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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 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. It was formerly the meeting hall for the National Assembly and now…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Taktshang Goemba

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 Paro valley. It's the goal of every visitor to Bhutan and while …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang is one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was t…
Top Choice Fusion in Paro

Tou Zaiga Restaurant

Trainee five-star chefs test their skills on lucky tourist groups at this restaurant run by the nonprofit Bondey Institute of Hotel Tourism. The dishes fuse Western tastes and local ingredients, centred on seasonal …
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Phobjikha Valley

Gangte Goemba

Gangte Goemba enjoys the valley's 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 gu…
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 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’s (RSPN), which has informative displays about the black-necked cranes and the valley environment. You can…
Top Choice Fusion in Paro

Bukhari Restaurant

The sophisticated circular restaurant at the Uma is considered the best in the valley. The set menu changes every three days, but focuses on fresh, healthy and locally sourced food. Lunch is simpler and includes the…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Paro

Dumtse Lhakhang

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; look for his mural by the ent…