BHUTAN - HOME TO THE IMMORTALS
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro
The green walls of the hills known as 'dooars' or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continually higher as the plan flies north towards the Tibetan border. Silvery rivers thread the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides and the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up into the sky.
Thimphu, charming capital city is located in the heart of the Himalayas. The most important aspect of Thimpu is its culture and its natural beauty, giving it a unique advantage. The skyline here hardly changes, as new buildings are all constructed and designed in the traditional Bhutanese style. Some sites to visit are - Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress and monastery housing the Government's office and King's Throne room, Memorial Chorten, a painting school famous for traditional thangkha paintings and a handicrafts emporium. Entire region around Thimpu has excellent trekking routes of different levels giving you ample opportunities for hiking, trekking etc.
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan and is also the winter seat of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. There are splendid views of the distant Himalayas at Do Chula pas (alt. 3,050 m) on Thimphu - Panache road and in spring and early fall, the route is covered in various flowers. The second Dozing built by Shabdrung, in 1637, is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the central monastic body moves to Thimphu.
Paro valley is one of the most scenic places in Bhutan and abounds in rich culture, architecture, religious relics, myths and legends. It is home to Bhutan's oldest temples, the picturesque National Museum, monumental fortresses and has the country's only airport. Paro is also distinguished as amongst the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom earning the nickname it shares with one other valley as the 'Rice Bowl' of Bhutan.