Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan, the 'last Shangri-La' or the land of the Thunder Dragon, exemplifies an orthodox and lively culture. It is bordered by Nepal in the west, the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the east and Tibet in the north. All-surrounding mountains, some barren, others fecund with evergreen trees; streams of copper-blue waters and frequent waterfalls, meet your eyes as you journey from one Bhutanese town to another. Monasteries, ‘dzongs’ (forts), prayer flags strung across hilltops, are not uncommon sights too. Each region of Bhutan is unique in its topography and people and warrants a visit. Vantage points which offer spell-binding views of the country and well-preserved cultural sites in Bhutan make for must-see tourist attractions in Bhutan.
Tourist Attractions in Bhutan
Paro Valley: The Paro Valley is a beautiful valley and it has some of the oldest temples of Bhutan. Besides, the valley is also famous for a number of monasteries. Transportation to Paro is not a problem at all because it is well connected to different parts of the country. Apart from t his, Paro also has an airport. The place is well known to produce red rice in the country.
Thimpu Valley: The Thimpu Valley is another major tourist attraction in Bhutan. This valley is stationed at an altitude of 2,300 m. You will find many important buildings here, the Taschichho Dzong being one of them. It is in fact, the main secretariat building in the district.
Wangdiphodrang: The Wangdiphodrang was built as early in the 17th century. It is situated at a distance of 1350 m to the south of Punakha. It is also known as the Wangdi Dzong which is precisely situated at the meeting point of 2 rivers; the Punakhachu and the Tang-chu. You can witness magnificent lands that are meant for pastures and grazing cattle.
Tongsa: Tongsa has been associated with history in the past. This bears testimony to the fact that this place was instrumental in making efforts for the unification of the country.
Bumthang Valley: The Bumthang Valley is yet another important tourist destination in Bhutan. It is one of the major sites which have some of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bhutan.
Mongar: Mongar is reputed to have some of Bhutan's newest dzongs. Ever since it was built in the year 1930, this place has gained immense importance and is regarded to be one of the best tourist destinations in Bhutan. You will get a clear idea about the traditional form of architecture that has flourished for so many years in Bhutan.
Thashigang: It is the country’s largest district. The dzong of this regioin was built in the 17th century and serves as the home of the monk body.
Chalela Pass: A two hours uphill drive from Paro, it is the one of the high vantage points. In winters, you will encounter frozen rivers, waterfalls, alpine flowers and snow on the way to the pass. This breezy pass offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Flora & Fauna: Bhutan is rightly said to be a botanists’ paradise. It has a rich variety of the floral species that include Rhododendrons, junipers, magnolias, carnivorous plants, rare orchids, blue poppy (the national flower), edelweiss, gentian, medicinal plants, daphne, giant rhubarb, high-altitude plants, tropical trees, pine and oak. Some of the rare and exotic faunas found in Bhutan are golden langur, red pandas, black-necked crane, snow leopard, takin, musk deer, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan marten, tiger, hornbills, pheasants, mountain goats and timid blue sheep.
There is no limit to the tourist attractions in Bhutan and you will definitely get a chance to visit the most amazing of the natural and man made attractions on your tour to Bhutan that still continue to attract the tourists.