Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon!
Recommended for All Ages Thimphu: Bhutan’s capital city is the country’s commercial and religious hub and the official seat of government. Located at an altitude of 2400 meters, it is an interesting fusion of ancient and modern, with historical architecture and ancient traditional elements juxtaposed with contemporary buildings and sensibilities. Attractions here include the Memorial Chorten, the Folk Heritage Museum, the National Library, the Textile Museum, and numerous handicraft shops, among others. Punakha: Home to the ancient Bhutanese capital of Punakha, the Punakha valley is a fertile region blessed with rich harvests of fruit and rice and a climate that is almost tropical in the summer months. Paro: Sitting pretty at an altitude of 2200m/7218ft, Paro is the gateway to beautiful Bhutan. Planes make an incongruous sight, flying low as they prepare for landing in this Himalayan oasis, home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries. There’s plenty to observe in this traditional town on the banks of Pa Chhu (Paro River). A great day excursion is to trek to the famous Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Hermitage on the face of a sheer 1000-meter-high cliff. It’s advised to do this at the end of your trip, once you’ve acclimatized to your surroundings.Bumthang: Dubbed the mini Switzerland of Bhutan, Bumthang is a patchwork of rural farmlands that form a splendid tapestry in the valleys of Bumthang. Forested hills meet the valley floor, offering a lush landscape for exploring the surrounding natural environment. Look out for Burning Lake, a quiet riverside spot offering an ideal opportunity to sit and meditate. Bumthang is made up of four valleys: Ura, Chumey, Tang, and Choekhor, each with its own dialect. Ancient temples and monasteries abound in this beautiful environment. Visit Jambay Lhakhang, one of the 108 monasteries built by Tibetan King Gampo to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Other sights include the Kurje Lhakhang monastery and the local brewery. read more read less