30 Places to Visit in Paro, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Places to See in Paro

Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro Weekend Market, Namgay Artisanal Brewery, Zuri Dzong Fort, Rinpung Dzong Monastery, Drukgyal Dzong Monastery, Dasho Nishioka Chorten Museum, Tamchoe Monastery, Kyichu Lhakhang, Samtengang, Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and many more. 

With a plethora of bewitching places to visit in Paro with scenic Himalayan ranges, pristine lakes, lush valleys, and beguiling Buddhist temples, the quaint little town has made its way to the bucket list of every travelers' dream destination. The primary attractions of Para are the monasteries like Tiger's Nest Monastery and Rinpung Dzong Monastery that are perched serenely amidst the hills filling the air with spirituality.

To marvel at the best panoramic views of the verdant Paro valley, Airport Viewpoint is the place to go. Chele La Pass is an adventure zone for the bikers and hikers to go on an expedition. For a break from the monastery sightings, head for places to see in Paro like Tachog Lhakhang Old Bridge, Bondey village, and Drakey Pang Tso lake where Nature is preserved in its purest form. The Weekend Market in Paro has amazing shops selling handcrafted prayer wheels and bowls made by local artisans to go on a shopping spree. 

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Located in the cliffside of the upper valley in Bhutan, Paro Taktsang is an eminent Buddhist sacred site and is also known as Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Palphug Monastery. This temple has become the folk icon of Bhutan which Hangs at an uncertain cliff at 10240 feet above the Paro valley, reaching the temple is only possible through a mountainous route. The remote location makes it difficult to reach but also makes it beautiful, unique and an unforgettable destination at the same time and it is one of the best places to visit in Paro.

The glistering lights, golden dome and idols make its interior even more amazing. A large statue of a tiger is located in the hall of a thousand Buddhas, which is carved out of a rock. The buildings are interconnected and the stairs are carved out of the rocks, and there are windows in every building which gives a glorious view. To mark the beginning of a new day, the monks rotate the prayer wheel everyday at 4 AM which is located at the courtyard of the temple and is the main shrine of the temple.

The rock slopes are almost vertical on the right side of Paro Chu. 'Chu' here refers to rivers or water in Bhutanese. The temple is devoted to Padmasambhava which is also known as Gu-Ru mTshan-bragyad Lhakhang which translates as 'the temple of the guru with eight names'. During March or April, a festival called Tsechu is celebrated in the Paro valley in the honor or Padmasambhava. 

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The weekend market is one of the major Paro tourist attractions because of the colourful sights and sounds and smells that you encounter when you are there. It is a hub for tourists and locals alike and is a place where you can find anything imaginable- from fruits and vegetables to religious artefacts and Bhutanese stamps.

If you are looking for souvenirs to take back home with you, you can even find traditional dresses of Bhutan, authentic, hand-crafted prayer wheels and Kira. The market also has several food stalls where you can enjoy Bhutanese delicacies such as chugo (yak cheese), khoo (jellied cow skin) and Tsirang honey. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan

Price: 
INR 500 approx.

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Coveted as one of the best places to visit in Paro to enjoy panoramic views of the lush green Paro Valley, Airport View Point is the first attraction that most tourists visit once they land at the Paro International Airport. The Paro International Airport is built amidst the tall and majestic mountains that are clad in a dense green shade and is rated in the list of Top 10 best airports. So, no wonder that the viewpoint will knock you out by offering you the best of the possible views.

Location: Paro International Airport

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You wouldn’t expect to find a microbrewery in Paro, which makes the Namgay Artisanal Brewery is one of the most exciting places to visit in Paro. Established by Dorji Gyeltshen, the microbrewery serves local drinks such as apple cider and beer like the pale and dark ales, pilsners, red rice lager, milk stout wheat beer and craft beer. 

The brewery was established to create an active local beer culture in the country and to that purpose, it holds the Bhutanese Beer Festival every year. You should definitely try out the place for their unique beers and local flavours. 

Location: 
Dumsibu, Paro, Bhutan

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rice: INR 2,500 approx.

