Place’s to Visit

Place’s to Visit

Trongsa: The Vanguard of the Warriors

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The Vanguard of the Warriors.Pelela pass is a geographically important area that separates Western Bhutan from Central and Eastern Bhutan. After crossing the pass, you will enjoy the pastoral feeling as you drive deeper into the valley with meadows where sheep and yaks graze. Dwarf bamboo plants are plenty on these hillsides and yaks love to graze the dwarf bamboos. If you are a bird watcher, look out for the specialty called the Wren Babbler taking refuge underneath those bamboos. In the months of April-June, the hillsides are painted with the rhododendron blooms. Trongsa, the sacred and the temporal heart of the country is the first district that you will come across.More…

Wangdue Phodrang: The Land of Ornamental Speech or lozeys (sayings)

WangduePhodrang1Wangdue Phodrang lies in the west central part of Bhutan. It is considered as the gateway to the districts of Eastern Bhutan. The dzong was built in 1639on a ridge overlooking the confluence of Puna tsangchu and Dangchu rivers. The dzong of Wangdue held a powerful position during pre-monarchy days. Apart from the great dzong, its cultural wonders lie in the villages. Detour the villages of Gaselo and Nahee towards the west of the dzong. Likewise enjoy the tales of shaman culture in the Shaa regions of Wangdue and listen to the ornamental speeches or Lozeys of Shaa and visit the ancestral home of Pema Tshewang Tashi, the knight whose Lozey still remains a favorite amongst the Bhutanese.More…

Thimphu: Cruising the capital’s cultural core

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Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. It is the only city in the world without traffic lights. Situated at an altitude of 2400m, Thimphu is the centre of government, religion and commerce. Several visitors were awestruck to witness an interesting combination of tradition and modernity. It is home to the Kings and the Royal family members, civil servants, expatriates, politicians, business persons and monks. Enjoy this cultural mix based on livelihood. Of culture we will take you through temples, dzongs, chortens, museums, handicraft stores, nunneries, parks and many more. Allow yourself to meet both traditional and contemporary artist.More…

Taktsang Monastery

TaktsangMonastery1Wonders of Bhutan-Taktsang monastery is popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest. A spiritual tour to Bhutan is never complete with visiting Taktsang. It was built in 1692 around the a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th centuryis located on a high cliff towards the north of Paro town. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, ParoTaktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves used for meditation by Guru Rinpoche..More…

Dochula: View of the last Shangri-la

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Dochula-View of the last Shangri-la pass is over 3000 m altitude and lies on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. On clear sunny days, the pass is an ideal location from where one can enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayan snow capped mountains. The rich architectural design of 108 stupas or Druk Wangyal Chortens adds to the beauty.More…

Punakha: Temple of fertility

punakhaPunakha districtis the most historically important and beautiful region in the country.Itserved as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the first National Assembly was held here. It is between 1300m and 3000 m altitude. The popular Punakahadzong stands as the symbol of a unified Bhutan. It is popular for the tourists to visit PunakhaDomcheand relish the revelry of medieval warriors and also the coming of textiles to life.More…

Paro: The valley of unsurpassing beauty

Paro1Paro district is well known for the intricate and beautiful textiles worn by the people during the valley’s annual festival. We guide you through the rice fields, orchards, farmhouses and temples of various ages. Visitors are often attracted by the hanging temples on the cliffs from the legendary Taktsang to KilaGompa and Dzongdrakha. You will be baffled as you climb the rocky stairs of these medieval temples.More…

Haa: The valley of the Guardian spirit

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Haa is one of the smallest districts in the country but is one among those with unique picturesque. The district is an ancestral home of the Royal Grandmother and the Dorji family. The district adjoins the districts of Paro, Chhukha and Samtse, covering an area of 1706 sq. Km. Legend says that the Haa valley, before the 8th century, was wrapped up in animist tradition. Still some elements of this belief system exist in form of festivals and rituals. The tantric master Padmasambhava visited the valley in the 8th century and transformed some blood sacrificing animist beliefs into peaceful Buddhist traditions. Ap Chundu and several other deities, once hostile animist forces, were subdued and made the guardians of the land.More…

Gasa: On the trails of discovery

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Gasa district lies in the northern most part of the country and adjoins the districts of Punakha, Thimphu and Wangdue Phodrang and with Tibet to its north. It is thinly populated with just about 3000 inhabitants.This starkly beautiful region with elevations ranging from 1500 to 4,500 metres experiences extremely long and hard winters and short but beautiful summers. Of culture meet the people of Laya, the nomads of western Bhutan. These people live on yaks and harvest of Cordycep (fungi of high value, used in oriental medicine).More…

Folk Heritage Museum

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The museums in Thimphu provide fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. They were established in 2001. The three storied Folk Heritage Museum is a typical 19th century traditional house which depicts the earlier Bhutanese lifestyle and artifacts from the rural households. One can come across typical household objects, tools and equipment. The museum also organizes demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs and educational programs for children.More…