Gateway of Bhutan, home to International Airport of Bhutan

Places to see in Paro

Taktsang Monastery

Paro Taktsang Monastery The Tiger’s Nest Temple Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D…. Read More »

Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong The Fortress of Victory Drukgyal meaning “the fortress of the victorious Drukpas” is located in Phondey village in Paro. History has it that Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built the dzong to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan-Mongol forces in 1649. However, some people say it might have been built by Tenzin Drukdra, the second Desi at the behest of Zhabdrung. The dzong used to house one of the biggest… Read More »

Paro Dzong

Paro Rinpung Dzong “Little Buddha” was shot in this Dzong Some two kilometres away from the Paro airport and across the Pa chhu, the Paro Dzong construction began in 1644 on the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The dzong is also known as Paro Rinpung Dzong – “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. It survived a massive earthquake in 1897 although it was destroyed by fire in 1906.