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Top 10 Places to Visit in Bhutan - Discover Why it's the Last Shangri-La

Bhutan is said to be the last Shangri-La on this planet. Visiting the place will compound this fact where natural beauty and primeval fortresses, together with an ancient culture, exist to beguile.

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Experience the Punakha Festival at Punakha Dzong

The Mongolian led Tibetan invasion of Bhutan and the consequent victory of Bhutan over the invaders is celebrated during this festival. A celebration of rich colours and vibrant dances, the Punakha, is quite the cultural dose. Pilgrims from all over the country flock to celebrate this event which ends with a parade to the river. Firecrackers and re-enacted battle scenes add to the vibrant nature of celebrations that take place around the Dzong, which is considered the most beautiful fortress in the land.

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Explore Thimpu

This is Bhutan's capital; the place is an enchanting region that is a mix of old and new. Loved for its quaint weekend markets, eccentric little shops, iconic landmarks and museums, Thimpu, is very much a part of the country's history. One of the most notable sites to visit is the National Memorial Chorten, constructed by the nation's third king – His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Just an hour's drive from COMO Uma Paro and similar hotels, the place is a must visit when in Thimpu.

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Be Enchanted by Dochu La Pass

If you want a taste of Bhutan's 'take your breath away' scenery do head over to Dochu La Pass. The magnificent views, sights of prayer flags fluttering in the breeze and imposing sights of the Himalayas are nothing short of stunning – don't forget the cameras folks. Some of the popular sites there include the elaborately styled Drukwangyal Lhakhang temple, as well as, the 108 Chortens commissioned by Ashi Dorji Wangmo, the Queen Mother. An attraction not to be missed, you could plan the journey at the tour desk of your Bhutan luxury hotel.

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Taktsang Lhakhang the Tiger Nest

The local name for tiger nest Taktsang Lhakhang sits on top of a mountain 3,000 metres above sea level. The views, as you can imagine, of the Paro Valley, are utterly breath-taking. The shrine was constructed in the 8th century and has been favoured by monks indulging in meditation for centuries. This is where tourists go to be one with surroundings, and let the sheer grandeur of Mother Nature awe and inspire.

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Gangtey the Mountain Village

This charming village sits deep in the folds of the mountain; it is serviced by two rivers, the Gay Chhu and Nakay Chhu. This location comes highly recommended for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Don't forget the cameras, for the scenery is quite magical.

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The Fortress of Glorious Religion

Tashicho Dzong or the Fortress of Glorious Religion was first built in the 17th century and later refurbished in 1952. The place serves as Bhutan's seat of Governance and is very beautiful, from its architecture to the surroundings. Explore the place and admire not just the view, but the beautifully manicured gardens.

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