Paro Dzong, also known as Rinpung Dzong is one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. Built on hill side along river Paro Chu, impressive Paro Dzong is visible even from far in the valley. As you walk down the stairs to the courtyard in front of the Dzong, you get dumbstruck as you raise your eyes to look at huge stone white walls.
The wow factor just gets multiplied as you enter inside the Dzong. You are mesmerized by the beautiful Bhutanese architecture with a simple brick red and butter white combination. A sense of calm and peace envelops you as you sit on the side and watch cute monks running around energetically in the compound.
A walk down the compound and you reach towards the end. There is a temple on the left dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. Views from the far windows are spectacular as you get panoramic views of Paro valley and river Paro Chu.
If you want to walk back to the city center, just take the bridge behind the Dzong. Known as Nyamai Zam, it is a beautiful wooden bridge that connects Dzong to the city side.
All Bhutan Dzongs are beautifully lit at night and looks spectacular. Most people visit Dzongs during the day time but do not miss a chance to watch them at night.
How to reach Paro Dzong
Paro Dzong is around 1 kilometer walk from the city square and you can easily reach the Dzong by crossing the wooden bridge shown above. In case, you want to reach the Dzong by cab, you have to take a 4 kilometer long circular route (Nu 200 one way). Usually, people club their visit to the National Museum with Dzong and take a cab drop at the Museum and then walk downhill. There is a narrow path just outside the Museum gate that goes down straight to the Dzong.
Things to take Care
- Please carry your entry permit/visa as it is checked at the entrance and also stamped.
- Men are expected to be in collared shirt/t-shirt while women are expected to cover their shoulders and arms.
- Entry Timings & Fee: 9 AM to 5 PM (all days), No entry fee
What else to do in Paro
To know more, read our blog – Things to do in and around Paro