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Religious Site, Mountain, View Point, Hiking Trail

Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known in Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche flew to this special monastery on the back of a tigress in the 8th century when it was abound with evil spirits. He spent three months thereafter deep in meditation here and thus, the TaktsangGoemba or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery has been sanctified by Guru Rinpoche, consecrated to tame the tiger demon. Today, it is regarded as an unofficial symbol of Bhutan and is one of the most sacred religious sites in the country

Taktsang Monastery

Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture , Monastery

The ParoDzong is commonly referred to as the RinpungDzong, and is a fortress-monastery commanding the view of theParo valley, as though pondering over its long, tumultuous history. Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche initially built a monastery here towards the beginning of the tenth century, the size of which was increased in 1644 by NgawangNamgyal on the old foundations to an imposing five-story structure. This served for the following centuries as a clever and effective defence point against invasion attempts by the Tibetans.

Paro Dzong

Museum, History Museum, Watch Tower, Tower

Located above RinpungDzong, National Museum of Bhutan was established in 1968 in the renovated building of the ancient Ta-dzong, a 17th-century watchtower.A cultural museum in Paro in western Bhutan, it was constructed under the patronage of His Majesty, the King JigmeDorjiWangchuck, the third King of Bhutan. Opened in 1968, some of the most exquisite pieces of Bhutanese art, including absolute masterpieces of fine art, bronze statues and paintings are housed here, elegantly on display in aesthetical arrangements.

National Museum Of Bhutan

Mountain, View Point, Nature

Tuck yourselves in your warm clothes for this one; you’ll be able to feel the temperature drop as you gain altitude over the course of your two-hour thickly-forested drive from Paro. In winters, you will come across waterfalls, frozen rivers, alpine flowers and snow on the way to the pass.

The Chele La Pass is one of the highest vantage points in Bhutan, from which you can marvel at commanding views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while the Himalayan yaks grazing in the horizon, dotted with electricity pylons. A 2-hour drive from Paro takes you to one of the highest vantage points, Chele La Pass. A botanical paradise, you’ll also be able to spot sacred mountains Jomolhari and Jichu Drake as cascades of wild roses, purple and yellow primulas and swathes of deep blue iris drape the forest floor.

Chele La Pass

Religious Site, Monastery

Drukgyal Dzong, now in ruins,used to be a fortress and Buddhist monastery, and is considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in Bhutan. Located in the upper part of the Paro valley, the Dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawan gNamgyal, the lineage holder of Drukpa-Kagyud school of Buddhism, who came to Bhutan in 1616 escaping the conflict over recognition of his religion. Also said to be the unifier of Bhutan, most of his structures served defence as well as religious and administrative purposes.

Drukgyel Dzong

Religious Site, Temple, Statue

This seemingly small and insignificant-looking temple is home to themajestic statue of Sakyamuni Buddha that was carried all the way from Lhasa, Tibet. The temple also houses the protector deity of Paro. As the traditional legend goes, the statue of SHakyamuni Buddha was destined for ParoDzong or RinpungDzong, behind which this temple is located, and was only placed in the JangsarbuLhakhangovernight for safe keeping. However, when the time came to transport the statue to its original destination, it proved impossible to move, thus becoming a permanent feature of the Lhakhang

Jangsarbu Lhakhang

Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue

There is an intriguing Bhutanese belief that the two orange trees in Kyichu Lhakhang’s courtyard bear fruit throughout the year. According to traditional mythology,the temple, along with JampeLhakhang in Bumthang, were chosen by the 7th century Tibetan King SongtsenGampo to tame a huge demoness obstructing the spread of Buddhism, over an extensive area. He is said to have multiplied himself and then spread out his emanations to different places to build 108 temples in one day to each of her joints, thus cornering andimmobilizing her. Of these, 13 were the most important, representing anatomical parts of the demoness that JampeLhakhan is targeting, of which KyichuLhakhang is on the left sole of the demoness, built on the so-called‘extremities’ of the Tibetan sphere of influence.

Kichu Lakhang

Religious Site, Monastery

Tachog Lhakhang is a privately run Buddhist Monastery which is situated on the base of a magnificent mountain across the Pa Chu River and was constructed in the early 15th century. It was built by the great Poet and iron bridge builder Yogi Thangtong Gyalpo who constructed Dungtse Lhakhang as well as several other iron bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan. Tachogang refers to the ‘temple of the hill of the excellent horse’ and it is said that Thangtong had the vision of a spiritual horse when he was meditating there. Thereupon he decided to construct a temple at this very spot. The area has strong historical significance and is frequented by visitors who wish to know more about the area and the temple

Tachog Lhakhang

Religious Site, Temple

Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang is a unique Buddhist temple in Paro, Bhutan. Built in the fifteenth century, the temple has become one of the significant places in town. The temple is located on the edge of a hill with a backdrop of Paro and Dopchari valleys and is tucked away in lush greenery. Golden and brown roof with a simple white exterior looks picturesque amidst misty landscapes. It is a perfect combination of architecture, history, religion, and art. The inner walls are adorned with the iconography that plays a very important role in Buddhist ideology. Do not forget to carry a torch as insides are not well-lit. Visit this temple and step back in time

Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

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