Places To Visit In Paro

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Sub-Region: Paro District

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Here are the top 33 tourist attractions to see in Paro:

1. Tiger's Nest Monastery

Tiger's Nest Monastery

4.3

9 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

Tiger's Nest Monastery, or Paro Taktsang, is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan to visit. Having great religious significance and serving as one of the prime tourist destinations of the country, Tiger's Nest Monastery offers beautiful and splendid views of the surroundings. Located on an upp...

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2. Rinpung Dzong Paro

Rinpung Dzong Paro

4.2

1 kms
from city center

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One of the finest examples of architecture, the Rinpung Dzong, also known as the Paro Dzong, has a very spiritual environment. Beautifully lit-up at night, the dzong has many illustrations portraying the life of Buddha. A hike to the top of the fortress welcomes you with the spectacular view of near...

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3. National Museum of Bhutan

National Museum of Bhutan

4.1

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

The National Museum of Bhutan is the pride of the country. Flaunting art and traditions, it has six floors, each of them narrating a unique tale from the past. You can see paintings, art pieces, animal masks and many more facets of the rich culture. Constructed in 1649 as a watchtower against Tibeta...

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4. Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong

4.2

12 kms
from city center

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Now in ruins, Drukgyel Dzong is a fortress which was built in 1649 to mark the victory of Bhutan over Tibet. If you want to see the fascinating stone work of the Dzongs of the past, then this is the place to go to. On climbing to the top of the ruins, an amazing view of the valley greets you, m...

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5. Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang

4.2

4 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

Built-in 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang is a beautiful monastery of great significance. Also known as Lho Kyerchu or Kyerchu Temple, this monastery is situated in Lango Gewog of Paro in Bhutan. The Jowo temple dates back to the 7th century, gaining the title of one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

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6. Chele La Pass

Chele La Pass

10 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

Located at approximately 13,000 feet between the valley of Paro and Haa, Chele La Pass is the highest motorable road pass in Bhutan. The pass is famous for the stunning Himalayan views it offers, especially Mt. Jhomolari which is Bhutan’s most sacred peak at 22,000 feet, Tsherimgang mountains, Jichu...

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7. Dzongdrakha Goemba

Dzongdrakha Goemba

3.8

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

Dzongdrakha Goemba also known as Mini Taktsang, is a serene site located above the Bondey village on the western side of the Paro Valley. Often overlooked by tourists because of its rather old facade, this divine place comprises of four shrines - Drolma (Tara), Guru Rinpoche, Maitreya (the Buddha of...

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8. Dungtse Lhakhang

Dungtse Lhakhang

4.0

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

Built in the early 15th century, Dumtse Lhakhang provides with an in-depth knowledge of Buddhism to its visitors. Originally constructed to subdue an evil spirit, it is a three storey temple, with each storey representing hell, earth and heaven respectively. Fascinating travellers with its rich hist...

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9. Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point

Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point

3.2

3 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

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 t...

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10. Druk Choeding

Druk Choeding

3.6

0 kms
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Built-in the 15th century by Ngawang Chogyel, Druk Choeding is one of the many magnificent monasteries in Paro. It is also known by the name Tshongdoe temple or Tshongdoe Naktsang. The main attraction of this temple is the presence of a seated statue of Future Buddha called Jampa. It also houses anc...

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11. Paro Chhu

Paro Chhu

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0 kms
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The lifeline of Paro, the Paro Chhu is a picturesque river worth spending some time at. A tributary of Wong Chhu, the Paro River passes through Paro Taktsang and Paro Dzong, and give both the grand monasteries a glorious look. The step bridge which is built over the Paro River is Nyamai Zam, leading...

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12. Zuri Dzong

Zuri Dzong

3.9

0 kms
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Zuri Dzong is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan dating back to 12th century. Rich in history and royal in values, the cave in the area is believed to be the site where Buddha meditated in the 8th century. Protected by double walls and a bridge, this five-storey building is also an ideal place to hi...

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13. Paro Weekend Market

Paro Weekend Market

3.8

0 kms
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From fruits and vegetables to organic products, Paro Weekend Market provides the visitors with everything under one roof. Bustling with vendors and buyers, the vibrant market has Bhutanese stamps, antiques, prayer wheels and whatnot, sold away at throwaway prices. It is worth making a visit to this ...

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14. Tachog Lhakhang Bridge

Tachog Lhakhang Bridge

3.7

0 kms
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Popularly known as the Iron Chain Bridge, the Tachog Lhakhang Bridge crosses the Paro Chhu to the Dzong. This 600-year-old bridge was built by Thangtong Gyalpo in the late 1300s, who is said to have built 108 bridges all over Tibet and Bhutan. Made of wood and Iron, this is the first bridge to ...

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15. Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri

Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri

3.2

6 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri is unquestionably one of the most spectacular monasteries in Paro. Often left unnoticed by tourists, this sacred site watches the daily hustle-bustle silently from a small corner of the town. The marvellous structures of Buddha and the huge statue of Guru Tshen Geyed...

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16. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House

3.4

4 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

One of the oldest building in Kyichu, the Memorial House is Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's residence in Bhutan. It leaves every tourist in awe because of its impeccable architecture. It was inaugurated as a museum in 2010 and has been open to tourists since then. There are many intricate statue...

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17. Dasho Nishioka Chorten

Dasho Nishioka Chorten

3.2

5 kms
from city center

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A marvel to behold, Dasho Nishioka Chorten was built to honour Dasho Nishioka, a Japanese man who introduced modern agricultural techniques and tools in Bhutan. His selfless act brought prosperity to the lives of many people and made the country agriculturally rich. This stupa should not be missed i...

