Paro

Paro
(2,200m/7,218ft)

Paro is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries and the country’s only airport, and the National Museum. Mt. Chomolhari at 7134m is the second highest peak in Bhutan lying on the western border with Tibet. its glacial waters flow through deep gorges to form the Pa Chu (Paro river). The Paro valley is one of the kingdom’s most fertile, producing the bulk of Bhutan’s famous red rice from its terraced fields.

Ta Dzong

Originally built as a watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars in the 17th Century, Ta Dzong has housed the nations heritage in Bhutan’s National Museum since 1967. On account of their function, watchtowers are always round in shape. In 1968 Paro’s Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection.

Rinpung Dzong

The Dzong was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on a hill above the township. The Paro Tsechu (festival of mask dances) takes place in the courtyard of the Dzong and on the dance ground on the hillside above. The unfurling of the life size sacred Thangka also happens here.

Drukgyel Dzong

Only ruins of this Dzong can be seen today with a picturesque village below. It was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders n was largely destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, you can get a view of Mt. Chomolhari.

Kyichu

Built in the 7th century, it is one of the two oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan (the other being Jambey Lhakhang in Bumthang). Kyichu Lhakhang is composed of twin temples. The first temple was built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. In 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, arranged for a second temple to be built alongside the first one, in same style.

Farm Houses

The natural beauty of Paro valley is enhanced by picturesque farm houses dotted among the fields and on the hillsides. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farmhouses are authentic in appearance, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built without the use of nails. All houses follow the same architectural style. A visit to a farmhouse gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family.

Kila Gompa

Home to Buddhist nuns who have dedicated their lives to spiritual fulfillment. The nuns spend their days in religious studies, prayer and meditation. Kila Gompa is about an hour’s walk from Chele-la, down a path through pine forest.

Druk Choeding

This temple in Paro town was built in 1525 by Ngawang Chhogyel, one of the prince-abbots in Tibet, and an ancestor of the Shabdrung, Ngawang Namgyal.

CLIENT SAYS:



" Bhutan is one of the most attractive destinations worldwide, not only for all nature lovers, but also for people interested in cultural and historical trips. While organizing next groups in the future, we are going to cooperate closely with our exclusive partner – Wangchuk Tours and Treks.
Thank you very much."


Dr. Michal Kohn
Albatros Travel and Expeditions – Czech Republic
General Manager