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Paro has some nice monasteries and fortresses,..
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Situated in Punakha valley at a lower elevation..
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Established in 1955, Thimpu is Bhutan's capital..
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Samchi isn't a popular stop for travelers making..
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Once considered the country's secondary..
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The peaceful capital city of Bhutan where progress is measured not by GDP but by a Happiness Index ... though NGO and UN workers of the more traditional sort are quite visible ... especially if you go to the expat bars ... not many independent Western tourists here as tourism is pricey by policy (with specified hotels, per day minimum, organised tours and compulsory guides) though Indians have an edge in that the same rules don't apply to them and they can enter independently and travel freely, without a visa (India is Bhutan's main donor and technical provider) ... but get here if you can ... the scenery is stunning and you will be moved by the simplicity of people, when an old woman with blotched red teeth (from too much chewing of the stuff almost every Bhutanese chews) smiles at you ... do visit the Tashi Chho dzong that doubles up as the royal government quarter and do try the fiery Emma Datshi (a dish of cheese and chillies!) ... taxis are relatively inexpensive and worth it ... and it is certainly a different sort of country altogether ...

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The peaceful capital city of Bhutan where progress is measured not by GDP but by a Happiness Index ... though NGO and UN workers of the more traditional sort are quite visible ... especially if you go to the expat bars ... not many independent Western tourists here as tourism is pricey by policy (with specified hotels,  per day minimum, organised  tours and compulsory guides) though the same rules don't apply to Indians and they can enter and travel freely without a visa (India is Bhutan's main donor and technical provider) ... but get here if you can ... the scenery is stunning and you will be moved by the simplicity of people... when an old woman with blotched red teeth (from too much chewing of the stuff almost every Bhutanese chews) smiles at you ... do visit the Tashi Chho dzong that doubles up as the royal government quarters and do try the fiery emma datshi (a dish of cheese and chillies!) ... taxis are relatively inexpensive and worth it ... and it is certainly a different sort of country altogether ...
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The Paro tsechu (spring festival celebrating the advent of Guru Padmasambhava into Bhutan) is a must see. It is considered to be one of the best tsechus in all of Bhutan, and is held near the Paro Dzong at spring every year, including day long festivities and masked dances over 5 days.

Also, while in Bhutan, try to gather (or buy) Bhutanese currency (ngultrum), exquiaitely beautiful and depicting Buddhist sacred symbols
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Recent Updates for Western Bhutan
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崇之 山. updated attraction Phelchey Toenkhyim in Thimpu
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崇之 山. updated attraction Ta Dzong in Paro
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