(This nice offbeat hike will take about two hours, depending on your stamina. There is a well-laid path and the climb isn’t very steep as well. The pathway to the monastery is lined with pine and rhododendron trees, colorful prayer-flags, cute resting spots, prayer wheels, Chortens and meditation huts. Since the place sees very few visitors, the surrounding areas are so very tranquil and peaceful and that in itself serves as reward enough for deciding to visit the monastery. Once you get there, over and above being hugely impressed by how the monastery is beautifully maintained, you will also be surprised at just how hospitable the monks (who inadvertently offer you tea and snacks) are.

Tango Monastery is one of the highest Buddhist Learning Centers in the kingdom.  The site is said to have been visited and blessed by Guru Rinpoche as well, but much earlier than Phajo, sometime in the 8th century.  Legend has it that the monastery is located on that very sacred site where Avolokitesvara revealed himself in the wrathful form of Hayagriva. It is said that Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, (a Tibetan Buddhist Master who played a crucial role in the early spread of the Drukpa Kagyud School of Buddhism in Bhutan) heard the neighing of a horse coming from the direction of where the monastery is located today. The legend goes on to say that the God Tamdrin/Hayagriva appeared before Phajo and prophesized that a monastery built at the site would greatly contribute to the spread of Buddhism in the region. Tango’ which literally translates as ‘Horse Head,’ derives its name from the natural shape of the rocky projection, upon which the monastery is located.

Amongst others great Masters who blessed the site with their visit, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is also said to have meditated in a cave at the site sometime in the 17th century. Back then Bhutan had been frequently invaded by Tibetan forces. It is maintained that the Zhabdrung’s meditating in the cave to solicit the assistance of his guardian deities was hugely successful and resulted in the invading forces suffering a crushing defeat following which the temple was offered to the Zhabdrung. In response, the Zhabdrung is said to have carved a statue of Chenrezig (avalokiteshvara) out of sandal wood and installed it as the main relic.

Though founded as early as the 12th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, the current structure was formally established only in 1688 by the Fourth Desi Tenzin Rabgye. It is maintained that the monastery was built within a period of just two months. Today Tango functions as a university of Buddhist studies and also serves as the residence of Gyalse Rinpoche, the Seventh Trilku (Reincarnation) of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye . As an interesting side-note, today, the young incarnate is currently undergoing his religious studies at the very monastery that he is believed to have established during his former lifetime.

The Monastery underwent a complete renovation in 2016. A new Buddhist college campus was built at the base of the Tango hill in 2016 to replace the ageing Meditation units in the area.

Destined be a place conducive to great meditative accomplishments, all the Spiritual Masters, including the Je Khenpo (Head Abbot and Spiritual Leader of the country) have to complete their religious training at the monastery. After completing their training which takes no less than nine years, the monks spend three years, three months and three days in solitary retreat in the many hermitages in the vicinity of the nearby Cheri Goemba.

 Of the many important festivals held in the monastery is the ‘Yarney,’ or ‘Summer Retreat,’ held on the 15th day of the 6th month of the Bhutanese calendar. During the retreat, the monks and nuns are restricted by a boundary marked by pebbles all around the monastery which they are forbidden to cross. They remain within the boundary for a whole one and half months, during which time they focus on their spiritual practices of reciting, studying, reflecting and meditating. The Yarney is observed at that time of the year when millions of small insects and worms emerge into the open ground (forced to surface because of the rains), during which, moving around would result in countless being trampled underfoot. The primary intent is to avoid the bad karma that is to accrue from killing those insects (albeit unintentionally) and to use the time in to continue spiritual practice with renewed focus. The observance of the ritual enables the monks to deepen their practice while being sheltered from the rain for the duration of the wet season. So the end result is that the insects are safe from random feet and the monks are safe from the elements.

The practice owes its origin to the time when the Buddha walked the earth and all monks depended on alms for a living. Seeing that even during the months of summer, the monks went around begging for alms, non-believers are said to have criticized the monks saying that they were killing so many insects by trampling them. The Buddha, therefore decreed that from that moment on all the monks and nuns were to remain indoors during the peak summer month. The retreat became a permanent fixture on the Buddhist calendar and is a vibrant practice continued more than 2, 500 years since. )


These are the most popular ones there plenty more to discover, hidden places

Chorten Kora stupa in Trashiyangtse is a significant sacred pilgrimage site in eastern Bhutan. Built over a period of 12 years around 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday, it is said to be modeled after the Boudhanath stupa in Nepal. It is also believed that a Dakini girl was sealed alive of her own free will inside the stupa as an offering from the Dakpa people of Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

Chorten Kora

Crossing the Chele La Pass at an elevation of 3, 988 meters above sea level (from where we get to enjoy excellent views of Mount.

Haa Excursion

At Tachog Lhakhang you will be crossing a six hundred year old bridge built by the renowned iron bridge builder Drubthob (or the Realized and Accomplished One) Thangtong Gyelpo, a fourteenth century saint who built over fifty eight iron bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan, mainly with the intent of helping pilgrims get to holy places.

Tachog Lhakhang

Haa, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, was only opened to tourists as late as 2001. The sacred worth of the valley is complemented by the two sacred temples – Lhakhang Karpo and the Lhakhang Nagpo.

Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo

Kila Nunnery, popularly referred to as Chele La Gompa straddles the cliff facing Paro, with great views of Paro valley and Jele Dzong.

