Saturday, September 18, 2021

Things To See in Bhutan

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The majority of visitors take “culture excursions” that take them to significant locations. Popular tourist sites include Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, and Jakar. Further afield, the unexplored region of Gangung (bird paradise, great wildlife) and East Bhutan are just now becoming accessible to tourists. This is the place to go if you’re an explorer looking to explore Bhutan’s uncharted east. The greatest experience may be had in this unique and relatively unspoiled region of the nation.

Monasteries

Paro’s Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Guru Rinpoche came here in the 8th century on his second journey to Bhutan, and it is one of the most significant Buddhist sites in the world. This is Bhutan’s most well-known and visited monument. He is said to have arrived at the back of the flying tigress, from whence the name “Tigers’ Nest” was derived. The temple was constructed in 1692 atop a 1200 m cliff.

In some of the most pristine and isolated regions, hundreds of monasteries dot the countryside.

Jakar’s Kurje Lhakhang. Around the cave is a shrine with a print of Guru Rinpoche’s body embedded in the wall. Guru Rinpoche performed meditation here during his first visit to Bhutan, making him the country’s first Buddhist relic.

Buddha Dordenma is a massive statue of Shakyamuni Buddha that is currently being built in the Bhutanese highlands. The statue will include over a hundred thousand (one hundred thousand) miniature Buddha statues, each of which will be fashioned of bronze and gold-plated, much like Buddha Dordenma himself. The Buddha Dordenma is located among the remains of Quensell Konchar, Sherbun Wanchuk Palace, and Thirteen Desi Durk, overlooking Bhutan’s capital, Timfha. At 51.5 meters in height, it will be one of the world’s biggest Buddha rupees when completed. Construction began in February 2014, despite the fact that it was supposed to be finished in October 2010.

Dzongs/Fortresses

The dzongs are historic fortifications that currently house the civilian and monastic authorities in each region. Dzongs contain numerous aesthetic treasures in addition to the architecture that makes them worth seeing.

Dzongs are the highest points in the province and were constructed without the use of cement, nails, or blueprints. You may visit the following Dzongs:

  • Punakha Dzong
  • Trongsa Dzong
  • Jakar Dzong
  • Lhuentse Dzong
  • Simtokha Dzong
  • Gasa Dzong
  • Rinpung Dzong
  • Gonggar Dzong
  • Gyantse Dzong
  • Shigatse Dzong
  • Tashichho Dzong – Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of Thimpu; traditional seat of theDruk Desi (or “Dharma Raja”), the head of Bhutan’s civil government (synonymous with the king since 1907) and summer capital
  • Kagyu-Dzong
  • Lingzhi Yügyal Dzong
  • Drukgyal Dzong
  • Changchukha Dzong
  • Tsechen Monastery and Dzong
  • Shongar Dzong
  • Singye Dzong

Trekking

Trekking is also a popular pastime. The Druk Path is the most popular route between Paro and Thimphu. There are, however, many more, more spectacular treks available; check the list below for a full list. The Jomolhari and Laya Gasa treks are particularly popular, while the Snowman Trek, which takes around 30 days, is said to be one of the hardest treks in the world. The best time to go on this hike is from mid-June to mid-October.

Scenery

Bhutan’s natural environment is rich and varied, owing to its remote position and broad range of geographical and meteorological conditions. Bhutan’s mountains and steep valleys have a remarkable biodiversity, earning it the title of one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hotspots. Recognizing the significance of the environment, one of its development paradigms is the preservation of its rich biodiversity. Thanks to a legislation recently enacted by the government, 60 percent of the country’s forest resources will be preserved in perpetuity. Currently, 72 percent of the land is wooded, with 26 percent protected in four parks.

Bhutan’s national parks cover 35% of the country. Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (1300 km2), TrumshingLa National Park (768 km2), Royal Manas National Park (9 938.54 km2), Jigme Dorji National Park (4 349 km2), Bumdeling (1 545 km2), and the Sakteng sanctuary (650 km2) are among the national parks in Bhutan.