Thimpu

Capital of Bhutan, Only city of the world with no traffic signal lies on the west bank of river name Thimphu chhu. This city is very small in size but lot to deliver. Specialties of this place are – Weaven items of Wool, cotton, silk, Basket works, Jewelries, Thangkas and various handicrafts. 

Major places to Visit in Thimpu are:

  • Tala Monastery
  • Phajoding Monastery
  • Thadra Monastery
  • Zoo
  • Dechencholing Palace
  • Tango gompa
  • Chari Gompa
  • National Library
  • The memorial Chorten ( Stupa )
  • Weekly Market ( that are open on Saturdays and Sundays )
  • School of Arts and Crafts
  • Tashichoe Dzong (Biggest fort in Bhutan) etc.

Paro

Paro valley is more popular for the houses and the purity of the nature. Beside that it is also believed that it is the first valley to establish Buddhism. Seasonal Change bring changes on the fields as well. We can witness various colors on the fields depending upon the season. Places to visit in Paro are:

  • Paro Dzong
  • Taksang Monastery
  • Dungtse Lhakhang Etc

Punakha

It is one of the 20 districts of Bhutan. This city was capital of Bhutan until 1955. Later the capital was moved to Thimphu. This is 72 km away from Thimphu. On 17th December 1907, coronation of the first king was held at Punakha Dzong. This temple was built by shabdrung Nawang Namgyel whose dead body is still preserved in one of the temple of Dzongs. This valley is also famous for Rice Farming.

Famous places of Punakha are:

  • Ritsha Village
  • Punakha Dzong

Phuntsoling

This is the Border town of Bhutan and India. We can find the mixture of Bhutanese and Indian in this place. Torsa River flows alongside this town which is the major attracting spot for the fishers and the picnickers. This is the best place to enjoy the scenic beauty of colorful sculptures of auspicious signs of Buddhism. 

Trongsa

Situated in the central Bhutan, which was previously known as Tongsa. Meaning of Trongsa is “new village”.  Drukpa Lama, the unifier of Bhutan during 1543 built the first temple at Trongsa. There is also a watchtower for the safety of Dzong. Place to Visit here:

  • Trongsa Dzong
  • Ta Dzong

Bumthang

This is one of the most historic valley with numerous ancient temples and sacred sites. Bumthang signifies the beautiful field. As the Bum represents a vessel of holy water (Describes the shape and Nature of the valley) and thang – field/flat place. This region is surrounded by four major valleys Tang, ura, chhume and Choskhor. Some of the Sacred places are:

  • Lamey Gompo
  • Kurje Lhakang (Body Imprints)
  • Jakar Dzong (White Bird Castle)
  • Wangdichholing Palace 
  • Kencho Sum Lhakhang- Popular for its broken Bell etc.

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