This stupa was built in 1974 in the cognizance of Bhutan's third King,King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is generally contemplated as Father of modern Bhutan.The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep sagacity into Buddhist philosophy.
It is a staunch to fasten people to the Bhutanese rustic past through flaunts, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentation of rural life.The age of structure demonstrates the durability and performance of the building materials. From ground to top floor the house is composed of typical domestic tools and equipments that would have been used by a family during that period. The museum is also flourishing some of the vernacular trees and plants that were used for various domestic purposes in the rural households.
With the opening of Textile Museum, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden, Bhutanese textile have reached new heights as one of the most visible distinct art form. The textile museum has opened its exhibition on six major themes - warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers and the royal collection. The crowns of Bhutan's Kings, namzas (dresses), the first version of Royal Crown and other accessories used by members of Royal family can be found in the museum.
"Fortress of the glorious religion", Trachicho Dzong Thimphuit was originally built in 1641 and later refashioned in its adjacent form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses main secretariat building which makes space for the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. During the warmer summer months, the monk body headed by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, makes its home in the Dzong.
An ample array of colorful, hand woven fabrics and other craft products is at one’s fingertips for purchase at the Handicrafts Emporium and many smaller crafts shops around the town.
Every Saturday and Sunday most of Thimphu's minimal populace and many valley resides collect on the banks of the river where weekend market is held. This is an engrossing place to visit and provides opportunity to coalesce with the parish people.
Tracked down on flourishing hillside about 10km from the city, the gardens proffer a tranquil and relaxing environment to disburse a few hours. Botanists will find the wide selection of indigenous trees and plants of interest.
Pinpointed on the embankments of the river (near the city stadium), this 5.6 acres of parkland offer a pleasant and relaxing environment to stroll or to sit and watch the river flow by.
This sacred lhakhang is about 1 km from the main town, built on a cliff, just like the Tiger’s Nest in Paro. The visit to the temples provides an opportunity to feel and see the great work of ancient Buddhist legends. It is believed that there use to a lake below the lhakhang but now one can found only a marshy area.
Fabricated stereo typically at Thimphu town in the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to oblige as the religious and administrative centre of the region. Damaged by four calamitous fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully renewed by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.
The Chimi Lhakhang is located on prominence, in the centre of the valley and is devoted to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used jest, songs and barbaric social graces to perform his cultures and due to this he is also manifested as "Divine Madman". This temple is also well noted as the temple of fertility. It is broadly deemed that couples who are longing for children, if they pray at this temple, they are more often than not blessed with a child very soon. It takes about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The byway bulges beyond rice meadows to the bitsy settlement of Pana, meaning "field". It then chases a bitty stream downhill to Yoaka and across more farmlands before forgoing a short ascend to Chimi Lhakhang.
Rested on a crinkle amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, flickers the lofty architecture of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Temple. The temple aboard a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). It also includes statues of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the 21 Taras and Tsemay (Buddha of longevity).Gautama Buddha,Guru Padmasambhava,Tsela Namsum. The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the substantial in the country, was the handiwork of absolutely neighbourhood Bhutanese artisans. The temple mosaic also houses a durable superior to lore and meditation midpoint for nuns were taught religious trainings, it caters life skill training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thangka painting.
Whirl in direction of Punakha Dzong and later walk opposite to the suspension bridge about 200m long buttoned up between fresh breeze and alluring aspect of Dzong. Pursue the farm houses constantly climbing nearing the Dompala hills. The glimpse of Pho Chhu,Dzong, Mo Chhu rivers and enclosing village is superb in thick of chirpine forests. The clamber is another two and a half hours to Limbukha. Limbukha is famous for its love of peace and equanimity. Legends say that during antique wars the "limbus" or the people of Limbukha perpetually volunteered as peace delegates. This is also portrayed during yearly festival called 'Serda' when the men are seen bearing peace flags on behalf of of swords and fireworks.
The village of Talo at an altitude of 2,800m is rambled along the hill slopes, it is known for its cleanliness and hygiene among Punakha villages. Talo Sangnacholing is fabricated on a plateau and has marvelous view of enclosing villages. The lovely farm houses of the village has its own flower gardens and on the hill slope corns and sweet peas are grown in plenty. The women of Talo are particularly known for their beauty.
The Gangteng Monastery, widely known as Gangtey Gonpa or Gangtey Monastery. It is located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. The Monastery which is also popular by the Gangten village that surrounds it, lies in the Phobjikha Valley where Black-Necked Cranes flock in the winter to roost They have a ritual of circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating this circling when returning to Tibet. The Gangteng Monastery's history traces back to early 17th century and further back to the prophecies made by Pema Lingpa in the late 15th century.
Trongsa Dzong is the largest fortress in Bhutan, located right in the center of the country. It was built on a projection that overlooks the ravine of the Mangde River. The first Temple in the area was established in 1543 by Ngagi Wangchuk. In 1647, his great-grandson Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, constructed the first dzong to replace it and called it Chökhor Rabtentse Dzong. It was enlarged several times during the 18th century and has also been repaired on several occasions. The repairs were due to the damages it sustained during the 1897 Assam earthquake. Further, it also underwent extensive renovation in 1927 and 1999.
Jaldapara National Park is a national park situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar district in West Bengal and on the bank of the Torsa River. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m and is spread across 216 kilometers of vast grassland with patches of riverine forests. The nearby Chilapata Forest is an Elephant corridor between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve. The main attraction of the park is the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros. Other attractions in the park include Leopards, Elephants and Barking Deer. Jaldapara is also said to be a paradise for bird watchers. It among the very few places in India, where the Bengal Florican is sighted. The other birds seen here include Finn's Weavers and Crested Eagles.
Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, earlier known as Black Mountains National Park is spread over an area of 1,730 kilometers in central Bhutan. It occupies most of Trongsa District, as well as parts of Sarpang, Tsirang, Wangdue Phodrang, and Zhemgang Districts. It is also connected via "biological corridors" to other national parks in northern, eastern, central, and southern Bhutan.
The park has elevations spanning from 600 meters to 4,900 meters. The park includes a wide range of biomes containing Broadleaf and Coniferous forests, Alpine pastures and Lakes, and even the snow cap on the peak of Jou Dorshingla. It is the largest and most intact temperate forest reserve in the entire Himalaya.
The Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park is home to hundreds of species of birds, including the endangered Black-Necked Crane. People living in and around the park mostly practice agriculture and raise livestock.
Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre is one of the star attractions in Phuntsholing. The center was set up in 1976 and is located along the banks of the Amo Chhu River. The Crocodiles are bred here until they’re ready to take care of themselves in the outer world and are then released into the wild. The best time to visit the Amo Chuu breeding center would be during the feeding time of the crocodiles, which is every day around noon. A fee of Nu 50 is charged as an entry fee for adults who are non SAARC nationals.
This Lhakhang (temple) is located right in the heart of Phuntsholing and represents the celestial abode of Guru Rinpoche. This iconic structure was constructed in the 1990s by Dasho Aku Thongmi, the man who also composed the Bhutanese national anthem. There are eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche on the ground floor and the walls are adorned with paintings depicting Buddha's life. The next floor has eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. On the highest floor, you’ll find the main statue of Amitabha. The temple is surrounded by a very beautiful and well maintained garden, where people make rounds around the site to pay their homage to Guru Rinpoche.
The monastery is located above Phuntsholing and can easily be reached by taxi. Bhutanese legend has it that an Indian pilgrim became pregnant after praying at this monastery to conceive and ever since the temple has become a regular shrine for couples who want children but are unable to conceive. The temple is also popular for the breath-taking view that it offers of Phuntsholing Town and the Bengal Plain. This is also supported by the surroundings of the monastery which include lush, green gardens. These gardens house eight different types of Tibetan chortens, or Tibetan Buddhist stupas.
The Bhutan Gate is one of the most photographed locations in Bhutan and extensively designed with a Bhutanese theme. This is the gateway that connects India to Bhutan, by adjoining the cities of Phuntsholing and Jaigaon. The streets are filled with shops and markets and you can do a lot of street shopping here. It is rather noisy and messy in the Indian side but is quitter and well organized at the Bhutanese end. The main thing to be kept in mind here is that while crossing over from one city to another isn’t an issue for Bhutanese nationals, Indian and foreign nationals require to carry their passport and a photo ID at all times as the Bhutanese Army officials carry out routine checks at the border. However, the picture of the Bhutan Gate is simply a must on your photo album!
Taktsang Goemba (Monastery) also known as Tiger's Nest stands tall above the mountain at a height of 1,200 meters. This iconic monastery is said to be the unofficial symbol of Bhutan and is one of the most sacred religious sites. It was founded as a sacred place for meditating by the famous saint Guru Padmasambhava in the early 8th century. Bhutanese legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the Father of Bhutanese Buddhism, came to this cave on the back of a tigress and meditated here. The journey to the monastery is entirely uphill and takes around 2-3 hours to get to the top. Horses are available for the upward trip and come at a cost of 800 Nu. There is a lodge near the monastery which serves as a welcome break for snacks and refreshments. The journey from the top is simply breath taking and on the whole, is a very exhilarating and thrilling journey.
Paro Dzong is one of the exceptional examples of Bhutanese architecture and is massive fortress-monastery that offers an amazing view of the Paro Valley. The monastery is a symbolic center for religious activities. The courtyard inside the fortress is venue for the annual festival called Paro Tsechu. Further, is has a priceless collection of sacred masks and costumes. Some of relics preserved at this Dzong date back several centuries. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche had initially built a monastery here.
The alternative name for Paro Dzong comes from the fact that it is built with stones instead of clay. Rinpung literally means ‘heaps of jewels’. The structure is even believed to have survived an Earthquake in 1897.
This is a very popular tourist spot and several scenes of the movie Little Buddha were short here in 1995.
The National Museum of Bhutan is of massive historical value to the Kingdom of Bhutan. This museum has preserved items which bring together a thousand years of history. It is located right above the Rinpung Dzong and was built in 1968. It was constructed under the patronage of His Majesty, the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third King of Bhutan.
The museum houses over 3,000 exquisite works of Bhutanese art spanning over a 1,500 years, including Bhutanese textiles, jewelry, handicrafts, bronze statues and paintings. The museum is widely regarded as an educational institution as it regularly conducts symposiums and interprets the history of Bhutan through it exhibits. It is also very popular for its huge hall of stamps.
The top floor of the Museum offers beautiful panoramic views of Paro Valley. The locals are to pay an entrance fee of Nu 10 while adults from SAARC nations are to pay Nu 200. Children below the age of 10 enter free.
Chele La Pass is a 2-hour drive through the thick forests of Paro that takes you to one of the highest vantage points in Bhutan. The highest motor able pass in Bhutan. From Chele La Pass, at a height of 4,000 meters, you’re awestruck by the imposing views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys. The weather here is terribly chilly and windy and you must put on your warmest clothes. In winters, you’ll even find frozen rivers and waterfalls!
It is also a botanical paradise, with a blanket of a massive range of flowers in colors of purple, yellow, blue and red.