Heritage of Bhutan

Bhutan’s heritage is its distinct culture and way of life. Different from the rest of the world, the country has a unique culture that can be seen in the form of distinct clothes, language and architecture. All this is a part of heritage in Bhutan. The traditional Kira and Gho clothing for women and men, the Dzongkha language, and numerous monasteries, fortresses, castles and natural heritage sites exotically present the evocative heritage of Bhutan.

In terms of architectural heritage, one can never resist the magnificence of Dzongs. This is a special type of fortress architecture present in different Buddhist kingdoms of Bhutan. A typical dzong is basically a complex that comprises of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and monks' accommodation.

Tamzhing monastery is another upholder of heritage in Bhutan. Located in Bumthang district, this is the principle seat of Pema Lingpa built by him in 1501. In terms of Bhutanese heritage, the monastic temple has many unique mural paintings, statues and several other important cultural attractions. These are highly close to the history of Bhutan and Peling traditions. Pema Lingpa is also famous as the great ‘Treasure Revealer' of the Bhutan and also the country’s important historical figure. The monastery holds importance for initiating the sacred Peling dances. This is a living Bhutanese cultural tradition. Considering all such cultural associations, Tamzhing monastery is also one of the country’s famous heritage sites.

Drukgyel Dzong

The ancient ruin of Drukgyel Dzong is the ruined site famous more »


In terms of heritage, Dzongs of Bhutan have their own value as the most striking indigenous more »

Tamzhing Monastery

Tamzhing Monastery upholds the treasured traditions of Bhutan. The place is associated with Terton Pema Lingpa, more »

Royal Manas National Park

Royal Manas National Park is a biodiversity hotspot of Bhutan. With more than 900 species of vascular plants, 348 species of trees more »

Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park of North-West Bhutan is spread over an area of 4,349 sq. km and is the country’s more »

Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the north-western region of Bhutan is tremendously bestowed with rich more »

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is the part of Eastern part of Shangri-La Kingdom– Bhutan and has a lot more more »

Another important heritage tradition of Bhutan thrives in its impressive flora and fauna. Be it spotting Takin, or visiting its many national parks, Bhutan is blessed with enormous share of heritage. This precious natural heritage is secured and safeguarded in the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

In terms of national parks, the country shares Royal Manas National Park with Assam in India. This is the only national park to inhabit the one-horned rhinoceros. Besides rhinos, the park is a home to Bengal tigers, elephants, golden langur, hispid hare, wild water buffalo, etc. In terms of topography, the park geography varies from lowland tropical forests to permanent ice fields. Witnessing such a diverse showcase of landscapes is an important element of a trip to Royal Manas National Park.

Jigme Dorji National Park is the second-largest national park of Bhutan. The park hosts many mammals like takin, clouded leopard, snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, Bengal tiger, black musk deer, red panda, Himalayan black bear, dhole or Indian wild dog, etc. It is also the only Bhutanese park where the national animal (takin), flower (blue poppy), bird (raven) and tree (cypress) exist together.

All such enchanting attractions are a part of Bhutan’s heritage. Come here and explore the secrets via Bhutan heritage tours. Or contact our team of tour experts for more information on the heritage attractions.

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