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    Best time to Visit Paro: Sep,Oct

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage,Culture & Festival
    Nature Explorer: Nature Explorer

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Address : Paro, Bhutan

    Description

    Paro is a small beautiful town of Bhutan, situated at a height of about 2280 metres on the banks of Pa Chu river. 
    It is one of the prime tourist locations in Bhutan. Famous for its Tiger Nest monastery over the cliff. 

    Paro has colourfully painted shops spread all over it roads. It is one of the serene, calm and untouched holiday destination.

    Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.


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    Taktsang Monastery / Tiger Nest monastery / Paro Takstang

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    Takstang monastery is one of the oldest and famous monastery in Bhutan. Uniquely located on the cliff of the valley this sacred monastery is one of picturesque place of Bhutan. It is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". The monastery is located approximately 10 km. to the north of Paro. It takes around 2-3 hours for the uphill hike to reach the monastery. The journey is rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley. One needs to obtain special permit to visit the monastery.
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      Paro Dzong / Rimpung Dzong / Rinping Dzong

      Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :9 am-5 pm

      Paro Dzong is a fortress, which is known to have protected Bhutan from foreign invasion. This fine example of Bhutanese architecture is currently Monastery and also houses numerous government offices. The traditional mask dances outside this monastery attracts lot of visitors. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.
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        Ta Dzong / National museum

        Entry Fees :₹ Nu 50 Time To Visit :9 am- 4:30 pm (Tuesday-Saturday)

        Ta Dzong is another fortess above Paro Dzong. It was built in the year 1649, in order to secure the undefended Paro Dzong. The building of Ta Dzong is round and is known to contain around 2.5m thick walls. It currently serves as a national museum.
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          Dumste Lhakhang

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          Dumste Lhakhang is a small temple with an unusual structure. It is located on the way to the National museum. It was built in 1433 to subdue a demoness. The temple has three floors, each floor depicting the experience of hell, earth and heaven.
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            Kyichu Lhakhang / Kyichu temple

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            The twin temples of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century. According to legend, it was miraculously constructed in one night by King Songten Gampo.
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              Drukgyel Dzong / Bhutan Victory Fort

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              Drukgyel Dzong was built to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over the invading Tibetan forces. The fort is currently in ruins. On a clear day, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Jhomolhari from here.
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                Weekend Market

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                Weekend Market in Paro is set on Sundays. It is the place to feel and taste the local culture.
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                  Chele La Pass

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                  Chele la (pass), at an elevation 3,988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour's drive along a thickly-forested road, is this Pass-a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Here, visitors can see cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow primulas; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colours-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet.
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                    Haa valley

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                    Start the day early for drive to Haa via Chele-la pass. 4 Km away at Bondey village the road to Haa diverts towards the right hand side and ascends towards the chele-la pass starts. After driving through blue pine & rhododendron forest for 45 km, reach Chele-la pass ( 4200 meters). From this point one can have a superb views of Mt. Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. This is a very good place to walk around for few minutes enjoying the view. Drive on to Haa, descending all the way for another 22 km (under an hours drive), finally reaching Haa. The Haa Dzong is presently occupied by military, but the view from outside is stunning. After picnic lunch visit to the famous Monastery of Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) followed by visit to Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). The central shrine in Lhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa JOWO in Tibet. The construction of the Lakhang Karpo is believed to have been assisted by the locality. As a result the place came to be locally known as "Hay" meaning" surprise" which later became "Haa" due to the differences in interpretations and pronunciations of different people over time. The three giant hills looming over the fringes of Haa valley were called "Me Rig Puen Sum" especially after the incidence of the Lhakhang Karpo construction. Today the three hills are popularly known as "Rig Sum Goenpa" signifying three deities-Jambayang Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. Later, other Buddhist saints like Guru Rinpoche and "Machi Labdorn" came to the Jungney Drag in Haa and blessed the locality. The principal religion followed is Drukpa Kagyupa. After the arrival of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the chief guardian deity of Haa became, Ap Chundu. Later in the afternoon drive to Paro same way back. The drive will be under 3 hours.
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                      Dzongdrakha Goemba

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                      Often called as mini Takstang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley. Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya. Local oral tradition states that when Guru Rinpoche first came to Bhutan, he came from Nepal, first landing at Drakarpo, and then Dzongdrakha before arriving at Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) farther north up the valley. Located approx 20 minute drive from Paro, these temples are built on a cliff above Bondey village but the walk is not as strenuous as Taktshang. From the road, it take only about 30 minutes walk to reach here, through forests of rhododendron and oak trees with white monkeys on it. Dzongdrakha also hosts an annual Tshechu (festival) that takes place the day before and the day after the larger Paro Tshechu held at Rinpung Dzong near the main town. During the festival at Dzongdrakha, one of the main blessings takes place when the chorten (stupa) of the past Buddha is opened so that attendees are blessed by the relic held within. The Dzongdrakha village has numerous temples and is known for most of their men being either fully ordained monks or gomchens (lay monks who don’t take vows of celibacy). Ironically it is the women who work in the fields and are the bread earners unlike in any other part of the country.
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                        Kila Goemba

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                        It is the serene home of Buddhist nuns who have dedicated their life for spiritual fulfillment and leading undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer and meditation. The goemba is nestled in a craggy patch on mountain side below the Chelela pass and perched precariously along the rock face. From Chelela pass, the lhakhang is about an hour walk amidst magnificent wooded area.
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                          By Air
                          Paro has an international airport, 7 kilometres away from the city. It gets direct flights flying from Delhi. 
                          Try to get a seat on the left side of the plane to grab amazing views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga during your flight
                           
                          By Road
                          The drive from Phuntsholing Bus Stand (a border town in Southern Bhutan) to Paro which takes about 6-7 hours.


                          Visa
                          No Visa required by the citizens of India to enter Bhutan.