Punakha – Paro
Paro is a historic town in southwest Bhutan, with many sacred sites and historical buildings. Paro is quite famous for the hike toTiger’s Nest.
After breakfast, you will trace the road back up to Dochula Pass and then to Thimphu where you will have lunch. Soon after, you will continue your journey towards Paro but make several halts before reaching the verdant valley.
Tamchog Lhakhang: This is a private temple, and it can only be reached by crossing an iron chain bridge. Crossing this very old bridge with its swaying and undulating movements can be quite an experience. The temple's location on the ridge and the high rocky barren hills, which serve as its backdrop, makes this a good location to take pictures.
Kyichu Lhakhang: Considered the oldest temple along with Jampa and Kenchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang, it dates back to the 7th century when a Tibetan king ordered 108 temples to be built in a single night to subdue a huge ogress. Inside the compound is an orange tree that always has oranges no matter what the season.
Ta Dzong (National Museum): The name Ta Dzong translates to “watch tower,” and it served the function of watch tower for the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Presently serving as the national museum, it houses an array of antiquities such as ancient thangka (exquisite scroll painting), mural paintings, and other natural and historical artifacts of Bhutan.