What was your experience while visiting Thimphu

The Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas is in South Asia and borders India and Tibet (China). So far, the country is still one of the less known travel destinations for tourists. But completely wrong. Let this article convince you of the beauty of Bhutan and discover the diversity of the country. The most beautiful sights in Bhutan include the Taktshang, the city of Paro, the Punakha Dzong and the Tsechu festivals. But the country is also an ideal travel destination for nature lovers. In addition to wonderful panoramas, you can also expect holy places and landmarks of the country. Let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the kingdom of the thunder dragon and discover the Landmarks in Bhutan.

Magical Bhutan

Taktshang |Biggest cities in Bhutan

Thimphu |Phuentsholing & Gelephu | Paro

Punakha Dzong |East of Bhutan

Festivals in Bhutan |National parks

Best time to visit Bhutan

Activities for your Bhutan vacation

Arrival to Bhutan

Taktshang - impressive sight of Bhutan at lofty heights

The most famous sight of Bhutan is the Taktshang or also Tiger's Nest Monastery. The Taktshang is a Buddhist monastery, in which monks still live today. The location of the monastery is special, as you can see in the photo. You start in Paro and work your way up to on foot or on a mule 3,120 meters in altitude up. There, carved into the rock, sits the Taktshang. It is best to start your excursion early in the morning, because the ascent will be strenuous and is more pleasant to manage when the temperature is early in the morning. After all, 700 meters in altitude await you from Paro, which you have to overcome.

Depending on how fit you are, the ascent takes between two to three hours. Shortly before the finish line, a bridge awaits you, which attracts your gaze with its colorful prayer flags. It is an incomparable feeling to wander through the colorful spectacle. At the end of the ascension, with a distinctive look at that, you will become Paro valleythat extends below you, rewards. With the tranquility of the monastery and the sight of nature, it is easy for you to switch off and the Charm of Bhutan to experience.

Enjoy your stay at the main attraction of Bhutan and visits some of the sacred caves attached to Taktshang. Hear the legend of the tiger's nest told by Guru Rinpoche and his ride on the back of a tiger, and admire the view that is offered to you here. The tiger's nest should not be missing on your Bhutan trip or on your list of Bhutan's sights.

Must-see and largest cities in Bhutan - Thimphu, Phuentsholing & Gelephu

Thimphu - the capital of Bhutan

Thimphu is not just that Capital of Bhutanbut also the country’s seat of government. Located on the Wang Chu River and not too far from the airport, the city offers a good starting point for your trip. Discover the sights of Thimphu in the following section.

Dechencholing Palace and Buddha Dordenma

If you are in Thimphu, you should definitely get the Dechencholing Palace look at. The palace is no longer the official residential palace of the royal family, but it is still worth a visit. It is located a bit outside of Thimphu, but since you are traveling with a driver and guide anyway, this should not be a problem. The is also outside of Thimphu Buddha Dordenma. The golden Buddha figure is one of the largest seated Buddhas of the world. Buddha Dordenma is located on a hill in the Kuenselphodrang Nature Park. From there you have a wonderful view over the city of Thimphu below you.

National Folk Heritage Museum, Memorial Chorten and Tashichho Dzong

That is also in Thimphu National Folk Heritage Museum. Here you can get to know the culture of the Bhutanese and familiarize yourself with their traditions. Besides, you can do that here Memorial chorten, visit a Buddhist shrine that attracts not only tourists but also devotees. The shrine is dedicated to the third king of Bhutan. You have come to the right place to get to know the religion of Buddhism in a very authentic way. If you want to know what the seat of government looks like, you should visit the monastery complex Tashichho Dzong visit.

From the outside, the complex, built in the 13th century, looks more like a fortress. Inside is the throne room and a study of the king. After visiting the monastery complex, you can stroll through the adjacent gardens and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Are you looking for relaxation and nature, you can do that Deer Park Thimphu pay a visit. Here you have the opportunity to meditate or take part in one of the publicly offered courses.

