Bhutan is a landlocked country is the southern part of Asia, facing China to the north and India to the south, west and east. This land of thunder dragons is globally known as the ‘land of thunder dragon’. Situated in the eastern end of the Himalayas, the magnificent valleys of Bhutan is perfect example of heavenly beauty.
There are various concepts on how the name of Bhutan came. Legends are different for every concept. One legend says two Sanskrit words, ‘bhota’ and ‘anta’, meaning the end of Tibet, are combined and the name derived from that combination. Some says the name derived from Tibetan word ‘Bod’. Besides, Bhutan is addressed with many names by the locals in and around the country.
No matter how much trips you have made or going to make to Bhutan, each time you will get something new to experience. Along with the capital Thimphu, this country has wide range of places which will surprise you with enormous beauty including Paro, Punakha, Trongsa, Haa Valley, Phuentsholing, Wangduephodrang, Lhuntse etc. You can feel a touch of serenity and spirituality floating in the air of Bhutan while visiting these places.
Located beside the Paro River, this town holds marvellous examples of historical and architectural field of Bhutan. Bhutan has the only international airport in Paro. Rinpung Dzong, Kiyechu Lhakhang and awesome landscape amaze the tourists of Bhutan.
Also named as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, this dzong in Bhutan is situated in a cliff above Paro Valley and offers outstanding scenic view for photography. Legend says Guru Rinpoche flew here on a tigress’s back and meditated in a cave for three months.
Thimphu is the capital town, seat of Bhutan Govt and one of the prime Buddhist pilgrimage executing Drukgyal Dzong, Tashichho Dzong, Tango Monastery and Gangteng Monastery. Large hills surround and guard this beautiful valley and gigantic Himalayan peaks seems to peep through them.
Located at 3100 meters of altitude, this mountain pass between Thimphu and Punakha offers exquisite scenic view of the snowy mountains and serene valleys. On the way one can watch the 108 chortens or stupas known as ‘Druk Wangyal Chortens’.
The Punakha Dzong is built in the confluence of Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu, meaning the Mother River and Father River respectively. Punakha is the former seat of Bhutan Govt
The Haa valley, lying on the banks of Haa Chhu or Haa River, is one of the most isolated yet most exotic locations of Bhutan. Along with absorbing the unspoiled natural scenic beauty, one can visit Haa Dzong, Kyerchu Temple and so on.
Chele La Pass is one of the highest passes for motor vehicles of Bhutan. Elevated at an altitude of 13000 ft, an hour’s driving from Paro reaches this place through rhododendron and pine forest, lush green valleys. The stunning views of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake from the pass will astonish you.
The largest fortress of Bhutan in Trongsa receives huge amount of travellers throughout the year. Located at a spur above Mangde Chhu Valley, the monastery is built in the backdrop of Black Mountains and referred as ‘way to heaven’ several times.
Culturally rooted to Central Bhutan, Lhuntse Dzong is located in Eastern Bhutan. Five temples are there, among which three are in central part of the dzong and dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. Today it is the home of over 100 monks of Buddhism.
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