It’s not a long time since international tourism was permitted in the Kingdom of Bhutan. In 1974, after Bhutan Govt. lifted the ban on tourism, Bhutan started to receive increasing number of tourists every year and now it is one of the most favorite places for travelers, especially adventurers. The landscape of this country is elevated from subtropical area in south to sub-alpine Himalayan Mountains region. In spite of having tourist spots with sublime universal beauty, the nation is still not flooded with random tourists and that’s why the unspoiled nature is alive here. Besides, dzongs are one of the main points of tourist attraction in Bhutan, along with their traditional point of view for maintaining culture.

Places to visit around Bhutan

Paro Valley

Paro Valley holds enormous historical significance and attracts numerous tourists towards it. Another reason for the valley being a tourist hub is that the Paro town has only international airport of Bhutan. Some frequently visited sites here are Taktsang Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Druk Choeding, Dungtse Lhakhang and Kila Gompa.

Thimphu Valley

Thimphu is the largest and capital city of Bhutan and the entire valley offers exquisite locations to tour around. National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, Semtokha Dzong, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, Tango Gompa, Cheri Gompa, Phajoding Monastery are famous tourist places here.

Punakha Valley

The former capital of Kingdom of Bhutan, Punakha, is also a town of historical importance. Situated beside the rivers of Mo Chu and Pho Chu, the valley has great contribution in harvesting rice. You can visit excellent tourist location in the valley like Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, Limbukha, Kyichu Lhakhang, Talo etc.

Haa Valley

Haa Valley is a picturesque and mesmerizing valley, surrounded by lower and higher hills of the Himalayas. This steep north to south valley with narrow floor is a zone for those who want to spend some days in the lap of quiet nature. Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple), two tourist places here, are worth mentioning.

Mongar Valley

Monger Valley offers spectacular view of terrace-like rice-cultivation fields. The view from up of those fields on the way to Bumthang brings peace to eyes and soul. Mongar Town, Mongar Dzong, Zhongar Dzong, Dramitse Lhakhang, Aja Ney, Yagang Lhakhang and such many interesting locations can be explored in this valley.

Trongsa Valley

The town of Trongsa and the surrounding valley is another amazing spot for tourists. The name literally means ‘new village’. The first temple was built here in 1543 and today it executes tourist locations like Chendebji Chorten, Kuenga Rabten Palace, Thruepang Palace, Trongsa Dzong, Ta Dzong etc, along with magnificent view of the valley from a hilltop.

Lhuntse

The town of Lhuntse is a proud part of the valley or district of Lhuntse in Eastern Bhutan. As the district is one of the least developed areas of Bhutan, it has the raw touch of nature scattered here and there. Lhuntse Dzong, Kilung Lhakhang, Jangchubling monastery, Dungkar Nagtshang, Gangzur village, Khoma village are some of the few places for tourists to enjoy sightseeing.