The country that stresses on Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is an excellent wonder that manages to bring unending smile to your faces. Bhutan, also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a landlocked country encompassing an area of 46,500 sq km. The country is situated in the eastern Himalayas and is mostly mountainous and forested. One of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan is a global heart throb which must be high on your bucket list. It is definitely a slice of heaven that you cannot afford to miss. Warm people and amazing cuisines are some factors that add to the overall tourism offering of the Last Shangrila. If you do not visit Bhutan, it’s a beautiful loss.
1. RINPUNG DZONG
The Rinpung Dzong is one of the largest and the most beautiful structures of Bhutan and is a definite inclusion in every Bhutan plan. The area is filled with various temples and shrines. It consists of Assembly hall, Stupa and Shrine that adds to the beauty and charm of the Dzong. It is a place you cannot skip and you could also plan seeing it during the festive season when the Dzong arranges a Tsechu or an Annual festival. If you want to know the months properly then it’s the months of March to April.
2. Chele la Pass
Situated on the way to Haa Valley lies this amazing Pass, located on an altitude of about 3989 meters. It is a popular destination that brings you much solace and replenishment of the soul. It is the highest road pass of Bhutan and is surrounded by amazing views and the sight of the Himalayan Range & Mt Jomolhari, the sacred 22000 feet tall mountain peak. To reach Chele la Pass you might have to take one and a half hour drive from the valley floor of Paro.
3. Punakha Dzong
It is one of the popular places to see in Bhutan and a must include in your itinerary. It is the second largest Dzongs in Bhutan and a brilliant structure showing great artistic magnificence. It is a significant structure which is attached to many Royal events and is dipped in rich heritage and traditions of the Bhutanese Culture. You plan to Bhutan will be incomplete if you do not add Punakha Dzong to it.
4. Buddha Dordenma
The bronze-gold Buddha Dordenma, 169 feet tall statue is among the popular Bhutan tourist places you cannot afford to miss. This is one iconic landmark of the kingdom of Bhutan and a wonder that adds glory to the tourism of Bhutan. This Iconic Gold Statue is visible from almost everywhere in Thimphu. It is built at the foothills of the Thimphu valley and is visited by many tourist everyday, throughout the year
5. Dochula Pass
It is a scenic high altitude pass which consists of around 108 Chortens or Stupas. It was built to remember the martyrs from the Bhutanese Army that lost their lives while fighting the insurgents. The best thing here apart from the stupas is the panaromic view of the Himalayan range in its amazing backdrop. It is also a great picnic spot for the locals who come here in search of happiness and solitude.
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There are three land border crossings located along southern border that is linked to India only. Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. Road permits are required if you wish to get in by road. It is located in the south west of the country and caters only to Druk Air with flights connecting Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bodhgaya, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Kathmandu and Dhaka to Bhutan. The fares are a little steep. There are no railways in Bhutan. However, if you are travelling from India, you can take a train to Hasimara which is 15 km from Jalgaon, the border town on the Indian side of the border (near Phuentsholing).