Craft Institute and Centenary Farmers Market

Alternatively, you can do the Centenary Farmers Market pay a visit. Here you can, for example, sniff through various spices and buy one or two souvenirs for your friends or families. If you are already on the hunt for great souvenirs, you can associate this with another Bhutanese attraction. Visit that Craft Institute of Thimphu and admires the craftsmanship of the Bhutanese who work and study there. In addition to textile work, metal or wood are also used here to create works of art. In the adjoining shop you can, for example, treat yourself to hand-painted tapestries or beautiful items of clothing as souvenirs.

Phuentsholing with the temple Zangto Pelri Lhakhang and Gelephu the third largest city in the country

Phuentsholing is the second largest city in Bhutan and is located in the south of the country on the border with India. The border gate is located within the urban area. If you want to enter Bhutan by land, Phuentsholing is your only option to enter the land of the thunder dragon. In Phuentsholing you can see the Buddhist temple Zangto Pelri Lhakhang look at. Inside the temple there is an impressive four meter high statue of Guru Rinpoche, who plays a major role in Bhutan's Buddhism. Otherwise there are not too many sights in Phuentsholing and you can quickly continue your tour.

Gelephu is also in the south of Bhutan and is the third largest city in the country. That's near Gelephu Phipsoo nature reserve. If you are lucky, you will see elephants, Bengal tigers or buffalo. Alternatively, the Royal Manas National Park easy to reach from Gelephu.

Paro and the Paro Dzong

Paro is in the west of Bhutan. Near Paro is the official and only oneAirport in the country. If you travel to Bhutan by air, you will take your first step on Bhutanese land here. In the following section I will show you the sights that the city of Paro has to offer.

In Paro you will find everyday shops such as shops or restaurants, but also souvenir shops and hotels. Due to the unique architectural style of the various houses, the small town is already an attraction in itself. Can be seen from afar and is a popular tourist destination Paro Dzong. The Paro Dzong or also Rinpung Dzong is enthroned on the Jewel Hill and is therefore also called the Fortress of the Jewel Hill. In addition to the administrative seat of the Paro district, the Paro Dzong is also a monastery with around 220 monks. In the dzong you can admire beautifully decorated walls and holy temples. Also part of the Paro Dzong is the temple tower, too Utse called, which became famous for its numerous ornaments.

But there are also around Paro Tourist Attractions of Bhutanthat warrant a visit. In addition to the Tiger Nest Monastery in Taktshang, you will also find that here Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery. Built in 659, the monastery played a major role in the beginnings of Buddhism in Bhutan. After a few restorations and extensions, it now has a golden roof and is particularly easy to recognize. The National Museum of Paro is located in the old watchtower Ta Dzong. Here you can see traditional masks, old weapons and everything related to the Culture of Bhutan look at.

Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Dzong is located northeast of Thimphu. Depending on the weather, you can reach the Punakha Dzong after about two hours by car if you start in Thimphu. In the Phunaka Dzong, the head of the monastic body, the Je Khenpo, and important monks theirs Winter residence. Punakha was the capital of the country before Thimphu. The Punakha Dzong is not only a spectacular sight from the outside, but also has a lot to show historically. For 300 years the Punakha Dzong was the seat of the government of Bhutan. Both the first and the current king were crowned there. Inside the dzong is a large negotiation hall and the former royal palace. Definitely one of the breathtaking ones Tourist Attractions of Bhutan.

The east of Bhutan - worth seeing or barren?

The east of Bhutan is even more unknown than the rest of the country. The following sights show why you should stop by here on your Bhutan trip. The small one is in the east of Bhutan Khoma village. This is due to the making of Kishuthara, a patterned silk fabric. If you want to buy a nice silk fabric as a souvenir, you will find it cheaper here than in the larger cities of Bhutan. Another attraction in the east of Bhutan is this Dramitse Monastery or also Drametse. Monks still live there today and pray and meditate there. In Drametse Monastery you can see the bones of the founder of Ani Choten Zangmos Monastery. The bones are one of the most important relics of the monastery.

The most famous sight of the monastery is the Dance of the Drametse drummers. The dance takes place during the Drametse Festival and in honor of Guru Padmasambhava. He counts to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of humanity. This is also located in the east of Bhutan Gom-Kora monastery - a holy place for Buddhist believers. As you can see, the east of Bhutan is well worth a visit.

