The sights of Bhutan are a huge number of important Buddhist monasteries and temple complexes, historical monuments and the amazingly beautiful untouched nature of the Himalayas.
The main attraction of the capital Thimphu is the 350-year-old royal residence, the Fortress of the Blessed Religion. Now government institutions are located here, and once the largest monastery in the country for 2,000 monks worked. It is also worth seeing the memorial stupa of the third king of Bhutan “chorten”, not forgetting to pay honors to the father of the current ruler “in form” (which the guide will instruct about), visit the National Library, where valuable Buddhist manuscripts are stored, look into the Tanka School, where they teach how to create paintings on religious stories, and see the process of making traditional paper from plant fibers using ancient Chinese technology – it is extremely durable and is purchased by Buddhist monasteries from different countries.
In Paro, you should definitely visit the amazing alpine monastery of the Tigress’s Nest, the main Buddhist shrine of Bhutan.
In Paro, you should definitely visit the amazing alpine monastery of the Tigress’s Nest, the main Buddhist shrine of Bhutan. The monastery is located on a steep 900-meter cliff and includes seven temples, monastic huts and a waterfall. Also of interest here are the Bhutan National Museum Ta-Dzong, located in an ancient tower, the Palace of the Queen Mother, the large monasteries of Paro-Dzong and Rinchen-Pung-Dzong (“Fortress on the Mountain of Jewels”) and others. The best examples of the tank are kept in the convent of Chelila.
According to Wholevehicles, Jakar in central Bhutan is the spiritual heart of the country. Nestled among four valleys, it boasts an impressive number of Buddhist temples with ancient relics, pilgrimage sites and fortified dzong temples. The circumference of one of the largest dzongs in Jakar is over one and a half kilometers.
The Sakten Valley is the place of residence of the ancient nomadic pastoral tribes of Bhutan, who still speak their own language and have not changed the centuries-old way of life. And it is here that the mythical “Yeti” – Bigfoot lives. The trekking route of the same name laid here takes about 30 days and is considered one of the most difficult in the world.
There are 10 protected areas in Bhutan, covering more than a quarter of the total area of the country. Nature lovers are guaranteed to be enchanted by the Bomdeling and Khaling National Parks. The first is home to more than 100 species of mammals, including snow leopards, Himalayan bears and Bengal tigers, as well as about 250 species of nesting and migrating birds. Elephants and pygmy pigs live in the rainforests of Khaling.
A series of colorful festivals accompanies the life of the people of Bhutan throughout the year – there are at least two dozen of them.
Trekking is a distinctive feature of Bhutan as a tourist destination. The gentle and steep slopes of the Himalayas, interspersed with spacious valleys with picturesque lakes and full-flowing rivers, make it possible to build a route of any complexity – from one-two-day transitions to beginners to tracks of a month duration. The most popular is the Druk route from Paro to Thimphu (65 km), which takes 6 days, during which blue spruce forests give way to high mountain passes and sparkling lakes with villages, dzongs and monasteries scattered everywhere. Beginners can be advised on the easy three-day Bumthang route along valleys and rivers with a large number of ancient temples on the way. Also popular are the six-day trek “Thousand Lakes”, whose name speaks for itself, and the route around the sacred mountain Jomolhari (according to legend.
Events in Bhutan
A series of colorful festivals accompanies the life of the people of Bhutan throughout the year – there are at least two dozen of them. Among the most colorful are the Thimphu and Paro festivals, as well as the Tsechu festival held in the monasteries and dzongs of the country at different times. It is dedicated to the birthday of Guru Rinpoche, has been held annually since the 8th century and consists of festive processions and blessings of believers by lamas.
You should definitely see archery competitions – the national sport of Bhutan. They are regularly held at any level – from the village to the “all-Bhutanese”. The main competition takes place during the celebration of the Bhutanese New Year, Losar.