Paro is a town in the Paro Valley and also the seat of Paro district. The river named as Paro Chhu streams through the town, surrounded by Himalayan Mountains. Elevated at an altitude of 2195 m, the town has the only international airport of the Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan. Besides having such marvellous location and being so easily accessible, there are some very significant tourist places in paro and around the town.
Taksang Dzong or Tiger’s Nest Monastery holds intense significance from both historical and religious aspect. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a tiger’s back, tamed a demon and meditated in a cave. The monastery is parched on the cliff of a hill and one of the most important tourist attractions of Bhutan.
This 16th century dzong or fortress was built as one of the four prime Dra Dzongs or defence fortresses for security from Tibetan invasion. Situated about 15 km from Paro, the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong is a must visit for its historical value during Bhutan trip.
Rinpung Dzong is a masterpiece from the aspect of its architectural works. This is probably the most exquisite example of dzong architecture in Bhutan. Apart from being a monastery and fortress, this is also the house of District Monastic Body and govt administration offices of Paro Dzongkhag.
The Ta Dzong is situated quite close to the Rinpung Dzong and was basically built to protect the later one from invasion from India and Tibet. In 1968, the building was turned into the National Museum of Bhutan under the command of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It holds over 3000 Bhutanese art-works today and preserves 1500 years of Bhutanese cultural and heritage.
An important tourist places to visit in Paro valley is Kyichu Lhakhang or Kyerchu Temple. Built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, it is actually one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. It is said that there are two orange trees near the temple which bear fruits all year round.
Parched on the cliff of a hill, Drakhapo is a monastic building in Paro. Legend says that after retreating at Taksang Monastery, Guru Padmasambhava spent two months here and placed many treasures. Hand and foot-prints can be seen in embedded in the rocks scattered in the complex.
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