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Places to visit in Bhutan


Thimpu the capital city as well the largest city of Bhutan is located at altitude of 2,285m from the sea level. This juvenile city was built just over 30 years by late king Jigme Dorje Wangchuk replacing the ancient capital Punakha. Unlike other capital city Thimpu does not have airport; it is situated at Paro at the distance of 54 km. the culture of Bhutan is reflected on Thimpu in terms of Literature, religion, customs and different monasteries. Thimpu has it all from quite and peaceful streets lined with traditional shops to marvelous textiles in wool, silk, cotton, basketwork, silver jewelry, Thankas and other handicrafts item.


Paro, the winter capital of Bhutan is situated 54 km from Thimpu. Paro has got the only international airport of Bhutan. This historical place used to be the center of two of the most popular trade routes in Tibet. Paro is the second most popular tourist destination of Bhutan. Paro is beautiful town of Bhutan situated in Paro valley. Paro adorned with patchy fields, crystal clear streams with trouts and scattered hamlets. Bestowed with color and tradition this town has got Ringpung Dzong a fortress – monastery. The houses built over here are regarded as the best in whole kingdom.


Bumthang which literally means Bumpa( vessel used in consecration ceremonies)  shaped valley is the spiritual heart of Bhutan. Bumtang has got its own geographical features which separates from other regions; mostly its lush valleys and is the major producer of apples and apple juice. The Buddhist saint Pema Lingpa was born here and many other Buddhist monks lived and practiced here which makes this place sacred. Other than Dzong at Jakar many other smaller monasteries are situated all over the valley. Tales of Guru Padma Sambhava dominates this holy destination. It is also the home to the sanctified Jampa and Kurjey monasteries. Bumthang is also widely known for the brightly colored and distinctive woolen garment called Yethra. Bumthang Tsechu, Paro Tsechu and Thimpu Tsechu are most celebrated festivals of Bhutan.

Wangdue Phodrang:

Wangdue Phodrang as per historians the name Wangdue Phodrang was given by Shabdrun Ngawang Namgyal who was in search of a perfect location to built a  Dzong so as to prevent invasion from the southern territory. Literally Wangdue means unification and Phodrang means Palace. In the 17th century Wangdue played a vital role in unifying southern, western and central Bhutan. This town which in itself is enlarged form of village has some shops and countable hotels. The road from Wangdue to Trongsa is refered to as the most fascinating and enthralling roads in whole Bhutan as it passes through streams, forests and villages. Our journey further extends to tangential road near the Pele La pass which is the halfway between Wangdue and Tongsa, frther traveling south to Gangteng Monastery and Phobjika valley we may encounter with Black necked Cranes which have migrated here from central Asia. 

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