Bhutan Tourism – Major Attractions

Bhutan is a beautiful country and tourist paradise. It enthralls travelers with its unexplored mountains & forests, little-visited valleys, and mysterious Buddhist monasteries & temples. It spellbinds travelers with its amazing bountiful natural beauty.

There are many interesting things to do and see in this country. From snow-capped mountain peaks to historical relics & monuments, Bhutan has lots to offer its visitors coming from different parts of the world. Thimphu (the capital city), Paro, Punakha, Bumthang, Trongsa, Gasa, etc are important places in Bhutan you will love to visit and explore. Here is brief information about some of the major attractions of Bhutan tourism.

Centenary Farmers Market

Located in the capital town of Thimphu, the Centenary Farmers Market is a great attraction for tourists in Bhutan. It is one of the biggest structures in the country. Here you can see several separate stalls for vegetables, fruits, nuts, beetles, dry fish, dairy products, etc. There are also some wholesale stores, meat shops, and tea & coffee stalls. You will also see here a cafeteria and separate stalls for nonwood forest products. The market is closed on Wednesday.

Tashichhoe Dzong

The Tashichhoe Dzong is the most prominent landmark and tourist place in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It means “Fortress of the Glorious Religion”. It is an impressive white-washed structure. This magnificent building houses the throne room and offices of the King of Bhutan. It also houses the Central Secretariat, the offices of the ministries of Home Affairs and Finance.

Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA)

Located in Thimphu, RAPA is an important tourist attraction. The main purpose of this institute is to preserve and promote the performing art tradition of the county. Hence, this institute provides triaging on Bhutanese traditional dances and mask dances. Trained dances of RAPA perform during the annual dance festival called Thimphu Tsechu.

National Textile Museum

Located in Thimphu, this textile museum displays a collection of Bhutanese textiles. It is a good place to know about the extensive and rich culture and living art of Bhutanese weaving.

National Museum

Located in Paro, National Museum is a worth visiting destination on a Bhutan tour. A visit to this famous museum introduces travelers to the colorful vistas of Bhutan’s culture and history.

National Memorial Chorten (Stupa)

Also known as Thimphu Chorten, it is a magnificent monument located in Thimphu. It features mandalas, statues, and an altar dedicated to the third Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. It is famously known as “the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan”. The architectural beauty of this Chorten never fails to lure visitors.

Apart from the aforementioned attractions, there are many other attractions and interesting tourist places in Bhutan. National Library, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Simtokha Dzong, Dechen Phodrang Monastery, Dechencholing Palace, Tango Monastery, Cheri Monastery, Buddha Dordenma, Clock Tower Square, Punakha, Jigme Dorji National Park, Kurje Lhakhang, Chimi Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang, Takstang Lhakhang, etc are some other attractions of Bhutan Tourism.

Apart from sightseeing, travelers can also enjoy trekking, hiking, and other adventure activities.

Source by Anand Kumar Mishra

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