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Paro lies on the banks of the Paro Chhu in the center of a broad valley - the only area in the country large enough to allow a plane to safely land.

Paro Dzong

The fertile and productive soil has made the local population relatively wealthy, reflected in the standard of the local buildings, including probably the finest dzong in Bhutan. Reached by crossing a wooden bridge over the river, it was used on several occasions to defend the valley from Tibetan invasions.

The National Museum

The former watch tower on the hill above now houses the National Museum with exhibits including a fascinating collection of pottery, armor, thangkas and a complete temple.

Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Outside the town, a trail through the forest brings you to Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery that clings to a sheer cliff – well worth the climb for the far-reaching views.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Paro

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    Accommodation choices for Paro

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Paro. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Suite, Amankora, Paro

      Amankora Paro

      Deluxe

      This beautiful resort is located 20 minutes from Paro airport and the town itself, close to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong and surrounded by pine forests.

    • Gangtey Palace, Paro

      Gangtey Palace

      Medium

      Only 10 minutes from the center of Paro, Gangtey Palace is a traditional Bhutanese style building with striking views over Paro. Facilities are simple but the relaxed and friendly ambience enhances any stay and the property is a particularly good option outside of festival times.

    • Bukhari restaurant, Uma Paro

      Uma Paro

      Deluxe

      Situated on a 38-acre hilltop site and surrounded by pine trees, Uma Paro has spectacular views of the Paro valley, mountains and river below, all begging to be explored on foot. To complete the tranquility the indoor pool overlooks the countryside and there are healing therapies, massages and yoga.

    Ideas for experiencing Paro

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Paro, and which use the best local guides.

    • Tiger's Nest Monastery

      Tiger's Nest Monastery & Drukgyel Dzong

      Paro

      The Tiger's Nest Monastery is possibly the most famous in Bhutan, having been founded in the late 1600's, and perched on a high rocky ledge 900m above the valley floor allegedly at a place where Guru Rinpoche rested, traveling on a flying tiger.