Located in the Himalayas, between the Tibetan and India, Bhutan is a small nation owning wonderful natural landscapes and works with the ancient and magnificent beauty. Ten most famous tourist attractions showed in below will help travelers learn more about this small and charming country.
Nestled on a granite cliff with over 3,000 meters in height above sea level, Taktsang Monastery is not only one of Bhutan’s most sacred places, but one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan that standing there, visitors can see overview scenery of Paro valley as well. This monastery is also known as Taktsang Palphug. It is respected by Buddhists and Bhutanese people because it is associated with the life and the process of the enlightenment of Padmasambhava.
2. Druk Wangyal Chorten Tower and Dochula Tower
Druk Wangyal Chorten Tower and Dochula Tower are two of the 108 towers scattered over the Dochula Pass at over 3,000 meters in height above the Himalayas, representing 108 Buddha teachings. Druk Wangyal Chorten Tower was built in 2004 by the Empress Dowager of Bhutan. According to a legend, Dochula was built in order to banish a demon that often arrested people on the Dochula Pass. These towers are on the list of the most impressive tourist destinations in Bhutan. Standing on Druk Wangyal Chorten Tower and Dochula Tower, visitors can behold the beauty of the pass that connects Thimphu – the only capital in the world with no traffic light system and the eastern Buhtan.
3. Punakha Fortress
Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Punakha fortress, also known as Great Palace, is used to be the capital as well as the center of Bhutan thanks to its great location (lying at 1,200 in height above sea level and between two famous rivers – Pho Chu and Mo Chu River). Because of its temperate climate and good drainage, this site owns many vast lush rice paddies and abundant in fresh fruits that are rated as Bhutan’s specialties.
4. Trongsa Fortress
Built in the mountain located above the dam in Mandge Chu river, Trongsa fortress plays the most important role for the people settling in Bhutan because it has been the home of the Bhutan kings since 1907. Moreover, this fortress also is the place to control the crowed trade routes from the east to west of Bhutan.
5. Chorten Kora
Made of white stone, Chorten Kora looks extremely elegant and luxurious. It took 12 years to complete this building. Located in the Karmaling valley in the east of Bhutan, Chorten Kora is considered to be one of the earliest Buddhist architectural constructions in Bhutan. It was built in order to banish evil spirits and preserve many achievements as well as artifacts recording the formation and development of Buddhism in this nation.
6. Kyichu Lhakhang
Built in the 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the two most ancient and sacred temples in Bhutan. It is a combination of two temples built by Songtsen Gampo and Ashi kesang. The thing making this site become special is that the first temple was built in the 7th century and the second temple next to the first one was built in 1968 but their style is the same so it is quite difficult to distinguish them.
7. Tashichho Dzong
Tashichho Dzong is one of the most impressive monasteries located on the banks of Wang Chu river. Built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, this monastery is also known as “Fortress of the Glorious Religion” because this place is the head of Bhutan’s civil government. Moreover, it is also the resort of many Buddhist leaders in the summer so it is a tourist destination not to be missed in Bhutan.
8. Buddha Dordenma statue
It is recognized as one of the world tallest statues made entirely of bronze and gold with 51 meters in height. There are 125,000 small statues inside Dordenma Buddha statue. That makes this site become an exciting place to visit.
9. Weekend market
Besides beholding the majestic natural beauty and splendor buildings, learning about the daily life of the locals in Bhutan is also really interesting and attractive. The weekend market usually opening in Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the great place to help travelers explore Bhutan people’s daily life.
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