Kila Gompa Nunnery

Gangtey is one of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan. It is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo.

Gangtey Valley

Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the King, the Secretariat and the Ministries of Home Affairs and Finance. Other government departments are housed in buildings nearby.


Behind the Punakha Dzong stretches the Punakha Suspension Bridge, the second longest of its kind in Bhutan. Connecting the Punakha Dzong with the Punakha town, the suspension bridge spans over 350 meters and dangles above the meandering Pho Chhu river.

Suspension Bridge

The bazaar was initiated in 2011 to provide Bhutanese artisans a platform to display and sell their products. It showcases a wide range of authentic made-in-Bhutan arts and craft products.

Crafts Bazaar

Weaving is an integral component of the culture and tradition of Bhutan. With the aim to preserve and promote this living art, the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan was instituted in May 2005 under the patronage of Her Majesty Gyalyum (Queen Mother) Sangay Choden Wangchuck as a non-government, non-profit organization.

Textile Museum

We Bhutanese treasure our traditional art forms and deem it crucial to preserve them as part of our cultural and religious heritage. It is what gives us our unique identity.

National Institute for Zorig Chusum

The Takin, which the locals refer to as ‘Drong Gyemtsi’ is the National Animal of Bhutan. It has the face of a goat and the body of a cow. The unique looking animal is associated with Drukpa Kunley, a fifteenth century saint, commonly referred to by Westerners as the ‘Divine Madman,’ and sometimes even as ‘The Original Gangsta of Tantra’ due to his unorthodox ways of teaching.

Takin Preserve

Crossing a small cantilever bridge over the Wang Chhu it is a steady climb up hill. People maintain that Zhabdrung spent upto three years in retreat at Cheri.

Cheri Monastery

There are very few things in life that are as satisfactory as a hot stone bath to help you unwind after a long day.

Hot Roasted Stone Bath

Built sometime in the seventh century by the Tibetan Buddhist King SongstenGyempo, KyichuLhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and is of prime interest for art connoisseurs, historians, pilgrims and visitors alike.

Kyichu Lhakhang

Originally, the Dzong was referred to as ‘Rinche Pung Dzong,’ or ‘Rinpung Dzong,’ which translates as ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels.’ Over time it came to be known as Paro Dzong.

Paro Dzong

Though it originally used to be called Jakar Yugyal Dzong, over time, it has come to be known as Jakar Dzong, which translates as ‘White Bird Dzong,’ and owes its origins to the legend of how a white bird dramatically perched on that very spot where the Dzong was built and how it came to be interpreted as a good omen.

Jakar Dzong

The micro-brewery as well as the Swiss Farm was started in 1996 Fritz Maurer, a Swiss national who got married to a Bhutanese and went on to set up a brewery, and a Swiss Farm.

Bumthang Brewery

Jampey Lhakhang is said to be one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in 659 AD. This temple is believed to have been built in a single day in order to pin down a giant female ogress obstructing the spread of Buddhism.

Jambay Lhakhang

The museum was established with artifacts found in the manor that had been handed down from generation to generation through the ages.

Ogyen Chholing

It is one of the most important sites related to Pema Lingpa the renowned Terton (Treasure Discoverer) who is attributed to have founded the monastery.

Kunzang Dra Monastery

Though the valley of Tang is the most remote of Bumthang’s valleys, the Arcadian scenes are truly picture perfect. It is the most off-the-beaten track destinations around Bumthang, and is known for its sheep and buckwheat.


Perched on a small hillock that rises from the valley floor, Gangtey Monastery is a very important monastery of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism – the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition.

Gangtey Monastery

The village of Gaselo is an ideal location for day excursions and picnics. The region is primarily agrarian and the entire landscape is characterized by the most beautiful rice fields.

Gaselo Village

Adjacent to the 108 Chortens is a memorial in honor of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and in commemoration of the hundred years of monarchy in Bhutan.

Druk Wangyal Lhakhang

Mojo Park is a live music venue and is a very popular weekend hangout for locals and travelers. You will get to try out local brews and interact with locals.

Nightlife in Bhutan

While on this trek, besides the scenic beauty of Himalayan ranges you will be visiting the two most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Bhutan, Bumdra and Taktshang Monastery. Bumdra means ‘Rock of One Hundred Thousand Foot Prints’. The legends say that a hundred thousand Dakinis (angels) descended here and left their footprints on the rock […]

Bumdra Trek

The king of Bumthang region in the 8th century fell terribly ill after falling out with the local guardian deity. Desperate to recover from the curse, he invited Guru Rinpoche to Bumthang to help the King regain his health.

Kurje Lhakhang

Taktsang translates to The Tiger’s Nest. The monastery is situated 900 meters above the Paro valley precariously perched on a cliff. It has an equally fascinating history.

Paro Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang translates to The Tiger’s Nest. The monastery is situated 900 meters above the Paro valley precariously perched on a cliff. It has an equally fascinating history.

Paro Ta Dzong National Museum

The memorial chorten in Thimphu was built in the honor of the Third King of Bhutan. The Tibetan style white washed stupa is crowned with a golden crescent moon and the sun.

Memorial Chorten

The 51 meter statue of Buddha Shakyamuni sits atop a hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. Buddha Dordenma statue is one of the most prominent landmarks of Thimphu city.

Buddha Dordenma Statue