Rinpung Dzong or ‘fortress on the heap of jewels’ was constructed by Gyelchok, the brother of Gyelzom and the son of Phajo Drugom Shigpo, the founder of the Drukpa Kagyupa school in Bhutan. This was in the 15th. century. His descendants, in later years, controlled most of Paro valley. As you exit Paro airport, this fort is to your right atop a...more
Kyichu Lhakhang is set upon a small hill in the Paro valley. Composed of two temples, the first one was built by Songtsen Gampo, the Buddhist Tibetan king sometime in the 7th. Century.Legend has it that a giant demoness which lay across the larger part of Tibet and the Himalayan area was preventing the spread of Buddhism. King Songtsen Gampo built...more
In Paro, while on your way to Drukyel Dzong and onwards to the fabled Taktsang Lhakhang, you will come across the local Archery Grounds on your right hand side. If you are lucky, a local tournament may well be in progress. On the other hand, being a national sport, it may be played almost throughout the year.Separated by 394 ft (120 m), two...more
Probably the most famous site in Bhutan for outsiders, the Tiger's Nest Monastery, sits alongside a sheer cliff thousands of feet above the valley. This Buddhist enclave was consecrated as the site where Guru Rimpoche, riding a flying tiger, faced, battled, and defeated the demon that lived on the mountain. This pious deed was remembered in the...more
I couldn’t find out which word is the most proper one to describe them. So, I am still using “male organ” or phallus to mention them. In Bhutan, houses are generally decorated with many different pictures from Buddhist culture. Also they use male organs with ribbons as a decorative picture at the entrance of a house. It is very common in a certain...more
This place gave me everything I have as an image of mystic Far East. We visited the place on our last day in Bhutan and it was a rainy day. The mist was all around us. Everywhere was green; there were raindrops over the leaves. Climbed a small path and reached the Dzong.Behind the Dzong, Chomolhari Mountain (7314m) can be seen. It is the border...more
This is not a “things to do”, it is a must. You cannot pass all the mountains to reach Bhutan. I know that. But it is also an amazing experience.I don’t like amusement parks but there isn’t another thing to compare this feeling. We flied to Paro from Kathmandu and I was so sleepy after all the flights we had to reach Kathmandu. Luckily the...more
This building (Ta Dzong) was the protection and the watchtower of the Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1651 by Tenzing Drugda. It’s been decided to turn into a museum in 1965 by Cigme Dorce Vangchuk and opened in 1968. Circular planned structure has 7 flats. Each one of them has different objects like thangkas (Buddhist banners used in religious...more
Its name means “The Castle of the Jewels”. It’s first built in 15th century as a small monastery. Then it changed into a big Dzong in 1646. Dzong means “castle monastery”. It burned down in 1907 and lost its all treasures except huge Tangdrol Thangka (Buddhist banner used in religious ceremonies). It was built again by traditional methods right...more
The name Taktsang means “ Tiger’s Nest ”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m, and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted...more
Known as a ruined fortress, this Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Although in ruins today, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Mount Chomolhari “ Mountain...more
This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guard houses. Today, as two of the functions for Dzongs, it is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200...more
Built in 17th century, this was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968 and holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious Thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Unlike the rectangular shape of the Dzongs, Ta Dzong is round, more like parts of an...more
Lhakhang in local language (in Tibetan as well) means temple. It's one of the oldest and most sacred monasteries of the Kingdom - dated 7th century AD, built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.It is an important place of pilgrimage and of ceremonies for the royal family. For those who are a bit more interested in the religion and the history,...more
I upgraded one night from the government hotels and was so glad I did. While the government hotels...more
Balakha Chento Geog, Near Drugyal Dzong Paro, PARO
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Satsam Chorten, Paro, Bhutan
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After we visited the national museum up there in the hill, we came down with the guide to the next visiting spot. Then we had to cross a stream by a covered bridge. This bridge was not in our visiting list, however, we found it amazing as it's beautifully designed, nicely decorated by colorful praying flags, and at the time we were there, it was just after school time, so we saw a lot of school girls and boys crossing the bridge in their unique traditional styled uniforms. It was such a wonderful place to watch people at such a beautiful setting that we spent no less time there than in the museum.
Finally I got the name of this bridge through other channels: the Nemi Zam Bridge.
You may call it a street, you may call it a town, however, it is all of the 2nd largest city in Bhutan.
Fondest memory: 40 minutes are quite enough to stroll down this street, as there are not a lot to discover about the commodities sold there. A lot of them are imported from the neighbour counties as India, China, Thailand...
You cannot find a lot of souvenirs for tourists as indeed there are not a lot of tourists in Bhutan at all.
However, it's still very pleasant to step into every small door, marked with ".... general shop" or so, to let your eyes used to the dim inside for a minute, and to discover what they offer in there.