Lying in South Asia, Bhutan is a landlocked country often called as the Land of Dragons. Earlier, this place was accessible by foot only, from its bordering countries – China and India. Owing to its location on the high hills of the Himalayan Range, it is also referred to as the roof of the world. A few decades back, taking a Bhutan tour was not possible as it was not allowed by the government. However now, it has emerged as one of the most popular destinations among tourists. They can witness a confluence of the Buddhist culture popular in the country and global developments in the recent times.
Bhutan has something to offer even for the most discerning travellers. Be it some serious trekking, enjoying picturesque sights or spending quality time at monasteries, visitors can choose from many available options. This beautiful country on the eastern edge of the Himalayas is also a land of majestic monasteries and dzongs (fortresses). Here is a list of such three attractions that can be visited by travellers by booking Bhutan tour packages.
This Buddhist monastery and fortress is constructed around a temple, which was built by Drung Drung Gyal in the 15th century. It is said that the local people offered the crag of Hungrel to this Lama at Paro. Later in the 17th century, his descendants offered this fortress to the Drukpa hierarch in recognition of his religious authority. It lies in Paro district of Bhutan, and is home to the district Monastic Body.
The official seat of the Druk Desi – the head of the civil government in the country – this monastery is one of the must visit attraction, often included in the Bhutan tour packages. Lying on the western bank of the Wang Chu, this fortress was built by the first Druk Desi, who also founded the Lho-drukpa sect of Buddhism.
It is believed that this fortress was built by Tenin Drukdra in the mid 17th century. Lying in the upper part of the Paro district, only ruins can be seen here as it was destroyed by fire, back in the year 1950.
Travellers are suggested to make plan their Bhutan tour well in advance to explore these fortresses and monasteries, without any hassle.