Photographs by courtesy of the Tourism Council of Bhutan
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Location: West of Thimphu
Distance from Thimphu: 65km (1hr 30mins)
Elevation: 2,250m (7,382ft)
Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
This fantastic and very special monastery calls for a steep walk up the hill (900 meters),
so it is advised to visit it at the end of your stay in Bhutan. Your guide can organize a permit to enter the monastery.
The current structure of this impressive fort was built upon the remains of formerly destroyed 17th century structures; administrative offices occupy it today.
The National Museum is the main tourist attraction in Paro. This national museum is housed in Ta Dzong which is an ancient watchtower. The white and brown ringed fortress, built in 1657 was made
into the National Museum in 1967. This museum is the country’s only archive.
Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro valley in
the Paro District of Bhutan. The Dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. In the early 1950s Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire.
The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 border taming temples he built. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Rinpoche and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here.
Dungtse Lhakhang or Dungtseg Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery in western Bhutan. The temple is notable as it is in the form of a chorten, very rare in Bhutan. It is located on the edge of a hill between the Paro valley and the Dopchari valley, across the bridge from Paro.
Paro Tshechu Festival
The Paro Tsechu is the most spectacular and deeply symbolic of the Buddhist festivals celebrated in Bhutan. Devotees dressed in traditional finery flock to the Paro Dzong monastic fortress to bear witness to their Buddhist faith and receive blessings.
Bitekha Dzong (en route to Ha)
Bitekha Dzong is located along the way to Haa from Chunzom (river confluence).
Some of the popular trek routes start and end in Paro (Jhomolhari, Laya-Gasa trek, Drukpath), Birding in Paro, etc.