Bhutan, country of south-central Asia, located on the eastern ridges of the Himalayas. Historically a remote kingdom. Bhutan boasts magnificent mountain scenery, incredible architecture and a colorful cultural heritage.
Set within one of the world’s most breathtaking mountain chains, it is famed for its high mountain peaks and range of trekking opportunities. Grand examples of traditional design and architecture, Bhutan’s famous monasteries and temples, such as the Tiger’s Nest cling to sheer cliff tops or majestically stand guard in its picturesque towns.
Thimphu is a bustling town on the bank of Thimphu Chu & set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and it is the centre of Government. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the name of the surrounding valley is Dzongkhag, the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961.
The Gangtey Valley, also called Probjikha Valley is one of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan. Set close to the centre of Bhutan, Gangtey is in a remarkably attractive glacial valley called Phobjikha. The region boasts various nature trails as well as a Crane Information Centre to educate visitors.
“Bumthang” directly translates as “beautiful field” – “Thang” means field or flat place, and “bum” is said be an abbreviation of either “Bumpa” (a vessel for holy water, thus describing the shape and nature of the valley).
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It’s the winter seat of the Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) & the monk body. It has a temperate climate & its rich fertile valley is fed by the Pho Chu & Mo Chu rivers.
The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries & temples. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7300 mtr) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier, water forms the Pa Chu which is flowing through the valley.