Explore the Dzongdrakha Goempa — a temple on the cliff overlooking terraced fields. Aside from sights, you can also appreciate the well-preserved paintings and murals depicting the Wheel of Life and scenes from Buddha’s life.
If you love exploring local sights and immersing in the local culture, then you will love exploring the Dzongdrakha Goempa, which literally means temple on a cliff — suitable as the temple built on a cliff above a village. The Dzongdrakha was built by the local king Chogay Drakpa in the 16th century and locals believe that it is one of the many places where Guru Rinpoche meditated.
The monks’ chants and prayers will welcome you as you approach the temple — lending a peaceful quality to your visit. The temple complex is made up of four shrines and a large chorten, each of which is dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Guru Rinpoche, Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), and Maiterya (the Buddha of the Future).
The temple is located in Paro.
Opening Days and Hours
The temple is open every day from 09:00 to 16:00, except Mondays and holidays.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the temple is free.
How to Get There
- You can fly into Bhutan via the country’s sole international airport in Paro.
- From the Paro city centre, you can rent a car or motorbike and drive around 20 minutes to the temple. Another option is to walk from the city centre to the temple.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can explore the temple in 2 to 3 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is during the months of February and March when its spring and you can also witness and participate in the Paro Tsechu Festival.
You can visit the following temple sites:
- Four shrines and chorten: Drolma (Tara), Guru Rinpoche, Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), and Maiterya (the Buddha of the Future)
- Temple buildings: Jongsarbu Ikahang, Tshering Ihakang, Droley Ihakang, Guru Lhakang, Lhamey Ihakang
No restaurants are located near the temple, so you can opt to bring a few snacks. The nearest restaurants include Sonam Trophel Restaurant and Mountain Cafe.
The nearest hotels can be found in Paro town proper. Options include Nivvana Lodge & Homestay, Dewachen Resort & Spa, Rema Resort, and Pelri Cottages. Prices range from USD 27 to USD 250 per night.