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40 Places to visit in Bhutan

 
  • If you are on a random stroll you will find that there are many places to visit in Bhutan. When you are meandering on the road, get a chance to visit the National Museum which is located on top of a hill above Paro Dzong which is an old watch tower.

    If you are looking for some fresh sea food it will be advised that you should be at the Weekend Market which has stalls on both sides and one can find some fresh pork, balls of dates and dried fish and a whole section of delicious raw ingredients. If you are fond of majestic views then a visit to Trongsa Dzong will be just right.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Bhutan:

  • 01Visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)

    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    Taktsang Palphug Monastery or more popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the most revered pilgrimage place in the Himalayan province. It is also one of the most visited tourists destination in Bhutan and is a place that showcases the great traditional values of the country.

    Uniquely located on top of the mountain 1200 meters above the Paro Valley, this monastery is surrounded by the scenic beauty. This white building topped with the golden roof on the back drop of blue sky and lush green hills look stunning. The centuries old legend of this monastery makes it more mystical. The isolated location of Tiger’s Nest can only be reached by following the gruelling mountain paths.

    Image Credits : Arian Zwegers



    Location
    : The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located in Paro, approximately 10 kilometres away from the city.

    Best time/season
    : March to May and September to November.

    Approx Price: N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderately challenging.
  • 02Visit Punakha Dzong (Punakha)

    Image Credit : Birger Hoppe
    Bhutan is renowned for its marvellous ancient architecture scattered throughout the land. Punakha Dzong is one such beautiful architecture and offers a stunning sight of the luminous aura of the white washed walls on a bright sunny day. Golden, red and black painted woods add to the charisma of this striking architecture.

    The Dzong is surrounded by the splendid natural beauty with lush green hills and clear blue sky as a backdrop. The Dzong is also of historical and traditional importance in Bhutan. For a long time it served as the capital. It also preserves the remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and holy artefact Ranjung Karsapani.

     

    Image Credits : Bob Witlox



    Location
    : Located at the confluence of beautiful rivers of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu in Punakha & Khuruthang , Bhutan.

    Best time/season
    : The best time to visit the Punakha Dzong is mid-May when lavender coloured jacaranda trees blossom.

    Approx Price
    : N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A
  • 03Visit Dochula Pass (Thimphu)

    Image Credit : Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)
    Dochula Pass is a scenic spot located more than ten thousand feet above sea level, while going from Punakha to Thimphu. It is one of the most renowned destinations for tourists in Bhutan. The place offers a panoramic view of the surrounding snow laden mountains and the breathtaking view of the colourful flags fluttering in the wind and 108 Chortens. Druk Wangyal Chorten was constructed by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk.

    The chortens and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple with beautiful ornate details against the lush green forest backdrop make this spot famous among locals and tourists alike. The Dochu La Wangyal Festival where the colourful mask dance can be witnessed also makes this place illustrious.

    Image Credits : Ratan Sebastian



    Location: The Pass is located at a height of 10,171 ft on east-west Road from Thimpu to Punakha.

    Best time/season: March to May and September to November

    Approx Price: N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A
  • 04Visit Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu)

    Image Credit :  Michael Foley
    One of the largest Buddha statues in the world, Buddha Dordenma is a masterpiece of architectural wonder. The massive bronze statue is more than 50 meters in height and is gilded in gold. Apart from this it also houses 125,000 other Buddha statues that are placed surrounding the Buddha Dordenma statue. Sitting royally atop a great meditation hall, this Buddha statue exudes peace and tranquillity.

    The project has been believed to be prophesized as early as eight century in a sacred treasure kept by Guru Padmasambhava. It is a representation of manifestation of human faith and everlasting peace and happiness for all human beings.

    Image Credits : Xiaojun Deng



    Location: The Statue is on top of a mount in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and marks the southern entrance to the valley of Thimphu.

    Best time/season
    : The early morning light makes it best for clicking photographs and enjoying the beauty.

    Approx Price
    : N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A
  • 05Visit Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) (Thimphu)

    Image Credit : Andrea Williams
    Tashichho Dzong is a remarkable architectural structure which currently is the house of the throne room and seat of the government. More commonly known as the Thimphu Dzong, it is also called the ‘fortress of glorious religion’. The impressive structure with white washed walls, golden, red and black wood and lush gardens on a backdrop of blue sky and flourishing green valleys, emanates a look of splendour.

