Bhutan is considered as one of the happiest countries of the world. This is because, the government as well as the citizens ensure to measure and integrate methodologies in the system that help in living a better life. The country’s focus is to provide its people better living rather than maximizing on profits and products. Moreover, Bhutan has preserved its ancient culture and heritage successfully and ensures that the present and coming generations in-built it in themselves. However, the Bhutan temples are another representation of their tradition, culture and beliefs that are followed by the Bhutanese people and the Buddhists.
People, especially Buddhists, are eager to visit the temples and the sacred places at least once in their life & these temples are also one of the best places to visit in Bhutan. Hence, you shall find a huge crowd of local people in the temples here including tourists as well.
The Beautiful Bhutan Temples
The Bhutan Temples are also referred as monasteries here. Whether you are in Bhutan for a short or long vacation, you for sure will need to know complete details about the temples here prior to your trip. Therefore, we have shortlisted the must-visit temples of Bhutan and have discussed them below for your convenience. It will serve as a guide for you, read on to know about them:
Taktsang Palphug Monaster, which is renowned a the Paro Taktsang is a temple of the Buddhists in Bhutan, which is found at 3120 meters cliff at the highest sea level, providing a great view of the Paro Valley from the top. Visiting this temple is adventurous as it is only accessible through the mountainous track. However, on your way to it, you shall be welcomed by the fascinating views of the surrounding and emerald green valleys.
The architecture of the monastery depicts the rich tradition of Buddhists. The complex is a white building with roofs in golden color, having 4 major temples and many dwellings. There is a prayer wheel found within the courtyard of the temple, which is rotated at 4:00 am by monks to let the people know that a new day has begun. It is one of the best Bhutan temples that not only offers an ideal place to worship, but also breathtaking views, which for sure adds more value to one’s experience.
Kurjey Lhakhang is one many Bhutan temples, found in Bumthang. Here you shall come across the image of Guru Rinopche enshrined in rock, who was invited here by Sendhu Raja, the king of Bumthang, to cure his illness. The guru left the imprint of this body, which is cagey on the rocks and hence, this complex has been named after him and his sacred powers. Inside this complex, you shall see 3 huge temples, which have 108 stupas. When you enter into this beautiful complex, you shall see the first temple on your right, which is named as Guru Lhakhang since 1652. The temple in the center was constructed by the first King Ugyen Wangchuck in the 1900. However, the third one is not too old, which has been built under patronage of Her Majesty Queen mother Ashi Kesang Wangchuck.
After travelling approximately 10 miles from Thimphu, capital of Bhutan, you shall come across the Tango Monastery. It was founded in the 13th century and the building has been constructed since 1688. Similar to other Bhutan’s monasteries, Tango Monastery has been constructed over a cave, which is famous for miracles and meditation taking place in here. It has 12 corners, having around 6 temples inside.
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Changangkha Lhakhang is one of the beautiful and creatively designed temples, where children are brought by their parents, according to some traditional and spiritual beliefs. You can find this on a small hill that provides a magnificent view of the Thimphu valley. This monastery was constructed in the 13th century by Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo.
Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong)
Rinpung Dzong is renowned for being one of the best Bhutan temples in Paro. The architectural design of the Dzong is marvelous, speaking out loud the creative skills of Bhutanese. Furthermore, the view of Paro Valley from its big fortress and monastery is mind blowing. The famous Paro Tshechu festival is also organized here, so if you are lucky enough to enjoy your vacation at this time, you shall definitely enjoy your trip. You can visit this temple from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Lhuentse Dzong is renowned for being the residential place of the Bhutan’s Royal Family and many generations have resided here. It was turned into a monastery in the year 1654. You shall come across 5 temples here, two are in the tower right in the center. This Dzong was built here because the ridge seen over here standing tall is believed to look like a trunk of an elephant. Today, more than 100 monks live here and they are very happy with a sense of humor.
Hope this guide assists you on your journey to Bhutan. Do make a separate list of temples and sacred places found here, so that you can plan your tour accordingly. Every Buddhist has a dream to worship and visit once in their life and it’s your luck that you shall be here soon.