Western Bhutan attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Punakha & Khuruthang

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, especially in spring when the lilac-coloured jacaranda trees bring a lush sensuality to the dzong's characteristically towering whitewashed walls. T…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Taktshang

Taktshang Goemba

The 'Tiger's Nest Monastery' is one of the Himalaya's most incredible sites, miraculously perched on the side of a sheer cliff 900m above the floor of the Paro valley. Visiting is the goal of most visitors to Bhutan…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang is one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. The main chapel has roots as far back as the 7th century, with additional buildings and a golden roof added in 1839 by the penlop (governor) of P…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Paro

Paro Dzong

Paro Dzong ranks as a high point of Bhutanese architecture. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley, especially when floodlit at night. It was formerly the meeting hal…
Top Choice Museum in Paro

National Museum

Perched above Paro Dzong is its ta dzong (watchtower), built in 1649 to protect the undefended dzong and renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. The unusual round building is said to be in the shape of a con…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Phobjikha Valley

Gangte Goemba

Gangte Goemba enjoys prime real estate, on a forested hill overlooking the green expanse of the entire Phobjikha valley. The extensive complex consists of the central goemba, monks' quarters, a small guesthouse and …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Phobjikha Valley

Black-Necked Crane Information Centre

Your first stop in Phobjikha should be the information centre of the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature (RSPN), which has informative displays about the black-necked cranes and the valley environment. You can u…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Paro

Dumtse Lhakhang

Just north of town, by the road leading to the National Museum, is Dumtse Lhakhang, an unusual chorten-like temple that was built in 1433 (some sources say 1421) by the iron-bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo to subdue…
Buddhist Site in Upper Paro Valley

Chumphu Ney

For a fabulous trip into the dreamlike miracle world of Bhutan's sacred geography, budget a day for a hike up to one of Bhutan’s most famous ney (sacred sites). The focal point of the walk is a venerated ‘floating’ …
Buddhist Temple in Paro to Haa Via Cheli La

Dzongdrakha Goemba

The visually splendid but little-visited cliffside retreat of Dzongdrakha Goemba is one of several local sites where Guru Rinpoche did battle with local demons and it's well worth a short detour off the Paro–Cheli L…