Attractions in Bhutan encompass religious sites, remote traditional communities, unspoiled natural vistas, and the breathtaking magnificence of the high Himalayas. The country’s 20 unique districts all hold numerous natural and manmade landmarks, with the prearranged tours and their professional guides able to cover premier sites, giving the best views, most famous temples, and most authentic settlements.

Buddha Dordenma Statue

Thimphu

The 51 meter statue of Buddha Shakyamuni sits atop a hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. Buddha Dordenma statue is one of the most prominent landmarks of Thimphu city. The statue was built to fulfill an ancient prophecy to emanate an aura of happiness and peace around the world. The gigantic structure houses 125,000 gilded Buddha […]


Craft Bazaar

Thimphu

A line of bamboo huts stretches along the main street of Thimphu city. The craft bazaar has a collection of local handicrafts and souvenirs. The handicraft products on display embody the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Certain handicrafts are indigenous to some of the rural areas in Bhutan and are directly sourced from these […]


Centenary Farmer’s Market

Thimphu

Fresh organic local produce from across the country are brought to the centenary farmer’s market in Thimphu every weekend and the residents of Thimphu ration and schedule their weekly grocery shopping over the weekend. The foot traffic at the weekend market peaks at around noon till the late afternoon. The farmer’s market has shopkeepers of […]


Folk Heritage Museum

Thimphu

The museum is a heritage preservation project. The museum is a restored one and a half century old traditional Bhutanese house from the medieval era. The centrally located museum structure offers tourists a great juxtaposition of the old standing proud amongst the modern structures sprouting around it. With extensive research and collection of ancient tools […]


National Institute of Zorig Chusum

Thimphu

The vocational training institute in Thimphu trains students in the 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan. Some of it includes the art of painting, sculpting, calligraphy and woodcraft. During the visit, tourists can catch a live demonstration of the students perfecting their craft, interact with the students, explore their gallery and visit the souvenir shop. […]


The Takin Preserve

Thimphu

Nestled in the woods and away from the nuisance of the city, tourists will find the national animal of Bhutan grazing away peacefully. A dedicated team is committed to ensure that the environment is congenial for these mammals. A well maintained footpath through the woods takes tourist around the zoo. The synergy of the gentle […]


Memorial Chorten

Thimphu

The memorial chorten in Thimphu was built in the honor of the Third King of Bhutan. The Tibetan style white washed stupa is crowned with a golden crescent moon and the sun. The monument attracts many religion faithful early in the morning to circumambulate while the commuters to work and students hastily complete their worship […]


Tango University of Buddhist Studies

Thimphu

Tango University is the highest Buddhist learning center in Bhutan. Bhutanese monks pursue a nine year program followed by meditation for three years 3 months and 3 days in the nearby Cheri monastery retreat center. The secluded university is located 15 kilometers north from Thimphu city. From the university, tourists can hike up to the […]


Tashichodzong

Thimphu

Dzong (Fortress) symbolizes the presence and recognition of a central authority and sovereignty. Tashichodzong is situated on the bank of the Wangchhu River adjacent to the National Parliament House of Bhutan. Under the command of the Third King the Dzong was renovated extensively in 1962. The entire Dzong was rebuilt without nails or written plans. […]


Chelela Pass

Paro

The Chelela Pass at 3988 meters separates Paro and Haa valley. It is one of the highest motor able passes in the country. Traces of animism culture still prevail and mountain passes across the country are considered sacred and often marked with a Buddhist stupa and colorful prayer flags. The 35 kilometer drive from Paro […]


Drugyel Dzong

Paro

Drugyel Dzong translates to the Fortress of the Victorious Drukpas. The fort was built to commemorate its victory against the Tibetan invasion in 1649. The Dzong was strategically built as a defense fort to counter probable future invasion from the north. The fort is built atop a rocky hill with only one accessible entry and […]


Kyichu Lhakhang

Paro

Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro is associated with mythical tale of a Buddhist Tibetan King who built 108 temples in one day to subdue an ogress. The demon thwarted the spread of Buddhism. While majority of the 108 temples were built in Tibet, two were built in Bhutan. Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro and Jampa Lhakhang in […]


Dungtse Lhakhang

Paro

Dungtse Lhakhang is located in Jangsa village opposite to Paro town across the river. The temple was founded by a Tibetan Buddhist saint Thangtong Gyalpo in 1421. The saint was also an architect and he built many iron chain bridges in Tibet and Bhutan. One of bridge connecting the Tamchog Lhakhang from the highway in […]


Rimpung Dzong

Paro

Paro Rinpung Dzong is built atop a hill overlooking the Paro valley across the Pa Chhu River. As tourists exit the Paro International airport and approach the Paro town, this majestic fort imposes its commanding presence. The 17th century architectural marvel is the seat of Paro district administration and the state monk body. Every spring […]


Paro Ta Dzong National Museum

Paro

Ta Dzong translates to watch tower. The national museum was originally built as a watch tower above the Paro Dzong. Unlike other Dzongs in the country, Ta Dzong has a cylindrical structure. The sturdy watch tower has a two and a half meter thick wall with traditional windows at every level around the structure. There […]


Paro Taktsang Monastery

Paro

Taktsang translates to The Tiger’s Nest. The monastery is situated 900 meters above the Paro valley precariously perched on a cliff. It has an equally fascinating history. According to the legend, Guru Rinpoche flew to the current site of the monastery riding atop a tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 years 3 months […]


Punakha Dzong

Punakha

Zhabdrung built the Punakha Dzong in 1637. According to the narratives, the chief carpenter “Zow Balep” who was commissioned to construct the Dzong had a vision of the impressive architectural design of the Dzong in his dream which was then actualized. The Dzong was invaded twice by the Tibetan troops in 1639 and 1644. The […]


