Apart from the stunning landscapes, the enduring image of Bhutan for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from most other countries. Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world and the profound teachings of this tradition remains well-preserved and exert a strong influence in all aspects of life. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, it has often referred to as ‘The Last Shangrila.’
Bhutan has developed the philosophy of Gross National Happiness where development is measured using a holistic approach of well-being, not just based on gross domestic product!
A traveler encounters the full glory of this ancient land through its strategic fortresses known as Dzongs, numerous ancient temples, monasteries, stupas, fluttering prayer flags, wild animals, which abound in forests, white waterfalls and its friendly people.
Some of the important destinations in this country include:
- Paro: This stunningly beautiful town is located in a wide valley covered in rice fields and has a beautiful river meandering through it. Spread over this valley and surrounding hills are traditional-style colourful houses that add to the beauty of the region. The valley is home to over 155 temples and monasteries, some dating as far back as the 14th century.
- Thimphu: The Kingdom’s capital city is a juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity. The culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of religion, customs, national dress code, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, dance and literature.
- Punakha: Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. Punakha Dzong is not only the second oldest and second largest dzong but it also has one of the most majestic structures in the country.
Blissful Bhutan (8 Days)
Explore three popular destionations - Paro, Thimphu and Punakha - often referred to as the Golden Triangle of Bhutan. Visit the age-old, stunningly beautiful monasteries, learn about the Buddhist culture, and enjoy the scenic landscapes.
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ROUTING: THIMPHU - PUNAKHA - PARO