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The Zuri Dzong in Paro is the oldest in Bhutan and is, therefore, one of the most important places to see in Paro. Built in the early 14th century, it is not only a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan and Paro but also the art, architecture and lifestyle of the people back then.

The structure, despite being so old, looks as good as new, without any wear or tear, and is supported by a double-wall as well as bridge. There are several murals on the walls of the Dzong which are dedicated to the Buddhist protector- Zaa. It is also a great view-point, and you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings from this 5-storey structure. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
Free entry

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If you are on a mission to go sightseeing in Paro, you must check out the Rinpung Dzong monastery, another ancient monastery you can find in Paro. It is located on the face of a hill and overlooks the gorgeous valley surrounded by sprawling green hills on all sides, allowing you to take some breathtaking pictures.

The name of the monastery translated into “Fortress on a Heap of Jewels” and the structure itself has played a pivotal role in protecting Bhutan from foreign invasions in the past. Even today, you can witness some mind-boggling art and architecture that has withstood the test of time when you visit the Dzong. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
Free entry

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Drukgyel is one of the most interesting places to see in Paro because of its history and notoriety. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the area and despite being the victim of a massive fire accident in the 1950s, it has withstood and survived for all to witness it today.

The fort has been renovated and rebuilt, with some new murals and frescoes being added to the plethora of existing ones. Visitors can get a wonderful view of the surrounding Chomolhari mountains from the summit of the Monastery. 

Location: Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
Free entry

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Paro Chu is the lifeline river in Paro that starts from Mount Jomolhari and flows through scenic meadows and gorges and then enters the town of Paro. The river meanders with plenteous turns between mountains on either side splashing its waters everywhere as it rumbles down. Nature lovers and photography enthusiasts are bound to fall in love with this scenic river.

The river tops the list of places to see in Paro for adventure as the waters have Grade III currents and are ideal for white river rafting. The lower Paro Chu river is a great stretch for kayaking and the gentle waters are suitable for even first-time kayakers.
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The Dasho Nishioka Chorten museum was set up to honour Dasho Kaiji Nishioka, who was a pioneer in the world of irrigation and agriculture in Bhutan. The museum outlines the life, contributions and achievement of Dashi Nishioka and shows how he revolutionized the agriculture process in Bhutan, making it more economical and the region more independent and modern.

The museum itself overlooks large rice paddies and agricultural fields which make for some stunning places to see in Paro.

Location:
 Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
INR 500

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The Tamchoe Monastery is one of the most representative Paro tourist attractions and rightfully so. The monastery is locally referred to as Tachog Lhakhang which means “temple of the hill of the excellent horse.” The temple is located on the highway that connects Paro with the capital city of Thimpu.

The temple was built in 1420 by the architect Thangtong Gyalpo. It is believed that he had a vision of the Buddhist figure of Avalokiteshvara in the form of a Balaha-an or a spiritual horse, which inspired him to make the temple. You can get a gorgeous view of the Paro Chhu as well as the surrounding valleys from the monastery. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
Free entry

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Making its place to the list of top places to see in Paro, Tago Lhakhang lures visitors with its unusual shape. The monastery was built by Thangtong Gyalpo and has a distinctive circular chapel on the upper floor. The monastery is built on the eastern side of the Paro Chu river and the calmly flowing river augments the spiritual aura of the place.

Location: Bondey village, 6 km from Paro

Timings: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM Mon-Sun

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Built in the memory of Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan, Five Chortens is one of the most spectacular places to see in Paro. Located at the foot of Paro Dzong, Five Chortens is an architectural magnificence that looks breathtakingly photogenic.

The atmosphere at this Buddhist monument overflows with peace and serenity. If you are looking for the best place to move within and find your ‘Ikigai’, nothing can beat Five Chortens.

Timings: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM Mon-Sun

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At an elevation of 3988 meters above sea level, Chele La Pass is perched between the Haa and Paro valleys and is one of the euphoric places to see in Paro. Chele La Pass is the highest motorable road in Bhutan and this narrow, asphalted road is an adventure zone with some steep drops and incredible turns.

