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National Museum, Paro

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Originally built as a traditional watchtower in 1649, National Museum houses some of the finest specimens of art produced by Bhutanese craftspeople and artisans, including bronze statues and painting masterpieces. With over 3,000 collected items, some dating back to 4,000 BCE, the museum preserves and promotes the cultural values and traditions coinciding with the "Nine Domains"--the philosophical guidelines for national development. Examine the relics of this multicultural kingdom as you travel back in history, and learn about local plants, birds, animals, and the Himalayan environment. Officials do not allow cameras; leave your important items and handbags in the locker facilities provided. Work out when and for how long to visit National Museum and other Paro attractions using our handy Paro route builder app .
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  • Part of the Museum that year does not work after the earthquake, but working exhibition very interesting. Traveling through Western Bhutan from the rest of the country remains behind the scenes, and we can all learn slowly. An extremely rare case, when the Museum of local lore is really very interesting. From the Museum offers excellent views of the Valley.
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  • This place is one the places to be visited. Although nothing much is inside the museum we can see the entire paro valley with the paro river running beautifully through the city. We can get a birds ey...  more »
  • Interesting to peruse through the collection at the museum, just felt one travelled so far and pieces were few.  more »
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  • We loved the positive vibes of the country. we liked their stone and mud architecture, complicated weaving techniques ( inter connection of threads), Buddhist painting on facades,floral windows too. We felt that amazing cleanliness and peace also for one onther. In short , you should try this international tour to see different types of experience. .......Thank you
  • Exhibits the culture of Bhutan in details. It's not a place to go and just see the items. There are many things to learn with videos and descriptions within the museum. Go there with 2-3 hours time to spare if you want to learn the culture of Bhutan at length.
  • Very well organised...models of traditional mask are good. One has to keep camera, mobile and other luggage outside in the locker. Video of traditional dance is very boring. If guide is accompanying you, visit will be more interesting. As usual, location is good and having a nice vally view. Entrance fees applicable.
  • Very good place to understand the culture of Bhutan. The different types of Masks are showcase here with there name and there importance. Also information given about Bhutan's geography. Information about Animals found in Bhutan. Information about all things are given in detail.
  • The national museum of Bhutan contains plethora of artefacts, paintings, sculptures relating to the rich heritage of the country and Buddhism. The museum gives lot of information about the religious aspects, beliefs and traditions followed in Bhutan. Apart from all this it also provides of lot of information regarding the geography, flora and fauna which can be found there. If you want have an overview of Bhutan it's a great place to be. The tour can be completed within 2 hrs or it can take quite some time depending on your interests.

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Where to stay in Paro

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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