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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.

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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    Everything was fine. Only at Bagdogra Airport we expected the driver of the taxi to be present at arrival gate with a play card. He was in parking lot and it was difficult to talk to the driver since there was no phone connection. After tracking him we had to carry our luggage to parking lot. Had he present at arrival gate all inconvience could have been avoided. Guide and driver at Bhutan were very nice and took care of everything.

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    The entire trip was well coordinated by the agent . Thanks to Way About Bhutan for mesmerizing Bhutan experience. It was 12 day trip from East to West part of Bhutan.Our guide/driver Tandin was wonderful guy , who even took us for a local temple festival in Bumthang !! . 10 KM walk in Phobjikha valley ,Tiger's Nest Hike,Haa Valley, Trongsa view were fantastic.

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    Amit's 7 days trip to Paro

    The entire experience was beautiful and satisfying , however the Hotel while returning back could have been better (Hotel Tsherngma) was the worst of all Buddha point , Tiger Nest, Hot stone Bath- Thimphu , Paro and phallus village trek

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    Awani Dubey

    Mumbai

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    Bhutan. Inc was a very good host of the trip.. Everything was perfect from airport itself.. Our driver Mr Ashok made us very comfortable as his driving was smooth Only thing was hiking to tiger's nest would have been better with better support from the guide Which was lacking.. Trip to chelela and haa was also worthless so I don't recommend going there.. Overall i recommend Bhutan Inc for a comfortable trip to bhutan Natural trail... Best experience With river rafting i think it should be included in itenary

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    I toured to Bhutan through Himavath Destination and the trip was excellent. everything was arranged perfectly, without any hassle. The provided hotels Osel in Thimphu, Punatsangchhu cottages in punakha were up to the mark, but Naksal boutique in Paro was the best of all surrounded by hills .A big thank you to KAJAL who arranged my trip so well. The cordination was excellent. Thankyou Hote Naksal beautic n spa is great service chale la is great memories

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    First of all i would like to thank Mr. Bikash from india bhutan tour who is constantly in touch with me regarding trip. Actually it was for my parents & relatives( i am not traveling with them) so i would little worry about it intiallly but Mr. Bikash has made it memorable for them. Parents are also worried that how we can trust on travel agent who is sitting at bhutan border & we have not met him once but after trip they actually surprised by amenities & good geatures from tour operator. they have enjoyed a lot in bhutan. I will definitely book my holiday with india bhutan tour when i will plan to visit bhutan. Highly recommended.

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    FAQ's of Paro

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    The springtime from March to May and the autumn season from September to November are the best seasons to visit Paro.

     

    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.

     

    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.

    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.

     

    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.

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