PARO

Paro is a town and seat of Paro District, in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered throughout the area. It is also home to Paro Airport, Bhutan's sole international airport and Bhutan Icon. (Tiger’s Nest)

It is the entrance and the exit point for the international tourist.

Location: West of Thimphu
Distance from Thimphu: 65km (1hr 30mins)
Elevation: 2,250m (7,382ft)

SITE TO VISIT :

     TAKSANG, THE TIGER NEST: It is referred as one of the most venerated and famous monasteries in Bhutan. It is located on the face of a sheer 900m cliff above the floor of Paro valley, located approximately10km north of Paro town at an altitude of 3.120m.

Please note: Proper walking boots or shoes are recommended for this hike. Further, if you have more time and ready for more challenging day, there are several monasteries, temples, retreat houses in the surrounding area of Taktshang. The most notable among them are Zangdopelri and Ugyen Tsemo.

     PARO TSHECHU (Festival): It is held every spring and is one of the most colourful and significant events in Paro Dzongkhag (district).

     RINPUNG DZONG: It is built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was a spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.

     TA DZONG: It was one time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country.

     DRUKGYEL DZONG: It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders .Recently reconstruction work has started as it was destroyed by the fire in early 1950s.

     KYICHU MONASTERY: It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to7th century.

     DRUK CHOEDING MONASTERY: It was built in 1525; Monastery was formed by Ngawang Chhogyel, one of the prince-abbots of Ralung in Tibet and an ancestor of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

     DUNGTSE MONASTERY: It has three floors representing hell, earth and heaven and the paintings inside are said to be some of the best in Bhutan.

     
JANGSARUB MONASTERY: It is a home to the magnificent statue of Sakyamuni Buddha that was carried all the way from Lhasa and also houses the protector deity of Paro.

Other attraction: Some of the popular trek routes start and end in Paro (Jhomolhari, Laya-Gasa trek, Drukpath), Birding in Paro, etc.