Top 10 Sightseeing Spots in Bhutan, the Happiest Country in the World

Taktsang Monastery

Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the eastern edge of the Himalayas. It borders China in the north and India in the southeast and west. Bhutan is said to be the happiest country in the world.

There are many spots to enjoy in Paro, where the international airport is located, and Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

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Taktsang Monastery / Paro

A temple with a cliff at an altitude of 3000m! Bhutan “Taktsang Monastery” is a sacred place for Tibetan Buddhism.

Taktsang Monastery

“Taktsang Monastery” is a monastery built on a cliff at an altitude of about 3000 m and is a sacred place of Tibetan Buddhism visited by many worshipers from all over the world. To reach Taktsang Monastery on the outskirts of Paro, you will have to drive to the trailhead at the foot of the mountain and then climb the mountain path for about two hours. Since it is difficult to reach, the sense of accomplishment after worshiping is considerable.

2. Deluge Zhong / Paro

“Due Zhong” is a castle built on the battlefield to commemorate the victory when Bhutan and Tibet fought in 1647. Built initially to prevent the invasion of Tibetan troops, it was destroyed by fire in 1951 and is now in ruins. It is also the entrance to Jomolhari at an altitude of 7316m, which means “the sacred mountain of the goddess,” If you move a little, you can see the white peak.

3. Paro Zhong / Paro

“Paro Dzong” is also known as Rinpung Dzong (the castle of the mountain of jewels), and it is one of the most significant buildings in Paro, which was also the location of the movie “Little Buddha .”It has been used as the prefectural office of Paro for about 400 years, and it is also the prefectural office of active duty. The appearance of towers in pure white is just overwhelming. Seen up close, it has the power of a vast wall covering it.

4. Kyichu Lhakan / Paro

“Kyichu Lhakhang” is the oldest temple in Bhutan. Many Senju Senju 11-faced Kannon statues are enshrined in the main hall, and the main image is enshrined in the back room. On the floor in front of the main image, there is only one place worn down and dented in the shape of an afoot. The dents in the shape of the feet created by people praying after defeating five bodies for more than 1000 years were naturally created.

5. Tashicho Zhong / Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, where tradition is alive! From the country’s central institutions to the spectacular views of the Himalayas …

Thimphu, an hour’s drive from Paro Airport, is the capital of Bhutan. There are many attractions, including the city and suburbs, and “Tashicho Zhong” is one. Tashicho Zhong is the most important political and religious institution in Bhutan and has a royal office. The building was built without any nails and is one of the must-see places to see the traditional Bhutanese architecture.

6. Simtoka Dzong / Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, where tradition is alive! From the country’s central institutions to the spectacular views of the Himalayas …

“Sitka Dzong” is the oldest castle in Bhutan. Located at the entrance to the city of Thimphu, it was erected in 1629 by Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal. The scale is not so large, but the precincts that make you feel the history have a calming atmosphere.

7. 100th Anniversary Market / Thimphu

Located along a river northeast of the city center, the 100th Anniversary Market is Bhutan’s largest and oldest market. Bhutan, where the monetary economy has been slow to penetrate, has a history of only about 50 years, even if it is the oldest. It used to be a simply covered street market, but it has been reborn as a two-story building to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the royal system.

8. Changlimithang Stadium / Thimphu

“Changlimithang Stadium” is a multi-purpose stadium in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and is the national stadium of Bhutan. There is an archery match at the range next to the Changlimithang Stadium, where traditional Bhutanese sports are the national sport. There are ranges even in rural villages in Bhutan, and archery (Daze) is enjoyed everywhere.

9. Quancel Podan / Thimphu

“Quesnel Pandan” is a big Buddha in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Located on a mountain ridge about 5 kilometers south of Thimphu city, you can enjoy the view of Thimphu city and the surrounding mountains. A 51-meter-high sitting statue of Buddha was completed in 2012 with the donations of Buddhists in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Many Buddha statues are enshrined inside.

10. Dochu La / Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, where tradition is alive! From the country’s central institutions to the spectacular views of the Himalayas …

“Dochu La,” which is about 3200m above sea level and can be reached by car from Thimphu city in about an hour, is a superb viewpoint overlooking the Bhutan Himalayas. Due to the high altitude, the air is thin, and you may be a little out of breath, but you can overlook the beautiful mountains. There are also small hills and temples lined with many small stupas.

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