Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Bhutan

The Buddhist Kingdom nestled in the Eastern edge of Himalayas is a tiny country with abundant monasteries, gigantic forts, and exorbitant landscapes.  The snow-capped mountains and the verdant woods make Bhutan look even more peaceful and alluring to the human eyes. What makes Bhutan so special is that you can travel to Bhutan in any season you like. The Land of the Thunder Dragon will amaze you with its authenticity and appetizing food made up of rich chilies. With serenity, Bhutan will also give you an enthralling experience with its adventure activities. Bhutan has a lot in store for you, so get ready to explore the tranquillity along with some adrenaline rush when you visit the happiest place on Earth “Bhutan”.

Why Go There: Adventure, Culture, History, and Heritage
Ideal For: Friends and Family
Things to Bring Back: Traditional Jewellery, Handwoven bamboo items, carpets, stoles, and more

Also Read: Things To Do In Bhutan


Best Places To Visit in Bhutan 

10. Trongsa Dzong

With a panoramic view of the black mountains, Trongsa Dzong sits atop the hillocks in the middle of the country. The ravishing view of the valleys along with the beautiful heritage site would be a treat for your eyes. Constructed by Ngagi Wangchuk in 1554, the same site has been reconstructed a lot of times by the subsequent generations of the Wangchuk dynasty. It is also said that the Trongsa relates to the royal family of Bhutan. This site is idyllic for trekkers, history enthusiasts, and hikers.

Distance from the City: 192.3 Km from Thimphu
Time required: 5h 57 min
Ideal for: Friends | Families
Best time to visit: 6 AM – 5 PM


9. Phobjikha Valley

The profound valleys of Phobjikha are one of the most wondrous sites in Bhutan with its U-shaped structure. It is also known as the Gangteng valley, which is named after the great Gangteng dynasty of Bhutan. To have a mesmerizing view of the endangered black-necked cranes, you should visit the valleys at the end of the year. The beauty of the valleys can be seen with the vast expanses of green lands and the enormous site of the Black mountains.

Distance from the City: 142 Km from Thimphu
Time required: 2h 50 min
Ideal for: Friends | Families
Best time to visit: December – July


8. Jakar

Snuggling in the lap of the Choekhor valley, Jakar is the most alluring landscape you can see in Bhutan. With enormous flora and fauna, you can gaze at the historic Jakar Dzong which was constructed on a ridge above the Jakar village. Established in the year 1667, the Jakar Dzong now is an administrative center for the Jakar village. Apart from the authentic culture and beguiling landscapes, Jakar is also famous for its craft shops where you can indulge yourself in some traditional shopping.

Distance from the City: 252.8 Km
Time required: 8h 36 min
Ideal for: Friends | Families
Best time to visit: November to July


7. Wangdue Phodrang

If you want to see some beautiful landscapes along with some ethnicity, then you must visit Wangdue Phodrang which will entice you with its heavenly expanses and gain spirituality in the monasteries. Visit the Black Mountain National Park to have a closer look at some estranged species like the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Blue sheep, Black bear etc. Also, visit the rustic villages of Gasleo, Nahee, Rinchegang which will make you familiar with the culture and authenticity of Bhutan.

Distance from the City: 71.6 Km
Time required: 1h 54 min
Ideal for: Friends | Families
Best time to visit: October 22nd to March 18th


6. Thimphu

The capital of Bhutan Thimphu, a place where the royal family resides, is the most wonderous capital in the world. The Bhutanese culture blends with beautiful landscapes which makes Thimphu a must visit place in Bhutan. While taking some glimpses of the culture and heritage, you must also visit the exquisite restaurants and cafes which will offer you the best Bhutanese dishes. The capital has some uniqueness about itself, it is the only capital in the entire world that does not have traffic signals and it is the third highest capital in the world.

Distance from the City: 47.1 Km from Paro Intl. Airport
Time required: 1h 10 min
Ideal for: Friends | Families
Best time to visit: March-May, September – November


5. Punakha

Once the capital of Bhutan, now Punakha serves as the administrative center of the Punakha Dzongkhag which is made up of 20 districts. Visit the Punakha Dzong which is known as the place of happiness in Bhutan and is also the second oldest Dzong in entire Bhutan. Explore the flora and fauna at the Jigme Dorji National Park and relish gazing at the species like Red Panda, Snow Leopards etc. The Ritsha village will take you through the extensive red and white rice cultivation.

Distance from the City: 85.9 Km
Time required: 2h 24 min
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best time to visit: Entire year


4. Paro

Elevated at a height of 2280 meters, Paro is a teensy town located in the lap of the Paro valley. Situated on the banks of Pa Chu river, it gives you a spellbinding view that will make you feel elated. If you are a mystery seeker, then you must visit the Dumste Lakhang which was built in the year 1433 as a temple to subdue demoness, however the same has now been turned into a temple. If you are a shopaholic then visiting the Paro Weekend Market would be a cherry on the top of the cake as you can buy some of the best handicrafts and spices from there.

