Bhutan is a land lost in time, a country where happiness is put first and environmental policies rule the way.
Bhutan’s incredible history and unique culture make it one of the most fascinating countries to visit in the world. The landscape, culture and architecture stay in the heart and minds of all those who visit her.
Steeped in a history and culture of Buddhism, Bhutan is home to a whole host of monasteries. Some are small, some are large, but all have their own charm and stories to tell. Below we have listed or top three favourite monasteries inn Bhutan.
Taktstang Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries on the planet, largely thanks to its position. Sitting high up on the side of a cliff, Taktstang Monastery or the ‘Tigers Nest’ as it is often termed, is one of the most photographed buildings in Bhutan. The monastery is closely linked with Guru Padmasambhava who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. To get to the monastery visitors must climb over 2,000 feet! However, the architecture on the inside is worth every breathless step and you’ll be amazed with the colours and views from the top.
Punakha Dzong or ‘Palace of Great Bliss’, was built in 1637 and is one of the biggest and most popular dzongs in Bhutan. The dzong was the brain child of Zhabdrung whose remains are still mummified within the temple. The first king of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck, was officially crowned at the dzong in 1907 and the building stands high in the hills at 4,430 feet! The area is very beautiful and tourists are allowed into the large and incredible Kuenrey (assembly hall). Even today, the dzong is the winter house for Bhutan’s spiritual leaders.
Drukgyel Dzong is a fascinating building. Although much of it is just crumbling ruins now after a fire swept through the building in 1951, the dzong tells an incredible story of Bhutanese history that all tourists seem to take to heart. Constructed in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the building was built to commemorate the incredible victory that the Bhutanese warriors had over the invading Tibetans during the period. Make sure to visit on a clear day as the views leading up to the dzong are some of the most spectacular in the region.