1. Tango Monastery
This beautiful and enchanting monastery is located near the Cheri Mountains. A view after the long trek to the top Tango Monastery justifies the fact that why is it considered the most beautiful monastery of Bhutan.
When the traveller reached on the top of the monastery, the view of majestic mountains, serene valleys, and rich flora greets them and all their weariness of trekking also fades away. There is a very rich history associated with this very popular Tango Monastery, about how this place got its name. Meaning of Tango is “horse head”. Many years ago when Phajo Drugom Zighpo, the founder of the teaching of Dodeyna had heard the neighing of the horse and also at the same time witnessed the sight of burning of the horse head. This scene altogether is believed to be an illustration of the god Tandin.
This monastery is a home to many monks who have been living here since quite a long time. Moreover, this holy place is a centre for learning and practicing Buddhism and people from all over the world comes to visit this place.
2. Rinpung Dzong
This is the major Buddhist monastery in Paro and is also recognised as pride of Bhutan. This monastery has fourteen shrines, each of them having their separate religious values. Ripung Dzong monastery had turned itself into a watchtower at the time of Tibetan invasion and this is the only reason, this monastery is of great significance in history.
This place also celebrates Paro Tschechu festival on the stone-paved path outside the monastery. This place is also known as a paradise for the photography lovers because of its scenic beauty. There are several outstanding paintings and inscriptions on the walls of the monastery.
3. Paro Taksang
This monastery is located on a cliff in the upper part of the Paro Valley. This monastery is popularly known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Travellers can reach this monastery after 2-3 hours of uphill trek. The Paro Taksang is considered as one of the most sacred place in Bhutan.
It is said that Guru Ripoche came here on Tigress’ back in 8th century, since then, this place is known as Tiger’s Nest. One can come here and seek peace and solace in the arms of nature. Paro Taksang is world-wide recognized as the oldest monastery in Bhutan.
4. Tashichho Dzong
Located on the northern side of the city Thimphu, this is one of the most sacred and oldest monasteries in Bhutan. Lama Gylawa Lhanapa built this place in the year 1216 and this monastery got its name from Shabdrung Ngawang Mamgyal in 1641.
Tashichho Dzong has a new architecture by Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third king of Bhutan as this place was ruined by earthquake many a times.
5. Dechen Phodrang Monastery
Dechen Phodrang Monastery’s name means “Palace of Great Bliss”. This place was built in 12th century and is home to 500 monks approximately. It is also a monastic school which teaches students an eight-year course.
This is also a site for great historical importance as it has many paintings from ancient days preserved properly for visitors to watch and admire them.
A huge majestic statue of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is major attraction of this monastery.