Distance from the City: 50.3 Km
Time required: 1h 30 min
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best time to visit: October – February


3. Bumthang

Endowed with enormous beauty and culture, Bumthang is a massive valley comprising 4 other valleys namely, Ura, Chumey, Tang, and Choekhor. To discern the beauty of the majestic waters, visit the Mebar Tso also known as the Burning Lake which is one of the top pilgrimage sites in Bhutan. A short trip to Kurjey Lhakhang which comprises of three beautiful temples is said to be the holiest place in Bhutan. The most astonishing thing about the oldest temple in Bumthang is that it has a rock in the temple which is said to have imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s body.

Distance from the City: 271.3 Km
Time required: 9h 18 min
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best time to visit: October – February


2. Chele La Pass

Situated at a height of 3810 meters, Chele La Pass is one of the highest Passes in Bhutan which will soothe your mind and souls with the picturesque views of Mt Jumolhari covered with snow.  Visit the architectural complex Dzongdrakha Goemba sitting atop a ridge which would give you some of the most stunning views of the mountains. If you are planning to visit Bhutan in the months of October and November, a ride to the Chele La Pass shall top your list.

Distance from the City: 76.7 Km
Time required: 2h 14 min
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best time to visit: March-May


1. Tango Buddhist Institute

If you are on a search for spirituality, then taking a trip to the Tango Buddhist Institute is a must. Located in Thimphu, this institute was founded by Lama Gyalwa in the 13th century offering you a beautiful view of the monastery at the backdrop. Worship the givings of Lord Buddha along with gazing at the beautiful copper statues and relics.

Distance from the City: 14 Km
Time required: 45 min
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: Entire year


Other Attractions of Bhutan

Bhutan has some of the most beautiful forts(Dzongs), passes, monasteries, National Parks, Lakes and valleys.

Check out some of the most visited places in Bhutan enlisted below:

  • Tshichho Dzong
  • Dagala Thousand Lakes
  • Dochula Pass
  • Taktsang Palphug Monastery
  • Gangtey Monastery
  • Buddha Dordenma
  • Chomolhari
  • Royal Manas National Park
  • Simtokha Dzong
  • Punakha suspension bridge

How to reach Bhutan

Air|Road|Train

Nearest Airport

Paro International Airport (6km away from the city of Paro)

Book your flights and save money: Use Thomas Cook| Spice Jet

Nearest Bus Stand

Phuentsholing (151 Kms from Paro)

The Government of Bhutan runs direct bus services from Kolkata to Bhutan on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7 PM and return journey every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 PM.

Book your bus and save money: Use Paytm Bus| Redbus|Travelyaari


Where to stay

Ramada Valley |Druk Hotel| Le Meridian | Ariya Hotel | Hotel Lhaki

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So postpone all your meetings, pack your bags and book your flight using Goibibo flight offers to visit this small yet mystical country to gain a whole new experience with your loved ones and that too without spending a fortune! Don’t forget to use Goibibo offers and Goibibo coupons to earn additional cashback and discounts on every booking!

Nearby Places to Visit

  • Kathmandu (990.5 Km)
  • Lumbini (1117 Km)
  • Janakpur (814.6 Km)
  • Pokhara (1132.6 Km)
  • Meghalaya (567.1 Km)

Hidden Gems

Taro: The quaint village of Taro nestled in the mountains is one of the most serene places that you would love to visit in Bhutan. Find freshness in the farms of Taro where you can see the plantations of sweet peas and corns. The picturesque landscape will make your eyes pop out.

National Museum: Atop the hill, sits the National Museum of Bhutan which will give you a deeper look into the Bhutanese culture and traditions. Relish gazing at the stone carvings and statues along with the magnificent views of the hills in the backdrop.

Bumdeling Wildlife sanctuary: Established in the year 1994, the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary covering an area of 1545v sq. Km is a plethora of stunning alpine lakes and meadows. Visit the sanctuary to spot the Black-necked cranes in the months of October and November.

Haa Valley: A quaint village with a diversity of flora and fauna is what makes the Haa Valley a top spot for hikers and nature lovers. Gear up with your bikes and ride into the magical Haa Valley.

National Library: If you are a book lover then you must visit this National Library situated in the Kawajangsa area of Thimphu. Also, explore the Folk Heritage Museum and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum which will enthrall you with its history and culture.


Cashkaro Recommendation

  • A stay at Thimphu will be the best way to start your journey in Bhutan. To have a panoramic view of the river flowing in the backdrop along with the Bhutanese culture, we would recommend staying at the Terma Linca Resort and Spa. A blend of serenity and authenticity would make your stay at the hotel even better.
  • If travelling by air, then visiting the great city of Paro would be one of the most exciting experience for you by visiting the mythological Dzongs and peaceful monasteries.

Fun Way to Travel

Taking a flight from any of the major cities to Bhutan is just a click away. The Paro International Airport has flights coming in from everywhere in the world which makes it a hub for travellers. Take a train journey from Kolkata to Hasimara after which a bus ride from Hasimara will take you to Bhutan.

If you are much of a road trip junkie, then hire a car from: Clear Car Rental | Aha Taxis |Mychoize


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