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Pictures from Paro in Bhutan: Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Tiger's Nest), Rinpung Dzong, and National Museum of Bhutan. 

Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Tiger's Nest) near Paro, Bhutan
Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger's Nest), 10 km away from Paro, Bhutan.

Taktsang Palphug Monastery is located on the face of a sheer 1000 m cliff in the upper Paro valley. It is a sacred Buddhist site. It is the temple complex that was built in 1692 around one of the most important caves where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in Bhutan in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of Bhutan.

Paro Valley is one of the most historic valleys in Bhutan. It had many commercial and cultural relations with the Tibetan. Paro Valley features the Rinpung Dzong, the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, the Dungtse Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan), and the Ugyen Perli Palace. The city of Paro is located in the valley, about 50 km from Thimphu, the capital  and the largest city of the country 

The only international airport of Bhutan is situated on the bank of the river Paro Chhu, 6 km (3.7 mi) away from Paro.

Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan
Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan.

Rinpung Dzong is a monastery overlooking the Paro valley in Bhutan. It dates back to 1646 when this larger monastery replaced the 15th century  Hungrel Dzong. Rinpung Dzong was destroyed by the fire in 1907 and rebuilt. Some scenes of the film Little Buddha  (1993) were filmed in Rinpung Dzong.

Rinpung Dzong served as a massive fortress that prevents the Tibetan from invading the Paro valley. The ancient watchtower erected on the hill above the Dzong has been converted into a museum, the National Museum of Bhutan, since 1967.


National Museum of Bhutan in Paro
National Museum of Bhutan in Paro.

The ancient Ta-dzong building of Paro that has 6 floors hosts the National Museum of Bhutan. Ta-dzong is an ancient watchtower set up in 1649 C.E. in Paro in order to protect the Rinpung Dzong from invasions. Its stone walls are two and half meters thick. By the end of the 1960s, the watchtower was renovated and converted into a museum. The National Museum of Bhutan contains currently more than 3,000 works of Bhutanese art, covering more than 1,500 years of Bhutan's cultural heritage.

See alsoPicture from Rice fields in the Paro valley , Bhutan. 


 

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