Festivals in Bhutan - Sights religious and unique!

The most famous festivals in Bhutan are the Monastery festivals, so-called Tsechus. A Tsechu festival lasts up to five days and is held in honor of Guru Rinpoche. The highlight of the festival is the unrolling of a so-called thangdroel, a mural depicting Guru Rinpoche and his eight incarnations. The Tsechu festivals take place in different cities, for example in Punakha, Paro and Thimphu. During a celebration, people dance, sing and indulge in the Bhutanese national sport, archery. Lose yourself in the colorful crowd, enjoy the exuberance and admire the monks' mask dances. The festivals are Buddhist and offer a good insight into the Bhutanese culture. The Tsechu festivals are not organized according to certain dates, but according to the Lunar calendar aligned. The Paro Tsechu takes place in spring, the Thimphu Tsechu in autumn and the Punakha Tsechu in winter. If you are flexible in your travel planning, you should visit Bhutan during one Monastery festival visit.

National parks in Bhutan - sights in nature

In Bhutan, a law stipulates that 60 percent of the country's area must be forested. Hence it is not surprising that you are in Bhutan four national parks find who greet you with a wonderful landscape. With an incredible biodiversity, they are definitely one of the most beautiful Bhutanese landmarks. Together with the Wildlife Sanctuary and the Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve, the national parks cover 42.7 percent of the land area of ​​Bhutan. A clear sign of how much the Bhutanese feel connected to nature.

Royal Manas National Park

The Royal Manas National Park is located in the south-central part of Bhutan. The park is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage and is the largest tropical and subtropical ecosystem in Bhutan. A wide variety of animal species can be found here, including 365 different bird species. In the north, the Royal Manas National Park borders on the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park and in the south on the Indian Manas National Park. In addition to birds, you can also find Indian rhinos, king tigers or the Indian pangolin here. Alternatively, you can marvel at over 900 plant species that are native there. When you visit, make sure that the monsoons sweep this part of Bhutan from May to September and bring a lot of rain with it.

Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park

In the north of Bhutan there is the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, which is directly adjacent to the Royal Manas National Park. Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park was previously called Black Mountain National Park and was renamed in honor of the former king. The special features of this national park are the different habitats. In the south of the park you will find tropical and subtropical areas that merge into alpine mountain meadows in the north. Accordingly, there are a wide variety of animal species. From the red panda to the golden langur to the black-necked crane, everything is represented.

Jigme Dorji National Park

The Jigme Dorji National Park is also in the north of Bhutan and borders on Tibet. With its 4,329 square kilometers, it is the largest national park in Bhutan. Here you can also look forward to a diversity of species, both in terms of flora and fauna. The special highlight is the rare one Snow leopard. There are different landscape and climatic regions in Jigme Dorji National Park. In the lower levels there is a tropical to subtropical climate, while in the higher areas a high alpine climate brings cold and snow with it.

Thrumshingla National Park

If you're interested in birds, you've come to the right place. The Thrumshingla or Phrumsengla National Park offers excellent conditions for viewing birds. But nature and plant lovers among you will also get their money's worth here. The Thrumshingla National Park is home to over 620 different plant species. There is sure to be one or the other plant that you have never seen before. During a long walk you can experience the beauties of the Bhutanese nature.

Best time to visit Bhutan

The best travel time for Bhutan cannot be determined across the board due to the many height differences in the landscape. Many travel guides define the months March to May and Mid-September to mid-November for Central and Northern Bhutan as the best travel time. For the south of Bhutan they recommend the months between November and March. In order to find the best travel time for you, I will briefly introduce you to the different climate zones and their peculiarities. First of all: In some regions of the kingdom there are heavy rains. Therefore, pay attention to the weather when planning your vacation in Bhutan. al the differentTourist Attractions you don't want to visit when it rains, do you?

In the southern areas of Bhutan tropical to subtropical climate. This is characterized by warm to hot temperatures in summer and mild temperatures in winter. Meet in the months of June to September Monsoons to the south of Bhutan. During this time there is a lot of rain and you should be prepared for humid days. Trekking tours in particular are even more strenuous at this time.

