Explore Paro: A Valley Rich In Sacred Sites And Ancient Temples!

Written By

Ruchika Mandora

Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, Kichu Lhakhang, Paro Taktsang, Jangtsa Dumsteg Lhakhang, Zuri Dzong, and Chele La are some of the most popular places to visit in Paro.

Despite being old, the structure looks brand new and is supported by a double wall and a bridge. On the walls of the Dzong are murals of Zaa, the Buddhist guardian.

Zuri Dzong Fort


This 2,950m-high monastery is considered one of the holiest in the Himalayas. The monastery is 12km from Paro and a 2-hour trek.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery


Dorji Gyeltshen's microbrewery serves apple cider, pale and dark ales, red rice lager, pilsners, milk stout wheat beer, and craft beer.

Namgay Artisanal Brewery


This fort has protected Paro valley against Tibet invaders. It now has wooden carvings, paintings, and statues from that era. 

Rinpung Dzong Monastery


Landing at this Himalayan airport offers spectacular views. Once there, visit the Paro Airport Bird's Eye Viewpoint, one of the best Paro sightseeing spots, and enjoy the views.

Airport View Point


Here you may view the stonework of ancient Dzongs. Ascending the ruins rewards you with a stunning perspective of the valley.

Drukgyal Dzong Monastery


Dasho Nishioka Chorten was built to honour a Japanese man who introduced modern agriculture to Bhutan.

Dasho Nishioka Chorten Museum


The Paro Chu is the most important river in Paro. It flows from Mount Jomolhari, through beautiful meadows and gorges, and into the town.

Paro Chu


It's visible from the main road near the Bondey bridge due of its distinctive structure. This shrine on the eastern side of the Paro Chhu is notable for its circular chapel.

Tago Lhakhang


Five Chortens is one of the most interesting places to see in Paro. It was built in honour of Bhutan's first king, Ugyen Wangchuck.

Five Chortens


Chele La Pass, at 13,000 feet, is Bhutan's highest motorable road pass. The pass is famous for its views of Mt. Jhomolari and the Himalayas.

Chele La


Tachog Lhakhang is one of Paro's most popular attractions. After meditating and envisioning a spiritual horse, Thangtong Gyalpo built the old bridge.

Tachog Lhakhang Old Bridge


This Buddhist temple was built in the 15th century to get rid of a bad spirit, so its architecture is a perfect reflection of the religion.

Dungtse Lhakhang