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Paro

Paro Rinpung DzongParo lies at an altitude of 2280 m and is the only entry point via air to Bhutan. The scenic valley of Paro is one of the most fertile area in Bhutan and is sometime referred to as the rice bowl of Bhutan. The district is home to many sacred monasteries and has numerous tourist attractions. Owing to these attributes, Paro receives the most number of tourists to Bhutan.

Places of interest:

  • Taktshang ( Tiger’s Nest)Monastery is an architectural marvel perched on steep cliff standing at a height of over 900m above the Paro valley. According to legends, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on a back a flying tigress to the cave where he meditated. The temple was built around that cave and is considered as one of the holiest of places in Bhutan.
  • Paro Rinpung Dzong which translates as the fortress on a heap of jewels was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646. It sits majestically on a hill overseeing the Pa Chhu (river). Like other Dzongs it is an administrative center and houses Paro monastic body.
  • Ta Dzong or the watchtower lies above the Paro Rinpung Dzong. The watchtower which was built in the 17th century serves as the National Musuem. The Musuem has on exhibits rare artifacts from all over the country.
  • Drugyel Dzong (Victorious Fortress), as its name suggests is famously known as the point from where the Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan invasions. Today only ruins remains of the one majestic fortress, but is one of the favorite places of the tourists. One can get a magnificent view of Mount Jumolhari from here.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang (monastery) is one of the 108 temples and one of the two temples built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in a single day. Along with Kichu Lhakhang in Bumthang it is the oldest temple in the country.
  • Dungtse Lhakhang was built by Drupthob Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builderin 1433. It lies adjacent to the bridge across Paro town.
  • Tamchoe Lhakhang is another Monastery built by Drupthob Thangthong Gyalpo on a hill opposite the Paro-Thimphu highway near Chuzomsa.
  • Paro town show cases the perfect example of convergence of traditional Bhutanese architecture to that of modern style of buildings. One can shop at the numerous handicraft shops or try the fresh water trout offered by most of the restaurants in Paro.