In Central Bhutan, where for example the capital Thimphu is located, prevails temperate climate, which is characterized by warm summers and cooler winters. The climate here is similar to that in Germany with one difference: the amount of rainfall in the monsoons. If you want to travel to Central Bhutan, you should avoid the months May to September.

in the North of Bhutan is the hill country of the kingdom. On the peaks, which are up to 5,000 meters high, there is predominantly one alpine climate. With very severe and cold winters and mild summers, you will see one or the other mountain peak covered with snow. But especially in the transition period from winter to summer, you are offered spectacular views here on your trekking tours. Glistening and snow-covered mountain panoramas illuminated by the sun - an unmistakable sight and truly one of the most beautiful Sights of Bhutan.

Activities on your Bhutan vacation - trekking, horseback riding or would you prefer kayaking?

Trekking in Bhutan

A trekking holiday is a good idea to see as many Bhutanese sights as possible and to get to know the country and its people better. Many travel agencies offer this Trekking vacations in Bhutan at. You not only test your fitness while hiking, but also spend the night in tents or hotels after certain sections of the route before you continue the next morning. Bhutan is one of the trekking paradises.You can usually choose between easy, medium and difficult tours. It is best to speak to your tour guide beforehand to clarify which conditions are required for which tour. On the more difficult treks you hike up to an altitude of over 5,320 meters.

Therefore, you should have a doctor check you out beforehand and clarify whether your health is able to do so. The easier tours usually last between three and six days, while the medium-difficult tours can last up to 18/19 days. The most demanding are the difficult tours, for which you should plan a 25-day vacation. But it's worth it! You cross various passes, discover mountain lakes, shepherds' villages and stupas and have spectacular views over Bhutan and the highest mountains in the country. For example, the sight of the is particularly impressive Jangothang with its 7,314 meters.

Mountaineering is prohibited by law!

However, you are not allowed to climb these mountains. Mountaineering is prohibited by law in Bhutan. At 6,000 meters it is over, as the Bhutanese believe that the kingdom of the gods begins on the tops of the mountains. One of the most famous trekking trails is the Snowman Trek from Drukyel Dzong (Paro) to Sephu. This path is extremely demanding and should only be mastered by you if you have already gained experience in trekking.

Riding tours

Don't you all want to walk your way? No problem. In Bhutan you can also go on day and half-day excursions on horseback. If you fancy a riding tour, it is best to find out more from your travel agency in advance. On horseback you will cross beautiful landscapes, enjoy the fresh and clear air and experience the charm of Bhutan from its most natural side.

Kayaking and rafting

Has through the many mountain rivers Bhutan best conditions for Kayak and rafting lovers. Here, too, there is a tour for all levels of experience. No matter whether it is an easy or difficult route - it is always fun. Of course, your safety is always taken care of during these exciting water sports activities. You will not soon forget the moment when the crystal clear water splashes in your face and the adrenaline pumps through your veins. Promised. And convinced? Try it out and let yourself be inspired by the natural phenomena. When planning your trip, you should note that most tours only take place in the months of March to April and November to December. The weather in the other months does not allow kayaking and rafting.

Information on how to get to Bhutan

You can enter the Kingdom of Bhutan by plane or by land. There is no direct flight from Germany to Bhutan. You have the opportunity to make a stopover in Nepal, Thailand, India, Singapore or Bangladesh and with the airlines Drukair & Bhutan Airlines to fly on. Note that you are only allowed to enter the country with a valid tourist visa and that you can only get this with a booking through an approved travel agency. In addition, you have to per day 250 USD Pay a vacation fee to Bhutan in high season and USD 200 in low season. The main season is from March to May and from September to November. Your overnight stays in 3 star hotels, your driver and guide as well as the main meals are paid for by the fees. In Bhutan you are not allowed to travel as an individual tourist and therefore have a guide by your side at all times. Have I piqued your interest? Then make a free travel request in my travel forum. Have fun in the land of the thunder kite and discovering the Tourist Attractions of Bhutan!

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