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Chele La Pass, Paro

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Marvel at snow-clad rugged mountain peaks surrounding you at Chele La Pass, one of the highest observation decks in Bhutan and the highest one you can reach by a motor vehicle. Standing at 3,988 m (13,084 ft), the highest motorway in the country offers spectacular views of mountains and valleys with yaks grazing in the distance. Observe a thick forest of poles with fluttering prayer flags next to the road, which locals put up to scare demons. The two-hour ride from Paro runs through thick forests, passing scenic waterfalls, rivers, and rare flowers. Bring some warm clothes. Make Chele La Pass a part of your Paro vacation plans using our Paro family vacation planner.
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  • Even though it is 4000 mtrs above MSL, we could easily approach this by motorable road in a minibus.Since we were all senior citizens we did not attempt the peak but had a good view and experience fro...  more »
  • It was quite a long drive to get to the pass. The view from up there was quite okay but not stunning or breath-taking. The place lacked facilities like restrooms & toilets, neither were there any rest...  more »
  • Visiting the pass is great way to see the mountain ranges in Bhutan or the Bhutan Himalaya's as long as the weather is clear. It is also a great place to stop and have a break. The memorial stupas wer...  more »

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A popular tourist and pilgrimage spot, Paro offers a range of luxurious accommodations in the form of resort-style hotels and boutique spas. You'll find these scattered around the valley, but not in the main downtown area. If you're looking for less-exclusive hotels, check the hillside to the west of town, which offers great views of the valley. A number of mid-range hotels also offer panoramic views. For budget-oriented travelers, there are few guesthouses in town.
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