10 Places to Visit in Bhutan
Bhutan Travel is a passage through time that brings together stories of people, ages, and landscapes. It also tells the grand story of one of mankind’s most important relationship with nature. But Bhutan is more than a repository of a reclusive culture. Its spiritual and romantic history has moulded the country into a sprightly mosaic of religion, values and traditions. With Haa and Trashigang as its bookends, Bhutan trek or tour traverses the heart of this beautiful Himalayan country that not only feels like passing through regions but it also feels like moving through time. Skirting forests, ascending mountains, and crossing rare trails, Bhutan tour is an experience of fantastic sites where you see a land shaped by warriors, pilgrims, architects and monks. Bhutan tour is about having interactions with people who bring this fabled region to life. Holiday in Bhutan consists of a vast amount of conventional travel experience within a short span of time. From Paro to Thimphu, places that every admirer of entrancing Bhutanese architecture and history must eventually visit, to fabled places like Bumthang and Phojikha where nature’s supreme design shines in full glory, Bhutan tour is a captivating experience. You must also explore Trongsa's ancient character and walk the narrow streets of Punakha town. This is a list of places ideal for a Bhutan tour where we have picked places from the north to the south, meandering through glorious monasteries, opulent palaces that date back to mystics and lamas while exploring traditional culture and mountainous pathways.
BHUTAN DAGALA THOUSAND LAKES TREK
Ethereal mist work and whip around the soaring peaks as if they were embracing it, and plunging towards it and then intensifying above, displaying probably the greatest show on earth. Such spectacular scenes can be seen at Labatama at 4,300 meters, the highest point in trek. Dagala Thousand Lakes trek reveals the very best of Bhutan’s unperturbed heavenly regions, where rivers pour down from beyond the hills and snow cliffs soar above at a distance. The trekking trail begins at the village of Gur at 3,290 meters, taking you along farmlands as you climb through hills and forests to make way for extraordinary vistas of Bhutan’s exalted hills and mountains.
The trek takes you into a mysterious, magical realm, adorned by beautiful lakes, endless expanse of greenery and where primitive life of yak herders still reign supreme. The tour begins in Nepal’s exotic capital city of Kathmandu where you can explore glorious palace squares adorned with garish wooden temples gleaming through a rich history. You will get to spend time in Bhutan’s cities of Thimphu and Paro which are superb and incredibly wonderful urban locations where you’ll experience Bhutan’s historical and cultural wonders. With views of mountain peaks like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Masang Gang, Tsenda Gang and Gangchhenta, this trek is about discovering a connection between a glorious hiking realm, Bhutan’s nomadic tribesmen and their relationship with nature and amalgamate them to create one incredible experience.
6 Places to Visit in Lhasa on Tibet Tour
A Tibet tour invariably means making a tour of the famed city of Lhasa. A place with a great sense of mysticism, be it monasteries, pilgrims, or ancient masters peeking through traditions, Tibet tour, inspires a journey within; introducing us to new landscapes, cultures, traditions, sights and smells, fables, and flavours, people, and deities. Buddhist morals and perspectives are interlaced within the philosophy of life in Tibet. A Tibet tour, with its revered temples is like a pursuit of personal and societal happiness. This is a Tibetan’s mechanism for liberation from cyclical suffering, a philosophy that has led this region to embrace a spirituality that cannot be found anywhere else. Lhasa is mentioned in numerous fables, folklore and ancient documents all around Nepal and India and caught the imagination of travellers and traders from far and wide. A Tibet tour can also, as with the best journeys, teach us about the unlimited potential of the world, and of ourselves. At its core, Lhasa exemplifies four aspects—utmost reverence to moral teachings; preservation of ancient heritage; quest for the spiritual way of life and death; and unperturbed and astonishing natural beauty.
Chele la Pass
Jigme Dorji National Park
National Institute for Zorig Chusum
Hotel Yak & Yeti Kathmandu
Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu fuses royal sophistication and urban style to create a contemporary and luxurious hotel just 10 minutes away from the Royal Palace at Durbar Marg.
