From the Dzong which is perched upon a hill, the River Paro Chu along with the settlement of Paro is visible. The rooms of the Ta Dzong was used to store armoury that would arm rural militia in the event of a war. It was also used as a prison in the past. Today, as the National museum of Bhutan, Ta Dzong displays over 3000 works of Bhutanese art and history. It has a large assortment of Thangkas (Buddhist paintings), contemporary and modern. There are idols that depict Bhutan’s spiritual masters and items that have defined Bhutanese culture over the years.
Rumour has it that there used to be an underground tunnel that led to the Paro Chu River and was useful during time of war as it was essential to maintain constant water supply. You aren’t allowed to take cameras inside the museum, but you can photograph the surroundings. While it may take a 20 minute drive to reach up to Ta Dzong from the Paro valley below, you can walk while you return back enjoying the beautiful sights of the valley below and the hills at a distance. During an earthquake in 2011, Ta Dzong had suffered some damages but it has now been resorted and is open to visitors.