Places To Visit In Bhutan
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Tourist Places In Bhutan
The number of people who have heard about the opportunity to explore the historical sites in Bhutan is surprisingly low, given how beautiful the country is. Surrounded by the Indian states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal and Tibet China on one hand, Bhutan is a secret gem hidden away from the gaze of the outer world. Mysterious monasteries, long-lost relics, trekking routes, majestic mountain crests and the indomitable legend of the Shangri-La together make Bhutan sightseeing a dream absolution from wanderlust.
Here are the different places to visit in Bhutan and you must try to cover them, no matter how small the trip is.
1. Taktsang Monastery, Paro
Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is among the most visited and significant Bhutan tourist attractions. The cluster of the golden peaks of the monastery can be seen on the steep climb up to the place. The secluded place where the highly respected Monastery stands were the abode of Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, where he meditated for three whole years and then emerged in eight incarnated forms. It is said that he literally brought in his knowledge about this path to the land of Bhutan, and he rode on the back of a tigress which gave this place its name. Taktsang Monastery, being one of the best Bhutan places to visit also offers a spectacular view of the Paro valley, cuddling in between the high, green and brown peaks of the Bhutan Himalayas.
2. Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa
There are many dzongs among the Bhutan tourist places. They are complexes that incorporate both spiritual and administrative institutions. It resembles a fortress-like architecture with towering exteriors and extensive interiors. Trongsa Dzong is the largest dzong fortress-monastery of Bhutan, located in the heart of the country overlooking the Mangde Chhu River. The colossal size of the Trongsa Dzong complex will leave you bewildered as you tread through the various halls and prayer rooms. This place was once the ancestral home of the Wangchuck dynasty, which is responsible for the unification and formation of modern Bhutan after the successive civil wars of 19th century. They are still the constitutional monarchs of the country, but operations have moved to the capital Thimphu. However, Trongsa Dzong still holds its importance as the place where it all started, and, thus, is one of the Bhutan points of interest.
3. Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu
Situated very poetically right at the foot of the hills of Thimphu, the Buddha Dordenma Statue is a great Bhutan destination. The 169 feet tall statue is a larger-than-life recreation of the Bodhisattva. This statue is a tribute to the good work Lord Buddha did in the hills of Bhutan and his propagation of the faith of Buddhism. The gold and bronze statue, with the familiar serene smile, sitting on a full-bloomed lotus, is a landmark of Thimphu.
4. Gangteng Monastery, Gangteng
The Gangteng Monastery is one of the most important institutions of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism and an equally important Bhutan attraction. The edifice of the monastery emerges like the sacred shrine it is amidst snow-covered firs and spruces in the Gangteng village of Wangdue Phodrang district in central Bhutan. A visit to this tourist destination in Bhutan is important because Gangteng monastery is a revered seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition – one of Bhutan’s greatest spiritual patrons. The timber front-pieces carved on the façade of the monastery, embellished with gargoyles gives it a mysterious look. During winters, the area around Gangteng becomes a hunting ground for rare black cranes.
5. Simply Bhutan, Thimphu
Located in the capital, Simply Bhutan is an underrated museum that reflects brilliantly the culture, customs, cuisine, and tradition not only through displays but live performances and thematic storytelling as well. It is a unique experience to get a glimpse of the entire country under one roof.
Taktsang Monastery In Paro
Situated in western Bhutan, Paro Taktsang is perhaps the most significant Buddhist site in the country. The elaborate complex of this monastery, with red and golden peaks perches along a hanging cliff-side in the upper Paro valley, surrounded by the lushest of greens. Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, is belie...
- Taktsang Monastery
Rinpung Dzong In Paro
Rinpung Dzong is the main fortress-monastery of Paro which houses the monastic body and the governmental and administrative departments in its complex. This is the basic characteristic of any dzong in Bhutan, and Rinpung Dzong of Paro is no exception. It belongs to the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu School, and the stories of ...
- Rinpung Dzong
Kyichu Lhakhang In Paro
Only 4.7 km away from the centre of the Paro town is the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang – the Sacred Jewel of Bhutan. Inside the complex of this temple lies the oldest shrine that stands in Tibet – the Jowo Temple. The first temple in the Kyichu Lhakhang premises was built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD. The legend my...
- Kyichu Lhakhang
Drukgyel Dzong In Paro
Drukgyel Dzong stands in the upper part of Paro district as a reminiscence of a glorious past and a tragic present, much like most constructions of the medieval age. The other dzongs that one can see in Bhutan are fully or partially functional, with monastic bodies and government departments operating from within the comple...
- Drukgyel Dzong
Paro Airport Bird's Eye Viewpoint In Paro
A town in the Paro Valley of Bhutan, Paro is a place of many sacred sites and historical monuments throughout the place. With streets rich in decorated buildings, small houses and traditional architecture, Bhutan’s sole international airport, Paro is definitely is a significant part of Bhutan. “The most difficult commercial...
Tashichho Dzong In Thimphu
Built on the right side of the Wangchu River, the Tashichho Dzong Thimphu is the seat of the Bhutanese Government since 1952. The fortress is also known as Thimphu Dzong, and the site has been witness to crucial moments in the history of Bhutan. The fortress was first constructed in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa and re...
- Tashichho Dzong
Buddha Dordenma In Thimphu
The Buddha Dordenma is located at the southern entrance to the Thimphu Valley in the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park. The 51.5 m tall bronze statue is gilded in gold and is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma Statue houses 100,000 8-inch Buddha statues and 125,000 12-inch Buddha statues, effe...
- Big Buddha Temple
Simtokha Dzong In Thimphu
The Simtokha Dzong is one of the first Dzongs built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629 and is said to be the first Dzong in Bhutan whose entire structure has survived for so long when compared to the other Dzongs in the country. Simtokha Dzong Bhutan occupies a key strategic location in the Thimphu valley and guards the e...
Changangkha Lhakhang In Thimphu
Changangkha Lhakhang Bhutan, built in the 12th-century temple, is the oldest temple in Bhutan and has been visited daily by the locals for the past 800 years. Although the exact date or year of its foundation is unknown, history of Changangkha Lhakhang suggests Phajo Drugom Zhigpo as the person who also founded the Drukpa ...
Motithang Takin Preserve In Thimphu
The Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife preserve for the national animal of Bhutan, takin. It is located in the Motithang district of Thimphu and is a place of great significance and local folklore in Bhutan. The 8.4 hectares of forest was fenced to be used as a preserve after the Takin was declared the national animal o...
- Motithang Takin Preserve
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Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.
Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bagdogra airports have direct flights to Paro in Bhutan.
Indians do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. Traveling in Phuentsholing area is open for any Indian upon producing authentic ID card. However, to travel the rest of the country, permission is needed which can be retrieved by any agency for the same.
The main currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. But Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan except the new 500 and 2000 notes.
There are buses from Kolkata to Thimphu and from Siliguri bus station, NJP station or Bagdogra station to Phuentsholing border.
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