Places To Visit In Paro
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Tourist Places In Paro
Paro is the only place in Bhutan with an international airport, which increases the demand for travelling in the town manifold times. The places to visit in Paro are mostly significant historical or cultural sites.
Here are the best places to visit in Paro. It will not take longer than 2 days to complete a Paro sightseeing trip.
1. Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest
Paro Taktsang Monastery is the most iconic structure of the town, and thus also the most popular tourist attraction. Located 10 km away and uphill from the town of Paro, this monastery is said to be the ancient abode of Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava – the precious lord of Tibetan Buddhism. The legend says that Guru Rinpoche first came here in the 7th century AD, flying on the back of a tigress (hence the name Tiger’s Nest) and meditated here for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours. Reaching this majestic, 326 year old monastery involves trekking to the remote location through the East Himalayan wilderness for 3-4 hours, making the experience even more treasurable.
2. Drukgyel Dzong
Dzongs are fortress-monastery complex used as a residence, administrative ground and educational institution by Tibetan Buddhists. The name Drukgyel Dzong translates to the Fortress of Victory. It is now a reminiscence of a fortress, set against the magnificent green of the mountains beyond. The popular belief is that the Drukgyel was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over the Tibetan forces in 1649. The place has served as a military outpost for years. Even in its ruins, it reminds of the first roots that led to the country’s sovereignty. Drukgyel Dzong is one of the best Paro attractions to visit.
3. National Museum
Moving away from history and spirituality, the National Museum of Paro is a must-visit tourist attraction in Paro, Bhutan. From the outside, the Museum looks like a dilapidated house with lots of colourful Buddhist prayer flags around. Inside, there are well-preserved artefacts, fine arts, paintings, stamps, traditional dresses, jewellery, weapons and handicrafts. The National Museum preserves the country’s transition and evolution from as early as 4000 BC. The building also provides a panoramic view of the entire Paro valley from up top.
4. Dungtse Lhakhang
Dungtse Lhakhang is a Buddhist temple, with Kagyu lineage arts and Tantric Buddhist paintings inside. But what sets this apart and make it an inseparable part of Paro-Bhutan sightseeing is its architecture in the form of a Chorten and the myth attached with it. One legend says that Dungtse is one of the five temples built worldwide on different parts of a demoness. This one falls on the head which lied in Bhutan. Another says that there was a great serpentine force present here, and to subdue it the temple was built by the saint Thangtong Gyalpo.
5. Kyichu Lhakhang
The Jowo Temple of Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built by Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo as part of the many temples built to defeat an enormous ogress that was preventing the spread of Buddhism, as per the legend. The temple is said to have been visited by Rinpoche himself. After many change of hands over thousands of years, it is still standing as an important place for art and culture, and one of the most rewarding places to visit in Paro, Bhutan.
Taktsang Monastery In Paro
Situated in western Bhutan, Paro Taktsang is perhaps the most significant Buddhist site in the country. The elaborate complex of this monastery, with red and golden peaks perches along a hanging cliff-side in the upper Paro valley, surrounded by the lushest of greens. Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, is belie...
- Taktsang Monastery
Rinpung Dzong In Paro
Rinpung Dzong is the main fortress-monastery of Paro which houses the monastic body and the governmental and administrative departments in its complex. This is the basic characteristic of any dzong in Bhutan, and Rinpung Dzong of Paro is no exception. It belongs to the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu School, and the stories of ...
- Rinpung Dzong
Kyichu Lhakhang In Paro
Only 4.7 km away from the centre of the Paro town is the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang – the Sacred Jewel of Bhutan. Inside the complex of this temple lies the oldest shrine that stands in Tibet – the Jowo Temple. The first temple in the Kyichu Lhakhang premises was built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD. The legend my...
- Kyichu Lhakhang
Drukgyel Dzong In Paro
Drukgyel Dzong stands in the upper part of Paro district as a reminiscence of a glorious past and a tragic present, much like most constructions of the medieval age. The other dzongs that one can see in Bhutan are fully or partially functional, with monastic bodies and government departments operating from within the comple...
- Drukgyel Dzong
Paro Airport Bird's Eye Viewpoint In Paro
A town in the Paro Valley of Bhutan, Paro is a place of many sacred sites and historical monuments throughout the place. With streets rich in decorated buildings, small houses and traditional architecture, Bhutan’s sole international airport, Paro is definitely is a significant part of Bhutan. “The most difficult commercial...
Tashichho Dzong In Thimphu
Built on the right side of the Wangchu River, the Tashichho Dzong Thimphu is the seat of the Bhutanese Government since 1952. The fortress is also known as Thimphu Dzong, and the site has been witness to crucial moments in the history of Bhutan. The fortress was first constructed in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa and re...
- Tashichho Dzong
Buddha Dordenma In Thimphu
The Buddha Dordenma is located at the southern entrance to the Thimphu Valley in the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park. The 51.5 m tall bronze statue is gilded in gold and is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma Statue houses 100,000 8-inch Buddha statues and 125,000 12-inch Buddha statues, effe...
- Big Buddha Temple
Simtokha Dzong In Thimphu
The Simtokha Dzong is one of the first Dzongs built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629 and is said to be the first Dzong in Bhutan whose entire structure has survived for so long when compared to the other Dzongs in the country. Simtokha Dzong Bhutan occupies a key strategic location in the Thimphu valley and guards the e...
Changangkha Lhakhang In Thimphu
Changangkha Lhakhang Bhutan, built in the 12th-century temple, is the oldest temple in Bhutan and has been visited daily by the locals for the past 800 years. Although the exact date or year of its foundation is unknown, history of Changangkha Lhakhang suggests Phajo Drugom Zhigpo as the person who also founded the Drukpa ...
Motithang Takin Preserve In Thimphu
The Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife preserve for the national animal of Bhutan, takin. It is located in the Motithang district of Thimphu and is a place of great significance and local folklore in Bhutan. The 8.4 hectares of forest was fenced to be used as a preserve after the Takin was declared the national animal o...
- Motithang Takin Preserve
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FAQ's of Paro
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Yes, there are roadways to Paro from India via Phuentsholing border. There are buses and cabs from the border area that drop passengers to Paro.
One can visit all the other monasteries like Rinpung Dzong, Dungtse Lhakhang and the National Museum. In activities, there are trekking and biking routes to explore the wilderness of Bhutanese Himalayas.
Paro has the sole international airport of the country, as well as the significant monastery of Taktsang. Together, these two make Paro very important in Bhutan tourism.
The Bhutanese Ngultrum (Nu) is the official currency of Paro and rest of Bhutan. However, Indian rupee notes and coins other than the newest 500 and 2000 rupee notes are not accepted.
The springtime from March to May and the autumn season from September to November are the best seasons to visit Paro.
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