There’s nowhere on earth quite like Bhutan. Often regarded as the happiest place on earth, Bhutan, which is nestled on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is an unspoiled and pristine landscape lost in time. Monasteries, fortresses and dramatic topography make up its chemistry, and it is here where there’s an air of tranquility that no other city possesses.

Must sees include of course, Bhutan’s most recognisable spot — the picturesque Tiger’s Nest, which clings to a sheer cliff face above the Paro Valley and the Buddha Dordenma, a gigantic Buddha statue overlooking the city of Thimpu. Don’t forget the Dochula Pass, which was built in honour of 108 Bhutanese soldiers who died in a military operation, and try your hand at archery at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu. The Punakha Dzong, arguably the most famous Dzong in Bhutan, is another spot you should pay a trip to. Formerly a fortress and now the administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha, it is a majestic complex and also where King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema got married in 2011.

Note, you have to pay between US$200 to US$250 per person per day of stay (depending on the period you’re travelling), which includes accommodation, meals, a guide and transport, and you have to book your holiday through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. Click here for more bucket list destinations to plan for!

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Text: Joy Fang
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