Paro sightseeing and Excursion to Taktsang Monastery
Following breakfast, drive 10km north through the beautiful
valley of Paro and hike to Taktsang (tiger's Den) monastery
hanging on a cliff 800m above the valley.
In the 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a
tigress in one of his eight forms called Guru Dorje Drolo and
meditated for 3 months in a cave and converted Paro valley into
Later in the 17th century, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan
Tenzin Rabgye built this present temple and named it Taktsang
meaning; tiger's lair in the same spot where Guru meditated.
This temple is one of the most sacred and also a pilgrimage
centre for Buddhists from all over the world.
It was completely burnt down in 1998 and re-built with help
from the Bhutan government, individual donors and financial
supports from other nations.
It takes 2 hours to ascend to the closest view point (we
obtain special permit for you to enable you to visit even inside
of the monastery if you are interested) and 1 hour descend to the
Stop at tourism café situated half way for
After lunch, continue to walk down to the bottom of the
valley where your vehicle is waiting.
Drive further north and visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fortress
of victorious Drukpas).
It was burnt in 1951 by the tilting of butter lamp in the
middle of the night so in present days it remains as ruins
preserved as monument.
It was built in 1647 after Bhutan stand victorious against
On your way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and the
most sacred temple in Bhutan built in 7th century by Tibetan king
The legend says that he built 108 temples throughout the
Himalayan regions in a single day to subdue the demoness who was
terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region.
Drive to visit Ta-dzong (national museum) an ancient tower,
which served as watch tower to the Paro Rimpong Dzong until 1968
when it was converted into museum.
The museum collection includes displays of spectacular
thankas (religious scroll painting), ancient artifacts dating from
7th century onwards, beautiful Bhutanese stamps, temple with tree
of wisdom depicting the history of Buddhism, collection of
animals, birds & butterflies and the good collection of
ancient armors such as canons, guns, shield, bows & arrows,