A land boasting of a rich Buddhist culture, Bhutan is a treasure trove of Dzong architecture and ornate temples. Bhutan is located in the Eastern Himalayas and is flanked by the Indian State of Sikkim and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and the Indian state of Assam in the south. Thimphu is the largest, as well as the capital city of this country.
Due to its rich cultural heritage, tourism is a thriving sector of Bhutan. People come from near and far in order to admire the beauty of the great archeological treasures present in this country.
Here are few of the most popular tourist spots of Bhutan:
Folk Heritage Museum
Popularly known as ‘Phelchey Toenkhyim’ , this museum is located in the Capital City of Bhutan. This museum is housed in a rustic 150 year old building that is made up of timber and rammed mud. In this museum one can see various exhibits that are related to the traditional Bhutanese culture, including household artifacts and equipment.
Trashi Chho Dzong
This is one of the most prominent Buddhist monasteries of Bhutan, which is located on the western bank of the Wang Chu River. By entering this monastery by the northeast entrance, one is greeted by the statues of four majestic guardian kings. The courtyard or ‘dochey’ of this monastery is a splendid example of traditional Dzong architecture. The northern assembly hall of the monastery houses a grand statue of Sakyamuni.
Motithang Takin Preserve
Located in the Motithang district, this wildlife reserve houses Takins, which is the national animal of Bhutan. One can also find a few barking deer and sambar at this reserve.
Known as the Thimphu Chorten among the locals, this stupa is located near the Doeboom Lam area. This stupa was built in 1974 in order to honor the third Druk Gyalpo. With its regal golden spires and exquisite architecture, this stupa is one of the most prominent landmarks of Thimphu. One unique feature of this monument is that unlike other stupas, Thimphu Chorten does not enshrine any human remains. The architecture of this stupa is primarily consists of grand Tibetan designs.
This is the second oldest and one of the largest Dzong of Bhutan. It is one of the most majestic and prominent structures of the country. This dzong houses the sacred remains and relics of Bhutan royalty and prominent Buddhist spiritual leaders. This dzong had served as the seat of the government of Bhutan till the mid 1950’s and all the kings of this country have been crowned here. There is a magnificent annual festival held at this Dzong called Domche. People from all around the world come to witness this grand event.
Royal Botanical Park
This was the first botanical park built in Bhutan. This park houses about 46 species of rhododendron, which bloom during mid-March to August. In this park one can also find 115 different species of various varieties of ferns. This botanical park is one of the most popular bird watching areas of Bhutan, where more than 46 avifauna species have been identified, including blood pheasants and monal pheasants. More than twenty types of animal species have also been identified in this park, including red panda, leopard cat and musk deer.
These were few of the tourist spots one should definitely visit in Bhutan. In my opinion, the best way to get a tour of all of these popular spots would be to book a Bhutan tourism package from India, from a renowned travel and tourism agency. With their help, one can experience a comfortable tour of the best locales in Bhutan, without having to worry about making the traveling and accommodation arrangements.