Country Profile - Bhutan - Monuments

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Bhutan often revered as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" or 'Druk Yul', is still regarded as one of the last "Shangri-La's" in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries.

This country of rolling hills and towering crags certainly exudes charm. The mountains are magnificent, the forest are dense, the people are delightful, the air is pure, the architecture inspiring, the religion exciting and the art superb.

Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren't just a seasoning but the main ingredient. It's also a deeply Buddhist land, where monasteries are part of the mainstream, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses.

Monuments and Monasteries

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Beautiful fortresses (Dzongs), sacred temples, enchanting villages, or monasteries – Bhutan mesmerizes our visitors with beautiful sights. Taking up prime positions in this picture-book landscape are the majestic fortress-like Dzongs and monasteries. This unique architecture embodies Buddhist culture and sets the scene for spectacular Tsechus (dance festivals).