Beautiful Places To Visit in Bhutan

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Bhutan is an incredibly beautiful country. Beautiful places, temples, monasteries, buildings and architecture in Bhutan, in pictures.

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Bhutan is mountainous, being in the Himalayas, but also very green with unspoiled countryside and lush fertile valleys.

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This post covers must-see places in Bhutan to help you plan your Bhutan itinerary, tour, or vacation.

The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Bhutan

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The number 1 must-vist place in Bhutan for most people is the Tigers Nest Monastery.

The most famous place in Bhutan, a monastery clinging to a mountainside, is The Tiger’s Nest or Paro Taktsang, also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery. It is a sacred Vajrayana Himalayan Buddhist building in traditional Bhutanese style located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. It’s not far from Paro Airport (Bhutan’s International Airport), and Paro Gompa, another beautiful place to visit.

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Paro Gompa, a fortified religious place, gompas are common in Bhutan. The interior of Paro Gompa is stunning.

If you only have a day or two to spend in Bhutan and you’re arriving by air at Paro, these two places would be enough to fill your itinerary. It’s quite a hike up to The Tiger’s Nest and there are other beautiful religious structures to see on the way.

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The view of the Paro Valley from Paro Gompa, one of the most beautiful views in Bhutan

The Tiger’s Nest is not unique, there are other monasteries and nunneries built into cliffs in Bhutan and there are dozens of beautiful Gompas.

A Gompa is a fortified Buddhist temple, monastery, or place of meditation.

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Inside the Paro Gompa in Bhutan
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Another photo from inside the Paro Gompa
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The Little Tiger’s Nest Bhutan, another cliff-side religious building. This is Kila Nunnery and it dates from the 9th Century.

Kila Nunnery (The Little Tiger’s Nest) was established as a Bhuddist meditation site in the 9th century and is possibly the oldest nunnery in Bhutan. Kila Nunnery can be reached on foot and by a dirt road and lies between Paro and the Haa Valley.

Nuns are stil in residence today and they pursue higher Buddhist college studies from the buildings along the cliff edge. We were able to go inside Kila Nunnery to meet the nuns, monks and kittens.

You can walk to Kila Nunnery from the Cheli La (high pass from the Haa Valey), passing chortens, prayer flags and a pleasant forest.

We have another post with more photos from Kila Nunnery.

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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