11 Offbeat Travel Destinations in Bhutan

Settled in the midst of towering Himalayan mountain ranges and abundant forests, Bhutan- the utopian paradise is probably the most wonderful destination to travel and explore. Bhutan is the only country in the world where economy of the nation is measured with the gross national happiness of its people and not by wealth. Likewise, this tiny intriguing kingdom also features some secret places which can inspire, excite and make us wonder in admiration. Bhutan tours can definitely prove to be a treat for enthusiastic travelers.

11 Lesser Known Places in Bhutan

If you are looking to explore some of the uncovered destinations of Bhutan then, below is a list of some interesting Bhutan sightseeing/offbeat places which can really open your eyes in bewilderment.

1. Haa Valley:

Haa Valley:

Haa Valley is one of the most scenic, least populated and culturally rich places in Bhutan which offers a rewarding experience for travelers visiting the place, especially nature lovers.

Location: Haa District, Bhutan.

Top interest: Temples, monasteries and panoramic vistas.

Best time to visit: March to May and September to November.

2. Phobjhika Valley:

Phobjhika Valley

With abundance of natural and religious attractions, the nature blessed glacial Phobjikha Valley offers surprising and off-beaten attractions that will leave you mesmerized.

Location: Bhutan.

Top interest: Tshechu festivals, Gangtey Gompa, and endangered Black-necked crane.

Best time to visit: October, November, and December.

3. Lhuentse:

Lhuentse

Once the home of Bhutan`s royal family, nature`s loveliest Lhuentse offers spectacular views of rugged mountains, lush green forests and daring trekking cliffs. Though least explored, Lhuentse is probably the best destination among various Bhutan sightseeing places.

Location: Eastern Bhutan.

Top interest: Monasteries, festivals, trekking, and wildlife.

Best time to visit: Mid May-Mid June and Mid September to Late October.

4. Kila Nunnery:

Kila Nunnery

The centuries-old Kila Nunnery is definitely a must-see Paro sightseeing destination which reveals an impressive architecture and serene ambiance. One can hike up to the Nunnery overlooking green forests, chortens and prayer flags.

Location: Paro.

Top interest: Temples, hiking, and panoramic landscapes.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

5. Philatelic Bureau:

Philatelic Bureau

Surprising but true! Philatelic Bureau is the main post office of Thimphu which houses some uncommon and personalized stamps.  Bring along your favorite photograph and they will print them out on a set of stamps in just a few minutes.

Location: Thimphu.

Top interest: Post cards, stamps.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

6. Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang:

Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

A unique Buddhist temple in Bhutan which looks quite like a chorten is a hidden gem of Bhutan. The temple is decorated with many Buddhist paintings, iconography and some best murals of the country lined at the entrance route.

Location: Paro.

Top interest: Paintings and murals.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

7. National Handloom Development Project:

National Handloom Development Project

One of the lesser known places in Bhutan includes the National Handloom Development Project which is a firm run by the National Women’s Association of Bhutan. Here you can find a plethora of hand-woven fabric samples with traditional patterns.

Location: Trashigang.

Top interest: Handloom workshop.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

8. The National Folk Heritage Museum:

The National Folk Heritage Museum

During your Bhutan trip, make sure you do not miss a visit to the National Folk Heritage Museum, the traditional three-storied which exhibits the authentic culture of ancient rural Bhutanese people.

Location: Thimphu.

Top interest: Pottery, historical artefacts, antique noodle press, leopard skin, Brokpa yak hair and much more.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

9. Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop:

Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop

The Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop is an obscure supply shop with a variety of interesting and eye-catching things. Whilst a stay in Bhutan, you must make a visit to this place where you will see that every material is instilled with spirituality.

Location: Paro.

Top interest: Large display of amulets, butter lamps, prayer flags, incense, bamboo arrows, khuru darts.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

10.  Bumthang Valley:

Bumthang Valley

True to its name, “Switzerland of the East”, the charming Bumthang valley offers a Swiss review through its snow-capped mountains, green country side, verdant valleys and the swift-flowing river streams.

Location: Bhutan.

Top interest: Spiritual sites and natural beauty.

Best time to visit: Winter season.

11. The Gasa Tshachu:

Bumthang Valley

One of the country`s most popular thus least visited hot springs is the Gasa Tshachu which is located on the banks of river Mo Chu. There are several pools at the Gasa Tshcahu with varying water temperatures.

Location: Punakha.

Top interest: Hot springs, trekking, camping.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

Getting to Bhutan

By air:

So far, Paro in Bhutan is the only international airport. Major airports like Bagdogra (Siliguri) and others provide direct flights to Paro.

By road:

Bhutan is accessible by road from many routes. There are generally three border points in India which needs to be crossed in order to reach Bhutan. Jaigaon or Phuentsholing is mostly referred by travelers.

Plan a trip to Bhutan and you will surely fall in love with the country`s surprising lure and novel background. Bhutan is the perfect place to explore some of its hidden gems and experience the uncovered reality of historical places.

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