Head out to these 10 offbeat locations in Bhutan

Author: Laden Bhutia
Date: 2019-12-04

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Bhutan is a serene Buddhist kingdom nestled on the Himalaya’s eastern edge. Perhaps you've already visited this lovely country or maybe it caught your attention while you were scouring through magazines for peaceful destinations for a fast getaway from the monotony of life. If anyone is searching for a peaceful getaway, Bhutan provides an ideal destination for the leisure-bound traveller.

Although Bhutan is a small kingdom, there is such a lot to explore apart from the usual tourist destinations. Here’s a list of such offbeat places you will be thrilled to experience.

Places to explore in Bhutan:

1. Phobjikha Valley

A beautiful icy formed depression, this is an excellent offbeat destination for nature lovers and offers great treks. There are good chances of spotting black-necked cranes if you visit Bhutan during the winters. 

2. Haa

Haa is among the smallest inhabited regions of Bhutan. Its’ major attraction is Haa Valley. The region contains one of Bhutan’s protected areas – Torsa Strict Nature Reserve. Visit this offbeat place on foot for the best experience. This one is unquestionably among the best places to go to in Bhutan.

3. Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

A rare chorten-like Buddhist temple in west Kingdom of Bhutan, Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang is found within the Paro depression. This temple has affiliations to several fascinating legends. The design of the temple is simply laden with an enormous assortment of Buddhist paintings and icons. 

4. Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop, Paro

This monk supply shop is one of several in Paro. Items for sale include amulets, divination dice, prayer flags, incense, statuary, and butter lamps. You'll also find other knick-knacks like bamboo arrows and khuru darts to take home as souvenirs

5. Champaca restaurant

When in Paro, do visit this restaurant. It'll actually live up to your expectations after you simply wish to sit down back and unwind after an extended day of sight-seeing. 

6. Philatelical Bureau

Visit this place to get individualised stamps! Make sure you carry a hi-res photograph of yourself.  They'll print them out for you on a group of stamps in a few minutes. Plus, you'll be able to even get post cards for your favourite ones to take back home; if you're a collector, then this place could be a paradise for you.

7. Lheunste

For nature lovers, the offbeat place of Lheunste is the place you should go. It's laden with rough mountains, scenic views, lush inexperienced forests, and trek worthy cliffs.