It is a beautiful valley located in Western Bhutan with an area of 2800 Sq. Kms. Breathtaking Lhakhangs and monasteries are perched on mountain hills. Two sacred rivers with its respective source at Jumolhari and Chumo phug mountains, makes their way through Paro valley enhancing its beauty and grandeur
Taktsang Monastery :
The Taktsang, popularly known as the “Tiger’s Nest” is perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900m above the Paro valley. It is considered as a signature spot for the tourist. It is a Gem of a Paro Valley. Nestled up in a cliff , it is considered as one of the twelve wonders of the world.
Rinpung Dzong :
It is popularly called as Fortress of the heap of jewels. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1644AD. It is the administrative seat of Paro District. The annual Paro festival is held here.
Ta Dzong :
It was built as a watchtower . It was converted into a national museum in 1968. You can witness finest specimen of Bhutanese art, masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings
Perched on a small hill top of Paro valley lies a small monastery ‘Dra Karpo ‘ (split Rock), one of the holiest site in Bhutan. It is believed that even the deadliest of your sin will be washed away if you can circumambulate 108 times around Dra Karpo
It was built in 1649 to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese over the allied Tibetan-Mongolian forces. The Dzong as a defense fortress is said to have housed the finest armory in the country.
It is one of the oldest and sacred monastery in Bhutan. The construction of it dates back to the 7th century by Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gyelpo
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang Temple:
The architect of the temple is very rare According to a Bhutanese source it was built "on the nose of a hill that looks like a frog in order to counteract Sadag (earth-owning spirit) and Lunyen (powerful naga spirit).
Chumphu Nye :
It is located on a hilltop and completely isolated from the town. It may take about 7 to 8 hours hike back and forth.The walk is nurturing. The best part about the temple is witnessing a floating statue of Vajra Dakini. She is literally floating in above the ground.
Nye Phu Monastery:
The first Neyphug Trulku established Neyphu Monastery in 1550 at the celestial land of Chuden. Right now the old Neyphu monastery is dismantled due to the damage caused by an earthquake and the new monastery is being built
Namgay Artisinary Brewery:
Set in a traditional Bhutanese style, this place brews different flavour of Bhutanese Beer. You can try out different flavour of Bhutanese beer and enjoy the scenic view of Paro Valley.
The peak of the Zuri Dzong Trek is probably the perfect spot to have a bird-eye view of the entire Paro valley. The Zuri Dzong is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, and in there lies a cave where Guru Rinpoche came to meditate in the 8th century. This peaceful place allows both Bhutanese and tourists to soak in the tranquil that radiates from the extraordinary view, something one can stare at for hours in wonder and awe. The total journey time to get there will take approximately 30 minutes if one starts from the museum watchtower, and an additional 1 hour to exit out towards Uma. Tourists can expect to sit and relax there, and also remember to catch the amazing side view as you hike through Trek.
Chele La Pass(3780 metres,12042ft) has the highest road point in Bhutan and offers a breathtaking view of Haa Valley on one side and snowcapped Himalayan peaks like Jomolhari(7326meters) & Jichu Drake(6,714meters) on the other. The trail which goes down the pass introduces us to the lush valley, spruce, pine, primula and Rhododendron forest and we can also get the good view of Paro Valley. However if we hike through the trail goes upward then we cant hunt for Blue Poppy , the rare & National flower of Bhutan.
If lucky we can also come across beautiful and exotic bird species like Himalayan Monal and Kalij Pheasant.
If you cannot hike to Tiger Nest , the other option is to visit Dzongdrakha which sits precariously at the edge of the mountain top and visually as splendid as Tiger Nest. It is one of the several local sites where Guru Rinpoche had subdued the local demons and has the aura of another dimension . The monastery houses four shrines devoted to Tara, Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya.
The monastery was founded by Chogyel Norbu in 9th century and it is one of the oldest nunneries in Bhutan. Surrounding the monastery we will see several retreat houses.
Just few years back the monastery served as the school for Buddhist study but now they have moved the school to Paro town owing to the harsh winter and rainy monsoon. Now the monastery is set exclusively for Buddhist practitioner who wants to go on retreat. There are about 20-25 nuns taking care of the monastery and attending to the practitioner