Have you ever dreamt of visiting a different era? Can you hear the calls of the kingdoms that have been secluded for too long? If so, then yield to the call of the mysterious kingdom Bhutan, which remains immersed in the untold myths and legends. Make your dream come true while exploring the centuries-old dzongs and monasteries that are mysteriously established on steep cliffs and on the banks of perennial rivers.
SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN BHUTAN
1. Paro Taktsang:
One of the most prominent historical sites of Bhutan is the Paro Taktsang, probably the best location of Bhutan sightseeing photos. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this place on the back of a tigress and meditated there for 3 long years.
Major attractions: Adventure activities like trekking.
Location: Taktsang trail, Paro Valley, Bhutan.
Visiting hours: 8am-1pm & 2-5pm Oct-Mar 6pm Apr-Sep
2. Punakha Dzong:
Your trip to Bhutan will be incomplete without visiting this iconic landmark of Punakha i.e., the Punakha Dzong. Besides being the country`s second oldest and largest dzong, this historic monument is also the sacred place where the present King of Bhutan and his wife exchanged their vows.
Major attractions: White water rafting.
Location: Punakha and Kuruthang, Bhutan.
Visiting hours: 9am-5pm Jun–mid-Nov 11am-1pm & 3-5pm mid-Nov–May
3. Kurjey Lhakhang Monastery:
The Kurjey Lhakhang Monastery in Bumthang, one of the most revered and sacred monasteries of Bhutan is named after the body print that Guru Rimpoche left on the rock during his meditation. It is also believed that a large tree behind one of the temple buildings is a terma (walking stick)of the Guru.
Major attractions: Impressive architecture of the monasteries and temples, and the rock bearing body imprint of Guru Rimpoche.
Location: Bumthang Valley, Bhutan.
4. Jambay Lhakhang Monastery:
Situated on the borderland of Tibet, Jambhay Lhakhang Monastery is an ancient pilgrimage site built by Songstan Gampo- the mighty Tibetan King. This sacred site has been able to arrest the attention of large tourists to its grand festivals of mid-night sacred naked dances.
Major attractions: Wall paintings, murals, and sacred festivals.
Location: Jakar, Bhutan.
5. Fort Lhuntse:
Dwelling in the eastern province of Bhutan, Fort Lhuentse was erected in the year 1654. Bhutan sightseeing tour remains incomplete without paying a visit to this one of the existing ancient relics which treasures a rich ancient heritage of Bhutan.
Major attractions: Impressive architecture of the fort.
Location: Lhuntse district, eastern Bhutan.
6. Tamshing Lhakhang Monastery:
The Tamshing Lhakhang, one of the most significant Nyingmapa temples in Bhutan is well-known for preserving the teachings of Pema Linga. Local communities pay a daily visit to this spiritual pilgrimage site to offer prayers. At present, the monastery supports the body of 95 monks.
Major attractions: Mask dances during the Tshechu festivals.
Location: Bumthang district, Bhutan.
7. Buddha Dordenma:
The gigantic bronze statue of Shakyamuni glided in gold is the world`s largest statue which sits on a spur overlooking the southern approach of Thimphu. It houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, look like the Buddha Dordema itself.
Major attractions: Buddha statues, valley views.
Location: Thimphu, Bhutan.
So, if history fascinates you, then you must ensure to pay a visit to these top historical places in Bhutan.