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