A beautiful mountainous country- Bhutan’s stunning natural landscapes, without a doubt, make this mountain kingdom a delight to visit.
Its golden triangle – Thimphu, Paro and Punakha are ideally situated at almost equal distances and concentrated in the western area, making it easy to combine them all together during a trip.
Fly into Paro from where you can drive to Thimpu. En route you pass the Tamchog Lhakhang built by Thang Tong Gyalpo (iron bridge builder-a saint from the 14th-15th century who introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains).
Thimphu, the pretty capital of Bhutan, is a blend of the traditional and the modern. It is the only capital in the world without streetlights, relying, instead, on the elegant gestures of the traffic policemen. The population of Thimphu stands at around 40,000. Geographically speaking the capital lies in a valley with the Thimphu River running through the valley.
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Head to Punakha the next day. Here you can see the Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful structure of its kind in the country, straddling a beautiful valley floor at the confluence of two gushing rivers. En route, you will cross the Dochula pass in Punakha.
One of the most revered temples of Bhutan, Chimi L’hakhang in Punakha is considered as the temple of fertility, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the Divine Madman.
You can then return to Paro, to stroll around its main street for cool restaurants, stores and souvenir shops. Pay a visit at Paro Dzong in the late afternoon, followed by the National Museum.
The last day is kept for the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which has to be accessed after a hike straight up for 6 hours. It can be strenuous, so break up the climb if you want. It is worth every effort for that view which makes all others pale in comparison.
The smiling apple-cheeked kids, the friendly and hospitable people at every turn and the uplifting and positive air is reason enough to visit this vibrant nation at least once.