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1. Tashichho Dzong
2. Buddha Dordenma
3. Punakha Dzong
4. Rinpung Dzong
5. Paro Taktsang
6. Kyichu Lhakhang
7. Chimi Lhakhang
8. Kurje Lhakhang
9. Chendebji Chorten
10. Jakar Dzong

Take a fascinating tour through Bhutan's rich cultural past and discover its incredible landmarks. Visit Buddha Dordenma as part of your Bhutan packages to enter the spiritual realm. The imposing golden statue, which offers a peaceful setting for contemplation, will astound you. 

You can visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest temples, set in tranquil gardens and embellished with exquisite artwork. Experience Chimi Lhakhang's unique charm, where bright phallic symbols honour blessings and fertility. Also, you can explore the 17th-century Jakar Dzong, a strategic military fortification against Tibetan invaders.

Lastly, you can relax and rejuvenate in Chendebji Chorten’s peaceful setting, which presents an ideal spot for introspection and meditation. So why wait? Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan and discover its timeless appeal at each landmark.

Here are some of the best Monuments in Bhutan:

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01

Tashichho Dzong

Discover the beauty of Tashichho Dzong on the Wangchu River with a panoramic view of Thimphu. See the whitewashed structure with four three-story towers in each corner and the Utse tower in the centre. Take a stroll around the colourful, lush courtyard that is enhanced by the presence of brilliant flowers. 

Discover the secretariat, offices, and throne room of the King in one of the most significant Bhutan monuments. 
Experience wonder as you gaze upon the enormous Buddha statue in the temple and its serene beauty.

Location: 
Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan

Timings: 
Open Monday to Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: 
Nu. 299.8 (INR 300 approx)

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02

Buddha Dordenma

Take in the breathtaking sight of the world's tallest Bhutan monuments, standing at 51.5 metres. Observe the huge Buddha statue atop a grand meditation hall to learn about Bhutan's spiritual history. Uncover the statue’s unique quality that holds 125,000 miniature gold and bronze Buddha figurines.

Learn how the statue's presence has fulfilled a prophecy from the eighth century A.D. Take in the peaceful, happy vibe that comes from this sacred site discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa.

Location: 
Atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park

Timings: Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM


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03

Punakha Dzong

Explore Punakha Dzong, one of the second-oldest and largest Bhutan monuments, which is home to amazing examples of Bhutanese architecture. Discover its cultural significance as Bhutan's first national parliament in 1953 and government headquarters until 1955.

Appreciate its spiritual significance as it holds Kagyu Buddhist relics and Ngawang Namgyal’s remains. Marvel at its 180-metre length and 72-metre width, with six bridge-accessible towers.

Location: 
Punakha, Bhutan

Timings: 
Sundays closed, Open Monday to Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: 
Nu. 500 (INR 500)


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04

Rinpung Dzong

Discover the serene domain of Rinpung Dzong, one of the iconic Bhutan monuments that embodies the nation's rich history and spiritual soul. Witness the exquisite wooden carvings and Buddhist art that honour Bhutan's artistry and tradition. 

Admire the dzong's beautiful lighting at night, which shines on its intricate front and shows the life of Buddha. 
Explore the 14 shrines and chapels that promote spiritual enlightenment and devotion, connecting you to Bhutan's culture.

Location: 
Paro District, Bhutan

Timings: Open daily, 8 AM to 6 PM (March to October); 8 AM to 4:30 PM November to February.


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05

Paro Taktsang

Marvel at the breathtaking Paro Taktsang, one of the iconic monuments in Bhutan situated precariously on a cliff in the upper Paro Valley. Admire this stunning overhead film that showcases the monastery complex's eight caves and four main temples. 

See the terrifying entrance to the monastery, which is accessed via narrow bridges and steep stairs carved out of rock. 
Explore Tiger's Nest Monastery's magical cave where the Guru meditated for a long time.

Location: Located on the cliffside of the upper Paro Valley in Bhutan

Timings: 
Open daily 8 AM - 1 PM; 2 PM - 6 PM

Entry Fee: Nu. 500 (INR 500 approx)


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06

Kyichu Lhakhang

Bhutan's exquisite seventh-century temple, Kyichu Lakhang, is regarded as a great place of worship. Observe Jowo Jamba, a sculpture that has drawn believers for generations and is regarded as the most sacred in the area. Behold the statue of Chenrezig, which has 1,000 arms and 11 heads and represents the compassion of all Buddhas.

Visit the temple's cloisters, where monks silently wander among fruit trees and prayer wheels. Marvel at the mural of the renowned warrior King Gesar of Ling in the inner courtyard.

Location: 
Lango Gewog of Paro Dzongkhag in Bhutan

Timings: Open daily 9 AM - 12 PM; 1 PM - 5 PM


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07

Chimi Lhakhang

Enter Chimi Lhakhang, one of the famous monuments in Bhutan, and be greeted by a magnificent prayer wheel. Take a spin around the wheel to find the mysterious black chorten, which is believed to have held the demon of Dochula captive. 