    The Dzong was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung on the grounds of Dho Ngon Dzong which was earlier built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The Dzong caught fire a few times in the history first in 1968 and later again in 1869, which could be considered a mystery.

    Image Credits : Andrea Williams



    Location
    : The Tashichho Dzong is located near the Thimphu town on the west bank of Wangchhu River and offers magnificent view.

    Best time/season
    : March to May and September to November.

    Approx Price
    : N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A
  • 06 Visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro)

    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    One of the finest architectural structures of Bhutan is the impressive Rinpung Dzong, more commonly known as the Paro Dzong. The name of this renowned Dzong literally translates to ‘'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels'. Surrounded by the scenic beauty, this marvellous Dzong has a long history and is of significant traditional importance.

    The Dzong was constructed in 1644 on order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and has historically contributed significantly in defending the Paro Valley. The white washed walls and golden, red and black painted and carved wood add to the elegance and royalty of the architecture. It is also the site of the famous masked dance of Tsechu festival of Paro.

    Image Credits : Gary Ashley



    Location
    : Rinpung Dzong is located atop the hill above Pachu in Paro.

    Best time/season
    : March to May and September to November. During the Tsechu festival you can enjoy the local masked dance.

    Approx Price
    : N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A
  • 07Visit Chimi L'hakhang Temple (Punakha)

    Image Credit : Denis De Mesmaeker
    One of the most revered temples of Bhutan, Chimi L’hakhang is considered as the temple of fertility, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the Divine Madman. Lama Drukpa Kuenley is a legendry saint in Bhutan, who is much revered in the country but because of his unusual way of teaching, he is considered an eccentric.

    People from all across the country come to the temple to pray for children. The couples visiting the temple are sanctified with a wooden phallus, the imitation of the saint’s iron bow and arrows and his scriptures. Surrounded by the abundant paddy fields this temple is a must visit.

    Image Credits : Olivier Lejade



    Location
    : The temple lies on the edge of the Lobesa valley on the confluence of the borders of Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang.

    Best time/season
    : The best time to visit the Chimi L'hakhang Temple is spring and autumn.

    Approx Price
    : N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A
  • 08Jigme Dorji National Park

    The exotic park was built by the 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorgi in 1974 and is approx 4, 316 km in area. The park is second largest in the country and is a dwelling to many endangered animals such as snow Leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Asiatic wild dog, Red Panda etc.

    The national park is an ideal place for trekking because of its magnificent spread of flora and fauna. Hence, it is also known as Trekker’s Paradise. The park is also the dwelling of the Semi Nomadic Community, Layap. Four rivers Mocchu, Pocchu,Wangchu, Pachu originate from this park; therefore is one of the largest contributors of Bhutan’s economy.



    Highlights
    : Largest collection of medicinal baths and hot springs; only place where the Snow leopard meets the Royal Bengal tiger; views of majestic peaks namely Jomolhari, Tsherimgang and Jichu drakey

    Location
    : Gasa

    Cost
    : N/A

    Best season
    : March to October
  • 09Royal Manas National Park

    Image Credit : Chandrashekhar Basumatary
    Royal Manas was entitled as a wildlife sanctuary in 1966 and became a National Park officially only in 1993. The park shelters more than 365 species (recorded) of birds and grows 900 classes of plants and trees. Most of the trees have religious and medicinal values and are commercially used for the same.

    The Royal Manas is situated in the southern part of Bhutan and borders the Manas Tiger Reserve, India which is a world heritage site. It also connects the Singye Jigme Wangchuk National park.

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    Highlight
    : Royal Bengal tiger, one –horned rhinoceros, leopards, Himalayan black bears are few of the wilderness you can spot. Birds which are almost extinct in other part of the world such as Pallas fishing eagle, emerald cuckoo, blue headed rock thrush etc take refuge in this park; elephant and jeep safari, and boat trips are part of the park’s entertainment.

    Location
    : Thimpu

    Best Season
    : November to March

    Cost
    : N/A
  • 10Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park

    The National park was established in the year 1995 and is around 1723 sq. km. in area. The park borders over 31 cute little villages and shelters one of the oldest founding tribes of Bhutan, Oyleps. The Jigme national park was originally named as the ‘Black Mountain Park’ as it is situated in the Black Mountain, separating the eastern and western Bhutan.