A drive through to the vantage point of the Chele La pass through dense vegetation spruce and larch trees is a feast to the eyes and soul. You can also challenge your physical endurance by hiking up to the vantage point.

Location: 35 km from Paro

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One of the most spiritual places to visit in Paro, Dra Karpo translates to the splitting of rock. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche who meditated on this hill broke a rock into pieces and revealed an evil spirit taking refuge within it; and hence the name "Dra Karpo". The hill is considered extremely sacred and pilgrims take 108 rounds of walk around the hill as a way to free themselves from the sins committed.

The walking trail is paved and the hike to Dra Karpo is easy and the views around are rewarding.

Timings: 8.00 AM - 5.00 PM Mon-Sun

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Bondey is one of the rustic villages in the Paro Valley that has an earthy countryside charm. The village looks absolutely calm and serene and nature can be seen in its best form here. The 400-year old Bondey Lhakhang in Bondey village located just past the Cheli La is one of the no-miss places to visit in Paro for its distinctive ancient architecture.
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One of the most enchanting places to visit in Paro, Drakey Pang tso is a sacred lake that is about 4300 meters above sea level. It is believed that the Drakey Pang tso is of Ap Drakep, one of the local guardians of Paro. This teal-colored lake is surrounded by majestic mountains and looks breathtakingly beautiful on a bright sunny day.

Hiking is one of the most scenic ways to reach the lake and the trail takes you through classic alpine scenery and untamed landscapes of Paro.

Location: Northern part of Paro

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Cozily perched in a valley amidst the gently rising hills, Bumdra Monastery is one of the ancient and revered places to visit in Paro. Bumdrak means 'Rock of One Hundred Thousand Foot Prints' and it is believed that the temple here was built by one hundred ‘dakinis’ (celestial females).

From the monastery, views of the valley below glistening in the rays of the sun are soul-stirring and the fluttering sound of the prayer flays fills the air with spirituality. The trek to the Bumdra Monastery is prevalent among first-time trekkers.

Entry fees: Free

Timings: 8.00 AM - 5.00 Mon-Sun

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The Samtengang Winter Trek is one of the most exciting Paro tourist attractions and a unique way to explore the Paro valley. You can embark on this 4-day trek that takes you through the villages of Chungsakha and Sha, as well as through forests and valleys where you can see the Paroo river and rhododendron and oak trees lining the roads and hills. 

The trek starts from Punakha and ends in Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a relatively easy trek consisting of a 54km trail that takes you through easily navigable terrains. 

Location: 
Punakha

Price:
 INR 16,500

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Translating to "Temple of the hill of the excellent horse", Tachog Lhakhang is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Paro that sits calmly perched at the foothills beside the Paroo river. The old bridge was built by Thangtong Gyalpo after he dreamt of a spiritual horse while meditating at that place.

The old iron bridge that takes us to the temple was washed away in the 1969 flood and was restored back in 2005. Today, it is decked with colorful prayer flags, and walking on this timeless architectural extravaganza which is as many as six centuries-old is indeed an exhilarating experience.

Entry fees: Restricted entry

Timings: 8.00 AM - 5.00 PM Mon-Sun

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A lot of tourists overlook this quaint little temple when they are in the area, possibly because it is one of many monasteries in the area and is located in the fringes of the village. However, the Pena Lhakhang is one of the oldest and most unique monasteries in Paro and should definitely be part of your list of places to visit in Paro. Although it might not be very evident from its simple exterior and plain appearance, it is very intricately designed inside.

It was built in the 7th century, making it one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The main attraction of the structure is the giant statue of Jowo Numbar Names. It is also located adjacent to the Dumtse Lhakhang. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan

Price: 
Free entry

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Of all the places to visit in Paro, this is perhaps one of the most spiritually rewarding. It is the oldest nunnery in Bhutan that was established in 1986 by Anim Dratshang, a Buddhist nun who resides at the Kila Goemba even today. It is home to over 60 nuns who stay there all the time and who have chosen the life of silence and seclusion voluntarily.

