BHUTAN – There are some places so serene that they feel far removed from the usual tourist circuits. Not only that, Beautiful vilages in Bhutan paint an entirely different picture of rural landscapes.
With the highest Gross National Happiness index in the world, where better to experience it than amidst the peaceful settings of a village?
Bhutan has many hidden gems in the form of tranquil villages. Let’s take a look at the list of beautiful Bhutanese villages you should explore.
Located at an elevation of 2800 meters, this remote village near Trashigang is one of the Bhutanese villages that offers insight into the nomadic way of life and brings you closer to many rural communities.
Moreover, it’s nestled in an area surrounded by stunning mountain peaks and sprawling meadows, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.
You can also visit the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, as it’s close to Sakteng, or go trekking to explore the village further.
Highlights: Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary.
Gangtey, or commonly known as Phobjikha, is a village located in a U-shaped glacial valley on the western edge of the Black Mountain Range.
As it is often completely covered in snow during the winter, local residents migrate to lower (warmer) regions during this time. Therefore, autumn and spring are preferred times to visit Gangtey.
It’s also the winter habitat for the endangered black-necked crane. Additionally, near the village, you can find Gangteng Monastery, where you can enjoy a transcendental spiritual experience. From this village, you can have panoramic views of pine forests.
Highlights: Black-necked Crane Festival, rock climbing, and trekking.
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To witness the culture in Bhutanese villages, you must plan a visit to Dhur, located just 50 km from Chamkhar. It’s famous for the trekking trail leading to Dhur Tsachu, where there are hot springs.
A major attraction that draws people to this remote village is the local Dhur Tshechu festival in the winter. Here, you will find yourself surrounded by high mountain forests, yaks, sheep, and many snow-capped peaks.
Those interested in an exceptional camping experience should make sure to visit in the autumn or spring.
Highlights: Local Dhur Tshechu festival.
Merak village can be called the twin village of Sakteng as both villages are located in the same geographical area, separated by the Nakchung La pass.
Photography enthusiasts should visit this place for stunning landscapes. This village is connected by a rugged road rising from Trashigang. It’s situated at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.
However, as soon as you step into this area, you’ll feel refreshed by the harmony of nature and the warmth of the local people.
Moreover, in this village, you can savor Ema Datshi, a famous Bhutanese dish. So, spend a few days in Merak to have a memorable trip during the right seasons.
Highlights: Safari, Ema Datshi.
Located in the Lhuentse district, Khoma village is a must-visit for anyone wishing to explore the origins of Bhutan’s weaving industry in rural village life. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Khoma from Lhuentse, and on the way, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking scenery.
Witness the traditional weaving techniques and learn more about Bhutanese handloom weaving. Khoma is also known for producing Kishuthara, primarily woven by the women of this village. Additionally, you can choose to trek to Singye Dzong to further explore the Eastern Bhutan region.
Highlights: Traditional weaving, folk culture, Kishuthara, landscape photography.
Ura village in Bhutan is another picturesque spot to capture photographs due to its traditional architecture. The village is situated at an elevation of 3100 meters above sea level in one of the highest valleys in Bhutan. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Ura from Chamkar.
In winter, this high-altitude village becomes beautifully snow-covered. This area is also known for giving birth to many of Bhutan’s politicians.
Moreover, in spring, the entire valley blossoms with beautiful flowers. To experience the best of Bhutanese villages, you must visit Ura. Like many other villages, this is also an inspiring trekking destination.
Highlights: Ura Yakchoe Festival, nomadic lifestyle, photography.
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It’s situated opposite Wangduephodrang Dzong. This village has its own unique charm and folk culture.
So, anyone looking to participate in specific cultural programs should make sure to visit this village. It’s one of the most beautiful villages in Bhutan in terms of natural beauty.
Highlights: Shar Rinchengang Temple, Rinchengang terraced fields.