    20% of the park is ruled by the gorgeous yet dangerous animal, Tiger.
    Apart from it, the golden langur, musk deer, red panda and Asiatic elephants are few wild animals you might see moving around in the forest.



    Highlights
    : Trekking in the exotic Phobjheka valley where the mystic Black Necked crane dwells; a sanctuary of more than 450 species of birds; third largest park in the country;

    Location
    : Near to Trongsa Dist, central Bhutan

    Best Season
    : Between November and March

    Cost
    : N/A
  • 11TrumshingLa National Park

    Now known as Phrumsengla National Park, this unusual stretch of landscape is the jewel of the country. It is situated in the heart of Bhutan and covers 786 sq. km of land. The national park is surrounded by towering Cloud Mountains; the tracks traversing through some distinguished broadleaved tree forest and Alpine vegetation posing a perfect track for trekking and hiking.

    The park also preserves 620 recorded species of plants and trees. What can be more enchanting than watching the rhododendrons bloom during the early spring, filling the air with sweet scent?


    Highlights
    : The Park provides stunning landscape of the country and the highest peak Gangkar Phuensum can be observed from here. Bribdungla valley which is part of the National park overflows with glorious alpine lakes and meadows, glazed with pretty waterfalls. Treks include Bribdungla and rhodungla

    Location
    : Mongar

    Best Season
    : March to May, and September to December
  • 12Torsa Strict Nature Reserve

    Torsa is one of the most famous tourist attractions for it is the only Nature Reserve in the world which has not been destroyed by human inhabitation. It is adorned with beautiful alpine and broad leaves tree forests, making it a favoured trekking route in Bhutan. The name came to existence from the River Toorsa which penetrates from Tibet.

    The Nature Reserve is situated at this Junction is bordering both Sikkim and China. The Nature reserve is also a dwelling to many species of endangered flora and fauna, Rufous necked Hornbill being one of them.



    Highlights
    : Excellent climate, landscapes include deciduous forests, alpine meadows, scrublands and temperate forests. A small lake, Sinchulunga, which is the source of fresh water stream is part of the Reserve; undisturbed by human settlement, this place showcases a unique tranquillity and serenity.

    Location
    : Western Haa

    Best season
    : March to September and Jan to March
  • 13Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the stunning landscapes of alpine meadows and encompasses gorgeous alpine lakes. Bumdelling conservation area was merged with Kulong Chhu Wildlife Sanctuary and therefore, was officially established in 1994. The Bumdelling Valley situated here is one of the two wintering spots for the Black Necked Crane.

    The Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 1, 545 sq. km among which 1/3rd is occupied by human civilization. The villagers are sweet and friendly. The area is an idyllic ground for trekking as the routes are covered with lush meadows and towered by alpine forest.



    Highlights
    : Cultural and heritage sites that has significance internationally; Known as the paradise of butterflies for it has more than 120 recorded species of Butterflies inhabiting there. Handicrafts such as wooden bowls, handmade papers and Buddhist painted scrolls can be bought in the village

    Location
    : North Easter Bhutan,

    Best Season
    : March to September
  • 14Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

    It can be one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Bhutan because this Sakteng Sanctuary was apparently established to shelter the infamous snow mountain men ‘Yeti’ or ‘Migoi’. Albeit the character has not yet been witnessed by the tourists, the villagers claim to have seen their footprints at night. The landscape is shadowed by broad stretch of rhododendrons trees.

    The park looks spectacular during the spring season when the landscape is adorned with colourful blooms of Blue Poppy, rhododendrons, gentia etc. Satkeng wildlife sanctuary preserves the most isolated semi nomadic tribe, Brokpas who are not very friendly with tourists.

    Image Credits : John Town



    Highlights
    : Capture with your camera snow leopards, red fox, barking deer, Hoary Bellied Himalayan Squirrels during your traverse in the forest; bird watching is allowed and you shall get to see blood pheasants, grey headed woodpecker, dark breasted rose finch, grey backed shrike during your jaunt.

    Location
    : Trashigang.

    Best seasons
    : March to September
  • 15Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary

    The sanctuary was officially announced and opened to the public in June 2008. Prior to this, the place was a Contennial Park. It is the largest wildlife park in the Kingdom of Bhutan and is one of the greatest resources of Bhutan’s economy. The park typically shows the characteristics of the Himalayan ranges, blue pine and alpine being the major vegetation of the landscapes.

