Central Bhutan attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Trongsa

Trongsa Dzong

This commanding dzong, high above the roaring Mangde Chhu, is perhaps the most spectacularly sited dzong in Bhutan, with a sheer drop to the south that often just disappears into cloud and mist. The rambling assembl…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Jakar

Jakar Dzong

The current structure, in a picturesque location overlooking the Chokhor valley, was built in 1667. Its official name is Yuelay Namgyal Dzong, in honour of the victory over the troops of Tibetan ruler Phuntsho Namgy…
Top Choice Museum in Trongsa

Tower of Trongsa Royal Heritage Museum

This watchtower (ta dzong) overlooking the dzong now houses an excellent museum. The five floors of displays focus on Buddhist art and royal memorabilia, including such varied treasures as the 500-year-old jacket of…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Kurjey Lhakhang

This large, active and important temple complex is named after the body (kur) print (jey) of Guru Rinpoche, which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings that make up the temple complex. It i…
Buddhist Monastery in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Tamshing Goemba

This goemba, formally the Tamshing Lhendup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message), is 5km from Jakar. It was established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingma goemba in the kingdom. Pema Lingpa bui…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Konchogsum Lhakhang

Just 400m below Tamshing, this towering, recently constructed and brightly painted building completely envelops the restored remains of the original temple. That much smaller temple, most of which dates from the 15t…
Palace in Jakar

Wangdichholing Palace

The palace of Wangdichholing was built in 1857 on the site of a battle camp of the penlop of Trongsa, Jigme Namgyal. It was the first palace in Bhutan that was not designed primarily as a fortress. The grand but rat…
Brewery in Jakar

Bumthang Brewery

Admission price includes one bottle of Red Panda beer.
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Jampey Lhakhang

Up a short side road about 1.5km past Sey Lhakhang, this fabulous temple is believed to have been built in 659 by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, on the same day as Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro, in order to subdue a Tib…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Ngang Lhakhang

A bumpy 10km drive up the Chokhor valley from Thangbi Goemba is the small region known as Ngang-yul (Swan Land). The site was visited by Guru Rinpoche, but the present Ngang Lhakhang was built in the 15th century by…