Bhutan, most popularly visited over the winter season, offers awesome mountain views, lovely rivers, green valleys, high altitude scenery and a unique cultural atmosphere.
Bhutan is actually a kingdom (i.e. the Kingdom of Bhutan) and lies in the Himalaya region. Both India and China share borders with the country.
Apart from its mountainous beauty, Bhutan also offers visitors the chance to experience a colorful culture that's heavily influenced by traditions from Tibet and a charm that's hard to replicate elsewhere. When you visit Bhutan (perhaps as part of a tour), the country will offer you the chance to explore a number of different travel destinations that will culminate in an incredible trip.
Here are 5 of Bhutan's must-see attractions:
1. Thimphu City
Starting your journey from Bhutan's capital city, Thimpu lies in a valley next to the Raidak River. As Bhutan's largest city, it contains all administrative centers as well as the official residence of the King. When visiting, you can explore a number of Dzongs (old monasteries and fortresses). This attraction is included as part of a trip with Best Bhutan Holiday Packages. Travelers can also explore the city's art galleries, shops and museums.
2. The Memorial Stupa or Thimphu Chorten
The Memorial Stupa was created in 1974 to honor the father of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, following his death. Over the years, it's become a very important memorial in Bhutan with thousands of local Bhutanese (disciples of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk) traveling to this site to pay tribute. Spending time here is peaceful and brings peace of mind. You can also visit the King's mausoleum while in the area.
3. Drukgyal Dzong, Paro
Drukgyal Dzong is the most popular Dzong in Bhutan and was built between 1646 and 1649. It's located in the city of Paro, one of Bhutan's most historical cities. The Dzong was built to commemorate Bhutan's victory over raiders that entered the country from Mongolia. During the mid-1900's, the site was severely damaged by a fire, so today visitors can only admire the remaining ruins. For history lovers, this is an ideal Bhutan destination to add to your list. It's even been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
4. Punakha Dzong, Punakha
Prior to Thimpu, Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. As such, in this city you can visit the ancient fortress or Punakha Dzong, which served as the central administrative building in the city. This Dzong may be the most ancient Dzong in Bhutan, as it was created sometime between 1636 and 1637. Today it still stands powerfully and offers visitors incredible views. During winter time, this site becomes even more magical, as the monks arrive from Thimphu.
5. Jambay Lhakhang Monastery, Bumthang
While there are a number of historical cultural sites in Bhutan, Jambay Lhakhang Monastery is one of the most ancient, and was created by King Songtsen Gembo, who was one of the most renowned Kings in Bhutan throughout history. This temple is home to hundreds of artifacts the King found during his travels in the Himalayas. Though this monastery was constructed in the 7th century, it's been beautifully renovated and is quite stunning to see in person. Bhutan's Mask Dance Festival takes place here every year.