Sights in Bhutan

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Jhomolari from Chele La Pass

Jhomolari from Chele La Pass

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Here are a few suggestions for a visit.

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June 30, 2005 change by giorgio

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Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest)

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Taktsang Monastry
Taktsang Monastry
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The beautiful and sacred Taktsang Monastery located about 20 minutes drive north of Paro is a must see. The place where the Guru Rimpoche flew over the Himilaya from Tibet in the 7th century on the back of a flying Tigress is said to be the origin of Bhuddism in Bhutan. From the parking lot at the base of the hill it is about a 2 hour hike to the best view point. It is often closed to the public but just seeing it from the outside is well worth the effort.

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Chele La Pass

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Jhomolari from Chele La Pass
Jhomolari from Chele La Pass
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Chele La Pass at over 13,000 ft to the west above the Paro Valley is the highest road pass in the country and has amazing views of the Himilaya and most significantly the magnificent Jhomolari, Bhutan's most sacred peak at over 22,000 feet. It is a one and a half hour drive from the valley floor in Paro to the pass. It can be ridden on a mountain bike but the climb is a long one. It is great fun to free wheel down either into the Haa Valley on the other side of back to Paro.

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Punakha

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 A three and a half hour drive from the town of Paro is the Punakha Dzong which sits at the confluence of two rivers, one considered male, the other female. The Dzong itself is massive and beautiful and worth the drive over. It burned about 10-12 years ago and was just redecorated about a year and a half ago.

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