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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.

Some of the major places of tourist interest in Bhutan are

  • Paro valley – It is the second largest town in Bhutan. Scenic and laid-back, Paro often reminds one of the Wild West. Its terraced fields produce a bulk of the red rice The museum in Paro preserves artifacts and instances of the ancient Bhutanese way of life.
  • Thimpu valley – Situated at an elevation of 2300 meters, Thimpu is the modern capital of Bhutan. Taschichho Dzong in Bhutan is where the monk body puts up in the summer. The View Point in Thimpu affords a spectacular view of the city of Thimpu.
  • Punakha - The valley of Punakha is fed by Pho-cchu ( male ) and Mo-chu ( female ) rivers. The main tourist attraction of this place is its Punakha Dzong, which contains apart from many religious items, the embalmed body of its founder.
  • Wangdipodhrang – This ‘dzong’ is built at the meeting point of Punakhachu and the Tang-chu rivers.It was built in the 17th century and is located to the south of Punakha. Rare black cranes make their appearance in this region in the winter months.
  • Thungsa - Spectacular landscapes make this a favorite tourist spot.
  • Bumthang – This valley is located to the east of Thungsa (Tongsa) at an altitude of 2600 meters. Breathtaking scenery and its many dzongpas make this palce a must visit on your tour of Bhutan.
  • Mongar – The Dzong in Mongar is the most recently built in 1930, but retains all the traditional architectural patterns of other Bhutanese dzongs.
  • 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.

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  • The majestic gate that divides India and Bhutan is an impressive architectural achievement. It is the gateway to Phunsoling, a clean, calm, well-maintained town characterized by houses of slanting roofs designed with cultural motifs in red and yellow.
  • Bhutan’s simple traditional lifestyle, well-preserved culture and natural wealth give rise to Festivals, such as the Crane Festival, Jambe Festival, and the Autumn Festivals.

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