Monday, 27 February 2017

Checklist for Your Bhutan Trip – Do Not Miss the Best!

Bhutan is the country, which is blessed with picturesque landscape and monuments that describe fine imprints of architecture. This is the Himalayan nation where you can explore the rich heritage and culture. These tourist attractions in Bhutan should be definitely included in your itinerary plan.

Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong can narrate you the tales of how Bhutanese warriors protected Bhutan from invasions during the 17th century. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal constructed this Dzong in 1646 to celebrate his victory over Tibetan invaders. A massive fire destroyed the Dzong in 1951. The central tower and the outer walls remain an imposing sight.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong, the palace of great bliss was built by Zhabdrung in 1637. Ugyen Wangchuk, the first king of Bhutan was crowned at this Dzong on December 17, 1907. The dzong accommodates a temple named Machen Lhakhang where the mummified body of Zhabdrung is enshrined. Punakha Dzong was damaged once by a quake, once by flood and six times by fire.

Rinpung and Ta Dzong

People offered crag of Hungrel at Paro to Lama Drung Drung Gyal in the 15th century. Drung Drung Gyal constructed a small temple. Later a five-storied fortress was constructed which was known as Hungrel Dzong.

Shabdrung dismantled the existing dzong and laid new foundations in 1644. The dzong was reconstructed in 1646 and was established as a monastic and administrative centre of the western region. The new Dzong was named as Rinpung Dzong.

Chimi Lhakhang

While travelling in Bhutan, visiting Chimi Lhakhang is a must. Chimi Lhakhang is revered and a popular temple, which lies on the outskirts of the fertile valley of Lobesa where the borders of Wangduephodrang Punakha and Thimphu districts merge. The temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Chimi Lhakhang is considered as the temple of fertility.

Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong is a fortress and Buddhist monastery that lies in the northern part of Thimphu city. The fortress is also located on the western bank of the Wang Chu river. The fortress is the of the Druk Desi who is the head of the civilian government of Bhutan.

Gangtey Goenpa

Gangtey Goenpa falls on the way to Tongsa. The way is covered with dense forests comprising of Rhododendrons and Oak. Gantey Goenpa is around 60 km away from Wangdue. Gangtey Goenpa is the only Nyingmapa monastery, which is located in western Bhutan.

Gangtey Goenpa is located on a ridge that overlooks the Phobjikha valley. Gyase Pema Thinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa founded the Gangtey Goenpa in 1613.


Phobjikha is a glacial valley that lies on the outskirts of the northwestern tip of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley is located at an altitude of 9840 ft. The valley is famous for the alpine wetland.

Phobjika houses a conservation area which is located at the northern boundary range of Jowo Dashing range. The vegetation that can be found at hillside comprises of pine. When you visit this valley, you can also have views of black-necked cranes, which migrates during winter from Siberia and Tibet every year.

These are the places of attractions which you should include in your trip to Bhutan. This kind of trip definitely enriches your knowledge regarding Bhutanese culture.     

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