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PARO
This beautiful valley which is known for its rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends is the home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, the country’s only airport and the National Museum. Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the country, producing a bulk of the famous red rice from its terraced fields.

KILA GOEMBA
This Goemba is nestled in a craggy patch on the mountain side below the Chele la pass, and surrounded by numerous huts, perched precariously along the rock face. Kila Goemba is serene home for 32 anims (Buddhist nuns) who lead an undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer and meditation. The Anim Dratshang is one of the oldest of seven nunneries in the Kingdom along with the Bchung Karmo Nunnery in Punakha. It was initially established in the early ninth century by Dupthob Chhoeje Norbu and Dupthob Temba as a meditation site. After being destroyed by fire, the lhakhang was reconstructed by the 25th Je Khenpo, Sherub Gyaltshen. In 1986, Kila Goemba was officially established by the Government as an Anim Dratshang. This Goemba is historically significant as a sacred meditation site for renowned saints including Dupthob Chilkarwa, a student of Pelden Drukpa of Kagyupa sect.

JILI DZONG
Towards the dawning of 20th century, Bhutan's elected head of the Government known as Debraja weakened and there were clashes among regional Governors. This strife was ended by 'The Black Regent' father of first King, popularly seen in his black Gho. He in fact conceived the idea of hereditary monarchy in Bhutan. In order to get rid of medieval civil wars, the Black Regent traveled all over the country and led his army at the southern border when troops from British India threatened Bhutan. The Black Regent had a glorious victory and the battle head gear that he wore there, become the Raven Crown, a crown used by the King of Bhutan. During such time people traveled one corner of Bhutan. During such time people traveled one corner of Bhutan to another on foot and on horses and there were several famous night halt places. One such place was Jeli Dzong. In medieval times, the caretaker of Jeli Dzong use to give shelter and food, both to horses the riders.
The trek to Jeli Dzong is five hour gradual uphill through the village of Jeshigang. Most of the walk is through mixed coniferous forests and often you will see white langurs, Himalayan musk deer and Monal Pheasant. The camp site is wide grassy round of about 200sq.m. It is advisable to arrive here before sun set for a magnificent view of sun setting over the mountain peaks.

TAKTSHANG MONASTERY
It is most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the Paro valley floor. It is said the Guru Rimpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is also called 'Tiger's Nest'. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April' 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building and other religious contents. Although at present restoration work of the monastery is in progress but still the excursion up to cafeteria, situated opposite to monastery is possible which takes about 5 hours.
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