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This landlocked nation recently gained popularity when its monarch forced its people into democracy and gave the world a new index to rank themselves - The Gross National Happiness. Bhutanese are proud of their culture and highly protective of their environment and traditions. Tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas, Bhutan is best known for its gorgeous mountain landscapes and cultural heritage. It was one of the first nations to be declared carbon negative and still gives importance to sustainability and ecological conservation above business profitability.
The Dzongs (old fortress, now Buddhist temple + administrative office complex) spread across Bhutan, the different monasteries and the abundant natural beauty transfixes anyone visiting here. Bhutanese cuisine is also a unique experience for every culinary explorer, and if you are lucky, you might just witness a group of Bhutanese men practicing archery on your way across Bhutan.
Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and also the seat of its government. An essential stop in all Bhutan tour packages Thimphu is a place that will give you a peek into modern Bhutan and historical Bhutan at the same time. The Thimpu Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma (Seated Buddha atop a hill) are some of the places to see here.
Paro is the second most important city in Bhutan and also has the only international airport in Bhutan. It is hence, the starting point of every luxury tour in Bhutan. The magical experience of Bhutan starts even before you arrive, as the landing in Paro airport, navigating through the mountains of Himalayas is an experience in itself.
Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Taktsang is one of the holiest places for Bhutanese. It is said to be the place where Guru Padmasambhava arrived from Tibet on a Flying Tigress and meditated here. The mystical white monastery sits atop a steep 3000 ft cliff, usually surrounded by clouds giving it a heavenly appearance. It is a must-do hike for any outdoor-enthusiast on the Bhutan trip.
The old capital of the Bhutan Monarchy, it is an essential trip in Bhutan tours, replete with old Bhutanese houses and beautiful scenery. The Punakha Dzong is one of the most richly adorned royal buildings you will ever see in the world.
The valley, located about an hour’s drive from Punakha mesmerises visitors with their natural beauty. If you visit Bhutan and want to see its rustic rural life, this is the place for you. The Phobjikha valley has some beautiful but easy nature trails suitable for persons of all ages. The landscape here changes color with changing seasons and white winters and colorful spring are some of the most magical sights you will ever see.
The most populous city in Bhutan, it is also the gateway to Bhutan for all travelers arriving by road from India. Though more famous for its economic importance, it is also the place where you can get first-hand glimpse of Bhutanese culture.