These offbeat places to visit in Bhutan are a great way to learn about the country and its people while not being surrounded by big crowds.
When it comes to the beautiful province of Bhutan, it is more than meets the eye. The combination of vibrant people along with the enriching culture and tradition are enough to intrigue one’s senses. Tourism of Bhutan has always been applauded for its picturesque landscape by tourists. All that being said, it is not at all surprising that there are certain mesmerizing Bhutan destinations which are not only amazing, but quite off the beaten path and underrated.
You can always visit the more common Bhutan tourist attractions. But, we think some of these offbeat places to visit in Bhutan are too good to pass up…
It is no secret that Bhutan monasteries are popular destinations to visit. If you don’t want to visit overcrowded ones, Chimi Lakhang is an amazing spot that you can explore. It is located in the Punakha district in Bhutan and is constructed over a circular mound.
The Tibetan monk named Drukpa Kunley, also known as “The Divine Madman” is believed to have showered his blessings on this place as well. He is known for spreading the religion of Buddhism in unorthodox ways, including using his penis to scare away demons. Around the temple, buildings have penises painted on them. The worship of the phallus in Bhutan invokes fertility and prosperity.
Fun Fact: We’ve also seen phallus worshiping while island hopping in Thailand.
Valleys, hills, and mountains are what Bhutan specializes in. The Haa Valley is definitely one of the best ones to visit amidst them all. If you love breathtaking views, you are definitely going to love the panoramic view of hills it offers from the top of the valley. It is not that popular among tourists, thus making it quite an amazing option if you are seeking peace and tranquility. It is also an amazing spot to experience the authentic beauty of the Bhutan culture as well.
Next on the list is Punakha Dzong which is regarded as one of the most unparalleled pieces of architecture in Bhutan. It is home to multiple monasteries located inside the site, making it an amazing offbeat destination for tourists while in Bhutan. Additionally, it is also the administrative area for the Punakha district. Locals suggest visiting during the spring season to witness the fully bloomed Jacaranda trees.
Given the fact that Bhutan Tou is popular for its monasteries, it is not at all surprising that not many people know or visit The National Folk Heritage Museum. It goes without saying that it is one of the best places to learn more about the traditions and heritage of Bhutan.
It is located in Thimpu and teaches visitors everything they need to know about Bhutan villages. If you are booking Bhutan tour packages, not many include this cultural experience, so be sure to take one day out to explore the museum for yourself.
Located 3000 feet above sea level, Dochula Pass is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan. From the top you can see all of Bhutan and you will be left both breathless and speechless. It is home to over 108 stupas which were built as a memorial by the Queen herself, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. If you visit on a day when the sky is clear, chances are that you might witness the majestic Himalayan ranges too.
Also often referred to as the Tiger’s Nest, the Paro Taktsang is located at the top of Paro Valley. The combination of the location along with the majestic view is what sets it apart from the rest. It was built in 1692 and still to this day stands tall.
Phuentsholing is a border town which is an underrated Buhtan destination. It is situated in the southern province of Bhutan and has an odd and small population of just 20,000. The two primary attractions there include crocodiles and local shopping.
It is always best to do things that not many are doing, especially while traveling. This helps ensure that you get an authentic experience and a taste of the best things that the place has to offer. These offbeat Bhutan attractions are perfect for you to get away from the crowds and get to know lesser known, but still spectacular, parts of the country.