Is travelling your inspiration? How do you plan and what is the top most priority for your plan for the trip? Definitely! you wish to make it more memorable and joyous lifetime moment. You wish to experience the inexperienced ones. That would include unique sightseeing of your destination. Similarly, Bhutan can be listed as one of your sightseeing destinations as it has the most unique sightseeing destinations. Bhutan stands out from the rest of the world just because of this reason and those sightseeing can be roughly classified as spiritual and leisure sightseeing.
Spiritual sightseeing in Bhutan
Bhutan is well known for the maintenance of its spiritual values existing from long time back. Bhutan exist with its divinity of every significant remains such as the religious relics and museums which represents the historic cultural showrooms. Spirituality was a way of life in Bhutan and it still is and majority of sightseeing in Bhutan can be inclusive of spiritual while few are related to leisure sightseeing. Some of the example of spiritual sightseeing can be:
1. Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest)
Taktsang has the most beautiful and wonderful features parked on challenging mountain cliffs. The monastery is Bhutan’s most sacred and religious site perched on the upper Paro valley. It also serves as the defense of the country from all evil cause. The taktsang monastery has the profound history associated with the visit of great Guru Padmasambhava. In Fact, it is the most significant part of Buddhist religious temple. This treasurous shrine that we are able to treasure today is all because of his selfless exertion towards bringing in light to Bhutan during the 8th century AD.
The blessings and its immeasurable worthy emotions has no words to speak as you visit and listen to the history of how this particular monastery has came to an existence. The pristinity has something to enjoy your view whereas, history has something to feel your soul inside. Every tourist who visits Bhutan make sure that they visit this amazing site seeking one’s blessings for the good cause of one all sentient beings.
2. National Memorial Chorten
The chorten(stupa) is also one of the sacred religious relics built in the memory of His Majesty the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck for remembrance of his visionary leadership in the country. It’s centrally located in the heart of the capital city of Bhutan for the convenience of all visitors where it acts as the most convenient sightseeing for foreigners as well.
Particularly, this scenic place has thousands of people circumambulating this stupa everyday. Mornings and evenings are all day found crowded where all young and old come here from dawn till dusk to pray for the well-being of all sentient beings. In the Buddhism point of view, the prayers you make and the effort you take in circumambulating is said to have the tones of merits to accumulate and sins to cleanse that you might have accumulated. This is the very reason why the site get crowded at all times.
3. Buddha Dordenma statue
The buddha dordenma is located atop of the capital city of Bhutan. It’s another top sightseeing in Bhutan famously known as Buddha point. The largest statue measures the height of 51.5m which is recorded as the world’s largest buddha statue. It is one of the most amazing sightseeing where it displays overlooking approach to the southern part of the capital city.
Apart from the outer view, there are important statues and religious relics inside. There are 1,25,000 smaller Buddha statues that has been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue serving thousands of visitors in blessing their prayers. It’s auspicious nature blesses Bhutan for the existing peace and prosperity.
4. Dochula Pass
Heavenly Dochula pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The Most enriching sightseeing in Bhutan. It is the pass where you can enjoy leisure time and accumulate merit in the meanwhile. Dochula pass consists of the victory temple and 108 stupas built in the memory of historic overcoming history of installing peace in the country followed by the interesting sites for your leisure time. Besides its beautiful scenery surroundings, it offers every visitor the most stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range around.
Especially, winter days are more scenic and clear where you can enjoy the scene of snow-capped eastern himalayan mountains beautifully lined. Most importantly, the dochula pass offers you the most awaited moment that keeps you away from the touristy hub, the complete silence.
Acquire peace that reveals your heart by taking a moment to meditate in the meditation cave to transform your scheduled mind set to freed at that short moment of your life.
5. Dzongs in Bhutan
The very reason why Bhutan stands out of the rest of the world is mainly because of the realm in which it stands. Bhutan is a unique paradise upholding all spiritualistic history of existing fortresses known as Dzongs. The dzongs displays the unique architect and it shows the architectural craftsmanship of Bhutanese. Bhutanese fortresses or Dzongs emerged in the 12th century and its main purpose was to defense enemy’s invasions and to serve as the quarters of central authority. There are many other untold historic history where you would be hearing the fairy tales of Bhutan. Dzongs has the most important significance of Bhutanese forum where it’s advisable to visit it for the wonderful experience. You will definitely feel the most out of everything. The most important Dzongs you may visit are:
Drukgyel Dzong- Located in Paro District- Built in 1649
Punakha Dzong- Located in Punakha- Built-in 1637-1638- Second oldest and the second largest
Simtokha Dzong- Located in Thimphu- Built in 1629
Tashichho Dzong- Located in Thimphu- Built in 1641
Trashiyangtse Dzong-Trashiyangtse District, Yangtse Gewog- Built in the 15th century
Trongsa Dzong- Located in Trongsa District- Built in 1543
Zhongar Dzong-Located in Thimphu- Built in the 17th century
Leisure sightseeing in Bhutan
Leisure sightseeing in Bhutan is totally different from that of the spiritual sightseeing. Spirituality includes something that’s pertaining to the peace you can accumulate from the mental transformation for the benefit of one and all whereas, leisure sightseeing includes your level of visual satisfaction and enjoyment. There are many such sites to enjoy and have fun with your friends and family in Bhutan where you can also obtain absolute unity, peace and live there. Places like bellow ones can be visited for your pleasure.
1. Phobjikha valley
Phobjikha valley surrounded with beautiful cloud-capped mountains is most targeted as one of the famous sightseeing in Bhutan for both locals and foreigners. If you look for your leisure time to explore the best painted art of nature and interested in biodiversity, then Gangtey is your best choice.The excellent hue of that particular place is what let everyone enjoy their stay. The place where your picnic memory blooms and the place where most of them go to have pleasurable time with family and friends. In gangtey you will find different species of wild flocks and other animals. Nevertheless, visual pleasure which ultimately make it momentous.
And another interesting fact is, because of existing black-necked crane. Most people consider the arrival of black-necked crane during the winter season symbolizes the good sign that would bring them good yield of crops and good number of foreign visitors in upcoming years. Any how, the country Bhutan is based on the significance of every small thing. That’s another reason why outsiders are always invited to experience the way Bhutan is.
2. National Botanical Garden; Lamperi pass
Lamperi park is the first botanical park in Bhutan. The park represents the biological corridor of different species of plants, flowers and herbs. Especially in summer, because of the blossom of beautiful different colors makes the site more romantic. It short it paints the best view. But it doesn’t mean that winter gives you the deserted feeling. Absolutely, in winter we can’t see the flowers blooming but the recreational facilities like small board gives you the best honeymoon fantasy. Moreover, the lamperi park has the larger area where most foreigners and locals go for picnics and gatherings. This particular sites entertains visitors at all seasons.
Of course, the sites you visit doesn’t only seem visually and mentally inviting but your journey to Bhutan will definitely take you far beyond that. You’ll be exposed to every single historic existence of Bhutan and your learning could be the way high up whereby taking new experience along your journey.
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