What are the top attractions in Bhutan for tourists?

Which are the popular tourist attractions in Bhutan?
The top attractions in Bhutan are Punakha Dzong which lies between the two rivers and Phobjikha valley. You should also do a hike to Tigers Nest which is about 2hrs hike from the base in Paro.
The most visited place in Bhutan are THimphu (capital of Bhutan) Paro and Punakha.

The hike to tiger's nest in Paro is amazing.
You can also do river rafting in Punakha.
There is also a zoo in thimphu. The zoo has the country's national animal takin and deer. It is a beautiful place to go and relax.
I would like to suggest you to visit central Bhutan, i.e Bumthang, if you visit Bumthang you will come across all the beautiful attractions of Bhutan and will be able to enjoy true culture and refreshing nature of Bhutan.
To list few .. i visited bhutan a long time ago almost two years back. Places i visited included paro and bumthang. In paro i hiked to taktshang for a day my best of the experience. In bumthang i visited few fortress and the burning lake which the locals called as mebartso the burning lake. i would recommend you to include this places in your plan.
Exploring Bhutan with some of my closest friend was one of the best moments of my life. It was a trip packed with adventure. Anyways I want to share some of the highlights of my trip.

1. Outdoor lunch by the river in the middle of wilderness at Cheri base
2. Day excursion to Chelela pass. The view of Mountain Jomolhari on a clear weather day is unforgettable.
3. River rafting in the Punakha river. Rafting is organized by trained professional team and is completely safe.
4. and perhaps the best of all is the hike to the magnificent Tiger's nest in Paro.
Hi Vheer

i would like you to visit local places in Thimphu and Paro and taste the local wine....
Go for hike to Tiger nest,
Go for hot stone bath....

you ll really have fun.
safe journey
1. Tiger's Nest in Paro
2. Drugyel Fort in Paro
3. National Museum in Paro
4. Kichu Temple in Paro
5. Takin Zoo in Thimphu
6. Tashichodzong in Thimphu
7. Buddha Statue in Thimphu
8. Tango hike in thimphu
9. Punakha Fort in Punakha
10. Gangtey Valley
11. Bumthang Valley
If you are interested in arts and crafts, you should visit, the Royal Textile Academy, Zorig Chusum institute in Thimphu. There is also a art club called VAST which houses contemporary art collection by local artist.

The Memorial temple built in honor of the Late King is also a must visit. There are many handicraft shops if you are looking for authentic handicrafts as souvenir.

Folk Heritage in thimphu offers authentic Bhutanese cuisine if exploring different cuisine piques your interest.

You should also consider day excursion to Dochula and chelela pass. The view is magnificent and the place is very peaceful.
If you enter Bhutan by flight, then on your way to Thimphu from Paro, there is an old bridge below the highway which they told me is about 4 century old. You should visit the bridge. THe landscape around it is amazing and there is also a temple near it.

While your stay in the capital, you should just explore the clock tower area. It is suppose to be the hub spot in the town. Its sepcially nice to go around the evening, teenagers, working young adults all get together and enjoy their cup of coffee. Sometimes these teenagers put on a dance show. Its very lively.

Takin preserve in thimphu is beautiful.

I suggest that you get a hotel within the vicinity of the main town area. You will want to explore the town at night.

Tigers nest in paro is a 2 hour hike. If you are physically capable of the hike, i would suggest you do it as well.

hello Vheer

i had a wonderful stay out their in Bhutan,so call The land of Gross National Happiness.
hope to visit again next year with my family.

Well regrade to you question Which are the popular tourist attractions in Bhutan are follow ;
take a selfie with Mt. Everest sit on the left while flying into the Bhutan and on the right if you are flying out from
the Bhutan.

