Stone temple on Bhutan's mountains

Bhutan Travel Guide

27° 30′ 51″ N, 90° 26′ 01″ E

Bhutan in a few words...

The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan lies along the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayas, bordered by China (Tibet) to the north and northwest, and by India on the east, south and west. With an area of 46,500 square km Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland both in its size and topography. The mighty Himalaya have protected Bhutan from the rest of the world and left it blissfully untouched through the centuries. The Bhutanese people have protected this sacred heritage and unique identity for centuries by choosing to remain shrouded in a jealously guarded isolation.

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Thimphu

capital city

38,394

area in km²

Dzongkha

main language(s)

Our local team

We look forward to welcoming you to Bhutan! This wonderful mountain kingdom has so much to offer beyond Himalayan Peaks and jaw-dropping scenery. The Buddhist temples of Taktshang Lhakhang and Punakha will take your breath away and the warmth and friendliness of the local people will stay with you for a life time.

Highlights in Bhutan

Tiger's Nest monastery

Paro Taktsang

Also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, this beautiful shrine dedicated to the Guru Padmasambhava, clings to the mountain side in the upper Paro Valley. Built around a cave where Padmasambhava is said to have meditated, this is without a doubt one of the most iconic sights in Bhutan.

Monastery Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu

Thimphu

The capital of Bhutan sits in the base of a valley on the banks of the Raidak river in the west of the country. There is some amazing things to see here including the impressive Tashichho Dzong, a fortified monastery with roofs of gold leaf and the revered Memorial Chorten.

Temple overlooking the river in Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha

From Thimphu, a beautiful drive over the Dochu La pass will take you to the town of Punakha. Home to the second largest Dzong in Bhutan and located on the confluence of two rivers, the scenery is superb. On the way there you can stop to visit the village of Sopsokha, famous for its vast array of phalluses.

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