Bhutan Spiritual Tour ? Top 5 Monasteries to Explore

Posted by Ten Dorji on November 20th, 2018

Locked between India and Tibet, the Kingdom of Bhutan is sometimes overlooked, but the Land of the Dragon is home to some of the most beautiful monasteries in the globe. People that are looking for a Bhutan spiritual tour, listed here are some well known monasteries in Bhutan that are worth exploring.

Taktsang Monastery, Paro Valley:

Taktsang Monastery should be on top of your Bhutan spiritualtour for many reasons. The white building with colorful flags, Gold plated dome, golden prayer wheels and a cave shrine every devotee and tourist. Positioned at a height of 3120m in the upper side of Paro Valley, this tranquil home of GuruRinpoche was ruined in fire & renovated in 1998. You can hike up to the monastery to relish the awe-inspiring sights of the adjoining valley or enjoy the appetizing Bhutanese foods at Taktsang café.

Cheri Monastery, Thimpu:

After an hour long hike up the DodenaHill, you can reach to the Cheri Monastery. Built in 1620, this monastery is at present a main learning & retreat center of southern Drukpa descent. The hike up to the monastery is enthralling though lush-green pine & rhododendron forests. The monastery building, enclosed by tranquil prayer room, bright prayer flags wavering in the air, and shrine with Buddhist portrait not just make it one of the finest sightseer places in Bhutan.

Memorial Chorten, Thimpu:

Popularly known as Memorial Stupa, this sacred abode features golden spires, bells, paintings, assembly halls and a popular portrait of Druk Gyalpo in traditional clothing. Not like other Bhutan monasteries, Memorial Stupa doesn’t preserve human relics. The stunning garden enclosing the stupa, the entrance with statues, slate carvings and murals attract to every tourist.

Punakha Dzong Monastery, Punakha:

Being the 2nd Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong is the current winter abode of Dratshang – the chief monk. The monastery features sanctified relics of Ngawang Namgyal, Drukpa period and Terton Pema Lingpa. The glittering white stupa, a chapel for the queen of Nagas, and Bodhi tree, and the hundred pillar assembly hall are the other attractions here in this popular Bhutan monastery.

Gangteng Monastery, Phodrang:

Your Bhutan spiritual tour will be incomplete without a trip to Gangteng Monastery in Phodrang. As a vital ancestry of Pema Lengpa, this monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. The monastery is also one of the most visited tourist places in the country of Bhutan as it features many colorful temples, Shedra’s Assembly Hall, 11-faced AvalokitesvaraLhakhang, and a great collection of weapon & armory. 


Bhutan is the ultimate destination for every tourist to relish the mystical, un-spoilt exquisiteness with its unique lifestyle, tradition, art,and culture. It is going to be the most popular hill trip of your life as it is untouched by the influence of the modern world. Exploring some of the most popularmonasteries of Bhutan is certainly going to help you understand the culture of this country in a more in-depth manner. In fact, a well-planned Bhutan spiritual tour may change your view towards life.

Author bio:

This article is written by Authentic Bhutan Tours – a tour operator that specializes in arranging customized Bhutan spiritual tour for international tourists from USA, UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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