Say hello to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and
learn the story behind the mystical animal.

discover tales of the Phullus and get blessed.

visit Punakha and can try to banance on suspension bridge.Which is longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.

lastly take a hot stone bath and make a hike up to the sacred taktshang monastery,
popular known as Tiger's nest and observe how it defies gravity.

wish you safe journey vheer.
Top must see attractions in Bhutan

Taktshang: The Tiger’s Nest
First built in 1692 AD, this temple is perhaps the most holy site in the kingdom. Legend has it that Padmasambhava flew to this site on the back of a tigress in the 7th century to meditate and subdue a demon hence the name, the Tiger’s nest. Aside from the historical significance, travellers visit this site to witness a marvelous architectural achievement of how this temple has been built on a sheer cliff 900 meters above Paro Valley. It is a 2 hour hike through the pine forest from the base and it offers an amazing panoramic view of the Paro valley aside from the magnificent view of the temple on arrival.

Dochula Pass:
Dochula is 30 kilometers away from Thimphu on the way to Punakha valley. The pass has an elevation of 3100 meters and offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range. In 2003, Her Majesty Azhi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck commissioned the construction of 108 chortens known as the Druk Wangyel Chorten in the honor of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuk and to commemorate the victory of flushing out insurgents from north east India who were illegally camping within the southern borders of Bhutan.

Phobjikha Valley:
Also known as Gangtey after the name of a goemba built on the ridge of the valley, Phobjikha is a picturesque destination, formed overtime due to glacial erosion. This vast u shaped valley is home to the famous black necked cranes that migrate from the Tibetan plateau during the winter season. Much of this region falls under the conservation region within the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. This idyllic destination is a must for someone who wants to experience wildlife and who is looking for a spiritual retreat.

Punakha is one of the 20 districts of Bhutan. Travelling to Punakha is like getting in a time machine and going back to the 17th century. Punakha offers travellers a unique medieval experience. The region still holds many traditional houses built decades ago with people leading a simple farming lifestyle. The valley is especially beautiful during spring and autumn adorned by the produce in the paddy fields. Did you know that Punakha was a former capital of Bhutan? Much of Bhutan’s significant history from fighting against the Tibetan invasion to the installation of first monarch to signing of the treaty of Punakha with the British Indian Empire which shaped Bhutan’s future greatly were all witnessed in this region.

Located in central Bhutan, Bumthang perhaps would be the most sacred district richly endowed with heritage religious site and verbal and documented accounts of legacies of how great saints subdued evil forces and blessed the valley. Bumthang has one of the two oldest Lhakangs built in Bhutan, Jampa Lhakhang built by a Tibetan King in the 7th century. With such rich heritage, the region’s architecture has been conserved with regulations that guide development initiatives taken today. Bumthang is also known for its cheese and textile production. The hand woven fabric drawn from the yak and sheep wool and the pattern input to their product are indigenous to Bumthang.

Buddha Dordenma:
A massive bronze statue of Shakyamuni sits atop a hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. It measures 51.5 meters in height, making it the largest Buddha statue in the world. The statue was built to fulfill a prophecy to emanate an aura of peace and happiness in the entire world. This monument complex also includes Kuenselphodrang Park which was inaugurated to preserve the forest around the statue.

The Centenary Farmer’s Market:
Up to 80% of the local population is involved in agriculture and it remains the primary source of livelihood for majority of the population. The sector plays a dominant role in Bhutan’s economy. The capital city gradually converting once fertile land into concrete buildings to accommodate the increasing rural urban migration, the city has shown its growing appetite and demand for agricultural produce. Therefore farmers across the country work hard to get their produce to the market over the weekend and this trend has evolved into a sustainable trade. A visit to the farmer’s market is always a lively scene where people from all walks of life come together and witness this amazing synergy of communities helping each other grow.

Viva City:
Contrary to traveller’s perception, Thimphu in particular has a vibrant night life. There are multiple options from bars where local bands perform impressive gigs or go to karaoke where travellers can showcase their signing talent and night clubs. Viva city, a local night club in the heart of the town has seen a growing presence of travellers amongst the local crowd. A good mix of western and Bollywood music appealing to the diverse crowd, affordable drinks and a fast food stall right outside the club with place to sit around. Viva City is a good place to socialize with the locals.

Ta Dzong:
It was built as a watch tower in the 17th century later renovated and inaugurated as the national museum in Paro. The museum houses the famous raven crown worn by Desi Jigme Namgyel, the father of the First Monarch of Bhutan. The museum has multiple galleries for better presentation ranging from statues and paintings, arms and armor, textiles and stamps.

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