Known by the
native Bhutanese as "Druk Yul" (The land of Thunder
Dragon) - Bhutan, the only pure Buddhist kingdom
in the world is regarded as the last paradise on earth because of its isolation, vibrant
culture and myths surrounding the Kingdom and its people. The
topography is one of dramatic contrast from near tropical in
the south bordering India to mountainous alpine in the north,
which form a natural frontier with China. The capital Thimphu
lying in a valley is particularly striking with traditional
architecture. The places to visit are Tashichho
of the government. Memorial Chorten dedicated to late king
Jigme Dorgee. National Library for collection of ancient text.
Painting School for traditional technique of drawing and
painting. Traditional Medicine Hospital for herbal medicines.
Changangkha Lakhang for ancient scriptures and thankas.
Dechenchholing for gold and silver smiths at work. Simtokha
Dzong the oldest fortress of Bhutan.
65-km southwest of Thimphu is the only airport in Bhutan. The places of interest
are Ta Dzong houses national museum. Ripung Dzong venue of the
Paro Tseshu (festival). The ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Kychu
Lakhang one of the most sacred and oldest temple in Bhutan.
Dungtse Lakhang with its extraordinary collection of religious
Punakha, 77 km north west of
Thimphu is the ancient capital and the winter residence of
central monk body, the most interesting place to visit is the
unique Punakha Dzong built in 1637 is located on the
confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Cho. Wangdi Phodrang
distinguished by its Dzong, which completely covers the spur
of the hill and commands excellent views. Gangtey Gompa is an
interesting Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Tongsa is the
ancestral home of the Royal family of Bhutan. The Dzong houses
23 temples and a watchtower. The Bumthang valley is known for
the beauty, temples and place of historical significance. It
is an ideal place for country walks to observe the lifestyle
of Bhutanese people.