Temples of Bhutan
An in depth look at Buddhism in Bhutan through its most important temples and pilgrim sites.
The Tiger's Nest
Visit one of the world's most spectacular temples, the incredible Tiger's Nest, clinging to a sheer cliff above the Paro Valley, at an altitude of 3,100 metres.
Jampey Lhakhang in Bumthang is one of two 7th century temples in Bhutan, the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro.
Drukpa Kunley earned the title of the 'Divine Madman' by using unconventional and outrageous behaviour to challenge the traditional teachings of Buddhism. This modest temple built in his honour is now a symbol of fertility.
The beautiful dzong at Punakha sits at the confluence of two great rivers and is reached by a wooden cantilevered bridge. This elegant buliding displays the very best of Bhutanese architecture, embellished with intricately carved, painted and gilded woodwork. The dzong is the site for the coronation of all of Bhutan's kings and it is the winter residence of the central monk body.
Bulit in 1549 and rebuilt in 1667 after a fire, Jakar Dzong is named after a white bird said to landed at this auspicious site. It is one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan, with a circumference of 1½ kms.
National Memorial Chorten
The National Memorial Chorten is a social hub as well as being a hive of religious activity in Thimphu. Locals arrive here daily to chant prayers, turn the large prayer wheels, do prostrations or circumambulate the main building that commemorates the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
This beautiful temple is reached by hiking one of Bhutan's most scenic trails. The path curves upward through the rice paddies, with the views becoming more spectacular as you gain height. Once you reach the top of the hill you can reward yourself with even better views from the temple's rooftop.
This beautifully maintained nunnery comes with panoramic views over the Punakha Valley. It has one of only a handful of Nepalese style stupas found in Bhutan.
One of the first things you see as you fly into Bhutan is the Paro Dzong. This magnificent government, monastery and temple complex dominates the Paro Valley and looks equally as impressive at night, thanks to newly installed lighting.