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.
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and its
commercial hub. One of the most impressive
buildings in the city is Tashi Chhoe Dzong,
a Buddhist monastery and fortress which
is now the seat of Bhutan’s government.
Simtikha Dzong is a small building but
important as it is the first of its kind
built in Bhutan and houses a national
Other important centres within Thimpu
include the new National Library which
preserves traditional and sacred texts and
the Institute for Zorig Chusum, a centre for
Bhutanese art education.