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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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Tou Zaiga Restaurant

Trainee five-star chefs test their skills on lucky tourist groups at this restaurant run by the nonprofit Bondey Institute of Hotel Tourism. The dishes fuse Western tastes and local ingredients, centred on seasonal …
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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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Bukhari Restaurant

The sophisticated circular restaurant at the Uma is considered the best in the valley. The set menu changes every three days, but focuses on fresh, healthy and locally sourced food. Lunch is simpler and includes the…
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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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Sonam Trophel Restaurant

Sonam has excellent home-style Bhutanese cooking adapted to foreign tastes and is popular with small groups as meals are brought to the table (no buffet). The best bet is the set lunch (order in advance), which cons…
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…
Religious Supplies in Paro

Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop

This monks' supply shop is one of several in Paro aimed squarely at locals and monks rather than tourists, but it's a fascinating browse. Items for sale include amulets, divination dice, prayer flags, incense, statu…
Thai in Paro

Yegyel Cafe

This local restaurant serves up good Thai food and espresso coffee, offering a welcome break from buffet boredom. Try the excellent red curry and tom kha ghai (chicken coconut soup), washed down by a Chang Beer, or …
Buddhist Monastery in Paro

Zuri Dzong

Zuri Dzong was built in 1352 as a fort and the five-storey main building is still well protected by double walls and a bridge. There are some particularly fine murals in the upper chapels, one of which is dedicated …