Bhutan is an incredible place to visit, a magical ancient kingdom with beautiful scenery and a fantastic history. The prominent Buddhist sacred site and temple complex is situated on the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. This beautiful site in its dramatic location is also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The temple complex, properly known as Taktsang Palphug Monastery, was built in 1692 around the cave Paro Taktsang, where the man credited with bringing Buddhism to Bhutan, Padmasambhava, spent three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours meditating in the 8th century.
Its peaceful serene beauty and clean air, surrounded by unlevelled mountains, lush green fields and historical buildings make Paro the foremost popular destination in Bhutan. It is here in the city, where the only international airport can be found. Thus, Paro receives maximum number of tourists year round. There are frequent visits to the attractive dzongs such as Paro and Zuri; monasteries and palaces like Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), Pelri Goemba, Ugyen Pelri Palace. Other best tourism places include temples, monuments and museums such as Bondey Lhakhang, Khangkhu Lhakhang, Tago Lhakhang, Druk Choeding and National Museum. Paro is a historic town with peaceful atmosphere and it is best explored on foot. It is worth a stroll witnessing the everyday life of the locals which ultimately makes it a must visit place in Bhutan.
We would recommend booking your tickets as soon as you are considering your travel to Bhutan. As the representative, GSA, of Drukair, we will be able to reserve your tickets for up to 30 days or more if you are traveling much later while you plan your itinerary in Bhutan. While tickets are available with the additional of the third A319, most travelers will be traveling on strategic dates such as a long weekend, public holiday, school holiday and festival period in Bhutan. For such peak season, we would recommend planning half a year in advance. If you have much flexibility like traveling on the weekday, it would be fine to plan your trip 1 or 2 months advance. We have handled travel booking with just 1 or 2 weeks notice, but such travelers usually have time and flexibility on their side. notice but such travelers usually have time and flexibility on their side. See additional info at Druk Air.
Haa Valley, which is situated only 13 miles away from the India-China border, connects major Bhutanese villages like Chhukha, Paro, and Samtse. It is counted among the top tourist places in Bhutan that you must visit. It stretches over an area of 1700 square kilometres. The valley was opened to the public in 2002. However, do not expect to find any luxury hotels in Haa Valley. You can expect to find basic homestays in the valley. The locals of Haa Valley are hospitably warm. There are numerous folk tales attached to one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Bhutan. Some say that this temple in Bhutan was built on the land where a massive serpent was killed. Another legend is that it was constructed on the head of a demoness. These folk tales add to the rich heritage of the temple. It is one of the best places to visit in Bhutan on your spiritual retreat.