Drive to Drugyal Dzong. The dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, "Mountain of Goddess" (Alt. 7329 m).
Drive back to Paro Town and have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch visit:
The National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968
Paro Rinpung Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. and houses the district administration offices and local monk body.
After breakfast drive to Thimphu (2 hours)
En route visit
- Semtokha Dzong. This is the center for language and Cultural Studies.
Lunch in hotel and visit the following places:
- Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952-1972.
Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
- Traditional Arts and Crafts School - where traditional art is still preserved.
- National Library
Evening: visit Thimphu town
Morning: visit Takin Reserve (national animal) and Textile Museum
Early lunch and drive back to Paro. Check in at hotel and drive to the base of Taktsang Monastery. Hike up to the view point of Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest'. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800 m. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambbava alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Picnic Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 3hrs. Return to Paro and visit Paro town