Known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs), and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys, Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge which is the land of happiness on earth.
People may not be very rich, but they are happy because here Gross National Happiness (GNH) is valued more than GDP. It covers 72% forest area of the country which is one of the large biodiversity places in the world.
So do visit Bhutan which is known for its natural beauty, forest conservation, gross national happiness, great culture & heritage, and biodiversity. Now let’s check out some of the unexplored places to visit on your Bhutan trip.
Here are the Top 6 Unexplored Places To Visit In Bhutan.
1. Phobjikha Valley
The Phobjikha Valley is a vast U-shaped glacial valley, also known as Gangteng Valley which is named after the impressive Gangteng Monastery of the Nyingma sect in central Bhutan, where the graceful black-necked cranes in Bhutan from the Tibetan Plateau visit the valley during the winter season to roost.
This valley is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the monastery.
The magnificent Black-necked Cranes heighten the breathtaking scenery of Phobjikha in winter.
It’s a must-visit place in Bhutan as it is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan where nature has bestowed on its full attention which can be seen from the surrounding valleys and lush greenery making this place as beautiful as heaven itself.
2. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Built in 2004 by the Queen of Bhutan, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal is a chorten, or stupa, standing regally on the hill above the Punakha valley which is a classic example of gorgeous traditions and architecture of Asian country with an amazing view of the countryside and the hills below.
This chorten, however, is unique. It is not designed for community worship or for a monastic retreat or education like other Buddhist institutes and Colleges but it is designed as a magical tool for heading off the negative forces and transportation peace and harmony for all the living beings.
It is located about 30 minutes drive from the town and 45 minutes uphill hike from the base of the hill through rice fields where you can climb up the hill that is refreshing as the trail surrounds pine trees, nice views up and down the valley.
So don’t miss to explore this amazing chorten where you can enjoy Bhutan’s countryside views.
3. Haa Vall
Known for being the traditional home for the Royal Queen Grandmother and the famous Dorji family. Haa Vall is one of the smallest Dzongkhag in the country which is located in South West of Paro, covering an area of roughly 1706 sq. km.
Haa valley is one of the most beautiful and isolated areas in the kingdom, adorned with pristine alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks.
If you are looking to have a peaceful stay, relax and enjoy the stunning natural beauty then Haa Valley makes the perfect destination for you after being isolated and sparsely populated also.
Also, travelers interested in cultural activities will find the shamanistic practices demonstrated by Haa dwellers fascinating while for photographers there can be no better destination than this.
Known for its rugged mountains, spectacular views, verdant forests, and magnificent cliffs which were once home to Bhutan’s royal family, Lheunste is located in the northeast corner of Bhutan which is the most isolated part of the country.
Lheunste is not a known tourist destination among travelers from all around the world due to a lack of infrastructure and connectivity as compared to other parts of the country.
A place that still doesn’t feature on the tourist trail, Lheunste is also known for its textile traditions and the many sacred sites.
So, if you’re looking to spin your holiday around nature escapes, Lheunste must definitely feature on your Bhutan Travel Bucket list where its remarkable scenery, the traditional textile work, and the sacred pilgrimage sites make the slightly difficult journey worthwhile.
5. Bumthang Valley
Often referred to as the spiritual heartland of the country, Bumthang Valley consists of Chumey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura valleys where Choekhor is the largest of the four and is widely considered as ‘Bumthang Valley’.
The valleys of Bumthang are generally wide and open with relatively gentle slopes, thus creating a unique feeling of spaciousness that may not be found in any other part of the country with the exception of the Phobjika valley in the Black Mountains.
The wide and scenic valleys draw a large number of travelers each year. Bumthang Valley is inter-spaced with many rural hamlets and is suited to moderate hiking.
You should visit Bumthang Valley to enjoy the serene beauty of this valley.
6. Rinpung Dzong
Located in the heart of the city, Rinpung Dzong is a large dzong – Buddhist monastery and fortress – of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school in Paro District, Bhutan which is a religious site overflowing with faith and splendor is everything which one needs to rejuvenate the mind.
It is one of the iconic attractions of the land and being the greenest and widest valley of the country.
It is also known as Paro Dzong. Rinpung Dzong is a must-visit during your trip to Bhutan and if you’re lucky or scheduled your trip with festivals in mind (month of March) then you can catch a glimpse of Tsechu which is one of Bhutan’s greatest annual festivals.