    It covers an area of 4919 sq km and borders 5 districts of Bhutan namely Bhumthang, Gasa, Dzongkhags, Trongsa and Wangduephodrang. Like all other national parks of the country, Wangchuck also inhabits few of the greatest endangered species of Flora and Fauna.



    Highlights
    : Occasional encounters with Himalayan Black Bear, Royal Bengal tiger and snow leopard. Stunning views of the alpine and blue pine landscape making the park a perfect spot for trekking and mountaineering.

    Location
    : Gasa

    Best Seasons
    : March to September and January
  • 16Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan (Thimphu)

    The Academy is an amalgamation of contemporary architecture and Bhutanese culture and heritage. Under the wings and government of Her Highness, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, this integral piece of Bhutan is an attraction of many tourists. The academy is a non profit org encouraging in preserving the oldest culture of Bhutan, Weaving.

    The academy also exhibits their woven clothes made for the royals to the tourists and plays videos throughout the day showcasing how to drape and wear their traditional outfits, gho and kira. The academy is built to encourage women empowerment and hence free training is provided for their welfare.



    Highlights
    : Host exhibitions on finest work of hand woven, embroidered, and appliqué clothes; presents demo on production of finest garments, Museum portraying rich Bhutanese culture and the belongings of the royals; a souvenir shop that sells beautiful artefacts of the kingdom.

    Location
    : Thimpu

    Timings
    : Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
  • 17Motithang Takin Preserve (Thimphu)

    Image Credit : Caleb See
    This Preserve was basically a zoo but in the later years became the largest preservation of a very unusual mountain animal, Takin. The origin of the animal involves a myth that includes a religious backround. It states that a saint with an epithet, who was considered ‘a divine mad man’, created this animal with head of a goat and body of a cow.

    The 4th king did not believe in enclosing animals in zoo hence he established a natural preservation for this special creature. The preserve also shelters barking deer and sambar deer.

    Image Credits : Caleb See



    Highlights: A perfect way to capture endangered species as photographers are allowed to click pictures of the wilds from a close proximity. This preserve is most suitable for wildlife enthusiast.

    Location
    : Motithang Dist.,Thimpu

    Timings
    : Early mornings are perfect to spot and capture Takins as that is the hour they come out;

    Hours
    : Every day, except Sundays

  • 18Choki Traditional Art School (Thimphu)

    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    This is no ordinary school, but this institute teaches under privileged children from different background and age. The school was established by Dasho Choki Dorji in memory of the 4th King of Bhutan. The school teaches skills like weaving (ThagZo), Sculpting (Jinzo), Lhadri (Painting), Carving (Pap) and embroidery (Tshem Zo). Bhutan nurtures its culture and heritage with care and passion.

    Choki Art School is an example of this kingdom’s fine tradition. The dedication and harmony the school management portrays is worth praising. The school runs mainly on donation and the education, food and lodging are free.

    Image Credits : Carsten ten Brink



    Location
    : Thimpu

    Highlights
    : you can observe how the handicrafts are being made; the students there act like guides and tours with you around the institute. It also has an authentic gift shop, where art products made by the students are sold.

    Working hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 8:30 – 4:30pm (Saturdays)
  • 19The Tower of Trongsa Museum (Trongsa)

    Image Credit : Nagarjun Kandukuru
    This artistic cylindrical 5 storey tower with two smaller towers at each side was built in the year 1652 by the first governor of Bhutan. The tower was strategically built above the Trongsa Dzong on top of a hill to protect the town folks from attacks. Now, the tower is converted into a Museum for the public. The tower has two temples dedicated to Gesar of Ling and Meitreya (Jampa).



    Highlights
    : The museum has in total 11 galleries exhibiting various artefacts of Buddhist culture and reminiscence of the royalties of Bhutan. The museum displays the remains of the Wangchuck Dynasty, and works of historical significance of Trongsa Dzong. There are dungeons in the tower where British soldiers were kept during Duar War.

    Location: Trongsa

    Working hours
    : Monday to Saturday (9 am to 5 pm) and between November to March till 4pm

    Extras
    : Lunch (booked in advance) and refreshments are provided
  • 20National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Thimphu)

    Image Credit : Stefan Krasowski

    Bhutanese are known to preserve their natural resources, and culture and heritage quite seriously. It is really a pleasure to visit their educational institutes because they exhibit authentic values. Institute of Zorig Chusum is one such place where Bhutan traditional art is taught.

