Perched on a cliff-side on the western side of Paro valley at approximately 20 minutes drive from Paro International Airport is the Dzongdrakha Monastery.
Dzongdrakha Monastery is often referred to as the second Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) mainly due to its location setting as it is perched on a cliff-side on the western side of Paro valley at approximately 20 minutes drive from Paro International Airport. The monastery overlooks the Bondey village.
The monastery houses four shrines devoted to Tara, Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya.
Nature enthusiasts can choose to hike to the monastery. The hike is not as strenuous as to Taktshang. It takes only about 40 minutes walk to reach the monastery through forests of rhododendron and oak trees with white monkeys on it.
Dzongdrakha monastery also hosts an annual Tshechu (religious festival) that takes place on the day before and the day after the main Paro Tshechu held at Rinpung Dzong.