Top things to do in Upper Paro Valley

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Taktshang

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 the Paro valley. Visiting is the goal of most visitors to Bhutan…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang is one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. The main chapel has roots as far back as the 7th century, with additional buildings and a golden roof added in 1839 by the penlop (governor) of P…
Buddhist Site in Upper Paro Valley

Chumphu Ney

For a fabulous trip into the dreamlike miracle world of Bhutan's sacred geography, budget a day for a hike up to one of Bhutan’s most famous ney (sacred sites). The focal point of the walk is a venerated ‘floating’ …
Buddhist Monastery in Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong, now an imposing ruin, was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control the trade and military route to Tibet. The building was used as an administrative centre until 1951, when a fire caused…
Buddhist Temple in Upper Paro Valley

Machig-phu Lhakhang

After visiting the Tiger's Nest it is possible to take a signed side trail uphill for 15 minutes to this charming lhakhang, where Bhutanese pilgrims come to pray for children. Head to the cave behind the chapel and …
Museum in Kyichu Lhakhang

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's Residence Memorial House

Just outside the Kyichu Lhakhang complex is this museum dedicated to Dilgo Khyentse (1910–91), the Tibetan Buddhist rinpoche (reincarnated Buddhist lama) who lived here for some time. The museum is full of the rinpo…
Buddhist Monastery in Upper Paro Valley

Dranjo Goemba

This monastic school looks deceptively new but there are some fine darkened murals inside. Of note here is the mask-like statue of Tsering Ngodup, the Goddess of Wealth, riding a snow lion, with a drangyen (lute) ha…
Viewpoint in Upper Paro Valley

Taktshang Viewpoint

Just before Taktshang Goemba, this spectacular stupa viewpoint at 3140m puts you eyeball to eyeball with the monastery, which looks like it is growing out of the rocks. From this vantage point it seems almost close …
Buddhist Temple in Upper Paro Valley

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

A 15-minute hike above Taktshang Goemba brings you the Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, named after Guru Rinpoche's heavenly paradise and perched on a crag with great views from the back down to the Tiger's Nest. Roll the dic…
Buddhist Temple in Upper Paro Valley

Tsendo Girkha Lhakhang

This interesting but little-visited 400-year-old lhakhang on the north side of the valley has some interesting relics and is said to have been carved out of the hillside. The best way to visit is on an easy 30-minut…