Places to Visit

Paro

Paro (Altitude: 2280m/ 7524ft above sea level) Paro is one of the oldest and biggest towns in Bhutan. It was a home to Bhutan’s national leaders. If you fly into Bhutan, it is the first town you will get to see. It is popularly known…

Thimphu

Thimphu (Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level) Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. The city is a mixture of modernity and tradition. People from all walks of life live in Thimphu. As the biggest city in the country, its population has been on the…

Punakha

Punakha (Altitude: 1350m/4455ft above sea level) This district is the historical heart of Bhutan. Zhadrung Ngawang Namgyal, popularly known as the unifier of modern Bhutan, established the dual system of government at Punakha. The dual government system was prevalent until Bhutan’s hereditary monarchy was established…

Gangtey

Gangtey (Altitude: 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level) Gangtey is a glacial valley in Wangduephodrang district. The place is the winter roosting ground of a rare species of bird called the Black-necked Cranes. The birds migrate from Tibet in the winter. To honor the arrival of…

Trongsa

Trongsa ( Altitude: 2200m /7260ft above sea level) Before the establishment of Bhutan’s hereditary monarchy in 1907, the country was practically ruled by Trongsa Penlop (Governor). It is the central home of the Royal family of Bhutan. The father of the first king of Bhutan…

Bumthang

Bumthang (Altitude: 2600m/ 8580ft above sea level.) Bumthang is the religious and cultural heartland of Bhutan. People compare Bumthang to Switzerland for its low-lying valleys and scenic beauty. Some of the important places of interest are Jampey Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan…

Mongar

Mongar (Altitude 1690m/5575ft above sea level) Mongar is a hub of the eastern region of the country. In earlier times, it enjoyed a strategic importance in the governance system. Known as Zhongar before, it shares borders with other eastern districts. Not many tourists would visit…

Trashigang

Trashigang (Altitude: 1144m/ 3775ft above sea level) In terms of population Trashigang is the largest district in the country. The district boasts of its ethic diversity. There are nomads called Brokpas with their own distinct culture, Khengpa diaspora, Kurteop and Sharchop. Sharchops are considered the…

Tsirang

Tsirang (Altitude: 400 – 2000 meters above sea level) Tsirang district is located in the south-center of Bhutan. One could experience multi-ethic cultural traditions in the district. The population is the mixture of people Nepali origin and people from the northern parts of the country…

Royal Manas National Park

Royal Manas National Park (Altitude: 150 meters/495 ft above sea level) If you are looking for an exclusive experience with nature in a virgin environmental paradise, the Royal Manas National Park is the place you should visit in Bhutan. It is an experience like no…

Gasa

Gasa is located in the extreme northwest of Bhutan. It is the largest district in terms of the geographical size, but has the smallest population of all the districts. It is fondly referred to as the true Abode of the Himalayas. The references originates from…

Haa

Shrouded by mysteries Haa is the western most district. People of Haa venerate and seek protection from their local warrior deity called ApChundu. An annual shamanistic festival is held to honor the deity. People practice shamanistic traditions alongside Buddhist practices. It is interesting that people…

Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing is a bustling town and is referred to as the gateway to Bhutan. It is the commercial hub of the country. It is the biggest border town in Bhutan with the highest volume of cross-border trade than other border towns like Gelephu or SamdrupJongkhar….

Gelephu

Gelephu town borders the Indian state of Assam and cross border trade is rampant and as such, the town has been the main commercial hub for the entire central Bhutan for a long time. Unlike almost all the border towns, Gelephu has a vast expanse…

Samdrup Jongkhar

The small border town of Samdrup Jongkhar is the gateway to Eastern Bhutan. It borders the Indian state of Assam and has been a major commercial hub for the entire eastern region for years. The town propped up in the 1960s when Bhutan started to…