Step into the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ and explore the best tourist places in Bhutan. Hidden between China and India, Bhutan is often overlooked as a tourist destination. With the eastern ridges of the Himalaya as a backdrop, the country’s vast, green landscapes surround awe-inspiring sightseeing places. Buddhist tradition is apparent wherever you look, from the colourful murals to the traditional clothing.
There is much to see and do in Bhutan, whether it’s visiting the Tiger’s Nest monastery, set on the side of a cliff overlooking the Paro valley, or exploring nature in Phobjikha Valley, where the black-necked crane makes its winter home. Read on for more of the top tourist places in Bhutan.
Home to the only international airport in the country, Paro is typically the first of Bhutan’s tourist attractions visitors will experience. Located 40 kilometres away from the capital, Thimphu, Paro boasts quaint farmhouses scattered throughout the valley and terraced paddy fields. Here you can find the National Museum of Bhutan in the conical fortress of Ta Dzong. The seven-storey watchtower holds statues, paintings, sacred masks, and costumes dating from 1500 years ago. Here you can find contemporary Buddhist paintings called thangkas, idols depicting Bhutan’s spiritual heads and other items that defined Bhutanese culture over the years. Enjoy views of the Paro valley and Paro Chhu River.