Monks in Paro, Bhutan

Why visit Paro?

The historical town of Paro lies at the centre of a valley rich in sacred sites and ancient buildings, and forms part of the core of exceptional destinations in Bhutan.

Home to the only international airport in the country, this pretty destination is covered with terraced paddy fields and quaint farmhouses scattered throughout the valley in the lower areas. In the upper reaches, coniferous forests look down onto the beautiful Paro Chhu River, which snakes its way below.

Among the many temples in the area, Paro is most famous for the iconic Takhtsang Lakhang (also known as the Tiger’s Nest), situated at the northern end of the valley. It is also home to the National Museum, which displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artefacts and artwork.

Why Visit?

The iconic Taktshang Goemba, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, clings to a sheer cliff face high above the valley. The monastery’s seven temples are clustered around a cave where Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Vajrayana Buddhism, the form of Buddhism followed in Bhutan, is said to have meditated after flying there on the back of a tiger

The ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong, a fortress built in the 16th century to commemorate a victory over invading Tibetan forces

The Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the two oldest monasteries in Bhutan

One of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture, the massive fortress and monastery of Rinpung Dzong, contains fourteen shrines

The National Museum of Bhutan, with its fine exhibition of statues, paintings, sacred masks and costumes, is located in a seven-story watchtower

Climate

Summer (May – September)
Min 11°C/52°F Max 27°C/81°F

Winter (October – April)
Min -5°C/23°F Max 19°C/66°F