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Sights in Paro, Bhutan – Don't miss out while in Bhutan!

Are you planning to visit beautiful Bhutan and wondering where to go and what to see? Here’s a comprehensive list of places that must be on your tour list!

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Taktsang Monastery

The Taktsang Monastery, or otherwise known as Tiger's nest, is one of the most crucial and popular things to see while in Paro. The monastery is perched on the edge of a granite cliff, approximately 3000 meters above sea level. Locals are expected to go on a pilgrimage to the temple at least once in their life time. The trek to reach the top will usually take about 2 – 3 hours. Located about 10 kilometres from northern Paro, a visit to the temple makes for a great day trip. Covered by lush pine forests and painted with beautiful sceneries, the hike up to the monastery offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscapes. The cave is considered to be the most sacred site in Bhutan, and it is believed that in the 7th century A.D. Guru Rimpoche, who meditated here, flew to the top on the back of a tigress and in order to overpower the demons that resided here, meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours.

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Ta Dzong

The National Museum of Bhutan, known as Ta Dzong is located in Paro and was built in 1968 in renovated watch tower. The cultural museum features a collection of some of Bhutan's finest art pieces, which includes beautiful paintings and bronze statues. The museum holds more than 3,000 works of art, which cover over 1,500 years of local culture and heritage. The collection of artwork displayed here is a great way for tourists to learn about Bhutan's rich culture and deep history. Some of the other things you could find in the museum are textiles, handicrafts and jewellery, as well as stuffed animals and butterfly sections.

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Kyichu Lhakhang

Dating back to the 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang is a temple that was believed to have been built by Songtsen Gempo, Tibet's first Buddhist King, on the knee of an ogress in order to control her. The temple is known to be one of the oldest monasteries in the Paro district. The premises are also believed to hold two magical orange trees that bear fruit all year round, which is quite uncommon in Bhutan. Luxury hotel options are quite numerous; therefore, if you're looking for a property to stay at, some places like COMO Uma Paro have become quite popular amongst tourists, and will be able to help you in getting to your destination!

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Chele La Pass

The Chele La Pass is a 35 drive and is an exciting road journey as it is known as the highest passes that can be accessed via a motor vehicle in Bhutan. Chele La Pass acts a bridge between Paro and Haa valley. One of the main highlights of the trek is the highest point known as Kung Karpo that reaches a height of 4350 meters and was once used as a famous sky burial site.

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Paro Dzong

Also known as the Ringpung Dzong, it translates to Fortress on a heap of jewels, and is located in Paro and currently serves as a monastery, judicial court and a few government offices. Paro Dzong is recognised as being one of Bhutan's finest and oldest architectural treasures that was built in 1644. The best time to visit here would be in February or March, which is when the annual Tsechu festival is held.

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