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Bhutan: The land of tranquillity

Bhutan: Often regarded as the happiest place on earth, Bhutan, nestled in the eastern Himalayas is literally a land lost in time. A melting pot of culture and tradition, Bhutan is dotted with colourful dzongs (small fortress) and serene monasteries.



The capital of Bhutan—Thimphu—is the only capital in the world without any traffic lights. A peaceful city where traffic snarls are unheard of, Thimphu is also the seat of Bhutan's very revered monarchy. The capital’s most popular tourist destination is National Memorial Chorten where locals congregate to pray.



Tashichho Dzong: Situated to the north of Thimphu on the western bank of Wang Chu River, Trashi Chhoe Dzong blends seamlessly into the surrounding valley. Symbolising regal splendour the dzong was once home to the National Assembly and now houses the secretariat, the throne room, offices of the king and ministries of home affairs and finance.



National Memorial Chorten: This impressive chorten, crowned by its golden spire is located in the southern-central part of the city. Built in 1974 to honour the third king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (who is also known as the Father of Modern Bhutan), the chorten is a popular landmark in the city.



Dochu La Pass: Take in spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges at Dochu La Pass, which is a popular pit-stop 30 kilometres from Thimphu towards central Bhutan. Perched at an elevation of 3,100 metres, Dochu La Pass's beauty is complemented by colourful Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind and and snow-capped trees standing tall in the surrounding valley.



Paro Valley: The Paro Valley, surrounded by the Himalayan range, encloses pretty Paro town. The town is home to many landmark attractions such as Taktsang Monastery and the National museum visited by thousands of tourists each year. The 7,300-metre-high Mount Jomolhari visible at the northern end of the valley looms over the town. The glacial melt from this mountain forms the Pachu River flowing through the valley.