Thimphu is the capital of kingdom of Bhutan, located at 2,285m above sea level. Only over 30 years old this small but beautiful city was built by the late king Jigme Dorje Wangchuk by replacing the ancient capital which was in Punakha. Quiet and peaceful atmosphere with narrow streets lined with traditional shops. Beautiful textiles in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewelry, thangkas and other traditional crafts are available in various Handicrafts Emporiums.
Paro is considered the winter capital of Bhutan. It is merely 52 km far away from Thimphu. Adorned with patchwork fields, willow glades, trout-filled streams and scattered hamlets Paro looks the most attractive of Bhutan’s valleys. Decked with colourful culture and tradition, this small town is overlooked by a dramatic dzong, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses in Paro are considered to be among the most beautiful in the kingdom
The valley of Bumthang has its own unique geographical feature that separates it from all other regions of Bhutan. This small town is spiritually very popular. The Bhumtang valley is home to the sacred Jampa and Kurjey monasteries. Bumthang is also popular for being the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher, Pema Lingpa with whom the present monarchy has its lingeage. Bumthang Tsechu festival is held every year along with the Paro and Thimphu Tsechu festival.
Wangdue Phodrang is one of the popular towns in Central Bhutan. Located on the hilltop where one can visit, the formidable dzong. In the 17th century, Wangdue played a crucial role in unifying western, central and southern Bhutan. The town itself is at present little bigger than an enlarged village with a few shops and hotels. One can also visit Gangtey Gompa, an old monastery which belongs to the 17th century. Just a few kilometers away from the Gompa lays Phobjikha village which is popular for being one of the winter homes to the Black Necked cranes migrating to Bhutan from central Asia.
Phuentsholing is one of the major land entry point for those arriving from Kolkata, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Sikkim The town is nice with a few shops and hotels. But there is no dzong or any famous monastery to visit around. In fact, this town does not offer any particular interest to tourists. Despite, like all other towns of Bhutan, it just offers a clean, pleasant and safe environment. It is a booming commercial centre, and has been home to a potpourri of ethnic groups, It is the intermingling point where two countries Bhutan and India meet.