Recognised as one of the cleanest countries, Bhutan is a true paradise offering a variety of landscapes. The last Himalayan kingdom is blessed with a plethora of monasteries with intricate architecture, lush greenery, snow-clad mountains, an incredible array of flora and fauna, extraordinary culture, and mesmerising heritage. The charisma of this landlocked country is pure bliss and the prayers flags which flutter all around are simply mesmerising.
Venture beyond and enjoy the Bhutanese food with a unique characteristic. The national dish of Bhutan Ema Datshi made of green, yellow or red chilies, yak or cow's milk cheese, onions, and tomatoes is simply outstanding. Jasha Maroo or Maru (spicy chicken), Phaksha Paa (Pork with Red Chilies), Momos (Dumplings), Red Rice are some of the flavourful delicacies.
Bhutanese handicrafts make the best shopping items as the local produce items represent the culture and heritage. Wooden Bowls and Cups, Cane and Bamboo Products, Woven Fabrics, Handmade Paper, Jackets, Containers, Rugs, Wall Hangings, Bags, Blankets, Wooden Masks are some of the items manufactured locally. Hand-woven textiles such as raw cotton, silk, and woven cotton are some handmade textiles found in Bhutan. Other items famous here are:- Dzi beads or Himalayan beads, Cane and Bamboo items, Handmade Wooden Bowls (Dappa).
Places to Visit
Located in the heart of Bhutan, it was declared the capital of this Himalayan Kingdom in 1961. Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and pubs making nightlife one of the major highlights. The city holds the culture very strongly is reflected in its religion, customs, national dress, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, dance, literature, etc. Thimphu is a blend of modernity and tradition and the most interesting fact about the capital is that no traffic lights are installed here.
PThe widest valley in Bhutan, Paro is home to 155 temples and monasteries dating back to the 14th century. Paro is blessed with verdant fertile land making the landscape look awesome. The traditional style houses make the valley look attractive and the numerous monasteries which are worth visiting. Paro is situated on the banks of River Paro Chu which is also the lifeline of the valley. The highlight of this enchanting valley is aktsang Monastery, the Tiger's Nest.
Punakha has served as the capital from 1637 to 1907 and is the second largest dzong. Apart from the mesmerising view of the Himalayas, it has preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. Punakha is an architectural delight and ideal for various adventure sports such as trekking, mountain biking, river rafting. The favourable climate makes Punakha a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year.
Phuentsholing is known for its modern architecture and offers a pleasant view. Border to an Indian state of West Bengal, it is the administrative seat (dzongkhag thromde) of Chukha District. Being the second largest town in the Himalayan Kingdom, Phuentsholing is also an important economic hub and trading centre. It accommodates different communities and thus offering an unforgettable experience. The monasteries and temples located here are unique and with a rich history.
Being one of the religious and spiritual centres, Bumthang houses a plethora of monasteries and temples. One of the historic districts, it houses four beautiful mountain valleys Ura, Chumney, Tang, and Choekhor making it a wonderful destination. At the higher altitude, the Ura La Pass offers a picturesque view and rhododendron forests surround the valley. Apart from an array of old monasteries, Bumthang is also for trekking.
38,394 square km
October to December is the ideal time to visit Bhutan
Mild warm clothing is required during summers and warm clothing during winters.
Dzongkha, Lepcha, Nepali, Hindi, English
Nearest Railway Station
Paro International Airport