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Chichén Itzá

  Chichén Itzá (El Castillo pyramid)(Tulum, Yucatan – 179 km. west of Cancún) — some time before Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, this site was once a thriving Mayan city, considered one of the largest in existence. The pyramid that marks this location exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central … Continue reading Chichén Itzá

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Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong (Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu) – a.k.a. ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’, this is a majestic fortress in all its grandeur and serves as the seat of Bhutan’s government. The Dzong houses the secretariat, the throne room, the offices of His Majesty the King and the ministries of home affairs and finance. The fortress … Continue reading Tashichho Dzong

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Tango Monastery

Tango Monastery (14 km. north of Thimphu, near Cheri Mountain) – this monastery was built in the 13th century. From the base point at Dodena, it’s an enjoyable one hour walk uphill to Tango. Tourists can visit the monastery and attend a special prayer ceremony at the monastery. Tango is presently the residence of the … Continue reading Tango Monastery

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Taktsang Monastery (Paro)

Taktsang Monastery (Paro) – a.k.a. “the Tiger’s Nest” and located on the edge of a cliff, some 900 meters above the rice fields of Paro, this 325-year-old monastery is considered one of the kingdom’s most sacred religious sites. Founded in the 8th century, the Buddhist temple clings to a cliff 900 meters above the valley … Continue reading Taktsang Monastery (Paro)

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Semtokha Dzong

Semtokha Dzong (Semtokha) – located 12 minutes (6 km) southeast of the capital, It is the first dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. There are over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard of the dzong. There is a believe that it provided protection against a demon which … Continue reading Semtokha Dzong

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Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong (Paro Chu River, Paro) — this is a large dzong (Buddhist monastery and fortress) of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school in Paro District. The dzong’s full name – Rinche Pung Dzong is literally translated as “Fortress on a Heap of Jewels”. It gets such a name because of its large collection … Continue reading Rinpung Dzong

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National Textile Museum

National Textile Museum (Norzin Lam, near the National Library of Bhutan, Thimphu) — this museum offers an in-depth look into the Bhutanese art form of weaving. You can see examples of weaving techniques from different areas of Bhutan, as well as styles of local dress and textiles made by local people. A small group of … Continue reading National Textile Museum

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National Museum of Bhutan

National Museum of Bhutan (Taa Dzong, Paro) – established in 1968 by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this is a seven-level cultural museum housed in the renovated ancient Ta-dzong building, above Rinpung Dzong. It displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork including traditional costumes, armor, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life. The collection at … Continue reading National Museum of Bhutan

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Memorial Chorten

Memorial Chorten (Chhoten Lam, Thimphu) – this is one of the most iconic landmarks of the country and is a magnificent sight. This is a monument dedicated to world peace and a visit to this place is amongst the “must things to do” in Bhutan’s capital. The monument is painted in stark white and golden … Continue reading Memorial Chorten