Bhutan, a nation nestled between India and China, remained largely unknown to the world until the mid-20th century due to its rugged Himalayan topography and dense sub-tropical jungles.

However, in the 1960s, Bhutan began embracing modern development and building infrastructure such as roads, schools, and hospitals.

Today, Bhutan is experiencing rapid change as a result of planned development, rising incomes, and globalization, but it still maintains its ancient culture and pristine natural environment. Bhutan’s commitment to protecting its environment is evident in the fact that two-thirds of the country is covered by forests and over half of its landmass is designated as parks and protected areas.

Additionally, Bhutan is one of the few carbon negative countries in the world, and its primary export is clean hydropower generated from its fast-flowing snow-fed rivers. Despite the challenges of the 21st century, Bhutan remains committed to its development philosophy of gross national happiness, which prioritizes a holistic approach to development that promotes the pursuit of happiness for its citizens. Map of Bhutan


Tashichoedzong (fortress)
Located at a distance of 15 minutes drive from the main town in the capital, the Tashichoedzong is one the must visit attractions in Thimphu. The 17th century fortress is one of the largest in the country. It is home to the central monk body and the district administration. Another amazing thing about the Dzong is that it is also the office of the King of Bhutan. Furthermore the architecture of the Dzong is something to marvel upon as it showcases some of the most excellent traditional artistic abilities in the country. The most popular festival, Thimphu Tshechu is also held at the massive courtyard of the Dzong.


The serene village ambience of Haa valley provides the visitors with an opportunity to explore and experience authentic village life. The ancient village homes with massive wooden stair cases welcome the guests. Spending a night or two at a farm house will not only help you understand the Bhutanese way of life but also help the tourists get to live like them for few stays. The guests can spend their time engaging in activities like observing farm life, or rambling around the village trails.


Tiger’s nest

Suspended precariously at 900 meters above Paro valley, Taktshang monastery or tiger’s nest is one of the most visited attractions in Bhutan.  The founding of the monastery is credited to one of the most revered Buddhist masters, Guru Padmasambhava.  Legend has it that Guru rode a flying tigress to the site and meditated for three years, three months and three days inside a cave on the site.  The monastery has never failed to awe the visitors.  Visitors from foreign lands even on the shortest of the duration do not leave the country without hiking to the monastery.  The arduous but rewarding hike of 3 hours takes the hikers through lush pine forest and arrays of colorful fluttering prayer flag. Once at the top hikers can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole valley below which is an out of this world experience.


Kurjey Lhakhang comprises three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 against the rock face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. The middle temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of the Guru’s body, and is therefore considered to be the most holy. Both Jambay and Kurjey Lhakhang are located on the left banks of ChamkharChhu (river). Continue the valley walk from Kurjey Lhakhang across a suspension bridge through small villages and farmlands.


Phobjikha Valley is a picturesque valley located in the Wangdue Phodrang District of Bhutan, a landlocked country in South Asia. It is a glacial valley renowned for its natural beauty, biodiversity, and being the winter roosting ground for the endangered black-necked cranes.


The infamous fertility temple is located on a ridge overlooking the beautiful village of Sopsokha. The village is particularly known of its obsession with phalluses.  With village houses adorned with paintings of phalluses and wooden carved ones hanging from each house. It is widely believed to have powers to ward off evil spirits. The village boasts of the fertility temple which has gained its popularity in blessing childless couples with children. The beliefs in phalluses and the enchantment of the temple are both to be credited to the maverick Buddhist saint, Drukpa Kuenley. He is also known as the divine mad man for his eccentric ways of spreading Buddhism. He was actively associated with women and alcohol and employing them were some of his ways to bless people.