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Four Tourist Attractions worth visiting in Bhutan

Bhutan travel introduction

Bhutan is one of the few countries in the world that preserves a good natural ecological environment. Today, Bhutan has attracted a lot of tourists who want a trip to Bhutan with deep memories. Because of its long-lost mystique and ancient Buddhist culture attracting tourists from all over the world, historic temples, Lhakhang and Dzong, beautiful rivers and mountains and colorful lakes make Bhutan known as the last Shangri-La ( last Shangri la). Therefore, the number of tourists to Bhutan is increasing year by year.

Sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the Himalayas, Bhutan has a mild climate that rarely experiences extreme weather. The monsoon season is from June to August every year, and the continuous heavy rain will break the road. The winter months of January and February are relatively cold, and the heavy snow will make it impossible to pass through the pass, which is not suitable for travel.

Every year in early April and early October are the main Buddhist festivals (Tshechu, Ceqiu) all over Bhutan. There are usually three-day activities, where you can see traditional Bhutanese songs and dances, as well as activities such as the Vajra Dharma dance, making it an ideal time for tourists to visit Bhutan. Then will introduce you to four places worth visiting in Bhutan.

1. Paro Taktsang

Paro Taktsang (also known as Taktshang Goemba, Taktsang Palphug Monastery, and the Tiger's Nest) is the holiest Buddhist Monastery in Bhutan. It is known as one of the top 10 super temples in the world. Paro Taktsang sits on a 3,000-foot cliff face in the Paro Valley. Legend has it that the second Buddha, Master Padmasambhava, flew through the area on a tiger and meditated in a cave, now Paro Taktsang, making it a place of Buddhist enlightenment.

Master Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) is the secret Kaiji ancestor of Tibet, is one of the most respected patriarchs of Tibetan Buddhism, and is a famous tantric master and "demon" expert at that time, known for "magic" and "magic". He is also the founder of the Nyingma School (Red religion), for the Amitabha Buddha, Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, Sakyamuni Tathagata, and other bodies meaning three secret gold. Master Padmasambhava was born in Wuzhanga (modern Pakistan) in western India and raised by king Inzabodhi as crown prince. Because of its metagenesis in the lake lotus, it is called "lotus". Padmasambhava is believed to be a metamorphosis intended by Amitabha Buddha, who personally demonstrates the true meaning of birth and death. He was the most important teacher who established the complete system of listening, thinking, and practicing of Buddhism, Dharma, and monks in Tibet.


Paro Taktsang Bhutan

2. Tashichho Dzong

"Dzong" was founded by Bhutan's first theocratic leader, Lama Ngawang Namgya, in the early 17th century. It is a Lamaism monastery and castle building that integrated government, religion, and dharma. Almost every important valley in Bhutan has "Dzong" as a fortress to defend against external invasion. Tashichho Dzong is a prestigious Buddhist monastery, the current office of the King of Bhutan, and the residence of the national religious head of Bhutan, the Dharma King, and the central religious institution. Tashichho Dzong is a prestigious Buddhist monastery in Bhutan and the government center of the capital Thimphu.

It was built in the 13th century at an altitude of 2,500 meters and stands solemnly on the west bank of the Wangchu River. The floor structure of Tashichho Dzong Temple is 2 floors, and the outer walls are painted with white lime. Each of the four corners of the Dzong is composed of a golden-topped tower that is higher than the main building. In the center of the castle is the square building mansion of the chief. The road to the left and right leads to the square and the room.

Although damaged by several fires and earthquakes, King Jigme, Dorji, and Wangchuck III carried out comprehensive renovation and expansion of the monastery for more than 5 years. As a government office, Tashichho Dzong Temple was used until 1952. The monastery still retains the throne and office of the king, as well as a place for the royal family to discuss family affairs and conduct meetings with guests.


Tashichho Dzong-the government center of the capital Thimphu

3. Punakha Dzong

Built in 1636, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest monastery in Bhutan.
Bhutanese believe that whenever two rivers or two roads meet, it is the concentration of the Holy Spirit. Punakha Dzong is between the two main tributaries, the mother river MoChu and the father river PhoChu. Trees and ancient trees are towering, the little monks walk by in groups, and their hearts are as calm as a mirror in an instant.

Architectural Features of Punakha Dzong

The pillars of the main hall of Punakha Dzong are all carved with copper skin, the content is mainly auspicious patterns of flowers and plants, and then the whole body is gilded, and its length is about 5 meters; some doors and windows are also gilded with the whole copper skin, but there is no carving. The door frame is decorated with colorful carvings, which match it, showing the boldness and unique artistic charm of Bhutanese in color innovation. This grotesque contrast, which only Tibetan Buddhist art has dared to apply and persist for centuries, is astounding.


Punakha Dzong-the second oldest monastery in Bhutan

4. Motithang Takin Preserve

Motithang Takin Preserve (also known as Royal Takin Preserve), located in Motithang District, Thimphu city, Bhutan, is a wildlife sanctuary for Bhutan's national animal, the takin. Originally a mini zoo, it was converted into a sanctuary when animals were found not to inhabit the surrounding forest even when released. The reason for the proclamation of the takin as the national animal (Budorcas tax color) of Bhutan on November 25, 2005, is due to the legend that the lama Drukpa Kunley created the animal in Bhutan in the 15th century.

The national animal of Bhutan, the takin, is a sheep-headed and cow-shaped animal that can only be seen in Bhutan. Legend has it that the mad sage Lama Jukakula created takin from animal bones. It is a typical alpine species, often inhabiting alpine forests and meadows above 2,500 meters, and migrates to rocky areas in coniferous forests below 2,500 meters in winter.

While a handful of takins are being held in a "mini zoo" in Thimphu, the king of Bhutan thinks it is inappropriate for a Buddhist country to keep animals in custody for religious and environmental reasons. So he ordered the release of the animals and the closure of the mini zoo. To everyone's surprise, the takin, known for their docile behavior, refused to leave the surrounding area and wandered the streets of Thimphu for weeks in search of food.

Given that these animals have actually been domesticated, it was decided to keep them in closed forest habitat on the edge of Thimphu, thus creating a takin sanctuary near Motitang. A 3.4-hectare (8.4-acre) area has been demarcated and fenced off for the reserve. With the joint efforts of the Royal Government of Bhutan and WWF, WWF (Bhutan), improvements were made in 2004, including traditional-style entrance gates, a small information center, signage, and waste bins. Motithang Takin Reserve has always been an integral part of Thimphu city and is an ongoing tourist attraction.


Takin-Only be seen in Bhutan

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