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Places To Visit in Bhutan

Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia

Here are the top 26 tourist places and attractions in Bhutan

Here are the best places to visit in Bhutan to explore the beaches, culture and historic tourist destinations. Read more to plan your travel to Bhutan.

1. Paro

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Paro is a small town located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. This is quite location for someone who enjoys being close to the nature while at the same time appreciated sacred places. This town lies in the centre of valley at a height of about 2280 metres.

Best Time: September till November.

2. Thimphu

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Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. This place which has a population of somewhat 80,000 is known to be the largest city located in the country. Made the capital of the nation in the year 1961 this city is also known as the third highest capital in the entire world.

Best Time: September to November, March to May

3. Wangdue Phodrang

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Being one of the largest Dzongkhags or districts of Bhutan, what Wangue Phodrang has to offer is varied flora and fauna coupled with immense beauty. From a beautiful valley to spiritual monasteries and temples and even some rustic villages.

Best Time: March to May, September to November

4. Jakar

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Nestled in the foothills of the Choekhor Valley, the largest and most beautiful valley in Bumthang, Jakar is richly sprinkled with not just history and religion but also abundant natural beauty. Being surrounded by tree-lined mountain ranges.

Best Time: March to May, September to November

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5. Phuentsholing

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The second largest town in Bhutan, Phuentsholing shares its borders with the Indian State of West Bengal, serving as an entry point for travellers from Kolkata and Siliguri, and is an important economic hub of Bhutan. An urban centre, it is more developed than most of the towns of Bhutan.

6. Punakha

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Punakha is one of the 20 districts located in Bhutan. This place was the previous capital of Bhutan up until 1955 after which the capital was changed to Thimpu. This place is in proximity to Thimpu, and one can easily reach here using a car.

Best Time: March to May

7. Bumthang

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Home to four beautiful mountain valleys and an array of ancient monasteries and temples, Bumthang takes its place as the most historic of all districts in Bhutan.

Best Time: March to May and September to November

8. Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

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Placed against a backdrop of the Black Mountains, Phobjikha is one of the flatter valleys in the country which offers breathtaking views of vast expanses of green fields visible from a number of points along the journey.

Best Time: October to December

9. Samdrup Jongkhar

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Samdrup Jongkhar is a small town in South-Eastern Bhutan and is located at the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. A remote city known for peace and serenity, Samdrup Jongkhar is the kind of place where one experiences inner peace and satisfaction.

10. Haa Valley

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Located in the smallest out of the dzongkhags in Bhutan, Haa Valley finds a way to stand out as one of the most beautiful and picturesque valleys in Bhutan. The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is not a country that one would say has been fully exposed to the world.  

Best Time: October - November

11. Mongar

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Mongar is a small town situated in Eastern Bhutan, widely known for lemongrass production in the country. It is also one of the oldest education centres in the country.

12. Trongsa

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Located right in the center of the country, Trongsa is located on top of a cliff which provides a wonderful view of the Black Mountains and the surrounding valleys. Suiting the preferences of both history buffs and nature lovers.

Best Time: November to February

13. Lhuentse

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A kingdom of dreams, as we may call it, Lhuentse is a place where an individual finds peace. Tucked away in Eastern Bhutan, we can almost call it heaven on Earth because of the spectacular views it offers. A popular camping site, Lhuetnse is the proud owner of some of the best textiles in Bhutan.

14. Trashigang

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Trashigang, called the 'Jewel of the East', is a beautiful hill station located in Eastern Bhutan, spread across an area at an altitude ranging from 600 m to over 4000 m. Known for famous tourist attractions, it serves as a vital trade centre on the trade route between Assam and Tibet.

15. Royal Manas National Park

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The oldest national park in Bhutan, Royal Manas National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country. Known as the "conservation showpiece of the Kingdom", it is the largest example of tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems in Bhutan. Occupying south-central Bhutan, it shares its southern...

16. Chele La Pass

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Bhutan, being a country with a mountainous landscape, is linked with a series of passes. Located at approximately 13,000 feet between the valley of Paro and Haa, Chele La Pass is the highest motorable road pass in Bhutan. The pass is famous for the stunning Himalayan views it offers, especially Mt. ...

17. Laya Gasa Trek

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Laya Gasa trek is one of the most popular and scenic long-distance treks in the northern Himalayan region of Bhutan, along the border with Tibet.

18. Dochula Pass

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Nestled in the eastern edge of the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan boasts of spectacular mountain views and some of the happiest people in the world. And with this beautiful outlook of life came the creation of Dochula Pass, a breath-taking mountain pass, in commemoration of Bhutanese soldiers who ...

19. Mountain Biking in Bhutan

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Speeding up your bike en route to the top of the hill and playing with wind and speed while enjoying the beautiful sights from there is one of the best experiences that a man can fathom in his lifetime. And what's a better way to get your adrenaline racing than mountain biking in Bhutan? With its vi...

20. Archery in Bhutan

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Seeing the level of enthusiasm that Bhutanese have for this sport, it would not be wrong to say that archery is the crown jewel of the country. And it must be the aura of Bhutan that even the tourists can't resist themselves to enjoy one or more matches of archery. The joy of seeing an arrow leaving...

21. Rock Climbing in Bhutan

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While many tourists love conquering the high cliffs by hiking, some take the adventure a few notches higher with rock climbing which take mental and physical determination, body strength, agility, perfect balance, endurance and also control over the mind. It was in early 1998 that Bhutan first opene...

22. River Rafting in Bhutan

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With a number of rugged, untamed rivers meandering through its map, Bhutan offers the perfect destination for river rafting. Mo Chhu, Paro Chhu in Punakha, Sankosh River, Mangde Chhu, Wang Chhu, Puna Tsang Chhu and the Dangme Chhu are considered to be the best for rafting due to their easy access an...

23. Trekking in Bhutan

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Trekking in Bhutan is undoubtedly a most astonishing and adventurous experience for hikers around the globe. No matter whether you are an amateur or an expert in trekking, you will get your fair share of adrenaline on whichever trekking route you choose as per the difficulty levels. Just ensure that...

24. Hike Up the Tiger's Nest - Trek & Trekking Trail

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Tiger's Nest Monastery, or Paro Taktsang, is one of the most prominent Buddhist sites in Bhutan. Located 900 metres above the upper cliff in the Paro Valley, this monastery is undoubtedly an architectural marvel. Tiger's nest is known for the trek that has been carried on for years. With a total dis...

25. Taste the Authentic Bhutanese Cuisine

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What the Bhutanese are essentially in love with is a spice which comes across so boldly in a variety of their dishes. Vegetarian tourists could breathe a sigh of relief about their food options. What is interesting to note is that despite the existence of many popular meat-based dishes, a significan...

26. Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve

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The crown jewel of Thimphu, Motithang Takin Preserve is a protected area where the national animal of Bhutan, Takin, is preserved. A half an hour walk here would unveil many exotic birds and animals to you, who wander around the area freely and in the most natural of habitat. Overflowing with sereni...

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