around Paro


Kila Gompa
   Nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside below the Chele-la pass, this gompa surrounded by numerous huts, perched precariously along the rock face. Kila Gompa was initially established in the early 9th century as a meditation site.

Jele Dzong
   In ancient times, people traveled about the country by foot or on horseback, and Jele Dzong was one of several famous night halt places. The trek to Jele Dzong passes through the village of Jeshigang, and is a gradual uphill climb of about five hours. Most of the walk is through mixed coniferous forest.

Taktsang Monastery
   Perched on the side of a cliff above the Paro valley, this is the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries. It is said the Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated here. It is a place of pilgrimage which Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime. The excursion up to the cafeteria which is situated on a rocky outcrop across a ravine from the monastery, takes about five hours. Though the climb is steep, there are superb views en route and from the cafeteria.

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