    This beautiful heritage teaches 13 special types of art form; hence the place is also known as ‘the painting school’. The school promotes crafts to those who have a knack for painting and the like.

    Image Credits : Andrea Williams



    Highlights
    : A tour to the institute will take you back to art and craft forms that have become extinct in other countries. Wood carving, canvas painting, furniture painting, clay art making and different kinds of embroideries are few of the art forms you will find here. The place is a dream of every photographer as it does not lack color and charm.

    Working hours
    : 10 am to 3:30 pm (weekdays) and 10 am – noon on saturdays

    Location
    : Thimpu

  • 21National Folk Heritage Museum (Thimphu)

    If you want see a glimpse of Bhutanese traditional lifestyle, their values and heritage, Folk Heritage Museum is the ideal place for you. The museum was established in 2001 and is set in a 3 storied timber and rammed earth building which still hold its authenticity. The museum artefacts transforms seasonally. Every time you visit, you will get to see something unique and new.

    Image Credits : Stefan Krasowski



    Highlights
    : Demo of different practices such as Markhu Tsene (oil extraction), Ara Kayne brewing, Zaw Ngowni, Tham Dhungi (pounding and roasting rice) and lot more. Ambience takes you back to 150 years old Bhutanese life with millet, paddy and wheat fields surroundings, vegetable gardens and 100 years old Kitchen.

    Location
    : Thimp

    Price
    : Others- nu 150 and SAARC nationals – nu 25 Working hours: weekdays – 10:30 am to 4:30 pm; Saturdays – 10:30 am to 1 pm; Sundays: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

    Extra info
    : Lunch and dinner buffet provided for group of 5 and more
  • 22Gangtey Monastery (Wangdue)

    Image Credit : Richard Hopkins
    It is one of the largest Monastries in western Bhutan. Perched on top a hill and overlooking the stunning Phobjikha Valley, the Monastery of Gangteng Gompa was built in 1613 by Gyalse Pema Thinlay. He is considered the reincarnation of renowned Pema Lingpa. Villages of Hermits surround the Monastery.

    The place is one of the main centers of Nyingmapa School where Buddhism is being taught. The history of the Monastery traces back to 17th century during the period of Pema Lingpa who was a treasure finder. Many of his prophecies are still alive at the monastery.

    Image Credits : Miles Lane



    Highlights
    : Techu, a traditional Mask dance is hosted in the monastery during September and early October. It is worth to visit the place at the season and witness beautiful dance performances. Also, Phobjikha Valley is native to many Blacked neck cranes that migrate there during November to roost.

    Location
    : Wangdue

    Best Season
    : September to November
  • 23Handicrafts market (Thimpu)

    The handicrafts market of Thimphu is also known as the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar. The shops crafted from bamboo are lined neatly in row at a mile’s stretch, selling colourful and beautiful authentic handicraft of Bhutan. There are almost hundred shops in the market selling various souvenirs, authentic handcrafted apparels, bags, masks and many more items.

    The shopkeepers mostly are Bhutanese women who welcome you with a warm smile. The products are all procured from the local villages. The market aims to preserve the Bhutanese culture and promote their traditions and handicrafts.. It is a market where you can spend hours in shopping.

    Image Credits : Nagarjun Kandukuru



    Highlights
    : Look for beautiful attires with embroidery, souvenirs like carved wooden items, scroll painting, decorative items woven from bamboos, and beautiful jewellery made of gold, silver and precious stones.

    Location
    : The market is located at the centre of Thimphu below Norzin Lam.

    Timing
    : N/A

    Price
    : N/A
  • 24Motithang Takin Preserve in Timphu

    Image Credit : Denis De Mesmaeker
    Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife reserve region to preserve and protect the national animal of Bhutan, Takin. Initially the place was a small zoo which was disbanded by the fourth king of Bhutan.

    However, when the mammals were released in the wild, the takins avoided dwelling in the surrounding forest and kept coming back to streets.
    Therefore, the whole area was declared as a preserve. It is a major tourist attraction owing to its scenic beauty and interesting wild life.

    Image Credits : Denis De Mesmaeker



    Highlights
    : Apart from Takins, you can also find sambars and deer. In a few houses inside the preserve women do weaving work and it is nice and cheap to buy scarves and other apparels from them.

