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The tranquil and dramatic Paro valley is one of the most flourishing places in Bhutan. It is also home to some of the most treasured historical sites in all of Bhutan including famous Taktsang (Tiger's Nest Monastery) and imposing Paro Dzong, as well as the country's only international airport. The main street, only built in 1985, is lined with colourfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants, though these appear under threat as the town grows and multistorey concrete buildings continue to propagate.
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Paro boasts the world famous Tiger's Nest Monastery, which is certainly worth including on your tour of Bhutan.
Dorji Gyelmo
Bhutan Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Paro

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Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang Goemba)

This magical looking temple complex is precariously perched on the edge of a vertical cliff some 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley floor (and more than 10,000 feet above sea level) and is perhaps the most stunning image of Bhutan. The legend of Taktsang dates back to 747 AD, when Guru Rinpoche is believed to have reached the site on the back of a tiger. It takes around 2-3 hours to hike up to the monastery but it is well worth the sweat for the views from the top.
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Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)

Also known by the evocative sobriquet “The Fortress of the Heap of Jewels,” Paro Dzong (or Rinpung Dzong) houses a collection of sacred masks and costumes dating back several centuries. It was originally built as a monastery at the beginning of the 10th century. In 1646 a larger monastery was built on the old foundations and used as an effective defence against Tibetan invasions. Today the Dzong, like most dzongs, houses both the monastic body and district government offices, including the local courts. The central tower, or utse, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan and displays superbly carved woodwork.
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National Museum (Ta Dzong)

Established in 1967 to preserve and exhibits extensive collections of Bhutanese cultural and religious artifacts spanning the centuries, including perhaps the most significant group of thangkas in the country, the National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside a circular Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower.
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Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang (Dumtse Lhakhang)

By the road winding to the National Museum is Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang (Dumtse Lhakhang), an unusual chorten-like temple that was constructed by the iron-bridge builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It is said to have been built on the head of demoness, who was causing illness to the inhabitants. The pilgrim path leads clockwise up through the temple core, giving you a wonderful chance to see some of the finest murals in Bhutan (unique repository of Kagyu lineage art), representing hell, earth and heaven on three floors. It's essential to bring a good torch.

Best Time to Visit Paro

Best time to visit Paro is during the months of September to November which mark the beginning of autumn in Bhutan.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
11
Feb
12
Mar
16
Apr
18
May
20
Jun
21
Jul
22
Aug
21
Sep
21
Oct
19
Nov
15
Dec
12
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
13
Feb
23
Mar
54
Apr
97
May
174
Jun
346
Jul
428
Aug
331
Sep
250
Oct
85
Nov
15
Dec
4
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
11ºC
13mm

FEB
12ºC
23mm

MAR
16ºC
54mm

APR
18ºC
97mm

MAY
20ºC
174mm

JUN
21ºC
346mm

JUL
22ºC
428mm

AUG
21ºC
331mm

SEP
21ºC
250mm

OCT
19ºC
85mm

NOV
15ºC
15mm

DEC
12ºC
4mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

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    The Paro Tsechu is held every spring (April 7th to April 11th) and consists of two fun filled days of song, dance and merriment apart from religious activities. On the last day of the festival a huge Throngdel (locked away from the eyes of the public for the rest of the year) is displayed and the intricate artistry of the Throngdel always fascinates the onlookers. It’s believed that one look at this sacred Throngdel can absolve all sins.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Paro, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Paro on a bespoke touring itinerary to Bhutan, do not hesitate to contact us.
Bhutan Festival Tour

Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Trongsa - Bumthang - Phobjikha Valley - Haa
Bhutan Overland Tour: Paro to Samdrup Jongkhar

Paro - Haa - Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha Valley - Trongsa - Bumthang - Mongar - Lhuentse - Trashigang - Trashiyangtse