Ura Valley which is about one and a half hour drive from Jakar is the highest of Bumthang’s valleys and it is believed by some to have been the home of the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. To reach here, the road climbs to amazingly open countryside, only occasionally running into …..
Further going towards the east of Wangdue Phodrang, Gangtey Gompa provides one of the most attractions in Bhutan. It dates back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa, on the valley floor is the village of Phobjikha. This is the winter home of black necked cranes that …..
Chimi Lhakhang is situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as …..
Taktsang Monastery, popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest temple is the Bhutan’s most famous monastery perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley. According to legend, Guru Padsambhava is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate …..
Phajoding Goemba (monastery) is a 5 km uphill walk from Motithang. The monastery was built in 15th century by Shagcha Rinchen who introduced the Drukpa Kagyupa school in Bhutan in the 13th Century. It was at one time one of the richest monasteries in the country.
Cheri Goemba (monastery) is half an hour drive from Thimphu town. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620. A silver chorten inside the monastery holds the ashes of Shabdrung’s father. The trail commences by crossing a lovely covered bridge that spans the Thimphu Chug, then climbs steeply to …..