Bhutan, widely known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a true Himalayan country that is surrounded by mountains on all sides. The country follows Buddhism which is why it is closely associated with the protection of nature and well-being. The country has carefully preserved its age-old traditions and customs and is definitely a must visit for all tourists. Here are a few things that you must experience when in Bhutan
1) Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro
Bhutan is widely popular for this monastery. You might have come across the pictures of this monastery on various social media channels. The monastery is also popular by the name of ‘Tiger Nest’ and is one of the most favorite attractions amongst photographers, adventurers and pilgrims. The monastery is located 3120 meters above sea level and hangs to a cliff which makes it even more fascinating.
2) Rinpung Dzong, Paro
The place is widely known for its architecture and houses 14 shrines and chapels which and is the most prominent religious places in Bhutan. The place is also the seat of Bhutan Supreme Court. The wooden carvings, colorful decorations, and the soaring white walls are worth admiring. The place also hosts traditional dance performances that take places during Paro’s Tsechu Festival.
3) Weekend Market
Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital and largest city is one of the most peaceful cities in the world. And if you are in Thimpu than you must visit the lively weekend market for some daily articles and souvenirs. As the name suggests, the market is opened only on weekend and is great to experience the life of the locals and interact with the people.
4) Jigme Dorji National Park
The park is a paradise for trekkers, wildlife lovers, and tourists. The national park is home to snow leopards, Bengal tigers, Bhutan’s national animal- Takin which is one of the most unique creatures and you may not find it anywhere else, Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan Black bear etc. You may also find a vast variety of fauna and flora in this region. The park is well connected by road and hence is easily accessible.
5) Buddha Dordenma, Thimpu
Another favorite destination amongst the photographers is the Buddha Dordenma where there is a 169 ft. tall statue of Buddha lies atop a meditation hall. The site is sacred amongst Buddhists.
6) Simtokha Dzong, Thimpu
‘Dzong’ means Temple fortress and the Simtokha Dzong in Thimpu is one of the most prominent fortresses here. The place today is a museum and is a learning center for the local language, Dzongkha. The place is absolutely beautiful and is surely a must visit for all the tourists.
7) Rafting in Mo Chu River
If you thought Bhutan is all about monasteries and no interesting activity than you are certainly wrong. Bhutan also offers some adrenalin rush to the adventure junkies by offering rafting experience in the Mo Chu River. And while you raft in this 10 km rafting course you will witness some of the most picturesque scenic views.