In the lap of the Himalayas, this Buddhist country is often called as one of the happiest countries’ of the world. Escape into this mystical paradise to discover tranquility for yourself. Tranquil Escapes takes you to this happy country…Kuzu zangpo la Bhutan!

This magical Himalayan kingdom, is a land of rich art & craft, abundant flora & fauna, majestic snow capped peaks, adrenaline testing trekking trails and awe-inspiring monasteries. With the country opening up for foreign tourism only in the 1970s and having ‘Gross National Happiness’ as its Development Philosophy, the country has managed to preserve its largely untouched characteristic.

So while visiting a lot of the well known Dzongs (monasteries) in Bhutan may be what would top your must visit list, the magic is in discovering smaller towns on the way. While every country has a lot to offer the discerning traveller, Bhutan offers you a chance to discover the closest alternative to ‘Shangri La’ – an earthly paradise!

Good time to Visit: May to June, September to November

Duration: 6 to 8 days

Ideal for: History & Culture, Natural Beauty


  • Thimpu

    The capital of Bhutan, Thimpu is an adorable city, trying to come to terms with development and modernization while remaining traditional at heart. The best way to experience this city is to get on the street and walk around jostling with the locals. Visit the oldest dzong, Simtokha Dzong, located just 6 kms outside the city. Wander through the city’s restaurants and sample Ema Datshi, the national dish of Bhutan…beware its spicy!!. If you happen to be in Thimpu over the weekend, do take out time to visit the weekend market. Arts & Crafts of Bhutan are famous world over, you can shop for some beautiful textiles, jewellery and wooden carved treasures to carry home with you. Take time on to admire the palatial Trashi Cchoe Dzong and its grounds. From Thimpu, you can head to Punakha, to see the Punakha Dzong, one of the most glorious Dzongs ever!

  • Paro

    This small town is apt for exploring on foot. Stroll across the town for a couple of hours and you will be intimate with the many charms this town has to offer. Home to the National Museum of Bhutan, the museum houses some of Bhutan’s finest art specimen. Visit Paro Dzong, which is considered to be the best example of Bhutanese architecture.

  • Taktsang Palphug Dzong (Tiger’s Nest)

    One of the most prominent images that pop up when you think of Bhutan is probably of the Tiger’s Nest. This monastery built in 1692 is located on a steep cliff, on the sides of rock face. There are various routes to access this monastery. If you wish to trek up to this monastery, a 3 hour trek (approx) will get you there. There are also options to take a pony ride to the monastery.

  • Bhumtang

    With the sheer number of temples and religious site, Bhumtang can be called as one of the most historic districts of Bhutan. It consists of four valleys, Chumey, Choekhar (also called Bhumtang valley), Tang and Ura. You can make your base in Jakar in Choekhar valley and explore all sights from here. Jakar Dzong was the seat of the first kings and also served as a fortress for this region. Visit the Jambay Lhakhang temple which is believed to be part of 108 temples built by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to hold down an evil demoness of the Himalayan region. If you do visit this area during the Jambay lhakhang Drup (festival) you can witness fire dances which are believed to be invocations for fertility. Sitting right in the lap of Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan, is the Ura Valley is the highest valley in Bhutan! Visit the Ura village which is charming with a medieval atmosphere and will surely pull at your heart strings.


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