Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments.Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the main dish. It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where monks check their smartphones after performing a divination, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses. Yet while it visibly protects its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is not a museum. You will find the Bhutanese well educated, fun loving and well informed about the world around them. It’s this blending of the ancient and modern that makes Bhutan endlessly fascinating.
The Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable approach to tourism in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Foreign visitors famously pay a minimum tariff of US$250 per day, making it seem one of the world’s expensive destinations. However, this fee is all-inclusive – accommodation, food, transport and an official guide are all provided, so it’s not a bad deal. You don’t have to travel in a large group and you can arrange your own itinerary. What you won’t find is budget backpacker-style travel.
Dochula pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. Dochula Pass is a wonderful sight at 3100m. The pass offers 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.
Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, one of the 20 districts of Bhutan.It is about 72 km away from Thimphu.
Taktsang Monastery, famously known as Tiger Nest Monastery, is located in Paro. Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark.
Wangdue Phodrang is the district of central Bhutan. This is also the name of the Dzong (built in 1638) which dominates the district.