Most people visit Bhutan for cultural purposes. The popular destinations are: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, and Jakar. Here are the top 5 tourist attractions in Bhutan, including some other unique experiences.
Special Bhutan Experiences
- Explore the region of Zhemgang for birders paradise, excellent wildlife viewing
- Eastern Bhutan just opened to tourism with unexplored lands
1. Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Paro
If you did not visit the Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, have you really been to Bhutan?
The Tiger’s Nest is the most iconic place in Bhutan. It is also one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world. It can be a little steep to walk to the temple, but the view is absolutely worth it, trust me!
Quick history lesson: It is believed that Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a winged tigress, hence the name, Tiger’s Nest. The temple is built on a 1,200 meter cliff and was built in 1692.
2. Punakha Suspension Bridge
This is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. The Punakha suspension bridge is constructed over the Po Chhu River. The bridge sways because of strong wind but is perfectly safe to cross through. It is laden with colourful Buddhist flags that flutter continuously with the wind.
The dzongs are ancient fortresses that now serve as the civil and monastic administration headquarters of each district. Apart from the architecture, which in itself makes a dzong worth visiting, they also hold many art treasures.
Ps: Also check out the hotels with amazing traditional Bhutanese architecture. I can get you a discount for this hotel if you book with Trevellers!
Dzongs dot the countryside and were built without the use of cement, nails or plans. These are the famous Dzongs. If you have no time to visit them all, please check out Punakha Dzong!
- Punakha Dzong
- Trongsa Dzong
- Jakar Dzong
- Lhuentse Dzong
- Simtokha Dzong
- Rinpung Dzong
- Lingzhi Yügyal Dzong
- Drukgyal Dzong
4. Hiking in Bhutan
Trekking is also extremely popular since it is in the Himalayan region and you have mountains everywhere.
I highly recommend the Bumdra Trek for regular adventure seekers like you and me. This takes 2D1N.
As for experts, you have to check out Jomolhari and Laya Gasa trek. For super experts, the Snowman Trek is reported to be one of the toughest treks in the world. It takes ONE MONTH. The recommended season for this trek is mid-June to mid-October.
5. Natural Scenery or National Parks
Bhutan pristine environment offers ecosystem which are rich and diverse, due to its location and great geographical and climatic variations, Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and valleys boast spectacular biodiversity, earning it a name as one of the world’s ten most important biodiversity hotspots.
35% of Bhutan is made up of protected national parks. Namely, Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (1,300 sq.km), TrumshingLa National Park (768 sq. km), Royal Manas National Park (9,938.54 sq. km), Jigme Dorji National Park (4,349 sq. km), Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (1,545 sq. km) and Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (650 sq. km).
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