    Location: The Motithang Takin Preserve is located in the Motithang district of Thimphu. It is 15 minutes drive away from the Thimphu bus station.

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

    Price
    : 34 BTN.
  • 25National Museum (Paro)

    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    If you want to learn about the Bhutanese culture, history and traditions, there is no other place better than the National Museum of Bhutan. The current national museum used to be a watchtower.

    In 1968 the tower was renovated and converted into the National Museum of Bhutan. There are various galleries in the museum showcasing the impressive history and culture of Bhutan. There are collection of thangkas, stone carvings, religious statues and other artefacts of significant importance.

    Image Credits : Nagarjun Kandukuru



    Highlight
    : Enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding valley. Photography inside the museum is not allowed, however, you can click beautiful pictures of the valley.

    Location
    : The museum is located at a hill above Paro Dzong. Paro Dzong is a 15 minutes drive from Paro market.

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Price
    : For adults the price is 150 BTN. For monks, nuns and children below ten years, the entry is free.
  • 26Cheli La

    Image Credit : Birger Hoppe
    Located at a height of 3,810 meters above sea level, Cheli La Pass is the highest pass in Bhutan that can be accessed by road. The pass separates the valleys of Haa and Paro and offers stunning views of surrounding area with picturesque beauty. On the way you will get to see he roadside drub chuu with beautiful paintings of Guru Rinpoche with his two wives.

    On a bright and clear day of October and November, you can have a spectacular view of the Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and other neighbouring peaks, covered in snow and glittering in sunlight.



    Highlights
    : A small 2 kilometre detour leads you to Dzongdrakha Goemba, an architectural complex perched on a high ridge and consists of four chapels and a Chorten.

    Location
    : Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan.

    Timing
    : Best time to visit is October to November when the skies are clear.

    Prices
    : N/A
  • 27Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten) (Thimphu)

    Image Credit :  kartografia
    Memorial Chorten is one of the most important religious places for Bhutanese people where they worship daily. Throughout the day people walk round the perimeter of the Chorten as a holy ritual. Built in 1974, it is an outstanding illustration of Buddhist culture and architecture.

    The whitewashed structure is crowned by a golden spire and is carved with intricate patterns. The spire emanates with the golden glow with the first ray of morning sunlight. The Chorten houses detailed paintings and numerous Buddha statutes.

    Image Credits : Birger Hoppe



    Highlights
    : On going inside the Chorten, you can climb to the top to go out on the third floor terrace which is quite a tranquil place.

    Best time to visit
     : The Chorten is in the morning with the golden spire glowing in the sun rays.

    Location
    : The Chorten is located on Doeboom Lam in Thimphu near the Indian Military Hospital.

    Timing
    : 07:00 am - 09:00 am

    Price
    : N/A
  • 28Punakha Suspension Bridge (Punakha)

    Image Credit : Nagarjun Kandukuru
    The Punakha valley of Bhutan is offers a mesmerizing view of natural beauty to the beholder. Amidst this natural setting lies the second longest suspension bridge of the country. Built high on the river Po Chu, this arched wooden bridge connects the Punakha Dzong with Punakha City and the smaller villages scattered in the valley. A visit to this Bridge is must if you are seeking a bit of thrill and adrenaline pump in your body while surrounding amidst natural beauty.

    Image Credits : Razlan



    Highlights: Crossing the bridge is a fun in its own way. However, do not forget to make a visit to the nearby Punakha Dzong, a beautiful ancient fortress which houses valuable relics of time immemorial.

    Location
    : Located 10 minutes drive away Punakha Dzong, the bridge connects the mainland and the nearby villages and Dzong.

    Timing
    : The best time to visit it is 9 AM in the morning.

    Price
    : N/A
  • 29Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten (Punakha)

    Image Credit : Hriday
    Standing regally on the hill above the Punakha valley, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of beautiful traditions and architecture of Bhutan. The temple was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother for warding off the negative forces and bringing peace and harmony for all the living beings. The thing that sets this Chorten apart is that it was built on the principals described in the Holy Scriptures rather than modern engineering manuals. The golden spire and intricate wall patterns are fine example of art and tradition of Bhutan.

    Image Credits : Juliette's



    Highlight
    : Enjoy the panoramic view of the valley from the top of the Chorten. The little hike to reach the Chorten will take you to the adventurous suspension bridge and the lush green rice fields.