Even though there are a lot of places to see in Paro, there are few places where you can see all of Paro itself, and this is one amazing viewpoint from where you can do just that. You can see the entire valley spread out under you from the summit of this nunnery. 

Location:
 Paro, Bhutan 

Price:
 Free entry

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One of the lesser-known tourist places in Paro is the Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, another quaint monastery which is located in the less frequented corner of Paro. Despite not being very well-known, it is one of the most well-constructed structures and Buddhist monasteries in the area.

You can find a giant statue of the Buddha as well as a huge likeness of Guru Tshen Geyed where locals come to offer their prayers and respects. Even though photography is not allowed inside the monastery, you are guaranteed to get some great photographs of the intricately crafted exteriors as well as the surrounding scenery. 

Location: 
Bonday Lam Rd, Paro, Bhutan

Price: 
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The Ugyen Pelri Palace is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Paro because of its relevance today and its rich historical significance as well. Today it serves as the residence of the QueeN Tahoe n Mother of the current king of Bhutan. However, it has existed since the 1900s and is an example of the beautiful Bhutanese architecture and handicrafts.

The structure is a replica of the Zangto Pelri, which used to be known as Guru Rinpoche’s Paradise. Even though the public is not allowed inside the palace, they can always observe it from outside and visit the nearby attractions of the Five Chortens of Paro. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
Free entry 

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Paro is home to some of the most spiritual temples in the country. Most of these temples serve as attractive tourist places in Paro apart from centres of spirituality and a testimony to the vibrant history of the place. Gonsaka Lhakhang is also no different, located at a slight elevation from the main town of Paro.

It is from this temple that you can get a view of the famous meditation cave of Pha Drun Drung who was the founder of the Dzong. Another irresistible reason you should visit the Gonsaka Lhakhang is that it offers unparalleled views of the Paro valley and is at a very convenient walking distance from the famous Zuri Dzong. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan

Price: 
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Nyamai Zam is a wooden bridge, which is one of the most picturesque Paro tourist attractions. Even though a bridge has existed in this spot for hundreds of years, the original version was destroyed by a floor in 1969. A replica was built in its place which still stands today and is visited by many tourists every year.

Apart from being an interesting structure in itself, it is also a great viewpoint from where you can see the mighty Paro river flowing underneath. The bridge is 20m long and situated just below the Paro Dzong. It is an example of fine Bhutanese craftsmanship and woodwork. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan

Price: 
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If you travel a little distance from Paro, to the western side of the valley, you will find some lesser-known tourist places in Paro, such as the Dzongdrakha Goemba. The temple which is also known as Mini Taktsang is a cluster of four shrines that locals believe have been blessed by Guru Rinpoche. The structure is very different from any of the other temples and monasteries in Paro.

The four shrines are that of Maitreya (Buddha of the Future), Guru Rinpoche, Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity) and Drolma (Tara). It is a place where you can learn about the stories, folktales and urban legends and myths of Bhutan. 

Location: 
Bondey Village, West Paro, Bhutan

Price: 
Free entry

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The Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang is an ancient Buddhist temple that was built a saint by the name of Thangtong Gyalpo in the year 1421. Since its construction, it has been the centre of many folk tales and tales of spirituality and superstition, which still remains one of the main attractions of the temple. Locals claim that this is one of the most notorious tourist places in Paro because the temple is said to have been built over the headstone of a demoness.

Some also believe that the original intention of the temple was to get rid of the negative serpentine forces. Whatever the reason for its construction, it is bound to be an interesting visit for you when you are in Paro. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
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Khangkhu Lhakhang is a quaint Buddhist temple located in the village, not far from a cluster of popular resorts and hotels in the area. Even though it is a relatively new temple compared to some of the other tourist places in Paro, it is still a spiritual retreat for tourists and locals alike. You can find Bhutanese architecture as well as art and crafts on the premises of the temple.

