Perched on a cliff in the upper reaches of the Paro Valley, Taktsang Monastery is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan. It was built in 1692 around the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.
HistoryThe legend behind this monastery’s establishment is as intriguing as its location. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, descended here on this mountain on the back of a tigress from Tibet. He... read more
Type in the words Paro Valley on any search engine and the initial images popping up would be of the Rinpung Dzong. Standing on the banks of Paro Chhu, this Buddhist monastery and fortress was built in the 15th century and presently houses the district monastic body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag.
HistoryIt is believed that a monastery was initially built at this location by Guru Rinpoche in the 10th century, which was later replaced by a larger monastery in 1644, built by Ngawang Namgya... read more
An old watchtower, standing on a hill behind Paro Dzong was renovated to make space for the National Museum of Bhutan. This unique round building, shaped as a conch shell with 2.5 meter-thick walls, was first built in 1656. Its conversion into a museum happened under the orders of His Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1968.
The CollectionWith items dating back to the 4000 B.C E. till the present day, this museum has a collection of over 3000 artefacts. It comprises of some of the most spectacular bronze sta... read more