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Source: About Time:


Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is known for its dramatic landscape, ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys dotted with monasteries and dzongs. 

Travellers looking to explore the Buddhist Kingdom and delve into the history and heritage of the country can visit the numerous temples, originally built to protect local communities and which have turned into museums housing cultural and religious artefacts. The impressive architecture of the fortresses typically consist of courtyards, temples, administrative offices and monks’ accommodation.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

The Lowdown: Taktsang Monastery, known as ‘The Tiger’s Nest’, is Bhutan’s most iconic temple standing on a sheer cliff edge 3,120 metres above the Paro Valley. The temple is only accessible by trekking two/three hours through pine forests and mountains. But the trek is worth it, as once you reach the summit, you’re rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding majestic mountains and valleys, as well as the chance to see brightly coloured prayer bannerettes symbolising protection and good luck.

Gangtey Monastery

The Lowdown: The Gangtey Monastery is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, situated in the Wangdue Phodrang District in Western Bhutan. Offering views of Phobjikha Valley, the area is home to the country’s rare Black Necked Cranes. Explore the Valley’s cultural heritage and traditions, as well as attending the Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival, held in November each year. The festival sees over 300 cranes migrate and you can learn about the importance of conserving endangered species and the history of the area.

Trongsa Dzong