Barahi Jungle Lodge
The river front location of Barahi Jungle Lodge amidst rustic surroundings is perfect for comfortable getaways and allows luxuriously appointed thatched roof cottages, breezy decks, an open-air swimming pool and uninterrupted jungle views. The lodge is located in Meghauli in West Chitwan which is generally considered the best area for viewing wildlife.
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek
Bathed by the glow of the austere Himalayas, the picturesque Laya Gasa trek offers an excellent trail for exploring Bhutan’s spectacular treasures, particularly the view of Jumolhari, the sacred mountain. A part of Bhutan’s enigmatic cultural heritage and its traditional communities live in the distant regions of Laya and Gasa. On this particular trip, your exploration of Gasa and Laya reveal rare portions of remote forests and hills as well as the sweeping views of the vast stretch of untouched land where only a handful of nomadic tribes remain today. The trek begins near Paro and it leads you to the views of spectacular panoramas of Jangothang and then wends your way to the charming rural village of Laya, where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light radiated by the soaring snow towers of the Bhutan Himalayas.
Taking one of the most intriguing landscapes in Bhutan we walk into Gasa village, where the idea of modern and global, fades, and a stark natural world stares back at you. We’ve selected the most evocative portions of this region as your journey; from the alluring valley of Paro to the mystical views of Gasa, a hidden corner of Bhutan that comes alive with scenery that discloses Bhutanese natural heritage.
Namtso Lake: Tibet’s Celestial Waters
Each morning, suspended over Namtso Lake, one can watch the sun and the sky play their wistful early rays upon the sparkly blue waters and transform it into various shades and hues. Within a few moments, the water glows. Bathed in long, lazy beams of the early sun, the shimmering lake reflects back a bright radiance that makes the atmosphere hum with vibrant, animated awakening. Namtso Lake is heavenly, which is also what the name means in the Tibetan language. Among tourists who have long been enamoured by the natural beauty of Tibet, Namtso or Nam-Tso has held sway, beginning with the advent of Heinrich Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter in 1944. It also has a Mongolian name –Tingrli Nurr, which means “Heavenly Lake”, for it is truly divine and the waxing and waning of the celestial moon makes its waters rise and fall. Namtso is a salt water lake that is situated on the border between Damxung County and Bangoin County in Tibet.
Upper Dolpo To Jomsom Trek
We’ve created a spectacular trek that immerses you in the full wonder of Dolpo’s extraordinary landscapes, with a mix of fantastic cultural encounters all along the way.
Upper Dolpo is remote region of Western Nepal known for the Shey Phoksundo National Park and the last remaining Tibetan culture, remnants of a place immortalized by Peter Matthiessen in his book, The Snow Leopard. He writes “the Land of Dolpo, all but unknown to Westerners even today, was said to be the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture left on earth…. which has its roots not only in a historical or cultural past, but within the innermost being of man”. Upper Dolpo trek is an entry into a fabled land, a unique tapestry of colorful Buddhist motifs, views of soaring peaks, ancient and tranquil villages, rare wildlife like the Blue Sheep, Langurs among others.
Upper Dolpo Trek begins at Juphal following the trail to Dunai and the eye-snapping Phoksundo Lake to reach the Kang la Camp, leading to Shey Gompa monastery and the famed Crystal Mountain. In this incredibly photogenic region, you can meet the people of Upper Dolpo who are traditional nomads living in the shadow of their Karma, guided by nature and their surroundings. With a rich history that begins with the advent of the great Guru Rimpoche, Dolpo’s landscapes and its innate serenity are infectious, and they permeate through our entire trek. The grand moment of your adventure is the trek across the stunning Jungben La mountain pass located at 5550m/18,210 ft, where you can see the distant mountain ranges, endless specks of clouds, and experience a wondrous Himalayan silence. Upper Dolpo Trek is an extreme one of twenty days where we take the path that Peter Matthiessen once took. A path that takes us into the otherworldly land of mountaintops wreathed in clouds, plunging valleys, remote villages ringed with snow and sand- a land as mysterious as Peter Matthiessen’s Snow Leopard.