<< Tiger's Nest (Takthang)
Located 7 km away from the Paro town and further two-hour hike from the base of the cliff. The monastery is built on a scary and stiff cliff. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this site in the eighth century on a flying tigress. Later, the monastery was built and it still remains as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country. The monastery is also the most popular site in Bhutan for tourists and locals alike. In Bhutanese belief, one must visit once in their lifetime to this sacred monastery. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half-day excursion.
<< Kaila Goenpa Nunnery
Located below Chelela, after travelling 27 km from Paro. It is a peaceful home for Buddhist nuns who have dedicated their lives to spiritual fulfilment and lead undisturbed lives of religious studies, prayer and meditation. Kila, ‘a subjugating spiritual dragger that destroys the negativity’.
It has seven little temples built on the cliff-side facing Paro Valley. It is about 40 minutes to climb up and witness the great view of Paro Valley, Jele Dzong and also to the north Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake on a clear day.
<< Drukgeyl Dzong
Located at the upper part of Paro valley, the Dzong (fortress) was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate a victory over an invasion from Tibet. In the early 1954, the Dzong was razed down by the fire and today the renovation is still going on to bring glory. Nearby Drukgyal Dzong one can see the local temple of the people of Phangdo which contains an image of Tara as the main object of worship.
<< Kichu Monastery
Located in Paro on the way to Drukgyel Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang (monastery) is one of the oldest and sacred temples in Bhutan, built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century amongst 108 monasteries built within a day.
Square shaped temple in the picture is the main temple. In the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche came here and kept many treasures of the Dharma, precious things, and sacred substances. In the 11th century, Terton Drumpa preformed the wrathful subjugating mantras of the Razor Scriptures at the temple.
<< Rinpung Dzong
(Fortress on a Heap of Jewels) Located at the left bank of Paro River overlooking Paro Valley. Every year, a great annual festival, called the tshechu is held inside the dzong and it is one of the important tshechus in the country. Visiting Bhutan for a short time? It is best to visit during the Paro Tshechu held at the Rinpung dzong, and its this time that you can experience Bhutan at its full glory.
<< Dzongdrakha Monastery
Located on a cliff overlooking the Paro valley, Monastery hosts popular Dzongdrakha Tsechu the day before and after the popular Paro Tsechu. Four shrines of Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Future Buddha (Maitreya) are the main attractions of the monastery.
<< Dungtse Monastery
Located very near to Paro town, the small three-storied Dungtse monastery stands at Jangsa village. The great Tibetan saint, Thangtong Gyalpo, built it after subduing an ogress in the 13th century.
This temple is unique in Bhutan as its paintings show the progressive stages of Tantric Buddhist philosophy as well as the most important deities and figures of the Drukpa Kagyu School.
<< Airport bird's eye view point
Paro Airport bird’s eye view point offers an exquisite view of the entire city. With the Paro International airport being in the top ten stunning airports in the world, you can imagine what’s in store for you. Amidst the mountains, the sight is so colourful and vivid that one remains awe-struck by the grandeur of the city.