Map of Paro – Rinpung Dzong – Paro

Tiger’s Nest is Bhutan’s most iconic and sacred landmark. The monastery clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 m (2955 ft) above the valley floor. The trail levels out (for a while) after the halfway point From this point, you get your first good view of the phenomenal Tiger’s Nest. Rinpung Dzong was constructed in 1646. Some scenes in the 1993 film Little Buddha were filmed in this dzong. Inside Rinpung Dzong are fourteen shrines and cha. The complex is listed as a site in Bhutan’s tentative list for UNESCO inclusion.

Rinpung Dzong is located at the edge of Paro town. Paro is one of Bhutan’s most beautiful and historic cities (popular among tourists). Thimphu is the starting point for most Bhutan itineraries. However, it lacks a bit of the charm and culture found in the country’s other cities. Thimphu is the world’s only capital without traffic lights Instead, policemen stand at major intersections and direct traffic. They circumambulate the chorten, whirl the large red prayer wheels, and pray. The Chorten attracts many elderly Bhutanese. Another Thimphu attraction is the Jungshi Paper Factory.

Map of Paro – Rinpung Dzong – Paro Photo Gallery




The factory uses the bark of two tree species to manufacture traditional paper. Visitors can observe the entire process of paper making. These ancient traditional methods have been practiced for generations. Thimphu’s best attractions are located on the nearby hills Simtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan. Great Buddha Dordenma is Thimphu’s most famous sight. The 170 ft (52 m) Buddha is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world.

A three hour drive from Thimphu is Punakha Valley. Punakha is home to Bhutan’s most majestic structure, the Punakha Dzong is one of Bhutan’s most famput. It’s the second oldest and second largest dzong in the country. Punakha Dzong is one of Bhutan’s most famous. Punakha Dzong is often referred to as “The Palace of Great Happiness. The Dzong is a six-storied structure with a central tower. It was built with compacted earth, stones, and timber in doors and windows. Punakha Valley’s river bank is perfect for a picnic. The setting is idyllic, besides the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.

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