Paro Valley with Zuri Dzong at the upper right
Paro Valley (Elev 2280m) is one hour west of Thimphu and is my last stop in Bhutan. Several treks begin in or near Paro. The charming small town of Paro lies on the banks of the Paro Chhu (river).
My two-hour hike today started from where I am staying at Uma, Paro – up along the forested hillside of a narrow path to Zuri Dzong and slight downhill to the National Museum.
Zuri Dzong – former fortress turned monastery
Old watchtower now the National Museum
Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong)
Rinpun Dzong – “Fortress on a heap of jewels”
Built in 1644
Mural – Wheel of Life
Paro Dzong and the former watchtower
Traditional wooden-covered bridge
Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong – originally built in 1644
Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest temples
Kyichu Temple – built in 659 and expanded in 1839
Paro Main Street