The site is also suitable for treks, walks and hikes and offers some incredible views of the surrounding mountains and forests. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan  

Price: 
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The Dungtse Lhakhang is one of the most poignant and important places to visit in Paro because of its spiritual and historical significance. It is a monument dedicated to Buddhism and tourists can learn a lot about the scriptures and tenets of Buddhism when they visit. The temple was built in 1421 and is said to have been established to ward off evil spirits.

The three storeys of the temple represent heaven, earth and hell. It is also decorated with some of the most valuable paintings in all of Bhutan. Another unique feature about the temple is that it is built in Chorten style, which is not very common in traditional Bhutanese architecture. 

Location: 
Paro, Bhutan 

Price: 
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Kichu Lhakhang, also known as Lho Kichu Temple is a historically significant temple located in Lango Gewong of Paro, a city in Bhutan. It is one of the oldest temples in the country dating back to the 7th century. The history of this monastery is riveting and was ministered by a great deal of popular figures such as Guru Rinpoche and it is one of the famous places to see in Paro.

Kichu Lhakhang is actually composed of twin temples. The original one was built by the first Buddhist King of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and the other was built in the year 1968 under the jurisdiction of Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Kesang Choden.

The temple is filled with rich history and intricate murals of formerly decorated Kings. There are statues and sculptures of great Buddhist teachers as well. These statues include the renowned Guru Rinpoche, and Kurukulla who is holding a bow of arrow made of flowers. Beside the statue of Guru Rinpoche is a shrine containing the ashes of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the revered Nyingma Buddhist Scholar.

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People Also Ask About Paro

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Paro for couples?

    1. Chele la Pass: The asphalted roads of the Chele Pass have many thrilling turns and sudden steep drops that are one of the best places to visit in Paro for adventure-loving couples. The vantage point here promises fairytale-like valley views.

    2. Bumdrak Monastery: This is an ancient monastery built in an astounding environment amidst mountains. Couples can bask in the tranquility of the place and enjoy some quality time in the lap of Nature.

    3. Paro Weekend Market: This weekend market in Paro is the best place to indulge in souvenir shopping like handcrafted prayer wheels, prayer bowls, etc and to relish delicious Bhutanese food like chugo, Khoo, and Tsirang honey.

    4. Five Chorens:
    Considered as one of the picturesque places to see in Paro for some memorable selfies, this memorandum building fascinates everyone with its brilliant architecture.

    5. Bondey:
    This village in Paro has an old-world charm and a mesmerizing stillness away from the chaos of urban life. Couples can enjoy wandering through the lanes relishing the bountiful Nature around.
  2. Which are the best religious places to visit in Paro?

    1. Tiger's Nest Monastery: Dominating the first position of the places to visit in Paro, this iconic Buddhist temple is built on a cliff at the height of 1040 feet. The monastery’s mind-blowing architecture, rich interiors, and a mammoth tiger statue have made the place so special.

    2. Tago Lhakhang:
    Ths monastery has a circular chapel on the upper floor which makes it look so unique. The monastery is less frequented yet so revere.

    3. Rinpung Dzong Monastery:
    Aesthetically built at the foot of a hill, this monastery which is painted in white looks like a picture out of a postcard. The surrounding valley, the monks' chants, and the greenery around accentuate the spiritual aura of this temple.

    4. Ugyen Pema Welding Zangtho Pelri:
    This vibrantly colored monastery in shades of gold, grey, and maroon is a pagoda-styled Buddhist temple. The temple is a hidden gem and the giant statue of Lord Buddha is truly ravishing.
  3. What is the best time to visit Paro?

    The spring months from March to May are the best months to visit Paro when the valleys look refreshingly lush and the hills are decked with wild blooms. The climate is usually pleasant and the skies are blue and clear.
  4. How to reach Paro?

    Just about 6 km from the city center of Paro is the Paro International Airport which is well connected with the major cities of the world. From the airport, you can take a taxi to the city center and cover up the remaining distance.
  5. What is Paro famous for?

    Paro is famous for its amazing landscapes, Paro Chu river, ancient monasteries like Bumdra Monastery and Dra Karpo, impeccable weather, and countryside villages.

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