Places to Visit in Paro

Five Must Visited Place in Paro, Bhutan

Paro came with its beauty to me on the very first day while watching the spectacular mountain views from the Royal Bhutan Airlines (DrukAir). And then one hour scenic drive to reach Thimphu from Paro International Airport made me overwhelmed and drove me to ask inside, ‘How can be any country is so beautiful, naturally’? And so was very happy when the day came to back Paro again from Thimphu. Yes, now I can explore this town more deeply. So what are the places to visit in Paro, Bhutan? 🙂

Paro Bhutan
Beautiful Paro, Bhutan

I had stayed one night (Feb 22) at City Hotel Paro, a newly opened hotel, but was really satisfied with its good service and tasty food. This hotel is in the main town of Paro from where you can easily move around to shop and visit some notable tourist spots like Rinpung/Paro Dzong and National Museum of Bhutan.

Yummy Food at City Hotel Paro
Yummy Food at City Hotel Paro

Places to Visit in Paro Bhutan

From my points of view I’ll really love to mention some must visited destinations here in Paro. Let’s have a look 🙂

Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Bhutan’s most famous tourist destination is normally known as Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest. This highly holy Buddhist temple complex is a bit far away from the town and situated in the Cliffside (3120 meters) above the sea level of the upper Paro valley. All Bhutanese believe that their Guru or father of the Buddhism first entered here on the back of the tiger/tigress and so this popular as now Tiger’s Nest.

Paro Taktsang
Paro Taktsang from the valley floor

Paro Taktsang from the valley floor
Paro Taktsang from the valley floor

Well, I did visit this monastery from the valley floor and found many of them reaching up by trekking or riding on a horse. Later came to know, at least one day I must have to keep exploring the Cliffside and temples around. Outside of the valley locals selling many souvenirs and handmade stuffs. I’ve loved the deep Pine forest in the area and found many Apple trees too there. This area was so relaxing and exciting for me. Next time will definitely go for trekking to reach Tiger’s Nest temples.

Deep Pine forest at Taktsang
Deep Pine forest at Taktsang

Apple trees at TaktsangBehind me all Apple trees

Chele La Pass

There are many passes in Bhutan but among all, this one is the most notable and highest passes. It took an hour via car to reach Chelela from Paro, which is 3988 meters above the sea level. I was amazed by the extremely beautiful views provides by the pass. First time experiences snowfall while going through the pass. I’ve loved playing with fluffy white snows with full of happiness.

Two sides of the road are filled with deep Pine forest and the snowy views of Jomolhari mountain also gave me an unexpected mind blowing experience ever. One interesting thing to mention about Jomolhari is that, this mountain is snowy in all seasons. Simply amazing, right? 🙂

Snowfall at Chele La Pass
Snowfall at Chele La Pass

Chele La PassPaying with snows at Chele La Pass

Jomolhari mountain
Snowy views of Jomolhari mountain

The main point of the Chelela is very scenic but was too hard for me to bear the heavy cold. From here you can also get the wider view of the Paro Taktsang. I’ve loved here seeing prayer flags blowing heavily in the wild air and remembered, now Dharma is much more increasing with that 🙂

Chelela, Paro BhutanChelela in Paro, Bhutan

Prayer Flags at Chelela
Prayer Flags blowing heavily at Chelela

While coming back from the spot, my guide shown me one unique temple, Nunnry at the top of the hill. This temple is only for women to worship.

Drukyel Dzong

It was a pleasure to visit one of the oldest fortress, Drukyel Dzong here in Paro. This old designed landmark built in 1649 at the top of the hill. This Dzong worked as an entrance preventing from any sudden short attacks by Tibet. This historical fortress faced two times damage by fire and earthquake, but still alive after a renovation and became a popular tourist destination in the town.

I’ve loved the old architects and the looks of this Dzong which took me in 16th century for a while 🙂 Many visitors do stay here for the day and children found playing in the wide area. From the top of the Dzong, Jomolhari mountain is also visible, but it was much nicer to see from the Chele La Pass.

Drukyel Dzong
Drukyel Dzong

Beautiful Time at Drukyel DzongBeautiful Time at Drukyel Dzong

Drukyel Dzong, Paro
Drukyel Dzong

Paro Airport Birds Eye View

I must say you’ll truly miss something if you don’t come to this destination being in Paro. Simply WOW! What a lovely birds eye view of the Paro Airport! I just can’t believe how can be the mother nature is such amazing in all ways! Just have a look because here in true sense pictures says a lot than words 🙂

Paro Airport Birds Eye View Bhutan
Paro Airport Birds Eye View

Paro Airport Birds Eye View
Paro Airport Birds Eye View

Amazing Paro Airport Birds Eye View
Amazing view from the Paro Airport

Colorful Architect from the Paro Airport
Colorful Architect from the Paro Airport

Kyichu Lhakhang

This is the oldest temple in Bhutan built in the 7th century, unbelievable, right? But it’s true and still holding its beauty and purity here in the Paro town. This Himalayan Buddhist temple is very stunning and colorful by its architects. Found two orange trees with oranges in the area of the Kyichu Lhakhang and it’s a faith that those trees bear oranges all over the year. Interesting Fact!! Outside of the temple I saw some old, tall Cypress trees (National Tree of Bhutan) and one lovely red colored flower tree (don’t know the name) and all those created an extra beauty of this beautiful monastery.

Kyichu Lhakhang
Kyichu Lhakhang

Colorful Kyichu Lhakhang
Colorful , traditional architect at Kyichu Lhakhang

Orange trees at Kyichu Lhakhang
Orange trees at Kyichu Lhakhang

The next day early morning left for Bangladesh, but was really sad for that and truly this most beautiful country captured my heart in all ways. Bye Bhutan but surely coming back again 🙂

Here all photos (except my one) captured by me (©nafisa_habib) with my new Nikon CoolPix P600. 

Have you been in Paro? Is there any other place you’ll love to mention here?

Nafisa Habib loves nature and often got fascinated by old beautiful architecture. Here she is with My Own Way To Travel to share her adventures on the road. To her nothing is so interesting than exploring new destinations around. And knowing a new culture and meeting new peoples on the road? Oh, yeah she just loves that too.

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