The 10 Best Things to Do in Paro, Bhutan

March 7, 2018 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best top things to do in Paro, Bhutan including Taktshang Goemba (Tiger's Nest), Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Chele La Pass, Paro Taktsang, Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, National Museum, Drukgyel Dzong, Dzongdrakha Temple.
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1. Taktshang Goemba (Tiger's Nest)

Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan +975 2 334 661
Excellent
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5 based on 372 reviews

Taktshang Goemba (Tiger's Nest)

Reviewed By kalasubramanyam - Chennai (Madras), India

Visited this place with wonderful world friends group. It's was little bit strenuous for the knees. Climbed half the way up through pony and the other half by self. The last two Kms of coming down was difficult due to dehydration. Better equip yourself with lot of water and energy bar if you are above 60. Enjoyed the trip.took more than 8 hours for the trip but still it's worth.

2. Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Thimphu, Paro 11001, Bhutan
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Reviewed By fhartigan - Vatican City, Italy

You have to be in good shape to climb 6 kilometers up the mountain and do another 6 kilometers on the way down. Think of it as cardio, core training, weight loss, and spiritual enlightenment all in one activity. The view along the way is every changing and so beautiful. Tempature also changes significantly based on elevation and location of sun. Round-trip the hike will take you between 3 and 6 hours depending on physical condition. It's a comment but well worth the time and effort. My best part of visiting Bhutan.

3. Chele La Pass

Paro, Bhutan
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 492 reviews

Chele La Pass

Reviewed By Swagata D - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Bhutan is a mountainous country with ample number of Valleys. Paro valley & Haa valley are connected with a road/ pass, called Chele La pass. This is the highest motorable road (almost 13,000ft) in Bhutan. The highest point of the pass has a magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari (Bhutan's most sacred peak at approx 22,000 ft), Mt. Jichu Drake and other adjoining peaks of Himalayan range and also the view of Paro & Haa.

4. Paro Taktsang

Paro Valley, Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
Excellent
83%
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5 based on 75 reviews

Paro Taktsang

Reviewed By Himaruya H

We had a agreat time in Taktsang,very beautiful place.Taktsang Palphug Monastery is a very eminent Buddhist Monastery situated at the heart of the Himalayas. Taktsang Monastery is precisely located at the Cliffside of the Himalayas in Paro valley, Bhutan. The prominent customs of Buddhist religion with the hillside lifestyle have created vibes of peace and tranquillity that prevail in the valley.

5. Rinpung Dzong

Paro, Bhutan
Excellent
44%
Good
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4.5 based on 533 reviews

Rinpung Dzong

Reviewed By Sukrit B - West Bengal, India

Rinchen Pung Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), means 'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels'. In 1644 Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal ordered the construction of the dzong on the foundation of a monastery built by Guru Rinpoche. The woodwork, architecture, colourful paintings are very impressive and offer great views over Paro town.

6. Kyichu Lhakhang

Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001, Bhutan
Excellent
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4 based on 231 reviews

Kyichu Lhakhang

Reviewed By PlatinumHoney - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Many prayer wheels to help you build merit in this temple that is said to date from the 600s...in any case, statues, monks, living temple with all the charm evocative of the colors and cadence of Bhutan.

7. Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge

Paro-Thimphu Highway, Paro 12001, Bhutan
Excellent
37%
Good
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4 based on 186 reviews

Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge

Reviewed By FatemaKumail - Mumbai, India

We need to walk a little to get to the Suspension Bridge.
Its a pretty long bridge with a river running below.
There is nothing on the starting point of the bridge, on the other end there is a shop that sells tea & other snack items.

8. National Museum

Tag-Dzong | Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12001, Bhutan +975 (2) 29 138
Excellent
26%
Good
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4 based on 536 reviews

National Museum

This former fortress was turned into a museum in 1968.

Reviewed By Lee_family_219053 - Singapore, Singapore

Our guide told us the original museum was under restoration and the building we were visiting was a temporary location(just behind and above the original). First thing we saw were the animals of Bhutan, takin and snow leopard. Then enter the room full of ceremonial masks as we had seen most at the Punakha festival a few days back. There was a short video showing the dance and costumes. Thereafter we see the nature side of Bhutan with all the animals ending with a mockup of Tiger's Nest. All in all a good introduction to the diversity of Bhutan and what to look out for in our next day's climb up Tiger's Nest which we spotted many different types of birds.

9. Drukgyel Dzong

Paro 11001, Bhutan
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 176 reviews

Drukgyel Dzong

Though visitors cannot enter the ruins of this formerly majestic fortress, it's worth a visit for the gorgeous backdrop of Chomolhari mountain.

Reviewed By TAMAN1951

Historical significant site dealing with the war with Tibet.
Sadly, currently in ruins and entry not allowed due to current renovation efforts.
Great to see Bhutan preserving its culture.
Even with no access it’s still worth a stop due to historical significance.
Close to town so no trouble.

10. Dzongdrakha Temple

Paro, Bhutan
Excellent
53%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Dzongdrakha Temple

Reviewed By PlatinumHoney - Washington DC, District of Columbia

In the aggregate, these fortresses/monasteries truly depict Buddhist life, culture, religion and history with beautiful art and temple decorations. There is an architectural commonality as well as artistic form, but the permanence of the impermanence is in the aggregate, and visiting here will help solidify Bhutan the place.

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