Daywalk to Zurig Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, Paro town, Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong. Wind through pine forests high above Uma Paro to the pretty grounds of the fortresslike monastery of Zurig Dzong.
Traverse across to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutan ‘ s National Museum with magnificent views over Paro, and on down to Rinpung Dzong Fortress on a Heap of Jewels.
The trail then leads across Paro Chhu river via a traditional covered bridge Nyamai Zam and then past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town. Drive a few kilometres north of Paro, and we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang this is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magic orange tree that bears fruit all year round.
Time permitting, we drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1648 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control the northern route to Tibet from here, it is only a twoday hike to the border with Tibet, dominated by Mt Jhomalhari.
Hotel: Naksel Spar & Resorts