    \Location
    : Located in Punakha Valley the hill at which the Chorten is standing is half hour drive from Punakha Dzong.

    Timing
    : N/A

    Prices
    : N/A
  • 30Clock Tower Square (Thimphu)

    Image Credit :  Andrea Williams
    Clock Tower Square is a famous landmark in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The tower has total of four clocks one on each side and has some interesting and beautiful artistic carvings and paintings.

    There are dragons which are crafted by hands, truly depicting the Bhutan as Land of Thunder Dragon. Intricate flower designs add to the beauty of the tower. The structure is a splendid example of the country’s find architecture, traditions and artwork. Small three storied buildings surround the structure with shops and restaurants.

    Image Credits : Andrea Williams



    Highlight
    : Spend some time on the square to watch and admire the life of Bhutanese people. Savour the cuisines served at food joints nearby. Concerts keep happening in the square and if you are lucky, you will get to enjoy one.

    Location
    : The tower is located below Norzin Lam in the centre of the national capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.

    Timing
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  • 31Tango Buddhist Institute (Thimphu)

    The Tango Bhuddist institute was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in 13th century. The place is renowned for the beautiful monastery set in the backdrop of spending natural beauty. The institute houses many statues. An amazing place to go for hike or meditation, Tango Bhuddist institute offers a great view of the surrounding Thimphu valley.

    The ground floor of the institute is the temple of Trulku for worship of Buddha. It consists of a huge gold and copper Buddha statue. The second floor houses a gold and copper statue of Avalokiteshvara. The third floor also consists of temples, statues and relics.


    Highlights
    : Enjoy the exhilarating half day hike amidst the beauty of the lush green Thimphu valley to reach the Institute. Meditate in the institute for inner peace and harmony.

    Location
    : The Institute is located 14 kilometres from the capital city Thimphu.

    Timing
    : 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Price
    : N/A
  • 32Kurje Lhakhang (Bumthang)

    Image Credit : Terry Feuerborn
    One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, Krje Lhakhang consists of three temples which are surrounded by 108 Chorten walls. The first and the oldest structure of the three, was constructed on the rock where Guru Rinpoche meditated. The second building is also called the Sampa lhundrup temple and houses a colossal statue of Guru Rinpoche.

    The third building is known as Ka Gon Phur sum lhakhang dedicated to the happiness of all living beings in the kingdom.

    Image Credits : Bob Witlox



    Highlights
    : It is one of the most beautiful and sacred sites in Bumthang. It offers much to explore and learn about Guru Rinpoche and the culture, tradition and faith of Bhutanese people. Explore various images, statues and elaborate paintings of deities.

    Location
    : Located 5 kms from Bumthang district on the bank of Chamkhar River. It takes 12 minutes drive from Bathpalathang Airport.

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

    Price
    : 600 BTN.
  • 33Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery (Punakha)

    The magnificent and tranquil Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery sits atop a hill and commands the view of the gorgeous Punakha valley and Wangduephodrang valley. Standing amidst the lush pine trees, this structure is a beautiful demonstration of fine architecture and tradition of Bhutan.

    The gleaming white washed walls are complemented by the richly carved woods painted in black, red and golden colour and decorated with illustrious designs. The temple is home to a colossal 14 feet bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara. There are several other statues inside the temple. Inside the complex there is a meditation centre of nuns.


    Highlights
    : The temple provides a gorgeous view of the surrounding value and tranquil environment for peace and meditation. You also get an opportunity for bird watching and witnessing river smoke, an interesting and rare natural phenomenon.

    Location
    : The temple complex is located in Wangdue.

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Prices
    : N/A
  • 34Changangkha Lhakhang (Thimphu)

    Image Credit : Denis De Mesmaeker
    Perched on top of a ridge above Thimphu, Changangkha Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Thimphu. The temple was built in 12th century and houses the central statue of Chenrizig, a manifestation of Avolokitesawara with eleven heads and thousand arms.

    It offers a stunning view of the surrounding Thimphu valley from the top. The structure is a fine example of Bhutanese faith, tradition and architecture. There are a number of black and golden coloured prayer wheels in the temple. The prayer book in this temple is larger than other Bhutanese manuscripts.

    Image Credits : Bob Witlox



    Highlights
    : In the evening, this place offers an opportunity of witnessing the spectacular sight of setting sun on the city. Drop by the paper workshop on the way to temple to view the process of making papers.

