Located in one of the most historical areas
of Bhutan, Paro Valley boasts a large number
of monasteries and dzongs (fortress-style
buildings). The most famous is Taktsang
Monastery, popularly known as the Tiger’s
Nest, which clings to the cliff-side in the
upper Paro Valley. Hike up the trail to reach
this sacred Buddhist site.
Visit the well-preserved Rinpung Dzong
which contains 14 shrines and chapels and
is home of the Paro Festival. The Dzong sits
next to a river which is crossed by an ancient
cantilevered bridge. On the hill above is Ta
Dzong, a seven-storied watchtower that
houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
Other historical sites include Kyichu
Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in
Bhutan; and Drukgyal Dzong which was a
fortress to protect against invading Tibetans
but is now in ruins.