A Perfect Start for a Trip through Bhutan
Paro is a picturesque town located in the Paro Valley in western Bhutan. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, and known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and historic sites. The city is situated around 55 kilometers away from the capital city Thimphu. Paro is surrounded by green valleys, rolling hills, and majestic mountains, including the famous Mount Jomolhari. The best travel time for a visit to Paro is from March to May and from September to November. During these times the weather is mild, and the skies are clear.
A City Full of History and Culture
Paro is not only known for its international airport, but the city is also home to several historic monasteries, temples and dzongs. Paro is the perfect place to get a first impressions of the rich cultural heritage of the country. With the Rinpung Dzong, the Kyichu Lhakhang and Drugyel Dzong, the city reflects in a perfect way the rich cultural heritage of the country.
Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
One of Bhutan’s most iconic landmarks, high above the city perched on the edge on a cliffside, is the Taktsang Monastery, or also known as the Tiger’s Nest. The monastery is considered one of the holiest sites in Bhutan and can be reached only by one of the most famous and picturesque hike trails of the country. Which makes it a unique experience.
National Museum of Bhutan
Another famous attraction in Paro is the National Museum of Bhutan. The museum itself is an attraction on its own. Housed in an ancient watchtower known as Ta Dzong which was built in 1649. Inside the museum you can explore different Bhutanese art, culture, and history. The museum features a collection of over 3.000 objects, including traditional costumes, thangkas and antique weapons. It offers a fascinating insight into Bhutan’s rich cultural traditions.
Bhutan is known for its handmade handicrafts, which are deeply rooted in the country’s cultural heritage and traditional craftmanship. Visiting the city of Paro is a great way to explore the towns traditional architecture and handicrafts, such as weaving, painting and woodcarving. Here you can buy local handicrafts on several markets. Which makes it perfect for a last stop to buy some souvenirs.
When visiting Bhutan on a weekend, a stop at the vibrating weekend markets should not be missed in your travel plans. These markets are a gathering place where locals and visitors can explore a brought variety of market stalls selling fresh produced food , handicrafts, textiles and local delicacies. These markets are a perfect place to dive in the local culture and culinary.
More Dzongs and Temples in Paro
The Rinpung Dzong is an impressive fortress monastery, which was built back in the 17th century. This Dzong is famous for its beautiful architecture, intricate paintings and stunning views of Paro Valley. The Rinpung Dzong also houses administrative offices and religious institutions.
The Kyichu Lhakhang Temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temples of Bhutan. Legends said that it was built in the seventh century and is associated with several legends and myths. With its beautiful decorations and statues, it is worth to visit.
The unique Dumtse Lhakhang temple, was built in the shape of a chorten (Buddhist Stupa). The temple is known for its beautiful paintings and fascinating architecture. The Temple is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and is believed to drive out evil spirits.
Located outside of Paro, the Drukgyel Dzong is a historic fortress that once defended the country against the invasions from Tibet. In 1951 a fire destroyed most part of the Dzong and leave it in ruins. Nevertheless, the Dzong is partially in ruins, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and is a popular spot for taking fascinating photos.