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October 21, 2019
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Bhutan Places to Visit

Paro
Paro is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. One can also visit many sacred places here.

Paro Rinpung Dzong
Rinpung means a heap of jewels. This Dzong is the one you see first when you disembark from the Druk Air and enter Bhutan. It was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, unifier of the country under the Drugpa Kagyu sect of Buddhism. The Rinpung Dzong is host to the famous Paro Tsechu festival that is a big tourist attraction.

Taktsang Monastery
Known as “Tiger’s lair” is literally perched on the face of a cliff (900 m) above the Paro valley. The hike up to the monastery takes about 3-4 hours.

Drukgyel Dzong
(Literally meaning winner of Bhutan) is situated at the north end of Paro valley. It was built in 1647 to commemorate a battle victory over Tibetan invaders.

Ta Dzong
(The National Museum) This circular shaped building that is now a museum served as a watchtower for Paro Rinpung Dzong

Kyichu Monastery
This is one of the most sacred and oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th Century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, to subdue the demons that was terrorizing the Himalayan countries.

Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. It has many modern and traditional buildings.

Tashichhoedzong
(The Fortress of the glorious religion) This Dzong was built in 1641 by the Shabdrung. In 1965 Tashichhodzong was rebuilt into its present grandiosity by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to serve as the administrative headquarters for the government and the religious order. Today it houses the seat of Bhutan’s government and houses the office of the King and the chief Abbot that is as par in ranking with the King. It’s courtyard is open to the visitors during the Thimphu Tshechu (festival).

Memorial Chorten
This Stupa was built built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

Cheri Gompa
(The abode of divinity) This monastery was built in 1620 by Nagwang Namgyel, also known as the Shabdrung, who was the first ruler of unified Bhutan. Indeed, the first order of monks from the Tibetan School of the Drukpa Kagyu version of Buddhism was established in Bhutan at this Gompa (Monastery). Today, the monastery is an important seat of religious teaching that attracts monks from around the country who come for refresher courses and spiritual retreats. Curious

Semtokha Dzong
Built in 1627, the oldest fortress. It also serves as an Institute for Language & Culture.

The Institute for Zorig Chusum
(13 traditional arts & crafts):

National Library
It has Bhutan’s history in the form of religious and historical literature.

The Folk Heritage Museum
Founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. This museum gives you a sense of what a traditional Bhutanese home looked like in the medieval days. Many houses in the villages more or less still look like this one.

The Institute of Traditional Medicine
Here one can receive indigenous treatment. It produces it own herbal medicine.

Weekend Market
This is one interesting place for a tourist to visit. Here villagers come to sell their agriculture products from all over the village.

Punakha
Punakha has an altitude of 4420 feet. Until 1955, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan. It is also the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the monk body.

Drukwangyal Chortens at Dochula
A few hours drive from Thimphu to Punakha, you will come across 108 stupas at Dochula. It is built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Depending on the weather one can get a beautiful view of the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas from Dochula, the highest point on this road.

Punakha Dzong
This Dzong was built a year ago before the Wangdi Dzong in 1637. Punakha is much lower in altitude and has an almost sub-tropical climate. It used to be the capital of Bhutan at one point but now serves as winter capital for the monk body that moves their headquarters from Thimphu.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten
It is one of the most beautiful Chorten (Stupa), built by HRH Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, the third Queen.

Wangdiphodrang
This town is located south of Punakha and is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.

Wangdiphodrang Dzong
It was built in 1638 by Shabdrung and situated on top of a hill that overlooks the meeting of two rivers.

Gangtey Goenpa/Phobjikha
Gangtey Goemba ia an old 16th Century private monastery that belongs to a reincarnate (Gangtey Trulku). This imposing building of ancient Tantric Buddhist history (although now being renovated) dominates and overlooks the Phobjikha valley. Inside the monastry are ancient artifacts of Tantric Buddhism (like the mummified body – not wrapped like the Egyptians- 7th Century by the Indian saint Guru Padma Sambhava (known famously as Guru Rimpoche).

The Phobjikha valley is the roosting grounds of the black-necked cranes (grus nigricollis). They are known as Thrung Thrung Karm by the Bhutanese. They arrive like clockwork with the onset of winter and leave just as systematically with spring. There are myths, legends and songs about them; a clear indication of longlasting familiarity with and affection for the cranes. Their arrival and departure in flocks flying with necks and legs outstretched and heavy flapping of their broad wings punctuated with glides is a sight one never tires of.

Trongsa
Trongsa has an altitude of 7,600 feet. It forms the central hub of the kingdom and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched.

Trongsa Dzong
Built in 1648, Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the Royal family. Bothe the first and the second King ruled the country from this ancient seat. All Kings hold the post of Trongsa Penlop prior to being crowned as King.

Ta Dzong
Perched above the Traongsa Dzong. It is a watch tower which once stood guard over the Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion. It is now being turned into a heritage museum.

Bumthang
It has an altitude of 8,530 – 13,125 feet. This is one of the most beautiful valley in Bhutan. There are many old and beautiful Buddhist temples and monasteries. The valley is famous for its production of honey, cheese and yatra (a woolen material that is being used for making Jackets and Blankets and many more).

Jambay Lhakhang
This 108 monasteries is built by King Songtsen Goenpo in the 8th Century to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

Kurje Lhakhang
In the 8th century Guru Padmasambhava (the saint who brought Buddhism to the Himalayan region) was supposed to have mediated here.

Tamshing Lhakhang
It was built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa (a re-incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava) and whose lineage the Royal Family trace their ancestors to.

Jakar Dzong
It is the administrative center for the Bumthang district. The most popular Tshechu (festival) which is performed mostly at night is held in this Dzong.

Mongar

It has an altitude of 5,575. The journey from Mongar to Bumthang is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas crossing the 3,800 m high Trumshingla pass. Mongar marks the beginning of eastern Bhutan. The second largest town in the sub-tropical east, Mongar, like Trashigang further east, is situated on the side of a hill in contrast to other towns of western Bhutan which are built on the valley floor.

Trashigang
It has an altitude of 3,775 feet. This is the largest district in Bhutan and it lies in the far east on the banks of the river Gamri Chu. It was once the center of a busy trade with Tibet. Today it is the junction of the east west highway with road connecting to Samdrupjongkhar and then to the Indian state of Assam. The nomadic people from Merak and Sakten who are remarkable for their exceptional features and costumes use this town as their market place mostly during winter.

Trashigang Dzong
It was built in 1659 and now serves as the administrative seat for the district as well as the home of the monk body. The Dzddong commands a remarkable view of the surrounding countryside.

Gom Kora
It is said that the Guru mediated in this place to subdue a demon that dwelt in a big rock. A temple was then built.

Trashiyangtse
It has an altitude of 6000 feet. It is also home to the Black Necked Crane especially in Bumdeling. This is the eastern most part of Bhutan and borders Arunachal Pradesh in India.

Chorten Kora
It is similar to the stupa fo Boudhanath in Nepal and was built in 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday. During the second month of the lunar calendar an interesting celebration known as “Kora” takes place here when people from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh also join in the festivities.

Samdrupjongkhar
The road from Trashigang to Samdrupjongkhar was completed in the 1960s and it enables the eastern part of the country to access and benefit from trade with the south as well as across the Indian border. There is little for travelers to see in this area but it is used as more of a convenient exit town.

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