Five Top Places To Visit In Bhutan

Five Top Places To Visit In Bhutan
Five Top Places To Visit In Bhutan. Credit: Shutterstock

International tourists await the opening of Bhutan's borders on September 23

OT Staff
September 18 , 2022
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Bhutan had announced in June that it was planning to open its international borders for tourism from September 23 this year with a renewed focus on the sustainability of the sector.

India shares a 699km long international border with Bhutan, which passes along the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. While all visitors can enter via land from Phuentsholing in Bhutan, Indian tourists can also enter through the country's other land entry points (Gelephu, Samdrup Jongkhar and Samtse).


Now, as the much-awaited date is round the corner, we remind you of the top five places you must visit in the 'happiest country' of the world.

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Tiger's Nest Monastery. Credit: Shutterstock

Overlooking the Paro Valley, the Tiger's Nest Monastery stands at a cliff's edge. As the only way to reach the monastery is via a challenging trek of 900 meters, taking a pony, which will take you only to the cafeteria, is advisable. Then, it is another steep walk and some narrow stairs toward the monastery. The monastery is believed to be where Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism into Bhutan, arriving on the back of a tigress.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong. Credit: Shutterstock

Accessible by a three-hour drive east of the capital Thimpu, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong (monastery) in Bhutan. It contains many precious relics dating back to the ancient days. If you visit the place in the spring season, you will be amazed to see the lovely lilac-coloured jacaranda trees.

Zuri Dzong Peak

If you want a bird's-eye view of the majestic Paro Valley, the peak of the Zuri Dzong trek is the perfect spot. The Zuri Dzong monastery is the oldest in Bhutan and is, therefore, one of the most important places to see in Paro. This peaceful place allows tourists to soak in the tranquillity that radiates from the extraordinary view.

Gangtey Valley

Gangtey Valley. Credit: ShutterstockOne of the most stunning valleys in the Himalayas, Gangtey is often referred to as the Shangri-La of Bhutan and is approximately 135 kilometres from Thimphu. Trekking through the valley will take you to the beautiful villages of Gogona and Khotokha. You can also visit the historical Gangtey monastery, where you can catch the graceful Black-necked Cranes during winters.

Kuensel Phodrang

Kuensel Phodrang. Credit: Shutterstock

Overlooking the picturesque Thimpu Valley, Kuensel Phodrang is one of the most iconic places to visit in the capital of Bhutan. Also known as Buddha Point, it is home to the famous Great Buddha Dordenma. Perched at an altitude of 2655 metres, Kuensel Phodrang is the most visible tourist destination seen from Thimpu city. Furthermore, the road to Kuensel Phodrang is surrounded by alpine forests, making it one of the most picturesque routes in Bhutan.

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