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Tourist Places To Visit In Bhutan
Surrounded by snow peaked mountains, pristine rivers, and green valleys, Bhutan is a peaceful country dotted by monasteries and dzongs, and sheer natural beauty. The fresh air and greenery here offer a pleasant getaway for travelers. And the tranquil air of the monasteries and hills all around offer a rejuvenating experience. If you are planning to visit this magical Himalayan kingdom, here's our top picks of places you must visit in Bhutan.
It is believed that somewhere in the 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew in from Tibet on the back of a flying tigress to Bhutan and landed here where he meditated before preaching Buddhism to the people of Bhutan; hence this monastery is one of the most important places in Bhutan. The monastery is located on a granite cliff in the high mountains of Paro. Hidden away in the clouds, the sight from the monastery can take your breath away. Travellers can trek up to the monastery; the trek can take up to 2 hours and is completely worth it. The Taktsang Monastery is also referred to as the Tiger's nest because of the tale of the Guru Rimpoche.
The second largest and oldest monastery in Bhutan is truly a sight to cherish. Placed in between two rivers, the Pho Chu (male) and the Mo Chu (female), surrounded by lilac colored Jacaranda trees and the perfect climate, the monastery is rightly called the ‘Palace of Happiness’. A three-hour drive to the east from the capital city of Thimpu, Punakha Dzong is a must see in Bhutan. The monastery also houses relics from the past of various kings allowing visitors a peek into the rich history of Bhutan.
Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimpu
The 169 feet Buddha statue situated in the capital city of Thimpu is believed to have fulfilled the prophecy of Yogi Sonam Zangpo that a statue will be erected in the region to bestow blessings, peace, and happiness to the world. The statue also commemorates the centennial of the Bhutanese Monarchy. With about thousand smaller Buddha statues made out of gold and bronze, this is one place if you have to visit if you plan a trip to Bhutan. The statue is visible from almost anywhere in Thimpu and the view of the city from here is amazing.
Found on the road to Punakha from Thimpu, the Dochula pass is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. With a breath-taking view of the snow-clad peak of the Gangkar Puensum in the background and 108 stupas or chortens built in the memory of soldiers, the pass is one of the most famous places in Bhutan. The pass is adjacent to the first botanical garden in Bhutan, the Royal Botanical Garden and gives you a view of the beautiful Rhododendron garden that the botanical garden houses.
Sometimes known as the ‘bride of the Kanchenjunga’, Jomolhari is believed to be the abode of the goddess Jomo who was a disciple of Guru Rimpoche and was bound by oath to him to protect the people of the region. The splendid snow-clad peak of the Jomolhari is at an elevation of around 7000 meters. The glacial lakes and the view of the valleys will make you feel like you are in paradise. The Jomolhari trek, one of the toughest treks in the region is also a popular attraction. Trekkers are rewarded with the mind-blowing view that awaits them here.
Head to Phobjikha Valley during November. Watch hoards of Black-necked cranes migrate to the valley. Enjoy the endless views, the distant snow-peaked mountains and the lush forests surrounding the valley all around. This is the perfect destination for hikers. Just pack a filling snack and head out.