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Best Places to Visit in Paro City in 2018

  • 01 Druk Path Trek

    Image Credit : Druk Path Trek
    Trek amidst the dazzling natural landscape with snowy mountains, lush valleys, dense forests of fir, blue pine and rhododendrons, long stretches of pastureland and clear blue lakes on Druk Path trek in Bhutan. It is a six day trek which lets you spend adventurous time in the lap of the abundant nature. The trek connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu and offers the glorious view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain peak. Experience the unique culture and ancient architecture of Bhutan on your way with visits to sleepy hamlets and ancient monasteries and temples.

     

    Location
    : The journey starts from Paro, the historical valley, and ends at Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

    Best Time
    : The best time to take this excursion is between March-June and September-November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for six day trek is 135,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy to Moderate.


  • 02 Drukgyel Dzong

    Image Credit : Drukgyel Dzong
    The remnants of once flourishing Drukgeyl Dzong echo many stories. The Dzong sits on a path that connects Paro Valley to the Tibet through the Tremo La pass. In the past, it was a significant trade route and the Dzong was a major administrative centre. In 1951, the Dzong was destroyed by a fire and the charred walls and beams are still visible.

    The complex consists of a Chorten, chapel and ruins of big towers. An adventurous climb leads you to the ruins where you can admire the once proud and regal building.



    Highlight
    : There is something mystical about taking a walk in the historical ruins of the Dzong. On the way you can get a view of the majestic Mount Jhomolhari's snow laden peak, on a clear day.

    Location
    : The Dzong is located in Paro valley and is about 25 minutes drive away from Paro International Airport.

    Price
    : N/A


  • 03 Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge

    Image Credit : Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge
    Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge is an iron chain bridge built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo and is the access route to the famous Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong. Built in early fifteenth century, the bridge has stood the test of time.

    Built on the mighty Paro Chhu River, the bridge offers a small adventurous ride to the Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong amidst the beautiful hilly sight, gushing river water underneath, lush green Paro Valley and the spectacular view of the Dzong above. To visit the Dzong, you must cross this iron bridge. At first you may feel a bit apprehension but walking on the bridge is quite a fun activity.



    Highlights
    : Built to make the remote parts of Bhutan accessible, this bridge offers a fun trip. The brightly coloured prayer flags and stunning natural beauty makes the trip worth.

    Location
    : The Bridge is located along Paro-Thimphu highway, in the Paro Valley

    Timing
    : N/A

    Prices
    : N/A


  • 04 Haa Valley

    Image Credit : Haa Valley
    Haa Valley is a relatively new yet a must see attraction of Bhutan. It is a prominent virgin beauty of the nature.

    Highlights: Haa Valley is a scenic beauty in itself. However, besides the scenic sights you will also come across several fortresses and temples around the valley. Lhakhang Nagpo – Black Temple and the Lhakhang Karpo – White temple are also a popular attraction here. Another unique temple here is the Shekhar Drak. If you are one of those trekking lovers, you can embark on the famous ‘The Haa Planters’ Trail’ walk. This route will lead to to an archaic path by the rice planters passing from the Haa Valley to the Paro during the plantation season. It is one relatively simple trek that rarely has high altitudes.

    Location: The Haa Valley is located in Haa in Bhutan.

    Timings: Haa Valley is open round the year however the most suitable time to visit the valley is during the spring season i.e. between Mid March to June.

    Pricing: There is no admission fee to make an entry to the Haa Valley.


  • 05 Chhukha Dzongkhag

    Image Credit : Chhukha Dzongkhag
    Unless you are taking an overland crossing to or from India, most of the Western trekkers tend to give Chhukha Dzongkhag a vast berth.

    Highlights: People who wish to take a land route to visit the district that effectively comprises of the winding road which drops from the mountains through the green tropical foothills of the Southern Bhutan to the Phuentsholing which is a burgeoning town on the international border. Jaigaon which is its twin Indian settlement lies on the other end. This indeed is a dramatic road trip which gives you an assurance of the geographical continuity which you may not get on flying into Paro. En route to the Chhukha Dzongkhag, you’ll come across the humongous ‘Lost World’ ferns which spill onto the road along with the dozens of waterfalls which cascade from here into the mist.

    Location: Chhukha Dzongkhag lies in the Chhukha District of Bhutan.

    Timings: Open round the year.

    Pricing: Entry is free.


  • 06 National Museum, Paro

    Image Credit : National Museum, Paro
    If you want to learn about the Bhutanese culture, history and traditions, there is no other place better than the National Museum of Bhutan. The current national museum used to be a watchtower.

    In 1968 the tower was renovated and converted into the National Museum of Bhutan. There are various galleries in the museum showcasing the impressive history and culture of Bhutan. There are collection of thangkas, stone carvings, religious statues and other artefacts of significant importance.



    Highlight
    : Enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding valley. Photography inside the museum is not allowed, however, you can click beautiful pictures of the valley.

    Location
    : The museum is located at a hill above Paro Dzong. Paro Dzong is a 15 minutes drive from Paro market.

    Timing
    : 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Price
    : For adults the price is 150 BTN. For monks, nuns and children below ten years, the entry is free.


  • 07 Haa Summer Festival

    Image Credit : Haa Summer Festival
    Haa valley is one of the pristine locations where one can enjoy the various charms of nature in Bhutan. The Haa summer festival is a pleasant occasion which conducts a celebration of the living culture the exclusive lifestyle, the religious performances, tradition, heritage, customs, sports and undoubtedly native Bhutanese home cooked cuisine. The festival almost serves as an insight to the tradition of Bhutan.

