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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.

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Zuri Dzong – former fortress turned monastery

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Old watchtower now the National Museum

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Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong)

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Rinpun Dzong – “Fortress on a heap of jewels”

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Main entrance

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Built in 1644

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Mural – Wheel of Life

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Paro Dzong and the former watchtower

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Traditional wooden-covered bridge

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Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong – originally built in 1644

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Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest temples

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Kyichu Temple – built in 659 and expanded in 1839

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Paro Main Street

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