Bhutan is situated in between the states of Sikkim, West Bengal and Assam in India and Republic of China in the north. It is also known as the land of Dragon 'Druk Yul' or the Land of the Thundering Dragon. Guest can find dragon on many of the building, stamps, arts and many more places. One can enter Bhutan by road from Siliguri through Phuntsholling or from Bagdogra to Paro by flight. Phuentsholling is a small town of the Kingdom of Bhutan nearly 170 kilometers from Siliguri. In the Indo – Bhutan border, Jaigaon is the last hamlet of India and is also the entry point to the Kingdom of Bhutan through Phuentsolling. The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked South Asian state and is known for the great Himalayan range along with the beauty of the place and the colorful people. Situated between India and China it is one of the places in earth where one can find the great Tibetan Monastery and the simple god fearing people. This country is mountainous except for a small strip of subtropical plains in the south towards India which is known as the Dooars. The captivating landscape covered with forest and wildlife with incomparable diversity of flora and fauna, Bhutan is a perfect destination for vacation. Popular among tourists because of the colorful people, Monastery, wildlife, the serenity and its landscapes, guest will be mesmerized by the beauty of this small Kingdom. Bhutan is described and can also be seen as the last surviving refuge of traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture and tradition. Bhutan is linked traditionally and culturally with Tibet and politically and economically it is closer to India. Bhutan currently does not have a railway system. Hence only roadways and airways are the means of transport. Since visitors were allowed from the year 1974 it started gaining popularity slowly. Now the number5 of visitors visits this area in have grown in numbers and are mesmerized by the environment, it is pristine scenery, architecture, culture, the people’s hospitable and charming countryside. Bhutan has to be the most fascinating state in the world offering spectacular views of the Himalayas with its highest peak of Chomolhari.
Most Popular Places in Bhutan
Punakha Festival : Join hundreds of pilgrims from all over Bhutan and enjoy the most colourful and vibrant festival. Watch re-enactments of the Bhutanese victory over invading Tibet. Firecrackers explode as battle scenes are acted out, culminating in the colourful Serda (procession) to the river. Punakha Dzong (fortress) is the magnificent backdrop, probably the most beautiful building in Bhutan.
Thimpu : In Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, visit its colourful weekend market and quirky shops, museums and landmarks like the National Memorial Chorten, built by the third king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This small city was established as the capital in 1961 and is famous for being the only capital in the world without traffic lights!
This capital city is home to approximately 100,000 inhabitants including the Royal family. This bustling little city is the main centre of commerce, religion and government in the country. Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. One of the most curious features of Thimphu is that it is the only capital city in the world that does not use traffic lights. Instead a few major intersections have policemen standing in elaborately decorated booths (small pavilions), directing traffic with exaggerated hand motions. The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary and just immerse themselves in the lifestyle of contemporary Bhutanese.
Dochu La Pass : Dochu La pass with its fluttering prayer flags and views over the majestic Himalayas, takes your breath away on a clear day. Visit the highly ornate Drukwangyal Lhakhang (temple) and the 108 chortens, built by the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to honour the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003.
Taktshang Lhakhang : High above the Paro valley, this monastery – known as the Tiger’s Nest – perches on a rocky mountainside at 3,000m. It was built in the 8th century, when legend has it the 2nd Buddha, Guru Rimpoche, meditated here, having flown from Kurtoe valley on the back of one of his consorts who had taken the form of flying tigress. To Bhuddhist pilgrims this is one of the most sacred sites in the Himalayas, to anyone it has to be one of the most spectacular.
“Tiger's Nest The Taktsang Monastery is Heaven on Earth” Hike about 2 hrs. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger.
Gangtey : This beautiful glacial valley lies at 2900m. After climbing up through dense forests dripping with lychen, the wide, open expanse of dwarf bamboo can come as a surprise. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu. Perched overlooking this beautiful, almost flat valley is the village and monastery of Gangtey. As well as the black-necked cranes that roost here in the winter, there are also barking deer, wild boar, red fox, leopard and Himalayan black bear.
Tashicho Dzong : Known as the ‘fortress of glorious religion’, the Tashicho Dzhong was originally built in 1641. It was rebuilt in 1952 by the third king and is now used as the seat of the Royal Bhutanese Government. Situated in beautiful gardens, it is also the summer residence of the central monastic body.
Kurje Lhakhang : Located in the sacred Bumthang valley, Kurje Lhakhang is a monastery of particular significance as Buddhists believe that Guru Rinpoche meditated here and left the imprint of his body on a rock. It is also the final resting place of Bhutan’s first three kings. There are many religious and historical legends connected with this place which consists of three large temples and many smaller structures, rich with impressive adornments.
Place:Thimpu, Phuntsholing, ParoDetails