Bhutan is a small dreamy paradise with an ancient touch. Bhutan is the world’s last remaining Buddhist kingdom. The beauty of this place attracted me so much that I couldn’t resist to visit twice. The moment you enter the gate of Bhutan you will be first mesmerized by its cleanliness and the organised pattern of houses and other buildings decorated as ancient forts.
The permits for Thimpu and Paro are available at the Immigration office in Phuentsholing which needs to be done on the very first day of your trip. On the day when your trip finally starts for Thimpu and Paro, you get to notice a sudden change of weather on your way. While travelling by the road in your private car at one place you will experience rain and within five minutes you will experience a sunny weather and after sometime you can enjoy a journey amidst a heavy fog.
And then when you reach the capital, you get to smell the ancient essence of the place. Thimpu, the largest city of the kingdom of Bhutan and being the capital its fully reflects the culture, religion, dress code , monastic practices of Bhutan. Changlimithang Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Thimpu. The architectural design has been maintained and which is a copy of the main structure in Dzong style.
The view of Clock Tower square from our hotel and mountains behind its back was a visual delight. A tower that has four clock faces which are traditionally built. It is an exquisite piece of art with beautiful and colourful carvings and paintings. Carvings of flowers and the handcrafted dragons painted in golden colour all over the surface further enhance the beauty of the tower. The tower stands in open vast ground that is used for various events. This is the most happening area of the city as there are many shops, best hotels, restaurants are located around it. The hustle bustle of the people in the evening is a common site.
Then comes a beautiful place, The National Memorial Chorten. It is a Tibetan styled chorten with its sun-catching golden finial, decorated with richly painted annexes facing the cardinal directions features elaborate mandalas, statues and a shrine dedicated to the popular king. Throughout the day people circumambulate the chorten, whirl the large red prayer wheels and pray at a small shrine inside the gate. Particularly charming is the dedicated group of old timers hauling away at room-size giant prayer wheels beside the main entrance.
One of the biggest landmarks in Thimphu, the Tashichho Dzong stands tall two kilometers away from the main town. The dzong is located close to Thimphu town, next to the bank of the river Wang Chhu. It is an impressively large structure, surrounded by well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens. This ancient fort will leave you spellbound.
Now comes the best part of Thimpu’s attraction, Buddha Dordenma. It’s a huge Shakyamuni Buddha statue on top of the hills of Bhutan. The Buddha is made up of bronze and gilded in gold. Underneath this gigantic Buddha statue there is a meditation hall. The windy ambience will blow you with its beauty. The view of the city from that point is an amazing thing that you can’t miss to capture.
Then you head for the next best place that is Paro. It’s a valley town in Bhutan. The picturesque paro valley is counted amongst the widest and greenest valleys of Bhutan. Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger’s Nest is Bhutan’s most iconic sight and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paro. The international airport of Bhutan is among the top 10 most stunning and beautiful airports in the world. The surrounding peaks makes it a bit of challenge to land, and yet Paro airport is something you should eye for. Getting mesmerised every second with the view of vibrant green valley with gushing sound of Paro river below, stunning blue sky above, and high mountains around the Paro valley makes it an enchanting picture.
Kyichu Lhakhang location in the north of Paro town, is one of the ancient, quiet and beautiful temples in Bhutan. On the outside of the temple, there are two orange trees that bear fruits throughout the year. Also there are monk houses and prayer wheels.
And lastly comes my favourite place, which left us awestruck with the beautiful view amidst the foggy weather, the Dochula Pass. Dochula pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. It is one of the most beautiful passes in the world decorated with 108 small chortens on lush the green hillside. This place is best for your capture during the winter when it remains snow-capped. But unfortunately it was foggy when we have visited the place. This 108 memorial chortens are for each soldier who had lost their life in war.
This place has never ending tourist spots and attractions which if I continue writing further, this blog will be a never ending one.. Bhutan has a special place in my heart and I’m sure it will be for you too if you give a visit in your upcoming holidays. I wish to pay a visit for the third time, to explore the land and its evergreen beauty.