Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang Goemba)
This magical looking temple complex is precariously perched on the edge of a vertical cliff some 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley floor (and more than 10,000 feet above sea level) and is perhaps the most stunning image of Bhutan. The legend of Taktsang dates back to 747 AD, when Guru Rinpoche is believed to have reached the site on the back of a tiger. It takes around 2-3 hours to hike up to the monastery but it is well worth the sweat for the views from the top.
Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)
Also known by the evocative sobriquet “The Fortress of the Heap of Jewels,” Paro Dzong (or Rinpung Dzong) houses a collection of sacred masks and costumes dating back several centuries. It was originally built as a monastery at the beginning of the 10th century. In 1646 a larger monastery was built on the old foundations and used as an effective defence against Tibetan invasions. Today the Dzong, like most dzongs, houses both the monastic body and district government offices, including the local courts. The central tower, or utse, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan and displays superbly carved woodwork.
National Museum (Ta Dzong)
Established in 1967 to preserve and exhibits extensive collections of Bhutanese cultural and religious artifacts spanning the centuries, including perhaps the most significant group of thangkas in the country, the National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside a circular Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower.
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang (Dumtse Lhakhang)
By the road winding to the National Museum is Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang (Dumtse Lhakhang), an unusual chorten-like temple that was constructed by the iron-bridge builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It is said to have been built on the head of demoness, who was causing illness to the inhabitants. The pilgrim path leads clockwise up through the temple core, giving you a wonderful chance to see some of the finest murals in Bhutan (unique repository of Kagyu lineage art), representing hell, earth and heaven on three floors. It's essential to bring a good torch.