Bhutan Hill Stations for a Picture-Perfect Vacation!
Bhutan is the true definition of the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” with its breathtaking landscapes, culturally rich dzongs, and divine palaces. With a pledge to remain carbon neutral, this country is a hidden treasure trove of antique temples, culture-rich monasteries, and breathtaking scenery ranging from lush valleys to dense forests. As a result, Bhutan is one of the world’s few remaining global biodiversity hotspots.
Did you know that? Bhutan’s government requires that at least 60% of the country’s land be covered in forest at all times, and the abundance of hill stations reflects this. Nonetheless, the locals have embraced modernity without losing their authenticity, and they welcome visitors from all over the world to explore their fascinating hill stations, each with its own distinct vibe.
- Paro – Land of Monasteries
- Thimphu – Capital City of wonders
- Punakha Dzong – the confluence of two sacred rivers
- Trongsa – Historic Landmark
- Phobjikha Valley – Hikers Paradise
- Bumthang – Jakar Valley, the castle of white bird
- Gelephu – Border town
Paro – Land of Monasteries
Paro is one of Bhutan’s main dzongs, lined with centuries-old monasteries and temples. This valley greets you with enthralling views of dense forests and ancient history. Visit Taktsang’s Tiger’s Nest, Rinpung Dzong, Chele La Pass, and the 16th century Drukgyel Dzong. If time allows, stop by the uncrowded “Haa Valley” for a conclusive experience.
Flying into Bhutan via Paro is highly recommended.
Flying into Paro is an exciting experience that is well worth your money. You fly above some of the world’s highest mountain ranges, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Kanchenjunga, as well as Mt. Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain. As strange as it may sound, the Paro Airport (7332 ft) is hidden among the massive hills, almost touching the scattered roofs around it.
Thimphu – Capital city of wonders
Thimphu is one of the country’s cultural hotspots, known for its proximity to various treks and ancient monuments. Thimphu, home to the royal family, is the ideal combination of leisure, spiritual, and cultural sightseeing. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, relive your spiritual connections with Lord Buddha while sitting on top of Kuensel Phodrang, and unwind while sipping a cup of coffee in Dochula Pass on your way to Punakha, another wonder.
Punakha – the confluence of two sacred rivers
A very distinctive hill station of Bhutan, Punakha is world-famous for Punakha Dzong – fondly called as the “Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss”. Punakha Valley, which commands the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, is a sight to behold. The Chimi Lhakhang, popularly known as the fertility temple built to honour the Divine Madman, is a must-see while in Punakha and is popular with honeymooners. P.s. Don’t be surprised if you are blessed by a wooden Phallus or see paintings of it on almost every door of a house; a chat over tea with the locals here will provide you with the answer.
Trongsa – Historic Landmark
Sitting atop a hill with soothing sounds of Mangde Chhu River, Trongsa is a quaint little town with an infectious charm. Trongsa Dzong is picturesque with the backdrop of Black mountains on guard. Come here to experience the serene feeling up-close with the locals.
Phobjikha Valley – Hikers Paradise
Phobjikha Valley, located on the western side of the Black Mountains, is a bowl-shaped valley that is home to the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, which offers excellent biking, hiking, and bird watching opportunities. During the winter months of November, flocks of black-necked cranes migrate here from Tibet. Locals call this area Gangtey, after the goemba perched on a cliff above the valley.
Bumthang – Jakar Valley, the castle of white bird
According to legend, the King built Jakar Valley after spotting a white bird circling the area on top of the ridge. After a day of walking around town, treat yourself to a traditional hot-stone bath to relax and rejuvenate. Membartsho, also known as the Burning Lake, is a popular destination for birdwatchers, as is the 3-hour hike from Thrumshing La to Sengor, and the 2-day trek from Sengor to Yong Khola.
Gelephu – Border Town
Gelephu, on the border of India and Bhutan, provides an exciting way to enter Bhutan via Assam. Royal Manas National Park is a unique and must-see attraction in Gelephu. It is a haven for birdwatchers and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.
I’m sure you can already imagine yourself in Bhutan from your armchair. Set out on a glorious tour of serenity to Bhutan’s hill stations and let nature work its magic on you. Customize your itinerary with Tripshark and prepare to be lost in the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan. Your itinerary is also available on our travel app.