List of Top 9 Sightseeing Locations in Paro, Bhutan

List of Top 9 Sightseeing Locations in Paro, Bhutan

June 5, 2018 0 By the-admin

Bhutan is a beautiful nation of Buddhism, which is popularly known as ‘The land of Dragon’. It covers 38,394km2 which is about half of India. Endowed by amazing high mountain peaks, alluring cascading river and ornate architecture of monasteries makes Bhutan perfect for the holiday destination.

Among the various destinations in Bhutan, everyone must visit the most picturesque places of Paro sightseeing to explore its beauty. The Paro valley is most quaint town and is the gateway to some of the most popular tourist hotspots in Bhutan. The Paro Valley is a broad and flourished valley, which is recognized as one of the most beautiful locations in Bhutan.

The beautiful valley of Paro is fenced in beautiful pine coniferous trees. This valley houses the monasteries of ornate architecture and National Museum. Paro is the central part of Bhutan, where international airport of the country is placed. It is one of the most fertile valleys on which a bulk of red rice produced from its terraced fields. In1985, the street of Paro was built and it is lined with vibrant wooden shop fronts and restaurants. This valley is surrounded by tranquil Paro River (Pa Chu) which flows down the valley. For now, Paro remains one of the best towns of Bhutan which can be explored on foot.

How to reach:

  1. By Air: There is one and only entry is by air through Paro by flight. There is an availability of regular flights from Paro to Bagdogra Airport (NJP). Bagdogra airport is the nearest airport to reach Bhutan.
  2. By Rail: The nearest Railway stations would be Hasimara Railway station or New Jalpaiguri Railway station and from there you will get hired taxi or shared cars to reach you until Phuentsholing.

There is one entry point by road through Phuentsholing. The distance from Phuentsholing to New Jalpaiguri is 190 kilometers.

Highlights:

Best time to visit: March to April and October to November

Activities: Trekking, kayaking, and River Rafting

Nearest by hotels: Le Meridien Paro, Como Uma Paro, and Hotel jigmeling and Gangtey palace hotel.

Top 10 Best places to visit in Bhutan

1. Taktsang Monastery, Tiger’s Nest: It is one of the most popular and one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan

Taktsang Monastery

It is aligned on the side of a cliff 1200m above the Paro valley floor. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche reached here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this place, hence the name of this monastery is Tiger’s Nest.

Highlights:

Best Time to visit: October-March and April-September

Opening hours: (October-March) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm; (April-September) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm daily

Duration of this tour: 2-3hrs

Activities: Meditation and trekking

Nearest by hotels: Hotel Takstang view and Tiger Nest Resort

Note: Visitors require a special permit to enter the monastery which needs to be procured in advance.

2. Rinpung Dzong: This is famous for its stunning Dzong (fort), with high walls, in-built the sixteen centuries

Rinpung Dzong

The name of this place means ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. The monastic bodies of Paro, the office of the Dzong and Thrimpon of Paro district are the residents of the Dzong.

Highlights:

Best Time to visit: October-March and April-September

Opening time: Everyday except Saturday and Sunday

Duration of this tour: 3-4hrs

Specialty: Popular in Tsechu dance

Nearest by hotels: Peaceful and Khang Residency

Note: Outsiders must require a special permit to watch the glimpse of beautiful dance.

3. Drukgyel Dzong: It is one of the best Paro sightseeing sites in Bhutan

Drukgyel Dzong

This Dzong was built in 1649. In 1951 this Dzong got burned by fire. Later, The Dzong was recommended as the vital monument for Bhutanese people and is a symbol of country’s sovereignty.

Highlights:

Best Time to visit: October to November

Specialty: Represents the Bhutanese rituals

Nearest by hotels: Kichu Resort Paro and Hotel Dorjee-ling

Note: If the weather is favorable, you will be lucky enough to explore the holy peak of Mt. Jhulomari in the backdrop.

4. Farm House: This farmhouse enlightens the Local tradition of Paro

Farm House

The beauty of Paro lies in the cluster of this quaint farmhouse. This farmhouse is very colorful and decorative by the green grasses and vibrant flowers. If you want to explore the lifestyle of local peoples, it is the perfect place for you to know their way of living.

Highlights:

Best Time to visit: September to March

Nearest by hotels: Dhumra Farmhouse and Aum um Guesthouse

Note: All the Farmhouses of Bhutan were made of the same architectural pattern.

5. Dungtse Lhakhang: It is popular for its elegant and ornate temple architecture

Dungtse Lhakhang

It was built in 1433 By Thangtong Gyalpo. Lhakhang houses and has three floors representing hell, earth, and heaven. It is famous for its amazing painting of ethnic architecture.

Highlights:

Best Time to visit: September to March

Specialty: paintings of Tantric Buddhist philosophy

Nearest by hotels : Tashiling hotel and Phunsum hotel

6. National Museum: This museum restores the heritage ancient history of Bhutan

National Museum

It was made in the 17th century and was opened in 1968. Visitors can explore the panoramic views of Paro valley from the outside of the museum. It is one of the educational institutes which keep its cultural inheritance intact.

Highlights:

Best Time to visit: September to March

Opening time: from 9 AM to 4 PM every day except Mondays.

Specialty: the collection of fine arts, paintings, and 3-D stamps

Nearest by hotels: Park hotel and Hotel Druckchen

7. Chele La Pass: It is one of highest motorable passes in Bhutan

Chele La Pass

This pass is natural paradise which draws attention to the visitors. It is situated at an elevation of 3,988 m. During this tour, you can explore the spellbound view of the divine mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake and thick forests.

Highlights:

Best Time to visit: September to March

Specialty: Rhododendron in Variety of colors and wild roses.

Nearest by hotels: Sonam Trophel Hotel and Hotel Olathang

Note: The way of the pass is marked by hundreds of amazing prayer flag fluttering in the wind.

8. Haa Valley: It is one of the picturesque places in Bhutan and is known for its strong tantric culture

Haa Valley

This is one of the least populated valleys but your tour would be incomplete without exploring this Haa valley. It is a steep north-south valley with a narrow floor. Haa Chhu River which is stemmed from Mount Jomolhari flows through the valley.

Highlights:

Best time to visit this place- October to November

Activities: Cycling

Nearby attractions- Lhakhang Karpo, the famous White and Black temples

Nearest by hotels – Hotel Dorjee-Ling, Kichu Resort, Khang Residency and Peaceful Resort

Tips: Medicines should be carried with you along with your other necessary things before starting your trip to Paro.

9. Airport viewpoint: The view from Paro international airport is the most stunning eye-catching view

Airport viewpoint

It is recommended as one of the most challenging airports in the world and only eight pilots are certified to land the flights. The alluring view of the vibrant green valley, the amazing blue sky above, and high mountains around the Paro valley make it charming picture.

Tips: Visitors shouldn’t miss the sight of the departing flights rising from the runway and touching the sky.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is Bhutan a safe travel destination?

Yes, Bhutan is very peaceful and safe place for the outsider. The local people are very generous.

2. What are the best seasons of the year to explore Bhutan?

The whole year is the best time to visit Bhutan except June, July and August due to heavy rainfall occurred in those seasons.

3. How is the mobile coverage in Bhutan?

The mobile coverage is pretty good only in Thimphu and Paro. But in other places, the mobile coverage is less consistent.

4. Can we access the Internet from Bhutan?

Yes, The Internet is usually available in hotel rooms. In some hotel, you have to pay some amount for the internet usage.

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