10 Things You Ought to Do When in Bhutan- Chapter 1

This blog Post is divided into two parts since no amounts of words can do justice to the beauty of Bhutan. Still we have tried our best that you are able to get an idea what you are missing if you haven’t visited this beautiful country. 10 is just a sheer number when you talk about tourist attractions in Bhutan, but these 10 places are something you ought to visit at least once in your lifetime.

Tiger Nest Monastery

Tiger Nest Monastery

Tiger Nest Monastery is one of the most popular tourist destination in Bhutan. This building is a Buddhist temple situated on a cliff at the height of 3120 m above the sea level in the Paro Valley.

The only way to visit Tiger Nest Monastery is through a trek on the mountain path, since it is in an isolated location on a mountain cliff. However, once you reach the Monastery, you will forget everything about the arduous journey and will be mesmerized by the beauty of the place.

Punakha Festival

Punakha Festival

This festival is celebrated in every district and every Dzong across Bhutan. It is an annual thing there, more like a National Festival. Punakha festival spans for 3-4 days with people all over Bhutan attending it in their best attire to stand out in this colorful festival. It is also a primary source of tourist attraction due to its unique and mesmerizing nature. The people of Bhutan practice for months before the final celebrations as they perform dances with masks in front of a huge audience. Another attractive feature of this festival is the common place where everyone eat and make merry.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Thimphu(formerly called Thimbu) is the capital city of this beautiful landlocked kingdom. This city is the center of all the financial, religious and administrative activities held within the Kingdom. Even the Royal family of Bhutan reside in the Tashichho Dzong situated in Thimphu. Apart from this Dzong the city of Thimphu has many more tourist attractions. Like the National Memorial Chorten, the Statue of Buddha in Dordenma(highest statue of Buddha which is gilded in gold), the Museum of Folk Heritage, the farmer’s market in Centenary(Largest weekend market for the farmers of the country), the paper factory(visitors can see how the traditional paper is handmade), and the Simtokha Dzong.

Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass

It is a mountain pass high up in the Himalayas accessible via foot(Trek) or via your hired vehicle. It is a point from where you can gain access to the 108 memorial Chortens(stupas of Buddha) if you are in Thimphu. Dochula pass offers a fabulous view of snow covered Gangkar Puensum( or Mt. Masang Gang, the highest peak in Bhutan). The weather at this pass is mostly chilly and foggy, as it is situated at a height of 3100 m above the sea level. All along the pass, you can witness various flag signifying various forces of nature. Blue(Sky), Red(Fire), White(clouds), Yellow(Earth), Green (Water) with inscribed Buddhist sculptures for the peace, and prosperity of Bhutan.

Chimi Lhakhang

Chimi Lhakhang

It is a Buddhist Monastery situated in Punakha. After you reach Punakha from Thimphu via the Dochula pass, you are bound to enjoy the beauty of the valley. If you are here then it is highly recommended that you spare some time for the Chimi Lhakhang Monastery. The story behind this monastery is also fascinating. It was built to trap the Demon of Dochu La after his encounter with the wise Lama Kunley and his magical thunderbolt of wisdom. He was subdued after the encounter and trapped in a rock near the present Chorten. Another fascinating fact about Lama Kunley was his unorthodox teaching styles. Instead of preaching his pupils, the wise Lama enlightened his students via his humor and supposedly outrageous behavior. The monastery of Chimi Lhakhang is also visited by thousand of childless couples so that they can be bestowed upon with a child.

If these places weren’t enough to entice you to visit Bhutan then I dare you to read our next blog and then say the same.


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KH Zaman
Buffalo, New York



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