Bhutan has always been in our bucket list. However, when we were daydreaming about travelling there, the other day we realized that we do not know much about this stunning Himalayan kingdom. To help you out there are some obvious reasons that give us a thought which makes Bhutan a must-visit destination.
Positioned at the base of the valley, Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan. The place is loaded with architectural brilliance, cultural, religion and beauty. There are many famous sites in the city that can be explored during the trip to Bhutan. Several other highlights include colourful bazaar and a huge Stupa of Memorial Chorten.
2- Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest, the popular temple complex simply looks as if resting on the clouds with lush green beauty around. The complex is constructed on the altitude of 3,000 metres up and it looked as the cultural icon in Bhutan. The place is a must-visit destination if you are travelling to Bhutan. This monastery is the most sacred Buddhist monument which will help you find peace and makes your journey more spiritual.
3- Bhutanese Cuisine
Bhutanese love spicy and if you are not then careful a bit while exploring the city. Everyone is aware of the delicacy that momos are but to add on the food charm, the place has many other things to offer. Major among the list would be Ema Datchi, explained as the cheese-based stew. Then there is Jasha Maru (spicy chicken delicacy) and Phaksha Paa (pork with chillies). So experience the subtle charm of the place by adding some masala tadka to it.
4- Punakha Festival
The festival is committed to the Guru Rimpoche, a saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The celebration is organized on the grounds of Punakha Dzong, where the festivity starts with people dancing in mask reenacting the past histories and coming future. The place is the perfect destination to experience the spirituality and culture of Bhutan.
5- Chimi Lhakhang Monastery
This reason could be a bit odd, but the uniqueness of this monastery is what makes this more charming. The place is decorated with traditional and colourful artworks. Dragons painted on the wall are something one should have to go and discover. There is also a tradition of the temple where the pilgrims are stricken at the head with a 10 inch long wooden phallus.
6- Phobjikha Valley
Located on the edges of black mountains, near the Jigme Singye Wangchuck national park, this valley is a popular wildlife reserve famous for its beauty and scenic splendour. Phobjikha valley is the perfect destination for the birdwatchers. You can spot black neck cranes migrating to the valley in winters.
7- Red Panda Brewery
We all know Bhutan is all about culture, tradition, unaware of the fact that the city has got the first established brewery, known as the red panda which was established by the Fritz Maurer in 2006.made from wheat, the beer is pretty strong.
8- Zuri Dzong Hike
The peak of the Zuri Dzong Trek is the finest place to look out the entire beauty of the place in one view. The place is surrounded by glorious mountains and is believed that is one of the caves where Buddha has meditated. Soak in the serene ambience and extraordinary beauty and views that will evoke you from within.
9- Arts & Crafts of Bhutan
Bhutan is a treasure discovered of the various artistic craft, namely stonework, wood work, bamboo work, ornament making and others. Those who travel to this stunning of Bhutan, never forget to carry some souvenir from there.
10- Dochula Pass
This pass is a concentration of 108 stupas, which was built in the memory of Bhutanese soldiers. Dochula pass gives you the opportunity to experience the stunning views of the valley overlooking the snow-covered mountains.
11- Gangtey Valley
The valley of Gangta takes you to the historical era with Gangtey monastery passing through the dense greenery of magnolia, juniper to ferns, dwarf bamboo, rhododendrons along with the stunning villages of khotokha and Gogona.