Places to See in Bhutan
All visitors are now required to enter the kingdom at paro by the national airline,
Druk-Air.It may be more convenient for some visitors to leave the kingdom via
the southern outlets of Samdrup Jangkhar in the east or phuentsholing in the
Thimpu, perhaps the most unnsual capital city in the world, is a bustling town
on the banks of its own river and set gloriously in the hills of its own valley.
The road winds up from simtokha Dzong into pine forest and through small villages
for 20 kilometers and then opens miraculously onto the northern ridge of the
Wangduephodrang is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan.
The town is no more than an enlarged village with a few well-provided shops.
In the center of Bhutan four hours by road from Wangduephodrang, Tongsa offers
a welcome rest to travelers.
The Yutongla Pass and a series of hair-raising bends at 11,500 feet separates
the valleys of Tongsa and Bumthang.
The drive across the Thumsingla pass and the subsequent descent from high altitude
pine forest to lush pastures and orchards is one of the most exciting drives
in all of the Himalayas.
Arriving in Mongar is welcome respite from the seemingly endless turns of the
journey over the pass.
The road from Mongar passes the Yadi loops. For five miles the road creates
figures of eight as it descends to the valley floor.
A few kilometers north of Tashigang, Tashiyangtese Dzong is a half-hour walk
from the road. The monk body leaves the monastery during the winter for warmer
Bhutan - South East & South West
The road from Tashigang to Samdrup Jongkhr was completed in the early 1960s
and enables the eastern half of the country to access and benefit from trade
with the south as well as to cross the Indian border.
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