Bhutan, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, is one of the prevalent endpoint of modern era. Bhutan, also identified globally for its GNH (Gross National Happiness) is tantamount with holiness and spirituality. As a place for pristine ecology, 72% of the country covers forest which is consists with the rare species of flora and fauna.
To increase revenue and to endorse country’s distinctive philosophy, Government of Bhutan began tourism in Bhutan in 1974. Since then a number of tourists visiting Bhutan which is increased dramatically 2850 in 1992 and 7158 in 1999.
A place with diversity
If we divide Bhutan as a country, we can separate it into four parts.
Southern Bhutan – This part is comprised with seven southern districts which include Zhemgang, Dagana, Chukha, Pemagatshel, Tsirang, Sarpang and Samtse. This part is an ecological pivot of the country.
Central Bhutan – it is the place famous for many festivals is entailing with sacred monuments. This place is famous for Tshechu of Trongsa and Bumthang.
Eastern Bhutan – place for trekking and natural wonders which constitute the district of Tashigang, Samdrop, Lhuntse, Monger etc which is well known for ancient and traditional visits and fabrics.
Western Bhutan – this portion is comprise with six districts includes Thimpu, Paro, Haa etc is also renowned for Haa Summer Festival.
Utmost Visiting Destination
- Tigar’s Nest Monastery: Enhancing with forest of pines and rhododendrons, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff. If you want to climb up this exceptional monastery, a pony can be arranged for the ride up. One of the most speculating destinations of this place is Snow Lion Cave from where you can see the Paro valley. Most of the Bhutanese wants to come these place atleast ones in their lifetime as they consider this place as one of the most holy place.
- Zuri Dzong Hike: The Zuri Dzong Hike is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. History yelled that in the 8th century Lord Buddha came to meditate here. This peak is perhaps the perfect spot to have a bird eye view of the entire Paro valley.
- Punakh Dzong: Punakha Dzong, the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan also called Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness), is the country’s most stunning and regal dzong. The place is a wonderful and splendid prospect on the first preview from the road of Thimpu.
- The Royal Manas National Park: This national park is the must visit place for all nature lovers. As world’s most biodiverse place ,the royal national park claims of animals and plants species.
From November to January is the right time to visit Bhutan.
Much needed happenings –
- Propelling in the Manas rivar.
- Stopover in traditional bamboo home.
- Encounter the tribals of Bhutan.
- Test the authentic Bhutanese food specially Suja (Butter tea) and Aara (local Alcohol)
- Medition practice in the hills of Bhutan
- Trekking through mountains
How to travel:
Phuentsholing is well linked with India via West Bengal while Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are linked with the Indian state of Assam or in air you can take air ticket to Paro International airport.
Much needed info before travel:
- Paro is the only international airport which connected with all major airlines.
- Bhutan’s currency is Ngultrum (Nu) and it is equivalence with the Indian Rupee.
- Almost 18 vernaculars are articulated in Bhutan.