Best Cities To Visit In Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha

Bhutan is one of the less-travelled destinations among travellers; even nearby neighbouring countries, travellers from India, Pakistan, and Nepal visit less to Bhutan.

Bhutan is known as the Last Shangri-La; Bhutan includes scenic valleys and the Himalayas and is rich in fauna and flora. 

The rivers from the Himalayas flowing through the valleys are impressive to watch.

Here is a list of the best cities to visit in Bhutan:

  1. Paro
  2. Thimphu
  3. Punakha

Let us dive into the details best cities to visit in Bhutan.

1. Paro


The scenic Paro valley includes one of Bhutan’s most large-scale and greenest valleys. 

The international airport of Bhutan is a sight in itself. 

Bhutan surrounds by fertile rice fields and the serene Paro River, which flows down the valley. 

Besides, It is one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot. 

Together with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the golden triangle on the map of Bhutan.

Here is the list of must-visit best tourist places in Paro:

  1. Rinpung Dzong
  2. Ta Dzong
  3. Drukgyel Dzong
  4. Kyichu Lhakhang
  5. Farm House (traditional village house)
  6. Druk Choeding
  7. Dungtse Lhakhang
  8. Ugyen Pelri Palace
  9. Jangsarbu Lhakhang
  10. Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)
  11. Namgay Artisanal Brewery
  12. Sangchen Choekhor Buddhist Institute
  13. Tamchog Lhakhang
  14. Dasho Nishioka Memorial Museum
  15. Haa valley
  16. Kila Goemba
  17. Chelela pass
  18. Dzongdrakha Goemba
  19. Chumbu Lhakhang (Chumphug Lhakhang)

2. Thimphu


Thimphu is the modern capital city of Bhutan and the central place of government, religion, and commerce. 

Thimphu has preserved its ancient culture and also has adopted modern culture.

There are several places to visit in Thimphu, and below are the few places that are a must-visit for travel enthusiasts.

Here is the list of must-visit best tourist places in Thimphu:

  1. Simtokha Dzong
  2. Memorial Chorten
  3. National Library
  4. Institute for Zorig Chusum
  5. Traditional Medicine Institute
  6. The Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim)
  7. National Textile Museum
  8. Trashichhoedzong
  9. Centenary Farmers Market
  10. Changangkha Lhakhang
  11. Authentic Bhutanese Craft Bazaar
  12. Junghi Handmade Paper Factory
  13. Zangthopelri Lhakhang
  14. Buddha Dordenma
  15. Simply Bhutan Museum
  16. Drubthob Goema / Zilukha Nunnery
  17. Kuenselphodrang Nature Park
  18. Bhutan Postal Museum
  19. Royal Botanical Garden, Serbithang
  20. Pangri Zampa
  21. Coronation Park
  22. Takin Preserve, Motithang
  23. Dechen Phodrang
  24. Choki Traditional Art School
  25. Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre
  26. Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory
  27. Goldsmiths Workshop
  28. Voluntary Artist Studio
  29. Tango Goemba
  30. Cheri Goemba
  31. Phajoding Goemba
  32. Lungchuzekha Goemba
  33. Tandin Nye
  34. Sangaygang – Wangditse loop
  35. Thadrak Goemba

3. Punakha


Punakha is at the junction of the two main rivers of the country – Pho (father) Chhu and Mo (mother) Chhu. 

The city is around 72 kilometres away from the present capital, Thimphu. 

There are several things for tourists to see as part of Punakha sightseeing.

Here is the list of must-visit best tourist places in Punakha:

  1. Punakha Dzong
  2. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  3. Ritsha
  4. Mo Chhu
  5. Chimi Lhakhang
  6. Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang
  7. Jigme Dorji National Park
  8. Dochula Pass
  9. Koma Tsachu
  10. Limbhukha Village

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