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Explore 8 major tourist attractions of Paro, Bhutan

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-01-04

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The picturesque Paro Valley is counted among the widest and greenest valleys of Bhutan. Tourist attractions of Paro, Bhutan are many; This is in fact where the international airport of the country is located, which in itself is a sight. This heart of Bhutan is surrounded by the fertile rice fields and the serene Paro River (Pa Chu) flowing in the valley.

It is also one of the best Bhutanese cities to explore on foot. Together with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the golden triangle on Bhutan's map. This picturesque city is famous for its important locations.

Takhang Lhakhang or Tiger's Nest

Takhang Lhakhang or Tiger's Nest is the most iconic sight of Bhutan and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paro. The distinctive structure of the monastery combined with its secluded location and beautiful green valley view makes it an unforgettable experience. Achieving this monastery requires a 3-4 hour trip through the mountainous trails, which are moderate in its difficulty, thus suitable for anyone who is physically fit to pull. This monastery was built in 1692 in a cave, assuming that Guru Rinpoche mediated in the 7th century A.D to admire the demons living in it. He flew on top of a tiger (believed to be his wife) and meditated there for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours. Tiger's Nest is 10 km from the capital of Paro, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Chele La pass

A 2-hour drive from Paro takes you to Chele La Pass, which is Bhutan's highest driving license. The pass connects Paro with the lesser known valley of Bhutan, known as the Haa Valley. At a height of 13000 ft you will be fascinated by the beautiful views of the mountains and the green valley. The route to the pass is through lush valleys, pine forests and rhododendron forests. If weather permits, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the sacred mountain of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake of Chele La on a clear day.

Rinpung Dzong

Rinchen Pung Dzong means 'Fortune on a Lot of Jewels', once served as a meeting room for the National Assembly. Now Rinpung houses both the monastery body and the district offices, including the local courts. Most of the area is forbidden for tourists, but visit this Dzong for its miracle architecture. Famous as Paro Dzong, it was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the holder of the Buddhist School Drukpa-Kagyud and Bhutan's united. This dzong has been used on several occasions to protect Paro from the invasion of Tibet. This fort is built on a hill, leaving the front courtyard of the administrative department 6 m higher than the part of the monastery. Outside, the dzong is the ground where dancers perform the popular dance shapes of tsechu. Below is the dzong a traditional wooden bridge called Nyamai Zam, which was reconstructed when the original was thrown into a flood in 1969. The Dzong courtyard is open daily, but in the weekends some areas have limited access.

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Airport viewpoint

Bhutan International Airport is one of the top 10 most beautiful and beautiful airports in the world. It is also counted among the 10 most challenging airports in the world, with only 8 pilots certified to land the flights here. The surrounding peaks as high as 5000m make it a bit of a challenge, yet Paro Airport is something to watch. Every second is fascinated with views of the bustling green valley, with a sound of the Paro River below, the beautiful blue sky above and the high mountains surrounding the Paro Valley makes it an enchanting image. Do not miss out on departing flights that are an experience in themselves.

Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong translates to fortress fortress is a famous archaeological site in Bhutan, located on a ridge in the upper Paro. Now in ruins, the dzong was built in 1649 to mark Bhutan's victory over Tibetan troops. There are mixed theories about who built this dzong. Few researchers believe that it was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal himself in 1649 to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan army. While few believed that it was Tenzin Drugda, Paro's Penlop at the time, was commissioned by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Since its inception, Drukgyel served an important base for defense in the region when it was burned in 1951. Even after that, the Dzong remained an imperative monument that bore Bhutanese people with the events that lead to the preservation of sovereignty of the country. It was also the summer holiday of Ringpung Rabdey. If weather permits, the holy summit of Bhutan, Mt. Jumolhari, can be seen.

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Dungtse Lhakhang

This Chorten-like temple is built on the head of the demoness, which causes problems for the inhabitants. It is said that 5 temples were built throughout the world on the different body part of this demon, whose head falls under Bhutan. It is said that the bridge builder, Thangtong Gyelpo, built in 1421. It is said that the founder appeared on the construction day in the form of five dear ones and doubled his blessing before flying to Tibet. The building was restored in 1841 by Bhutan's 25th main abbot, Sherab Gyeltshen. This temple is an important arsenal of Kagyu street art and shows the paintings that underline the stages of Tantric Buddhist philosophy. Taking photos in the main temple is not allowed.

Press Choeding Temple

In the capital of Paro is the Press Choeding temple built in 1525 by Ngawang Chogyel, the prince abbots of Ralung in Tibet. Chogyel was also an ancestor of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. This temple is also known as Tshongdoe Naktsang or Tshongdoe Temple. This 16th century sanctuary preserves the ancient warfare, deity, Gyenyen, Jampa, who is future Buddha, and local guard Gyenyen. From here one can choose to go for a walk to the local market or to see Bhutanese local archery.

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National Museum

The National Museum establishes Bhutan's heritage and promotes the well-preserved artifacts that are displayed throughout the country. It is one of the few educational institutions that capture the transition of the country of about 4000 BC, leaving the cultural heritage intact. National Museum is very close to Paro Dzong and opens daily from 9:00 to 16:00 except Monday. The museum was opened in 1968 and was created in a 17th century watch tower, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Paro Valley. The collection of visual arts, paintings and the stamp hall which are the stamps like 3-D stamps, stamps and the famous triangular stamp depicting the yeti are one of the favorites. The other section of the museum shows the traditional dresses of Bhutanese people, the jewelry they wear and the crafts. The preservation of culture and its values is one of the nine domains of gross national happinessScience Articles, the philosophy for Bhutan's national development.


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