Bhutan presents a unique opportunity to admire its natural beauty, majestic fortresses, ancient temples and monasteries, picturesque river valleys, meadows and hills. There is so much to see, admire and take home the beautiful memories.
Each district in Bhutan has at least one ancient fortress called dzongs, the center of spiritual and political administration. The dzong is perhaps the quintessence of Bhutanese architecture.
Draped in traditional Bhutanese paintings and unique ancient architectural design, the dzong sits perched on top of a hill overlooking the valley. The construction of the dzong was necessitated in the seventeenth century when Tibetans frequently attempted to invade Bhutan.
During the tshechu, annual religious festival held in every districts, huge thongdrels or tapestries of guru Rinpoche is unfurled in the dzong. Tourists can witness the unfurling, walk across the dzong and admire the Bhutanese paintings and the dzongs’ architectural design.
The Punakha dzong built in between two rivers in Punakha sees more than hundred tourists every day. According to legends, the dzong is a replica of a palace in heaven.
One of the most fascinating sight for tourists continue to be the Paro Taktshang (tigers den) located in Paro, a one hour drive from Thimphu. The monastery sits on the edge of a vertical cliff. It is believed, Guru Padmasambhava had meditated in the cave where the monastery sits today.
The Dochula pass on the way from Thimphu to Punakha offers a panoramic view of the snow capped lofty Himalayas. The sight can be extremely enjoyable in a clear winter sky.
108 Buddhist chortens, or stupa lie in a mound separating the highway into two.
While at Thimphu, tourists can drive or walk towards Kuenselphodrang where lies one of the biggest statue of Buddha which is still being constructed. The site offers a bird’s eye view of the capital city of Thimphu.