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Dumtse Lhakhang

By the road leading to the National Museum is Dumtse Lhakhang, an unusual chorten-like temple that was built in 1433 (some sources say 1421) by the iron-bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo; look for his mural by the ent…
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National Museum

Perched above Paro Dzong is its ta dzong (watchtower), built in 1649 to protect the undefended dzong and renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. The unusual round building is said to be in the shape of a con…
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Paro Dzong

Paro Dzong ranks as a high point of Bhutanese architecture. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley. It was formerly the meeting hall for the National Assembly and now…
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Taktshang Goemba

The 'Tiger's Nest Monastery' is one of the Himalaya's most incredible sites, miraculously perched on the side of a sheer cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley. It's the goal of every visitor to Bhutan and while …
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Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang is one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was t…
Buddhist Temple in Paro

Chhoeten Lhakhang

The tower-like Chhoeten Lhakhang is southeast of Paro's town square. The caretaker may allow you to visit the upstairs chapel, which features a central Jowo Sakyamuni, with Guru Rinpoche and Chenresig to the side.
Buddhist Temple in Paro

Druk Choeding

Also known as Tshongdoe Naktshang, the quiet and peaceful Druk Choeding is the town temple. It was built in 1525 by Ngawang Chhogyel (1465–1540), one of the prince-abbots of Ralung in Tibet and an ancestor of the Zh…
Market in Paro

Paro Weekend Market

Paro's weekend market isn't very large but it has a traditional feel and is a fine introduction to some of Bhutan's unique local products, from organic Tsirang honey to the squares of dried jellied cow skin known as…
Palace in Paro

Ugyen Pelri Palace

The secluded wooded compound of the Ugyen Pelri Palace was built by the Paro penlop, Tshering Penjor, in the early 1900s and is now a residence of the queen mother, thus closed to the public. It is designed after Gu…
Incense Factory in Paro to Thimphu

Tshenden Incense Factory

Just 1km from Bondey is this family-run incense factory, where you can see the boiling, dyeing, extruding and drying processes. Get your guide to ring in advance.