Bhutanese traditional houses clustered by the meandering river, Paro showcase the pastoral beauty in the country. It is often called the rice bowl of the country producing bountiful of rice annually.With many luxurious hotels and resorts in locality, Paro is a combination of old age tradition and modern face. But for the tourists, Paro is famous for having many scared and revered temples and monasteries of the country, telling histories.
Hundred meters above dense forest, built on the sheer rock cliff, is the breath taking Taktsang Monastary holding history since 7th century.
The national Museum of Bhutan houses around 1600 artifacts, legacies of regents and king and many contemporary arts.
With a view of Mount Jomolhari, the ruins of Drugyal Dzong with unique features such as holes for use of Bow, arrows and Muskets and a passage linked to bank of river, is worth visiting.
Passing the stunning Chelela Pass, is the home to Haaps. Featured with mountain terrain is a small district of the county with just about 13 thousand people. Some of the customs and traditions set the people of Haa apart from the Bhutanese in other parts of the country. Though most of the Haap lead nomadic life, people in the valley grow potatoes, wheat and Barley.
Hoentey, a signature dish, basically a buckwheat dumpling with turnip green, cheese and spinach is popular to Bhutanese and travelers.
Haa also features 7th centaury Lhakhang Karpo, a seat of guardian deity App Chundu. The summer festival celebrates locally made products and artifacts and provides tourist an experience of nomadic life of people of Haa.
Despite practicing Buddhism, Haaps also continue old shamanistic tradition, an annual ceremony to honor the guardian deity, App Chundu.
It is a capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has the most developed town as well as the remotest villages of the country which can only be accessed by walking through rugged, mountainous terrain for several days. The capital city has actually maintained Bhutan’s Traditional Architecture intact against the modernization and many western cultures has engulfed the city life. Bistro, Café, Shopping Malls and Night clubs are in every corner of the town.The capital city is a home to about 100 thousand inhabitants and many Ministerial office are situated in capital. Despite being a seat of government, Thimphu has attractions Monasteries, temples and institutions.
National Memorial Chorten is built in 1974 to honor the Third King of Bhutan popularly known as father of Modern Bhutan. The stupa has a shirne dedicated to the king, Mandela and statues making it a one of most visited and circumambulated by elders in Thimphu.
Buddha Dordenma built amid the ruins of Kuenselphodrang, a palace of 13th Druk Desi is a 169 feet statue of Buddha Dordenma. It is considered to be the largest statue in the world. It houses 125000 smaller Buddhas and a meditation hall. To some of the travelers, Buddha Point has the best view of capital city.
Dochula offering a panoramic view of the mountain ranges is a pass between Thimphu and Punakha, accentuated by 108 Druk Wangyel chorten. The scenic chorten built in an honor of 4th King of Bhutan is commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Ash Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
A little above the Chortens is a Druk Wangyal Lhakhang featuring painting which tells a story of a warrior. Druk Wangyal Festival is celebrated every year in December.
This district hold most historic events occurred to Bhutan. It was not only the capital of Bhutan, but also a place where the first Monarch of the country was elected. Today, Punakha is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (religious head). Despite Majestic Fotress or the Dzong built on the confluence of Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu, Punkha is also famous for agricultural practices and hot springs. With moderate temperature throughout the year, people grow paddy and many organic vegetables.
A scared relic, Rangjung Karsapani is brought from Tibet by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is preserved in Punakha Dzong. Other highlights of the district are the Talo Sanga Choeling, Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten and Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery of Divine Madman famous for its fertility blessings. There are many anecdotes of tourist getting pregnant within a year after visit to Chimi Lhakhang.
It is a gateway to eastern Bhutan. the district has a range of climatic variation. The southern part is sub tropical, while the northern part has harsh winter and cool summer. Since the district is covered with forest, most of the reserved area falls in Wangduephodrang. More than 40 species of mammals, 391 species of bird and many endangered animals inhabit the lush forests of Wangdue.
It is a popular winter roosting ground of the majestic Blacked Necked Crane and the valley has the largest protected wetland for the endangered bird. The valley has host more than 500 cranes in a year, especially in the month of October till February. In an initiation to conserve the habitat, Bhutanese use solar energy to lit homes in Phobjikha. Moreover, the scenic beauty of the valley attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Located in the central Bhutan with one of the largest Dzong in the country is the historical Landmark, an ancestral home of Monarch. It is reflected that today that before prince is crowed the king of the country must be first instituted as the Trongsa Penlop, meaning the governor of Trongsa. The first and the second king of Bhutan had ruled the country from the seat in Trongsa.
The impressive museum housed in the watchtower above the Dzong, has a collection of historical artifacts of the Royal Family. Other highlights of the district include Kuenga Rabten Palace and Chendebji Chorten on the way to Trongsa.
The histories on Buddhism in Bhutan refer Bumthang as the first place visited by Guru Rinpochoe and where Buddhism first sow its seed. Bumthang today is the home to some of the country’s most scared, ancient and precious Buddhist sites. The Jakar Dzong or the castle of white bird overlooks the wide valley and old Wangdue Choeling Palace of first and second king of Bhutan. The gentles valleys of Bumthang are covered with buckwheat, rice and potato, creating one peaceful panoramic land on earth.
Apart from Bhutanese Pilgrimage, the scared monasteries and temples and the unique festivals attracts significant amount of tourist yearly.
Jampa Lhakhang in Choekor is one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built by Tibeaten king Songtsen Gampo in7th century. Today temple in famous for festival, Jampay Lhakhang Drup where scared naked dance are perform to relive humans from sins committed in this lifetime.
Tang Mebar Tsho is a lake from where Terton Pema Lingpa releaved treasure. Terton, in his dream, Guru Padmasambhava directed him to recover treasure from the bottom of the lake. In presence of people who dismissed his dream, Terton Pema Lingpa at the age of 25, carrying a lit butter lamp jumped into the lake. Miraculously, he reappeared with a chest and a scroll for paper with the butter lamp still burning. Hence the name,burning lake.
Other Highlight of Bumthang are Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tamzhing Lhakhang, Kurji Lhakhang and Tharpaling Lhakhang.
As a developing district in eastern Bhutan, Mongar which was initially called Zhongar is becoming a birding centre along Sengor-Yongkola- Lingmethang Area. The district has now known for its local made hard cornflakes and banana chips.
The Zhongar Dzong which was built in 1500 AD is left only with ruins today. The Zhongar Ponpo, the chieftain is popular for building one intricate and well designed Dzong in those times. The ruins are seen on your way towards Mongar and artifacts from this dzong are displayed in National Muesum in Paro.
The district bordering with Arunachal Pradesh state of India is the easternmost district of Bhutan with 16 sub district. The different communities in this district are popular for weaving from raw silk, metal work and bamboo craft. On of the longest river, drangmi Chhu flow through this district and Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to species of Rhododendrons and mixed conifers.
Hidden in the mountains of northern Trashigang are villages of Merak and Sakteng, a home to a tribe called Brokpas. The scenic beauty of the land and unique culture of people attracts most of the travelers. They make living by herding yaks and their cloths are woven from animal hair and yak hide. The popular yak dance and Ache Lhamu dances are performed by Brokpas to dispel evil from the community.
The bustling economic centre of Bhutan in the South is one of the gateways to Bhutan for those travelling by road. Bordering to Indian Town jaigaon, is the most happening towns in Bhutan. The road to Phuentsholing from Chukha is through the lush green forest valleys and by the meandering roads along the rugged mountain.