The capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has all but shrugged off the friendly illage tag. The city buzzes with a commercial exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s natural conservatism and Shangri La image. For the visitor Thimphu offers the best opportunity to briefly break away from the tour itinerary. In addition to its traditional Buddhist sights and attractions, it offers cafes, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs. Striking a balance between of both sides – the old and the new – is the key to getting the most out of this enchanting city.
– Plunge into the pungent, bustling Weekend Market for incense and artefacts
– Hike through whispering pines and rhododendrons to the serene soliture of Tango Goemba or Cheri Monastery
– Look up in awe at the might Buddha Dordenma that gaze over the city
– Marvel at the skill and artistry of Bhutanese arts and crafts at the National Institute for Zorig Chusum
– Inspect and photograph the seriously odd-looking takins at Motithang Takin Preserve
– Join the pilgrims at colourful Changangkha Lhakhang. Thimphu’s liveliest temple.
Central Bhutan Highlights
Central Bhutan is an exciting destination for all visitors. It includes some of the most significant historical and religious sites in the country. The district of Trongsa has always been of great political importance to the leaders of Bhutan due to its commanding location in the center of the nation while Bumthang district has some of the most ancient and important temples and monasteries in Bhutan.
– Discover the heritage of Trongsa at the Tower of Trongsa Royal Heritage Museum
– Take one of many hikes in the Bumthang valleys
– Wander around the Kurjey Lhakhang complex, a legacy of Guru Rinpoche
– Visit one of Bhutan’s oldest and most significant temples at Jampey Lhakhang
– Circumanbulate Tamshing Goemba wearing a cloak of chainmall made by Pema Lingpa
– Pause for a picnic at Chendebji Chorten, patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu
– Detour up the Tang Valley to the superb museum of the 100 year old Ogyen Chholing Palace
Western Bhutan Highlights
The western circuit comprises of the six western Districts in the country that includes Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha and Gasa.
– Hike to the dramatic cliff hanging Taktsang Monastery. Bhutan’s most famous sigh
– Visit the hulking Paro Dzong and take a crash course in Bhutanese culture and history at Paro’s National Museum
– Spot black-necked crnes or hit the hiking trails in the Phobjikha valley
– Take a pilgrimage to the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples
– Mesmerize by the rare Himalayan flowers and visit remote monasteries in the little visited Haa valley
– Be blessed with a 10-inch penis, if only for a day, at Chimi Lhakhang, the monastery of the Divine Madman.
Eastern Bhutan Highlights
Eastern Bhutan is one of the least explored regions of the kingdom and offers one of most authentic experiences for adventure-oriented tourists. The entire region is awash in unspoiled natural beauty, towering cliffs and pristine forests with great variations in altitude and climatic conditions.
– Fasten your seatbelt for a trip on the dramatic cliff hugging road over the 3750m Thrumshing La
– Take the picturesque drive up to Lhuentse Dzong
– Watch some of Bhutan’s finest cloth being woven at the remote weaving village of Khoma
– Check your sin levels at the serene pilgrimage site of Gom Kora
– Hike around the tranquil Chorten Kora, and witness traditional crats in far-flung Trashi Yangtse