    The celebration is conducted in Haa valley which can be reached by crossing Chelela Mountain pass, the highest road pass of the country. This is an extremely scenic location where the mind gets rejuvenated with a simple walk on the mountain slopes. Traditional dances and popular songs are performed by natives in this festival and onlookers may enjoy the same with Ara, local liquor.



    Highlights
    : White Poppy, a flower which is about 1.5 m in length. This flower is not available in any other parts of the world.

    Festival time
    : In the month of July


  • 08 Ta Dzong

    Image Credit : Ta Dzong
    Ta Dzong is a landmark building of Bhutan. It is most prominent known for the Ta Dzong museum which is also known as the National Museum of Bhutan.

    Highlights: The Ta Dzong museum is a cultural museum that is situated in the Paro town in western Bhutan. Established in the year 1968, the refurbished Ta-dzong building lies right above the Rinpung Dzongunder. It has some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art which includes some masterpieces paintings and fine examples of the Bhutanese art including bronze paintings and statues. The place is a must visit for art lovers.

    Location: It is located in Paro in Bhutan.

    Timings: The museum in the building stays open from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

    Pricing: Local Nu. 10 SAARC Country Citizens Nu. 25 Non-SAARC Country Citizens Nu. 150 Bhutanese Students Nu. 5 Monks, Nuns, and Children under 10 yrs. Free


  • 09 Wangchu River

    Image Credit : Wangchu River
    The mighty rivers of Bhutan offer great opportunity for various water sports. Wang Chhu River is a Himalayan river and tributary of majestic Brahmaputra River. The Bhutan river tours are designed to let you enjoy the adventurous sports of kayaking and rafting in the rivers of Bhutan. The bustling capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is located on the banks of Wang Chhu.

    On the east side of the river, you can see the striking SAARC building. Samtenling Palace, the resident of king, can also be sighted from the river. Fluttering colourful flags on the banks make a beautiful sight.



    Highlights: Look for kayaking and rafting opportunities. The 4 Km run from Wang Chhu to lower run offers challenging water course suitable for experts. You can also try for trout fishing in the river.

    Location
    : The lively capital city of Thimphu is situated at the banks of Wang Chhu.

    Price
    : N/A


  • 10 Phobjikha Valley

    Image Credit : Phobjikha Valley
    A perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers, Phobjikha valley in Bhutan is one of the most spectacular natural settings one may find in Bhutan. Located on the incline of Black Mountains Park, this bowl shaped glacial valley an important wildlife preserve land of the country as it sits on the edge of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

    With an assortment of flora and fauna species, this valley provides an excellent opportunity to experience the wildlife from close. The biggest draw to the valley is black-necked cranes. Apart from that one can also see Himalayan black bears, sambars, leopards and red foxes among other mammal species.

     

    Highlights
    : Visit to the Gangte Goemba, a magnificent Bhutanese architecture that provides a spectacular view of the entire valley. Get all the information you need about the black necked cranes at Black-Necked Crane Information Centre.

    Location
    : Wangdue district.

    Timing
    : N/A

    Prices
    : N/A


  • 11 Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

    Image Credit : Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek
    Take the adventurous Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek in Bhutan that takes you to the splendid heights and lets you experience the great diversity of landscape. Pass through the dense pine forests, lush meadows, pasturelands while soaking in the beauty of snow capped mountains of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. It is a long and difficult trek which challenges the most experienced and physically fit trekkers.

    You will also pass through the beautiful hamlets and interact with the friendly Bhutanese villagers. The landscape is dotted with Dzongs, temples and monasteries which offers the glimpse of ancient architecture of Bhutan amidst unspoiled tranquillity of nature.



    Location
    : The trek starts at Gunitsawa and passes through Sharna Zampa, Soi Thangkha, Jangothang, Lingshi, Chebisa, Shomuthang, Robluthang, Limithang, Laya among others to end at Thimphu.

    Best Time
    : April-June & September- November.

    Approx Price
    : Per person price 13 day trek is 400,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Difficult


  • 12 Cheli La

    Image Credit : Cheli La
    Located at a height of 3,810 meters above sea level, Cheli La Pass is the highest pass in Bhutan that can be accessed by road. The pass separates the valleys of Haa and Paro and offers stunning views of surrounding area with picturesque beauty. On the way you will get to see he roadside drub chuu with beautiful paintings of Guru Rinpoche with his two wives.

    On a bright and clear day of October and November, you can have a spectacular view of the Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and other neighbouring peaks, covered in snow and glittering in sunlight.



    Highlights
    : A small 2 kilometre detour leads you to Dzongdrakha Goemba, an architectural complex perched on a high ridge and consists of four chapels and a Chorten.

    Location
    : Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan.

    Timing
    : Best time to visit is October to November when the skies are clear.

    Prices
    : N/A


  • 13 Paro Tshechu Festival

    Image Credit : Paro Tshechu Festival
    Held in Paro Dzongkhag district, the Paro Tshechu is one of the sought after festivals and a major attraction in the land of Bhutan. It is one of the biggest religious festivals here. The history of the festivals travels back to 17th century when the founder of Bhutan Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel conducted it annually. The festival continues for 5 days usually during spring time on the 2nd Bhutanese lunar month. It is an opportunity to visualize the rich tradition, culture and custom of Bhutan.

    The locals rejoice with both religious dance performances as well as folk dances performed by monks and natives. The last day of the festival is special as on this day a gigantic thangka or embroidery painting is shown to all. The Guru Throngdel shows Buddhist art and it is believed that looking at it also cleanses many sin of viewers.



    Festival Time
    : March every year