List Headline Image
Updated by Pushpitha Wijesinghe on Jan 25, 2016
 REPORT
10 items   1 followers   0 votes   377 views

Top 10 Places to Visit in Bhutan – Exploring the Treasures in Beautiful Bhutan

Fondly referred to as the last Shangri La on earth, Bhutan is a treasure-trove of all things enchanting. A combination of Thunder dragons, ancient fortresses and a world of natural beauty there is a plethora of wonders that you can get carried away by in this part of the world

1

PUNAKHA FESTIVAL

PUNAKHA FESTIVAL

A festival depicting color and tradition, the Punaka is celebrated by hundreds of pilgrims from all over Bhutan where the Bhutanese victory over invading Tibet is reenacted. Battle Scenes are acted and fire crackers are constantly exploding resulting in the colourful Serda (procession) to the river. The fortress Punakha Dzong which is considered to be the most beautiful building in Bhutan serves as a backdrop to this festival.

2

THIMPU

THIMPU

The city of Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan. Adorned with colourful weekend market and quirky shops, museums and landmarks, there is plenty to explore in this part of Bhutan. History is an important part of the capital and the many museums and landmarks stand proof to this. If you are particularly keen on this area don’t miss National Memorial Chorten, built by the third king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. If you are staying at a Paro Hotel like Uma by COMO, Paro, Bhutan this is one city that must be visited.

3

DOCHU LA PASS

DOCHU LA PASS

On any clear day Dochu La pass with its fluttering prayer flags and views over the majestic Himalayas can without a doubt take your breath away. With renowned locations like the ornate Drukwangyal Lhakhang (temple) and the 108 chortens, built by the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo, this is one destination that must not be missed out on.

4

TAKTSANG LHAKHANG

TAKTSANG LHAKHANG

The TAKTSANG LHAKHANG is literally translated to the Tigers Nest and is located high above the Paro Valley perched on a rocky mountainside at 3,000m. Built in the 8th century the site has been a favorite among meditating monks for centuries.

5

GANGTEY

GANGTEY

Gangety is a beautiful village that lies high up on the mountains and boasts two meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu. The scenery is the highlight of Gangety and for nature enthusiasts interested in wildlife this place is paradise

6

TASHICHO DZONG

TASHICHO DZONG

Known as the ‘fortress of glorious religion’, the Tashicho Dzhong was originally built in the 17th century. Rebuilt in the year 1952 the TASHICHO DZONG is used at present as the seat of the Royal Bhutanese Government and is adorned with beautiful gardens all round.

7

KURJE LHAKHANG

KURJE LHAKHANG

Spirituality is strongly emulated in this sacred location which is known for its share of miracles. The KURJE LHAKHANG is also the final resting place of Bhutan’s first three kings.

8

CHIME LHAKHANG

CHIME LHAKHANG

The CHIME LHAKHANG is a temple dedicated to fertility and was constructed in the 16th century. There are many colorful phalluses that decorate the temple which is usually visited by childless couples.

9

TRONGSA

TRONGSA

This is a small town that is dominated by the famous Dzong Perched above the Dzong, the actual town is little more than one street.

10

RUKHA

RUKHA

A remote village in the Jigme Dorje Wangchuk National Park, Rukha is a hidden jewel that can be accessed only via a rope bridge. There is about 20 houses dotted around the hillside all of which are constructed in a traditional manner.