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18. Kila Goemba

Kila Goemba

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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One of the most natural sites of Paro Valley, Kila Goemba is a cliffside nunnery in Bhutan. It is the oldest nunnery in the country and a home for Buddhist nun - Anim. Kila Goempa houses around 60 nuns who live in seclusion by choice. The Government officially established it as Anim Dratshang in 198...

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19. Ugyen Pelri Palace

Ugyen Pelri Palace

3.0

2 kms
from city center

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Built in the early 1900s, the Ugyen Pelri Palace is an excellent display of Bhutanese architecture at its finest. It was modelled after the Zangto Pelri which was known as Guru Rinpoche's paradise. It currently serves as the residence of the queen mother of Bhutan. The palace is closed to the public...

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20. Jangsarbu Lhakhang

Jangsarbu Lhakhang

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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Home to Sakyamuni Buddha, a statue that was carried from Lhasa Tibet, Jangsarbu Lhakhang is one among the smallest monasteries in Bhutan. It is located right behind Paro Dzong, which was initially supposed to safe keep the Buddha's statue. As the legend goes, the statue was only kept overnight at Ja...

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21. Dra Karpo

Dra Karpo

3.1

9 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

One of the many sacred monasteries in Paro is Dra Karpo which means splitting of rock. Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated at this temple, where you'd find a huge stone which had been shifted from the mountainside to the altar room. One of the highlights of the place are the footprints imprinted...

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22. Archery Ground

Archery Ground

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0 kms
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The Archery Grounds in Paro hold traditional archery games occasionally. As archery is the national sport of Bhutan, the archers take great pride in the sport. It is quite captivating to see these skilled sportsmen on the archery ground stand at a distance of more than 100 metres and shoot...

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23. Festival Ground

Festival Ground

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0 kms
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The festival ground outside Paro Dzong is the site of the Paro Tshechu, the most colourful festival of Paro. Held here every year, it is on this sacred ground that the monks perform different kinds of masked dances and re-enact scenes from the past.

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24. Gonsaka Lhakhang

Gonsaka Lhakhang

3.6

4 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

Located on the hillside above Paro, Gonsaka Lhakhang is a beautiful monastery you must visit. From here you can see the meditation cave of Pha Drun Drung who was the founder of the Dzong. The picturesque scenery down the valley is an unmatched view. It is situated at a walka...

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25. Chhoeten Lhakhang

Chhoeten Lhakhang

3.5

0 kms
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The white tower of Chhoeten Lhakhang, situated southeast of Paro's town square, tells a story. A perfect example of beautiful Buddhist artwork, Chhoeten Lhakhang displays a statue of Jowo Sakyamuni in the middle of the chapel. The sculptures of Guru Rinpoche and Chenrezig in the chapel add glory to ...

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26. Pena Lhakhang

Pena Lhakhang

3.4

4 kms
from city center

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Often overlooked by tourists due to its rather simple appearance, Pena Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Built-in the 7th century, the statue of Jowo Nampar Namse, a saint believed to have magical powers to fulfil people's wishes, is the main highlight of this blessed monument. It is ...

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27. Nyamai Zam

Nyamai Zam

3.3

1 kms
from city center

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A replica of an old bridge which was washed away in 1969 by a flood, Nyamai Zam is a wooden bridge situated just below Paro Dzong. An epitome of perfection, this 20-metres long bridge flaunts Bhutanese wooden craftsmanship. Providing a great view of Paro Chhu, Nyamai Zam is a great site to click a p...

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28. Pelri Goemba

Pelri Goemba

3.2

1 kms
from city center

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A Buddhist monastery in Paro, Pelri Goemba is located above Tago village, in the south-eastern region of Paro. This Nyingmapa-school chapel once got in a feud with Kagyu school, the dominant school at the time. Due to this dispute, the monastery had to be reduced in size. But even after going throug...

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29. Five Chortens

Five Chortens

3.1

0 kms
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Built in the memory of Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan, Five Chortens are truly a spectacular sight in Paro. Located beside the Ugyen Pelri Palace, Five Chortens add glory to the Paro Dzong and make for a picturesque view. A marvel not to be missed, they are situated amidst peaceful enviro...

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30. Six Chortens

Six Chortens

3.1

0 kms
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An example of architectural perfection, Paro welcomes its visitors with the glorious six chortens at the town's border. A Chorten of a stupa is an important religious Buddhist monument. It holds relics or even preserved bodies of lamas. Spending some time here and clicking pictures of the beautiful ...

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31. Khangkhu Lhakhang

Khangkhu Lhakhang

3.1

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Paro

One of the most modest temples in Paro, Khangkhu Lhakhang is a religious shrine overflowing with faith and peace. Located on the west bank of Paro Chhu, the place is so pure and pious that a few minutes spent here recharge one's energy for the rest of the day.

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32. Bondey Lhakhang

Bondey Lhakhang

3.1

5 kms
from city center

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A 400-year-old quaint temple located on the west side of the river in Bondey Village, Bondey Lhakhang is left unnoticed by tourists on many occasions due to its simple and sober looking structure. Along with its architectural marvel, this monastery just past the Cheli La is known for its serene and ...

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33. Tago Lhakhang

Tago Lhakhang

3.1

0 kms
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Founded by Thangtong Gyalpo, the Tago Lhakhang stands out in the tiny village of Bondey, 6kms from Paro. It is beside the main road near the Bondey bridge and can be easily spotted because of its unusual structure. Situated on the eastern side of the Paro Chhu, the most striking feature of this shri...

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