Places to Visit in Bhutan

National Library

The National Library was established in the late 1960s primarily to conserve the literary treasures which form a significant part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. It now houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature mostly in wooden block-printed format, some of them dating back to several hundred years. There is also a section comprising works written…

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Paro Rinpung Dzong

Paro Rinpung Dzong which literally translates into the “Fortress of a heap of jewels,” was built in 1646 under the rule of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, on a hill above Paro township. The story behind this magnificent building is that it was built Ghelchock. His ancestors founded Bhutan’s Drukpa Kagyupa School. Upon his return after completing…

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Royal Textile Academy

Established at a prominent location at Chubachu, Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan (RTA) was formally inaugurated in June 2013. Besides educating, promoting and preserving Bhutanese textiles, RTA plans to create international awareness of Bhutanese textiles. Among other activities, it collects and documents important textiles that are part of Bhutanese textile heritage, and preservation and restoration…

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Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest)

Five kilometres from Kyichu Lhakhang is the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest as it is called) complex. According to legend, the eighth century Buddhist mystic, Guru Padma Sambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche (or the Precious Teacher) landed here on the back of a flying tigress on his second visit to Bhutan, where he meditated for…

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Bumthang

Located on altitudes ranging from 2,600-4,500m. Bumthang is the religious heartland of the country, famous for some of Bhutan’s oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Tales of Guru Padmasambhava and the tertons (“religious treasure-discoverers”) make up the history and legend of this sacred region. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

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Gangtey Goenpa/Phobjikha

In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies scattered on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis), which migrate from the…

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Punakha Dzong (The Palace Of Great Bliss)

Placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre. According to legends, Guru Rinpoche had predicted that a boy named Ngawang will come from the mountain of the Sleeping Elephant and build a…

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Dochu La Pass

Dochula Pass on the way to Punakha from Thimphu is one of the picturesque landmarks. Covered in a forest of rhododendron trees, the pass and the surrounding areas bursts into a riot of colours in April and May. On a clear day, you can see beautiful snow-clad ranges of the eastern Himalayas and gaze all…

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Tashicho Dzong (Fortress Of Glorious Religion)

“Fortress of the glorious religion” was initially constructed in 1641 and restored by the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichhodzong houses government ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. The Third King used to carry logs with other workers during the construction of the dzong. It was his dream that…

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National Memorial Chorten, Thimphu

Built in the memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, popularly known as the father of modern Bhutan; the National Memorial Chorten was consecrated in July 28, 1974. From early morning to late nights, you will find elderly generation circumambulating the Chorten whispering prayers and counting rosary. Many major religious events are organized here….

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