Top Tourist Places to Visit in Bhutan, Asia
The country, Bhutan is sited on the Asian continent situated at the eastern part of the Himalayan range. The capital of this country is Thimphu. The country spans over an area of 38,396km2. The boundaries of two countries surround Bhutan, to its south, west and east lies the country, India and to its North lies the country China. The geographical coordinates puts the place at 27025’01” N and 90026’06” E.
People & Culture Bhutan
The main language of the people of Bhutan is Dzongkha. Apart from this language, there are people who speak Sharchophka, Nepali, Bumthangkha, English and Hindi. The culture of Bhutan has a huge influence of the Nepalese and Indian. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
Food and Shopping Bhutan
Rice is the main food of Bhutan. Both, vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies are available in this country. Every dish is prepared with a lot of spicy red hot chilies.
The markets of Bhutan have plenty of wonderfully crafted artifacts to offer to buyers. Some of these are the colorful shawls, coats, and sweaters. The rugs made in Bhutan are famous worldwide. There are shops selling handcrafted exquisite gold and silver ornaments.
Tourist Places in Bhutan
- Taktsang Monastery
Taktsang Monastery at Paro is one of the most highly respected monasteries in the entire country. Created in 1692, it is perched on a cliff at a height of about 1,200 meters. One can visit this place on horseback.
- Kurje Lhakhang
Kurje Lhakhang at Jakar happens to be a temple enclosing a cave in which rests the body of a famous Bhutan Monk, Guru Rinpoche. This is the place where the Guru meditated on his first visit to Bhutan.
- Tashichho Dzongs (Fortresses)
Tashichho fort is located on the northern part of the capital city of Bhutan. One can have a view of the western banks of Wang Chu. It was created in the year 1907.
- Jigme Dorji National Park
Located in the north western region of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji National Park covers a total area of 4,300 km2. This National Park is a heaven for endangered species of Himalayan animals. The National Park also has an exotic collection of medicinal herbs.
Other National Parks and Natural reserves are
- Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park
- Royal Manas National Park
- Thrumshingla National Park
- Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
- Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary
- Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary
- Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve
Apart from above tourist attraction spots there are many cultural tours organized to destinations such as Punakha, Jakar, Paro and Wangdue. Activities such as biking, archery and trekking make once vacation at Bhutan a moment to cherish.
Means of Commutation to Bhutan
Paro International Airport connects Bhutan to the rest of the world. Daily flights are available from countries like Nepal, Thailand, India and Singapore. Hence a tourist needs to carry to visas prior to departure. One can easily avail a visa from countries like Thailand and Nepal, whereas it takes two weeks to obtain a visa to Bhutan from India.
Bhutan is connected to the Indian country via road. There are three entry points to Bhutan via India. These are Gelephu at the center, Phuntsholing at the western end and Samdrup Jongkhar at the eastern end. There is no entry from the China border to the country, Bhutan. There are government run buses such as the Royal Bhutanese Government bus which facilitates transportation service for tourists to Phuentsholing from Kolkata’s Esplanade bus station, located in West Bengal state of Indian country. There are buses available at Siliguri which travels to Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. From Phuentsholing, one can opt for a private bus or travel by taxi to the countries capital city, Thimpu.
Bhutan has plans in establishing a rail network with one of its neighboring country, India. New Jalpaiguri railway station located in Siliguri is another location in West Bengal, India which is most preferred among tourists travelling by land to Bhutan. Prior booking should be made to Siliguri since the place is popular among the locals.
Accommodation Options at Bhutan
Among the majestic hills with a clean and pleasant environment and amazing picturesque scenes in Bhutan are present three star and four star hotels with amazing luxurious and spacious rooms. Facilities offered to tourist in such hotels are 24 running water- hot and cold, flat TV with cable, free Wi-Fi, sauna, spa, laundry service, etc. all this with a tariff varying from $ 500 to $ 1700. Hotels with attached bathrooms, neat and clean rooms are also available at price of $ 60 for single room and $ 80 for double room in Bhutan for a day.
- Uma by COMO, Paro
- Zhiwa Ling
- Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa
- Amankora Paro
- Taj Tashi
- Amankora Thimphu
- Peaceful Resort
- Druk Hotel Thimpu
- Peaceful Resort
- Tashi Longched Trokhang(TLT) Hotel