    Location
    : Located in Thimpu, it is just 10 minutes drive from the main market.

    Timing
    : 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

    Prices
    : N/A
  • 35Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge (Paro)

    Image Credit : Carsten ten Brink
    Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge is an iron chain bridge built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo and is the access route to the famous Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong. Built in early fifteenth century, the bridge has stood the test of time.

    Built on the mighty Paro Chhu River, the bridge offers a small adventurous ride to the Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong amidst the beautiful hilly sight, gushing river water underneath, lush green Paro Valley and the spectacular view of the Dzong above. To visit the Dzong, you must cross this iron bridge. At first you may feel a bit apprehension but walking on the bridge is quite a fun activity.

    Image Credits : Andrea Williams



    Highlights
    : Built to make the remote parts of Bhutan accessible, this bridge offers a fun trip. The brightly coloured prayer flags and stunning natural beauty makes the trip worth.

    Location
    : The Bridge is located along Paro-Thimphu highway, in the Paro Valley

    Timing
    : N/A

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  • 36Phobjikha Valley

    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    A perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers, Phobjikha valley in Bhutan is one of the most spectacular natural settings one may find in Bhutan. Located on the incline of Black Mountains Park, this bowl shaped glacial valley an important wildlife preserve land of the country as it sits on the edge of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

    With an assortment of flora and fauna species, this valley provides an excellent opportunity to experience the wildlife from close. The biggest draw to the valley is black-necked cranes. Apart from that one can also see Himalayan black bears, sambars, leopards and red foxes among other mammal species.

     

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    Highlights
    : Visit to the Gangte Goemba, a magnificent Bhutanese architecture that provides a spectacular view of the entire valley. Get all the information you need about the black necked cranes at Black-Necked Crane Information Centre.

    Location
    : Wangdue district.

    Timing
    : N/A

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  • 37Drametse Goemba

    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers
    One of the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan, Drametse Goemba is a place of religious significance. The Drametse literally translates into ‘a peak without enemy’. It was founded in 1511 Ani Choten Zangmo.

    The complex houses a gold funeral Chorten and a statue of Pema Lingpa. It also consists of a thondrol depicting Pema Lingpa in a box which only opens up during a yearly festival. Apart from that there are also chapels in remembrance of Palden Lhamo and Tamdrin.


    Highlights
    : Partake in the sacred ritual where you can receive a holy thread on making an offering and get blessings by the holy dagger. If you want, you can roll a dice to get the divine reading from their ancient book of divination.

    Location
    : The monastery is an eighteen kilometre detour and hour drive from the road that takes you to Trashigang from Mongar.

    Timing
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  • 38Drukgyel Dzong

    Image Credit : Denis De Mesmaeker
    The remnants of once flourishing Drukgeyl Dzong echo many stories. The Dzong sits on a path that connects Paro Valley to the Tibet through the Tremo La pass. In the past, it was a significant trade route and the Dzong was a major administrative centre. In 1951, the Dzong was destroyed by a fire and the charred walls and beams are still visible.

    The complex consists of a Chorten, chapel and ruins of big towers. An adventurous climb leads you to the ruins where you can admire the once proud and regal building.

    Image Credits : Stefan Krasowski



    Highlight
    : There is something mystical about taking a walk in the historical ruins of the Dzong. On the way you can get a view of the majestic Mount Jhomolhari's snow laden peak, on a clear day.

    Location
    : The Dzong is located in Paro valley and is about 25 minutes drive away from Paro International Airport.

    Price
    : N/A
  • 39Wangchu River

    The mighty rivers of Bhutan offer great opportunity for various water sports. Wang Chhu River is a Himalayan river and tributary of majestic Brahmaputra River. The Bhutan river tours are designed to let you enjoy the adventurous sports of kayaking and rafting in the rivers of Bhutan. The bustling capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is located on the banks of Wang Chhu.

    On the east side of the river, you can see the striking SAARC building. Samtenling Palace, the resident of king, can also be sighted from the river. Fluttering colourful flags on the banks make a beautiful sight.



    Highlights: Look for kayaking and rafting opportunities. The 4 Km run from Wang Chhu to lower run offers challenging water course suitable for experts. You can also try for trout fishing in the river.

    Location
    : The lively capital city of Thimphu is situated at the banks of Wang Chhu.

    Price
    : N/A