Cities

Please see below for a list of cities/towns in Bhutan that you can visit. We have listed the major sights, festivals, hotels (standard and luxury hotels) available in each city as well as the restaurants available.

Bumthang

This region that spans from 2,600-4,500m is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Major sights Apple Juice Factory Chakhar (Iron Castle) Dairy Farm Jakar Dzong Jambay Lhakhang Kunzangdra Lhakhang … Read More

Chukha

Chukha is home to the country’s oldest and biggest hydropower plant, the Tala Hydroelectric Project. As such, Chukha contributes the most to the GDP of Bhutan. Major sights Chukha Dzong Jabar Goemba Tala Hydroelectric Project

Dagana

Located in southeastern Bhutan, Dagana, which is one of the remotest dzongkhags (district) in Bhutan, has recently been opened to tourists. Like most places in Bhutan, Dagana also has a very rich history. One of the main highlights includes the … Read More

Gangtey/Phobjikha Valley

Gangtey/Phobjikha valley is located in the Black Mountains, the highest of Bhutan’s north to south ridges. Besides the stunning landscape, the Phobjikha Valley is known for the rare Black Necked Cranes, which inhabit the area from November to April. Major … Read More

Gasa

Gasa the northern-most district of the country adjoins the districts of Punakha, Thimphu and Wangdue Phodrang. It has the smallest population in the country with just about 3,000 inhabitants.  The nomads of Gasa live on yaks and harvest Cordycep (fungi … Read More

Gelephu

Located southern part of Bhutan bordering the state of Assam in India, this city is used as an entry and exit point especially by tourists on birding tours. Gelephu is also the gateway to the Royal Manas National Park, the … Read More

Haa

Haa Dzongkhag is a picturesque remote valley made up of five Geogs. Haa is the ancestral home of the Royal Grandmother and the Dorji family. The district adjoins the districts of Paro, Chhukha and Samtse, covering an area of 1,706 … Read More

Lhuentse

Lhuentse, the rural isolated district is the ancestral home to the royal family of Bhutan. The place is famous for the hand-loomed fabrics typically woven from fine silk, known as Kishutharas, keeping intact one of the most distinctive art forms … Read More

Mongar

Mongar is one of the six districts that make up eastern Bhutan. The landscapes are spectacular with stark cliffs, gorges, and dense conifer forests. The region is known for weavers and textiles and fabrics considered one of the best in … Read More

Paro

Paro is a broad and beautiful valley and home to the only international airport in the country. Comprised of 10 geogs, Paro is one of the developed dzongkhags in the country. The Paro valley is very fertile with paddy, wheat, … Read More

Pemagatshel

Located in southeast Bhutan, the district is about 517.8 sq. km with altitude ranging from 1000-3500 meters. Pemagatshel means the “Lotus Garden of Happiness.” Over half of Pemagatshel is under the cover of broad leaf and coniferous forests with the … Read More

Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing is a border town in the south of Bhutan. The town connects Bhutan to the major Indian railways. Major sights Crocodile Breeding Center Pungthim Dratshang Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

Punakha

Punakha served as the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955. The first hereditary Monarch, King Ugyen Wangchuck was enthroned in Punakha on December 17th, 1907.  Punakha has many religious sites manifested with monasteries, temples and chortens with significant historical values. … Read More

Samdrup Jongkhar

The Gateway to Eastern Bhutan, Samdrup Jongkhar is situated in the south eastern part of Bhutan and shares borders with the Indian state of Assam. It is by far the largest urban center in eastern Bhutan. Major sights Dewathang Mithun … Read More

Thimphu

Thimphu became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. The city is located in the heart of the Wang Valley and is the most happening place in the whole of the country. All the head offices of the various government ministries … Read More

Trashigang

Trashigang spans to the eastern corners of the kingdom, skirting up to the edge of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, and is the country’s largest district. Bhutan’s largest river, the Dangmechu, flows through the district. Trashigang town, on the … Read More

Trashiyangtse

Trashiyangtse is a rapidly growing town and the administrative and religious center for the people of Trashiyangtse. It was carved out from Trashigang district in 1992 as a separate district. Trashiyangtse is famous for its wooden containers and bowls, which … Read More

Trongsa

Trongsa is the sacred and temporal heart of the country. Major sights Chendebji Chorten Kuenga Rabten Palace Ta Dzong Thruepang Palace Trongsa Dzong

Tsirang

Tsirang is a beautiful dzongkhag (district) with very gentle slopes and mild climate. Tsirang is one of the few dzongkhags where Nepali is the dominant language due to most of the ‘Lhotsampas’ (Southtern Bhutanese) residing there. Major sights Tsirang Dzong

Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Phodrang is an important gateway to the far-flung districts of Eastern Bhutan. Major sights Temple of Sha Radap Wangdue Phodrang Dzong – currently being rebuilt

Zhemgang

Zhemgang is one of the poorest and most rural dzongkhags (district) in Bhutan. However, Zhemgang is a very beautiful place with most of the district included in the ‘protected areas of Bhutan.’  Zhemgang’s protected areas include the Royal Manas National … Read More