Bhutan Tourism - Major Attractions

Bhutan Tourism - Major Attractions

Bhutan is a beautiful country and tourists' paradise. It enthralls travelers with its unexplored mountains & forests, little visited valleys and mysterious Buddhist monasteries & temples. It spellbinds travelers with its amazing bountiful natural beauty. There are many interesting things to do and see in this country. From snow-capped mountain peaks to historical relics & monuments, Bhutan has lots to offer its visitors coming from different parts of the world. Thimphu (the capital city), Paro, Punakha, Bumthang, Trongsa, Gasa, etc are important places in Bhutan you will love to visit and explore. Here is brief information about some of the major attractions of Bhutan tourism.

Bhutan Tourism - Major Attractions

Centenary Farmers Market

Located in the capital town Thimphu, the Centenary Farmers Market is a great attraction for tourists in Bhutan. It is one of the biggest structures in the country. Here you can see several separate stalls for vegetables, fruits, nuts, beetle, dry fish, dairy products, etc. There are also some wholesale stores, meat shops, and tea & coffee stalls. You will also see here cafeteria and separate stalls for nonwood forest products. The market is closed on Wednesday.

Tashichhoe Dzong

The Tashichhoe Dzong is the most prominent landmark and tourist place in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Literally, it means "Fortress of the Glorious Religion". It is an impressive whitewashed structure. This magnificent building houses the throne room and offices of the King of Bhutan. It also houses the Central Secretariat, the offices of the ministries of Home Affairs and Finance.

Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA)

Located in Thimphu, RAPA is an important tourist attraction. The main purpose of this institute is preserving and promotion performing art tradition of the county. Hence, this institute provides triaging on Bhutanese traditional dances and mask dances. Trained dances of RAPA perform during the annual dance festival called Thimphu Tsechu.

National Textile Museum

Located in Thimphu, this textile museum displays a collection of Bhutanese textiles. It is a good place to know about extensive and rich culture and living art of Bhutanese weaving.

National Museum

Located in Paro, National Museum is a worth visit destination on Bhutan tour. A visit to this famous museum introduces travelers with the colorful vistas of Bhutan's culture and history.

National Memorial Chorten (Stupa)

Also known as Thimphu Chorten, it is a magnificent monument located in Thimphu. It features mandalas, statues, and altars dedicated to the third Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. It is magnificently referred to as "the most visible spiritual landmark in Bhutan". The architectural beauty of this Chorten never fails to lure visitors.

Apart from the aforementioned attractions, there are many other attractions and interesting tourist places in Bhutan. National Library, National Institute of ancient medication, Simtokha Dzong, Dechen Phodrang cloister, Dechencholing Palace, Tango cloister, Cheri cloister, Buddha Dordenma, tower sq., Punakha, Jigme Dorji park, Kurje Lhakhang, Chimi Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang, Takstang Lhakhang, etc are some other attractions of Bhutan Tourism. Apart from sightseeing, travelers can also enjoy trekking, hiking, and other adventure activities.

The Must See Highlights During the Bhutan Tour

Bhutan, The Last Shangri-La, is the small country in the Himalayas between the Tibet autonomous regions, of India and China. Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world, whose profound teachings of this tradition remains well preserved and which exerts a strong influence in all aspects of life. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan had opened its door to the tourists in 1974 after long isolation from the rest of the world.

Bhutan is the land of peaceful Thunder Dragon and is known in the world by several names such as the "Last Shangri -La", and the 'Last place on the roof of the world". It has a lot of offerings in its basket being offered as tourist spots such as- spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty, and unique culture and lifestyle. Bhutan is an unforgettable holiday destination for those who choose to venture there. If you are planning to have a tour to Bhutan, then you should be aware of the Bhutan Tour Tariff. These tariffs are set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and are different for different groups depending on the number of people in the traveling group and also according to the season. During high season ( Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec) these tariffs per person tend to be high while in low season (Jan, June, July) these tariffs per person tend to be low.

The places one should see essentially when on tour to Bhutan are:

1.       Gankar Punsum - This is the highest mountain in the world which is unclimbed to date. One can see its full glory during trekking holiday to Bhutan.
2.       Lunana - This is the most challenging trek one can enjoy in Bhutan. Climbing this mountain includes a total of 24 days of rigorous hiking under high peaks in the Bhutanese Himalaya. To experience this one should be the fittest and flexible explorer.
3.       Paro Tsechu - This is a very important Buddhist festival in the country. This is a five-day long religious celebration which is held in spring each year. It is a very interesting fest for the enjoyment, where monks dress as saints and demons to re-enact the great battles of Buddhist mythology. During this fest ritual dances are performed, music is played, and copious amounts of barley wine and butter tea are drunk. This festival of Paro Tsechu should be experienced by anyone if he wants to enjoy Bhutan to its fullest.
4.       The Tiger's Nest Monastery is the famous temple which one should visit during Bhutan Tour.

5.       Thimphu - It is the capital of Bhutan and has also some cultural highlights which can be seen during one's Bhutan Tour like-The Memorial Chorten of the late king, the silversmiths' workshops, the archery contests at Changlimithang Stadium, and the weekend market etc.

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