If you ever dream of a place completely untouched, truly incredible in terms of landscape, has shrines that offer breathtaking views and has royal lineage, only one name will strike the mind after some research and i.e. The Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. Druk Yul is Bhutanese name of the popular pseudonym associated with this small yet tremendously beautiful kingdom. Majority of you will be unaware and will be highly surprised to know that first set of foreign tourists touched this holy land only in the year 1974 before which the scenic beauty remained somewhat hidden from the eyes of the travelers from all across the globe. When you enter Bhutan, you will find strong imprints of cultures of Buddhism and Hinduism which fascinate many to take Bhutan travel packages. This beautiful kingdom has started getting a feel of modernity but the sacred monasteries located at different places, buildings exhibiting Bhutanese architectural design, splendid beauty of the valley and woods and above all the denizens keep the traditional touch completely intact. Every corner of Bhutan has its own significance and exhibits different shade of beauty altogether. The main destinations which may be visited while on trip to Bhutan are Phuentsholing, Thimpu which is capital of the Kingdom, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, Jakar Valley, Mongar and Trashiyangtse respectively.
Phuentsholing is the frontier town where you may visit Zangthopelri Lhakhang which is a sacred monastery and also known as heaven of Guru Rinpoche, Kharbandi Goemba which depicts life of Lord Buddha. If we reach Thimpu on our tour to the Kingdom of Bhutan, you will be able to find traces of modernity well mixed with traditional outlook. The best destinations to explore in the region are Memorial Chorten which is a stupa erected in memory of King Jigme Dorji who is popularly known as Father of Modern Bhutan, National Library, Institute of Zorig Chusum, Traditional Medicine Institute, National Textile Museum, Buddha Point from where one may get splendid view of entire valley of Thimpu, Tango Goemba, Phajoding Goemba and Takin Preserve respectively. Takin, for your information is the national animal of Bhutan which appears to be hybrid of a cow and a goat. Paro on the other hand is a beautiful tiny town that has Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong which serves as National Museum, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang which is one the oldest shrines, Druk Choeding and Ugyen Pelri Palace. Further Haa Valley and Chelela Pass around the region offer some magnificent treks and boundless beauty and shall be visited while on a tour to the Kingdom.
The village life in Bhutan is simply magnificent and is an experience totally unforgettable. When in Punakha you may visit villages of Talo and Rishta, Chimi Lhakhang which is a sacred temple and Nalanda Buddhist College. If you have an inclination knowing of birds especially black-necked cranes, then visiting Wangduephodrang when in Bhutan will serve the purpose. You may visit Gangtey Goemba and Black-necked Crane Information Centre. The journey is still far from being over. Semji village and Rabten Palace which is now used as Library in Trongsa, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Chankar Lhakhang are holy temples in Jakar Valley which also boasts of some amazing treks, Lhuntse trek in Mongar besides shrines namely Yakang Lhakang and Drametse Lhakhang. Last but not the least, Trashiyangtse which is the administrative centre is known for wooden containers and the places which may be visited are Bomdelling which is an annual migration place for black-necked cranes, Ranjung Woesel Chholing which is Nyingmapa monastery and offer a great view of the valley.
With passion in heart and well-stocked suitcase, visit to explore lesser-searched alleys of the Great Kingdom of Bhutan..!