan from India is very easy. There are 3 routes to Bhutan from India. The most popular routes is from West Bengal from Bagdugra. Second route from Assam to Gaylephu and from Guwahati. Check details on how you can travel Bhutan from India.

Popular Hotels in Bhutan

Bhutan offers a range of accommodation options, from luxurious resorts to cosy guesthouses, ensuring a comfortable stay for every traveller. Below are our top choices of Hotels in Bhutan


Hotels in Paro

Located 10 minutes from Paro International Airport, Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront is situated on the edge of the Paro River, offering panoramic views of the Paro Village. Read their Reviews

Hotels in Thimphu

Nestled in the hearts of Thimphu Valley, Pema Ko is a 5-star hotel in Thimphu Bhutan is the gateway to a magical land brimming with fascinating mythology. Read the Reviews

Hotels in Punakha

COMO Uma Punakha, the second hotel in Bhutan, is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. Read the Hotel Reviews

Hotels in Phuntsholing

Location: Situated in Phuentsholing town of Bhutan.
Tashi Namgay Grand is within a 5-minute drive of the famous Richending Gompa.