Paro, a stunning alpine valley serves as the entrance to the final Himalayan monarchy. Paro is home to over 155 temples and monasteries, some of which are the oldest in Bhutan and date back to the 14th century. It also has the nation’s only international airport and the National Museum. Paro encompasses a rich culture, natural beauty, and countless myths and stories.
Paro is located along the banks of the Paro Chhu river, which quietly flows through a broad valley and creates the stunning views. Its terraced fields produce the majority of Bhutan’s renowned red rice, making this valley one of the most fruitful in the entire Kingdom.
The little town here is quite simplistic, with a single main street (constructed in 1985) and a variety of beautiful wooden stores and restaurants. The restaurants serves delicious home-style Bhutanese cuisine that has been tailored to suit international preferences. One of the highlights of a trip to Paro is the impressive Paro Dzong, which was constructed in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This huge building, which is visible throughout the valley, is the pinnacle of Bhutanese architecture.
Just above the dzong, there is a historic watchtower that was constructed in 1649 to guard the castle. The National Museum moved in there after renovations in 1968.The collection of the museum offers a wonderful snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the nation and is home to hundreds of old Bhutanese artefacts and artwork, including traditional clothing, armour, and weapons. Since Paro is one of the simplest towns in Bhutan to explore on foot, we always advise spending an hour or two here on your luxury tours of Bhutan.
While the town is located at 2,200 metres above sea level, Mount Jomolhari, at a height of 7,300 metres, dominates the northern end of the valley in all its snowy splendour. Taktsang Monastery, popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest, is another famous site in Bhutan that is also located in the Paro valley. This magnificent temple was built 900 metres above the valley floor on a sheer cliff face, hovering above oak and rhododendron trees. Even if a visit requires some uphill work, it’s certainly worth the effort! Bhutan luxury trip start from Paro.