Enter the temple through a magnificently carved entrance to see Guru Padmasambhava and Kunley sculptures. 
Visit the prayer hall, with phallic symbols, traditional instruments, and colourful murals, to learn about Drukpa Kunley and Buddhism. Take refuge under the massive Bodhi tree and appreciate the temple's peacefulness.

Location: 
GVGH+R7R, Teoprongchu, Punakha District, Bhutan

Timings: 
Open daily 9 AM - 1 PM; 2 PM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: Nu 500 (INR 500 approx)


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08

Kurje Lhakhang

Discover Kurjey Lakhang, one of the noteworthy monuments in Bhutan, where Guru Rinpoche's remains are preserved in a cave. Learn about Guru Rinpoche's battle with Shelving Kharpo from the depiction of the snow lion and Jachung. Visit the bottom-level Sangay Lhakhang for a hidden route to Tharpaling and a little crawl-through rock passage that purifies sins. 

Explore the sacred upper-level hall with 1000 tiny Guru Rinpoches and a central statue surrounded by chortens and manifestations. 
Appreciate the cypress tree outside, claimed to have sprung from the walking stick of Guru Rinpoche.

Location: HPPJ+R4R, Jakar, Bumthang Valley, Bhutan

Timings: Open daily 8 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: Nu.1000 (INR 1000 approx)


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09

Chendebji Chorten

Visit Chendebji Chorten, a Bhutanese structure like Kathmandu's Swayambhunath Stupa with painted eyeballs at the ends. View one of the 18th-century Bhutan monuments, which contains the remains of an evil spirit that was conquered and turned into a huge snake. 

According to legend, the chorten's mission was to bring peace to the valley by defeating Ngala Dudm, the feared demoness of the Chendebji area. 
Witness the artefacts donated by Bemji Choeji that include the skull of the second Gangtey Trulku Tenzin Lekpai Dhundrup. Soak in the ethereal, mythical atmosphere that surrounds Chendebji Chorten.

Location: Trashigang-Semtokha Hwy, Bhutan


Timings: Open 24X7

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10

Jakar Dzong

Known as the "Fortress of the White Bird," Jakar Dzong is one of the most important historical and religious Bhutan monuments. Admire its striking 16th-century architecture, which features traditional Bhutanese workmanship and design. Enjoy expansive views of the Chamkhar Valley, which provides a stunning backdrop.

Join the annual Jakar Tshechu festival to get a full taste of Bhutanese culture, complete with colourful local traditions and holy mask dances. Take in exhibits and guided tours within the dzong’s walls to learn about Bhutan's rich history and governance traditions.

Location: Jakhar Dzongkhag Office, Jakar, Bhutan

Timings: Open Monday to Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM

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People Also Ask About Bhutan

  1. Why is Bhutan so famous?

    Bhutan is well-known for its stunning natural scenery, which includes verdant woods, clear rivers, and majestic Himalayan mountains. Famous Bhutan monuments like Paro Taktsang and Punakha Dzong demonstrate its rich cultural history. Bhutan is a global inspiration due to its exclusive emphasis on Gross National Happiness and dedication to sustainability. Being a carbon-negative nation, it sets the standard for environmental preservation. However, its tempting Kewa and Ema Datschi and bright cane and bamboo crafts add to its charm.
  2. What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

    Bhutan is a year-round destination however, spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are the best times to visit. In the spring, the weather is mild, and the lush surroundings come to life with flowers in bloom. However, the clear skies in the fall make it a great time to go hiking and sightseeing. Moreover, the people also enjoy festivals like Paro Tsechu and Thimphu Tshechu, which display Bhutan's rich culture and traditions.
  3. How to reach Bhutan?

    • By Air: You can board direct and connecting flights from major Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai to Paro International Airport. Airlines such as Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operate these flights, with a typical duration of 2 to 3 hours, covering a distance of about 1395 kilometres. 

    • By Road: To travel via road, you can pass through 3 border routes in India. The Jaigaon—Phuentsholing route is the most preferred. Thus, you can hire a car or board a local bus to reach Bhutan in 4-6 hours.
  4. Why Paro Taktsang is famous?

    Paro Taktsang, also known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery, is one of the significant Bhutan monuments and landmarks in Buddhism and Bhutanese culture. This one, perched atop one of Guru Padmasambhava's thirteen "tiger lair" caves, is the most famous. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava supposedly rode on a tigress and meditated in this cave. Constructed by the Bhutanese monarch Tenzin Rabgye in 1692, this site honours the introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan.  Today, it is highly regarded by Buddhists across the globe.
  5. When is Chendebji Chorten open?

    Chendebji Chorten is one of the iconic monuments in Bhutan. You can visit this stupa at any given time, as it is accessible around the clock. However, the best time to go is during the day, as you can admire the stupa's intricate details and take in the beautiful scenery around you. You can also visit between 11 AM and 4 PM to see the architectural wonder and its surroundings clearly and have a more peaceful experience.
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