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Places to visit in Bhutan

With tons of monasteries and Buddhist sacred sites, Bhutan is a haven to explore Buddhism and spirituality. From understanding different schools of Buddhism to opening your senses to compassion and peace of mind, the impact that Bhutan can leave you with when you get back home is phenomenal. The more you learn about the Buddha and his teachings, the clearer your thoughts process becomes. Also, with the number of monasteries you will get to visit in Bhutan and the monks you will talk to on your way will give you a glimpse of what peace of mind feels like. 

Apart from monasteries, Bhutan is also for the adventurous souls out there who want to indulge in some river rafting activities or explore the higher altitude mountains of the eastern Himalayas through treks and hikes. For the more intellectuals, the history, heritage and culture of the place will enlighten you with newer aspects and facets of life. The rich flora and fauna of Bhutan also deserve an appreciation, where everything that you see here connects directly to your travel spirit and touches your soul that rarely happens in any other country. When here, don’t forget to visit our top recommendations. Plan a trip and don’t forget to get yourself the Best Travel Insurance for Asia at Thomas Cook.

Paro Taktsang

Or literally translating to Tiger’s lair, the Paro Taktsang is also known as the Tiger’s Nest and is one of the first images you will get to see when you Google Bhutan. The picturesque monastery is nestled between mountain cliffs and valleys and is situated at an altitude of 3,120 meters above sea level. According to legends, Guru Rinpoche flew from Tibet to here on a tigress and hence the name. This is the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan and is very significant, sacred and one of the must-visit attractions in Bhutan.



Taktsang trail, Bhutan


Known for

Being the birthplace for Buddhism in Bhutan, a sacred site, home to one of the oldest monasteries and location of the sacred site on a cliff


How to Reach

The Paro Taktsang lies approximately at a distance of 10 kilometers from Paro and you can easily get a cab at from there. The taxi will take you until the last motorable stretch which is either the parking lot or the beginning of the monastery’s path. The remaining distance has to be covered on foot or on a horseback if you feel trekking is quite tedious. 


Approximate Cost

From Paro, you can get a cab at approximately Rs. 800. The approximate price for a horse ride is Rs. 1000 per person and you can reach the monastery within 90 minutes. On foot, it takes up to 3 hours depending on the number of breaks you take. 


Operating Hours

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Any Precautions

Always carry adequate water and snacks to keep up your stamina through the trek. There are eateries and cafes along the way. Carry a trekking stick, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreens and dress conservatively before entering the monastery. Do not photograph within the temple premises and maintain silence. Also, do not take a horse during the rainy season as the terrain gets slippery and risky for a horse ride. 



Buddhist Monastery

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One of the best things to do in Bhutan is trekking. We can constantly keep shedding light on how beautiful the mountain ranges of Himalayas are the extent to which the holy mountains are significant to the place. Yet, there will be nothing like visiting the mountains personally and feeling the soil and snow beneath the feet first-hand. That’s why we suggest you get on some of the most renowned Himalayan trails of the region and experience the fresh and frosty air, be amazed by the gigantic peaks of the mountain range, stumble upon the Himalayan wildlife, pass on via glacial waters and evolve as a person from within. From day hikes to over 15-day trails, you can find your match here in Bhutan. 



Druk Path Trek, JomolhariLayaGasa, NabjiKorphu, MerakSakteng



Groups of friends and solo travelers


Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult


Approximate Cost

Depends on the duration and the tour operator. Approximate prices starting at Rs. 20,000.


Why you should do it

Bhutan is home to one of the magnificent facets of the Himalayas which are inaccessible in India. You have to gain access to them and get to see them personally only from Bhutan. If you can’t do it here, you can’t do it anywhere.



Read the instructions of your tour operator carefully and make a note of everything you need to bring for the treks. Ensure if they will provide sleeping bags and climbing gears or if you have to make your own arrangements. Go ahead only if you are physically fit and undisturbed by altitude changes.

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