Honeymoon in Bhutan

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Honeymoon in Bhutan

Honeymoon in Bhutan is something that caught the recent trend. Bhutan is not just a small Himalayan country known for being the ‘Land of Happiness’ or the ‘Land of Thunder Dragons’. It is rightly called so, with its rich flora and fauna, historic temples and monasteries, pristine, agile Himalayan Rivers, rich culture, warm people and traditional Bhutanese healing stone baths which make it a perfectly relaxed honeymoon destination in the lap of the highest mountains ranges. To put a cherry on your cake, this country remains quite unexplored where you and your partner can have a perfect honeymoon, leaving the world behind!

Here is the list of 10 Honeymoon in Bhutan

1. Paro Valley-You Will Never Run Out of Places to Explore

Although quite famous for Bhutan’s sole international airport, the Paro Airport, the valley is set amidst green hills with rivers running and adorned with several historical and sacred sites such as the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Enjoy your much needed break in the laps of nature, dotted with Bhutanese traditional houses and paddy fields.

 Must visit places: Taktsang Lhakhang or Tiger’s Nest, the National Museum of Bhutan, Drugyel Dzong, Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang etc.

Best time to visit: March to April and October to November

2. Experience serenity at the sleepy town of Trongsa

The little village is mapped with history about Wangchuk Kings. The 17th century architecture of Trongsa Dzong would transport you to a land like that of ‘A Christmas Wedding’. Running down an alley, is surrounded by wide stone stairs and paved courtyards. Do we need anything when we have a fort at an altitude of 2200 meter with gorges on the backdrop?

Must visit places: Trongsa Dzong Fortress, Kuenga Rabtan Palace, Chendebje Chorten

Best time to visit: March to April, October to November

3. Thimphu, the Proud Capital City

The capital city of Bhutan has the best of everything the country has to offer. While forts and monasteries would keep your niche for exploration, the vibrant weekend market will offer you souvenirs to take back home. Be it cute little breakfast cafes or ready for party nightclubs, the place thrives on life and culture.

Must visit places: Motithang Takin Preserve, National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, Simtoka Dzong, Dechen Phodrang, Dordenma Statue, Chri Monastery and Tango Monastery.

Best time to visit: March to April, October to November

4. Punakha, for Summers as well as Winters

A relatively warmer place in winter with hot summers, Punakhs proudly stands as the erstwhile capital of Bhutan until 1955. With the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers meandering nearby, there are stunning views to hike to. The best time to visit would be during the Punakha Festival.

Must Visit Places: Punakha Dzong, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Chimi Lhakhang Temple

Best time to visit: September to March

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5. Bumthang, the Religious Heartland

Also considered as the religious heartland of the country, Bumthang comprises of four valleys: Tang, Ura, Choekhor, and Chumey. With over a dozen sacred sites, Bumthang also offers a chance to tick off your bucket list with too many adventures. Be it trekking or mountaineering, burning lakes or horse riding, this is your place for an eventful holiday.

Must visit places: Kurjey Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang etc.

Best time to visit: March to April, October to November

6. Gangtey in the Mountains

Nestled in the snowy valley of Phobjikha, lies the little town of Gangtey. Listen to the mountains call and witness the majestic Himalayas in its beauty, while you find peace in its monasteries such as the Gangtey Goempa. The valley also houses the endangered black neck cranes, visiting from Tibet in winter and it is a sight to behold!

Must visit places: Gangtey Goemba, Kuenzang Chholing Shedra, Kumbhu Lhakhang, Nyelung Dechengling etc.

Best time to visit: March to April, October to November

7. Pheuntsholing, Fascinating Border Town

If you are short on time, but would like to have your anticipated honeymoon in Bhutan, be sure to check out Pheuntsholing. The place is on the border of West Bengal and Bhutan, India and has aspects of both the countries. The clean environment will make you connect with nature.

Must visit places: the Karbandi Monastery, the Crocodile Breeding Center, Bhutan Gate, Chukha Hydrothermal Project and the Amo Chhu

Best time to visit: March to May

8.  Trek into the Haa Valley

The “Hidden Land Rice Valley”, or Haa Valley is the second least populated region of the small Himalayan kingdom, with Haa Chhu flowing across the region from Mt. Chomolhari. This is a perfect honeymoon destination for couples who are looking for their quite time and are in for finding untaken trails.

Must visit places: The hundred-year-old Tagchu Gompa, the 5-storeyed Dobji Dzong, the Black and White temples, Shekhar Drak, and Has Samarpudung.

Best time to visit: October to mid-December

9. A Romantic Drive to Lhuntse and Mongar

Mongar, one of the most-preferred honeymoon places in Bhutan, lies at an altitude of 1700 m and can be reached from Bumthang through the Thrumshing Himalayan pass. Being quite famous for the architecture of 1930’s Mongar Dzong, which was built without the use of any nails or drawings, the place is a feast to the eyes in the scenic Himalayas. Another 3-hour drive gets you to Lhuntse or Lhuentse, bordered by towering cliffs with the perfect romantic settings. The best part? It is an untouched, secluded district apt for just the two of you, with gustling waterfalls, steep cliffs and gorges and a view that you would not be able to get enough of. The ancestral home of the Bhutanese royal dynasty lies here at the Kurtoe region.

Best time to visit: all year round

10. Spooky folktales at Wangdue Phodrang

Even if you were on your ‘honeymoon travels’, who doesn’t like a tad-bit of folklore and local culture? Wangdue Phodrang is one of the eccentric destinations in Bhutan for honeymoon, thriving of the tales of Shaman cults. With most of the district being environmentally protected, it is one of the largest dzongkhags in the country. You find bamboo works slate and stone carvings etc. around the village as well as the mysterious black-necked cranes, the rare white-bellied heron etc. A very unconventional honeymoon to enjoy, indeed.

Must visit places: The Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

Best time to visit: March to May and September to October

With its tranquil environment, the humble Buddhist kingdom would leave you out of words. Go for backpacking treks with your soulmate or just enjoy a cup of hot cocoa in your hotel, overlooking the mountains, Bhutan would not disappoint you. But the best part? After a big, fat wedding where you feed an uncountable number of guests, your honeymoon would be calm and placid in the laps of nature without leaving you with a big whole pocket.

This post was published by Shreyasi Das

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