By Komal Rana
Sign up for this unique exploration of the magical kingdom of Bhutan which is also renowned as “Land of the Thunder Dragon” on a bike. The major attractions here are the Buddhist structures and culture. Observe the peaceful life of the people and the smile in their faces as the citizens of a country which introduced the concept of ‘Gross National Happiness’.
The reasons why you should definitely give Bhutan a chance are its picturesque locations and glorious Buddhist History. If you are interested or are planning to visit this magical country, you can opt for our motorcycle tours.
Here are some of Bhutan’s popular destinations:
Palden Tashi Chholing Shedra- Phuentsholing
Palden Tashi Chholing Shedra is located in Phuentsholing, which serves as the gateway to Bhutan. The Palden Tashi Chholing Shedra serves as a Buddhist College which was sanctified in 2014. In the Tsuglhakhang (assembly hall), we come across some of the finest wall paintings.
Punakha Dzong- Punakha
The Punakha Dzong has the honour of being the second largest Dzong in Bhutan. The structure dates back to 1637 and is credited to Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The monastery also houses the remains of Tertön Pema Lingpa and Ngawang Namgyal. The monastery is also noted for its beautiful and intricate paintings.
Tiger’s Nest – Paro
The Tiger’s Nest is also renowned as the Taktsang Monastery and is an important landmark in Paro. Some believe that, Guru Padmasambhava (who supposedly introduced Buddhism in Bhutan) meditated in this place after he flew to this area on a flying tigress.
Tashichho Dzong- Thimpu
The Tashichho Dzong in Thimpu houses thirty shrines. Dating back to 1968, the monastery served as the centre of power of the Bhutanese Government. Inside we come across the Throne Room, Cabinet Secretariat and other offices like the Ministries of Finance and Home Affairs.
Tamzhing Monastery- Bumthang Valley
The Tamzhing Lhuendrup Monastery is a Nyingma Monastery of utmost importance in Bhutan. Known for supporting approximately 95 monks, the monastery is in the tentative list of the World Heritage Sites. The monastery also serves as a seat of Sungtrul Rinpoche, who is supposedly the incarnation of Pema Lingpa.
Galem’s House- Punakha
Located close to the Punakha Dzong, the Galem’s House is a popular attraction for the visitors. The three- storeyed structure was supposedly owned by Changyul Bum Galem, a beautiful woman who is known by the people for her tragic love story with a man from a lower economic status.
We also get to ride on the Haa Valley, which is surrounded by thick forests. The area is historically significant as it served as a trade route to Tibet in the ancient times. Here we come across the Black and White Temple, Tagchu Goemba which is 100 years old and Shekhar Drak which is a unique shrine.
The aforementioned places paint Bhutan as a nation which is brimmed with happiness.
Komal Rana is a lone traveler and a biking fanatic. She has travelled to various parts of India on her bike and jotted down excerpts from these journeys in her travel blog. She talks about her motorcycle tours, stay, and food of different places she rides to. In this article, she talks about her biking tour to Bhutan.