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Standing on the banks of Paro Chhu and with the mighty Paro Valley in the background, the quiet town of Paro is a fine work of nature's excellence. Paro Bhutan is the personification of colorful innocence and vibrant wilderness. Delicious food, the scenic Taktsang monastery, and the beautiful apple orchards are just some of the things that make Paro a must-see for every avid traveler. Offering the comfort of nature, Paro is the perfect place for people who want to experience life without noise. Away from the city, Paro offers peace with serenity. Paro is an experience, one which will not leave you, but make yearn for more.
Nearest Airport: Paro
How to reach: Regular flights from Kolkata, Kathmandu, etc
Famous for: Bhutan air hub, Tiger’s nest, scenic beauty
Best time to visit: All year round
● Tiger's Nest Monastery- Tiger's Nest monastery forms a big part of Paro history. Being the place where Guru Rinpoche meditated, you'll find no dearth of peace here. The Tiger's Nest is home to many more myths and legends that you'll get to hear as you hike through the pines to reach this magnificent monastery. Located at a height of 7000 above sea level, the Tiger's Nest provides a breathtaking view of the Paro Valley. The scenery will titillate your senses as you breathe in the lush green scenery and feast your eyes upon the ravenous mountains. Here, you can also get a taste of the local culture with the local jewelry, indigenous decorative items and sculptures available at the shops.
● Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang Temple- A fine architectural offering of 15th century Buddhism, the Lhakhang Temple is an example of spirituality and skillful architecture. Believed to be built to wade off evil spirits, Lhakhang Temple is a must-visit in Paro Bhutan.
● Rinpung Dzong Monastery- Adorned with beautiful paintings, carvings and majestic statues, the Rinpung Monastery is an architectural masterpiece. It's a must-visit for all tourists.
● Zuri Dzong Fort- This ancient mid-14th century magnificence, is the perfect place to enjoy a panoramic view of the Paro Valley. This fortress personifies the prowess of Bhutanese architecture. The murals in the upper chapel are works of art that you can't miss.
● Paro Viewpoint- Overlooking the international airport, this is a major tourist attraction. Offering a view of the entire city, Paro Viewpoint should be on your checklist.
● National Museum of Bhutan- If history and lore excite you, then the National Museum is the perfect place for you. Soak in as the rich history of the country and the people are laid down before you. Here, you'll get acquainted with the cultural heritage, art, lifestyle, and geography of the country.
● Chele la pass- Nestled between the breathtaking valleys of Paro and Haa, lies the Chele la pass, 3810 m above sea level. After you get through the woods, you'll be privy to the mighty mountains of Jomolhari and Jitchu. Breathe in the fresh air as you overlook the gorgeous scenery of the Haa valley and Paro.
● Drukgyel Dzong - After almost becoming a ruin in the 1950 fires, the Drukgyel Dzong now stands strong, offering a stunning view of the Chomolhari mountains. Stand here gawking the mighty sight of the mountains and be amazed.
The Beautiful Culture of Paro
Once you come to Paro, it doesn't take long to get immersed in the local culture. The mouthwatering delicacies, the friendly people and the vibrant festivals will make you feel right at home. Paro gives you a sense of calm and tranquility that can't be found anywhere else.
The festival of Paro Tsechu is a colorful and joyous time, celebrated in April. This five-day festival includes a lot of artistic dances, music, and exciting drama performances. Along with this, you should also try the mouth-watering local delicacies available here. Thupka, Ema Darshi, and Momos will tantalize your taste buds and keep you asking for more!
Where to stay?
Paro has many experiential and luxury hotel options. There are plenty of good hotels in Paro Bhutan. Top Hotels like Le Meridien Paro, Gangtey Palace, and Village Lodge offer all the services that you’ll need for a pleasant stay along with the picturesque view of the Paro Valley. These hotels are sure to make your mornings pleasant and your evenings comfortable.
How to get to Paro?
Paro is quite accessible and you can get there by flight or by road. The Paro International airport is the only international airport in Bhutan. You can easily get a flight from Kathmandu, Delhi, Kolkata, etc.