Chimi Lhakhang

Punakha

Also known as the temple of fertility, the temple in Punakha valley was built in the honor of the Tibetan Buddhist saint Drukpa Kuenley. He was not the stereotypical Buddhist master and his indulgence in alcohol, music and women were widely known. He was known for his unorthodox way of preaching Buddhism and offering blessing […]


River Rafting in Punakha

Punakha

Crystal clear river fed by the Himalayan glacier descends from the highland into the southern foothills presenting challenging rapids for the thrill seekers. Rivers navigating through the valley offers vantage otherwise missed. In the Pho Chu River, rafting service providers have identified a 16 kilometer course with 15 rapids of class 2 – 4 and […]


Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten

Punakha

The idyllic Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten is built on a ridge in the northern countryside of Punakha valley. It takes 30 minute drive to reach the countryside from Punakha town and the journey continues for another 45 minutes on foot. Hikers will start the hike through the paddy fields. The way the terraces are built […]


Phobjikha Valley

Wangdue Phodrang

Phobjikha valley is situated in central Bhutan. It is part of an important wildlife preserve because the open marshland is home to the endangered black necked cranes. Other inhabitants included the red foxes, leopards, wild boars and the Himalayan black bears. The cranes fly south every winter to the valley before black to Tibet early […]


Chakhar Lhakhang

Bumthang

King Sindu Raza supposedly built an iron castle on the site where the temple stands today. The castle was believed to be a colossal nine storied structure. Over time the castle deteriorated until no trace remained at the current site. Later, Terton (Treasure discoverer) Dorji Lingpa built a temple and consecrated with treasures dedicated to […]


Jampa Lhakhang

Bumthang

Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang is associated with mythical tale of a Buddhist Tibetan King who built 108 temples in one day to subdue an ogress. The demon thwarted the spread of Buddhism. While majority of the 108 temples were built in Tibet, two were built in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro and Jampa Lhakhang in […]


Tharpaling Goemba

Bumthang

Tharpaling means liberation. In the 14th century, Buddhist saint Gyalwa Longchen Rabjampa is said to have visited the place to preach dharma following which many devotees were liberated. Thus the name of the place came to be known as Tharpaling. In 15th century, Terton Pema Lingpa discovered treasures from the place including a Guru Statue. […]


Ugyen Choling Palace

Bumthang

Located in Tang valley under Bumthang district, Ugyen Choling palace is an ancestral home turned into a museum. The restored traditional house has preserved its medieval ambiance and the much of the décor inside the house are the original content from the ancient era. It has history associated with great Buddhist masters and hence the […]


Ura Village

Bumthang

Ura under Bumthang district is a secluded village about 50 kilometers away from Bumthang town en route to eastern region of Mongar district. A cluster of approximately 40 households encloses their community Lhakhang (temple). The village also has a central school where students from across the central region of Bhutan come to study. Owing to […]


Kurje Lhakhang

Bumthang

The king of Bumthang region in the 8th century fell terribly ill after falling out with the local guardian deity. Desperate to recover from the curse, he invited Guru Rinpoche to Bumthang to help the King regain his health. Guru Rinpoche meditated in a cave to subdue the local deity and obliged in restoring the […]


Mebar Tsho

Bumthang

Terton according to the Buddhist mythology are prophesied incarnated beings whose calling is to discover treasure hidden by their great master Guru Rinpoche. Terton Pema Lingpa had such a vision. In his vision, it was revealed to him that there was a treasure hidden in the lake waiting to be discovered. The local community however […]


Takila Guru Statue

Lhuentse

The community of Menbi under Lhuentse district exists harmoniously under the grace of a 157 feet statue of Guru Nangsey Zilnon built on top of a hill overlooking the valley. The road to the statue complex passes through the community paddy fields and the village. Depending on the season of travel, the approach is particularly […]


Merak Village

Trashigang

The semi nomadic people known as brokpas inhabit the merak village. The village is situated in the eastern region of Bhutan at an altitude of 3500 meters. It has a settlement of about thirty households. The region is also known as the valley of Yeti (the abominable snowman). Locals claim the existence of this mythical […]


Chorten Kora

Trashiyangtse

Chorten Kora monument is a replica of the Boudhanath temple of Nepal. An annual event known as the Dakpa Kora draws people from across the country and the neighboring Indian district of Arunachal Pradesh. Devotees circumambulate for days. According to the legend, a Dakini from Arunachal Pradesh entombed herself inside the temple. It was an […]


Khoma Village

Trashiyangtse

Textiles sourced from finest raw materials and woven by skilled reputed weavers are associated with affluent societies in the country. It preserved as collectibles passed on for generations and is worn with pride. The coveted Kishuthara is a silk textile sourced from Khoma village. The weaving skill of the women in Khoma village is unparalleled. […]


Gomphu Kora

Trashigang

Gomphu Kora is located 23 kilometers north of Tashigang district en route to Yangtse district. Gomphu translates to meditation cave and Kora means circumambulation. According to the legend, an evil spirit escaped from Tibet and concealed himself inside a rock where Gomphu kora stands today. Guru Rinpoche, Buddhist saint followed the evil spirit. The evil […]


Rangjung Yodsel Choling Goemba

Trashigang

The goemba is located in Rangjung town in Tashigang district. The goemba is constructed on a ridge overlooking the Rangjung town. The monastery was founded by Garab Rinpoche in 1989. The monastery architecture does not resemble the traditional Bhutanese monastery and is believed to be a replica of Bod Mindruling in Tibet. Only the roof […]