The Monasteries of Bhutan
The visit to these monasteries has always inspired travellers for their mysterious beginnings.
- The Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- The Punakha Dzong
- The Thimphu Dzong
- The Gangtey Monastery
- The Trongsa Dzong
The Tiger’s Nest Monastery
This is also known as the Paro Taktsang and is the best-known monastery. It is a symbol of Bhutan and originates back to the 8th century. It is named after a Buddhist figure found in the legend Guru Rinpoche. He is known to have travelled over from Tibet on a flying tiger. It is located 3000 meters above sea level. Since it is on a cliff, travellers have many hours of trekking before they reach there.
The Punakha Dzong
This Dzong is located close to Thimphu which is the capital of Bhutan. It is one of the oldest Dzongs of Bhutan. In there you will find ornate paintings and classic roof structures influenced by the Chinese. It is a very beautiful sight as it is situated at the join of the rivers Mo and Pho.
The Thimphu Dzong
The Thimphu Dzong is located just above the capital city of Bhutan and is accessible to travellers. This Dzong is proposed to be built during the 12th century but has been rebuilt and expanded due to the damage done during fire and earthquakes. This Dzong hosts the Bhutanese government.
The Gangtey Monastery
This beautiful monastery stands on the Gangtey Valley and hence the name. It dates back to the 17th century and is one of the oldest one holding a seat of Nyingmapa Buddhism.It is made of colourful towers painted in mandalas, more than usual courtyards and exterior being painted with rainbow colours.
The Trongsa Dzong
This is one of the largest Dzongs in Bhutan consisting of many historic, traditional buildings designed in Bhutanese style. It lies in a forested valley overlooking a gorge. This has been the seat of the local government with lovely avenues to be explored.