Bhutan-the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragons! Sounds interesting and mystical, isn’t it? Does that statement make you curious to know more? Well, the last great Himalayan kingdom in the world, full of magic and mystique is a country like no other. Whether it is culture, the panoramic views or serenity you seek this small kingdom nestled between Tibet and India has it all.
Called the ‘Land of the Dragons’ Bhutan is home to several mythologies and folklores, natural beauty and a seamless blend of traditional Buddhist and modern culture. The question here is should you explore the Kingdom of Thunder Dragons this year? The answer would be a resounding Yes.
We at Kesari wanted to make it easier for you to decide if you must explore Bhutan. So, we made a list of things you can do when you visit.
The best time for Bhutan sightseeing: The best time to go sightseeing in Bhutan is from September to May. October to December is autumn in Bhutan when the sky is clear and sunny. If you don’t mind the cold, then January and February are apt. The weather turns dry and pleasant from March to May. It is also when the spring brings the valleys’ alive with blooming flowers.
Bhutan tourist places: Not as popular as its neighbor Nepal, Bhutan is still pristine and glorious. It is home to several tourist places like forts, monasteries, trekking trails, shopping avenues and relics from the Buddhist era. Not to forget its panoramic views of the Himalayan range, the valleys, full of rare flowers and trees. This Himalayan abode that is 38,394 sq.km high is a must-visit at least once in your life.
Bhutan places to visit: Among the several places you can see, explore, and experience in Bhutan there are a few places to visit for sure.
Taktshang Goemba: One of the most beautiful monasteries in Bhutan is the Taktshang Goemba. Also called the Tiger’s Nest, the monastery is a remarkable sight. Perched on a sheer cliff side 900 m above the Paro valley it is the place to visit if you don’t mind a lot of steep climbing. It is a sacred site, so make sure you follow their customs. Bags, phones, and cameras aren’t allowed and must be deposited at the entrance with the army. Follow the locals and try doing the karmic test. Next, you can see the Drubkhang, the cave Guru Rinpoche meditated for three months.
Rinpung Dzong: Next on your list of sightseeing in Bhutan is the 16th century for Rinpung Dzong. Towering walls and beautiful architecture greet you at this fortress. It is one of the best examples of Bhutanese architecture and called Fortress on a Mountain of Ornaments. The fortress is home to several memorials and temples.
Check out the Monk’s assembly hall, Kungarwa, Protector’s shrine, the Sandalwood stupa, and others. If you are visiting Bhutan between March and April, then make time for their annual fest Tshechu, which begins on the 11th and ends on the 15th day of Bhutan’s lunar calendar. You can experience the masked dance monks perform. The fort is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Buddha Dordenma Statue: This 169 ft tall Buddha statue is a must-see. Built at the foothills in Thimphu, this famous statue in bronze and gold is one of the best tourist places in Bhutan’s capital and you can see it from any part of the city. Called Kunzang Phodrang, this statue symbolizes the Buddhist culture in the country. Check the praying wheels around the clock tower in the center of the town. Mini temples and paintings adorn the walls made of rock and cement. Inside the statue, you will find smaller versions of the bronze and gold statues. Don’t miss a visit to the Kuensel Phodrang nature park close by.
Chomolhari: If you enjoy trekking, then Chomolhari is the place to visit. Known as one of the best places for a challenging trek, the trail starts at Paro ending 5000 mt high in the mountains. Offering sublime panoramic views, this trek usually takes around a week to a fortnight to finish. The best time to go on a trek is from the end of March to mid-June, September to November. However, doing so in April and May is the ideal time to pack your backpacks and take up walking after acclimatizing at the Haa Valley.
If these places excite you, then don’t wait too long to plan a trip. Connect with Kesari Tours for more information and travel deals to Bhutan.