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Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered throughout the area. In addition, Paro Valley is wide and verdant and is recognized as one of the most beautiful valleys in whole of Bhutan. Prefer to stay in Paro if you are someone who is fond of nature and would like to spend quiet and peaceful time. However, apart from the main street (which is constructed of traditional wooden structures), the bazaar area is a nondescript hodgepodge of concrete buildings that is totally bereft of charm and character.

As main tourist sites in Paro are spread thoughout the valley, a vehicle is required to get around.

Must See

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest): Precariously perched on the edge of a 1,200 meter cliff, this monastery creates an impressive sight and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. It is about 2-3 hours totally up-hill hike from parking lot to the monastery, though there is a cafe located on ridge across from the Taktsang (about 90 minutes into the walk) that provides a welcome opportunity to take rest and purchase refreshments and snacks.

National Museum of Bhutan: Located in former watch tower (which itself is a museum piece) above Paro dzong, the museum displays artifacts from Bhutan's history as well as examples of indigenous flora and fauna.

Rinpung Dzong: A fortress-monastery overlooking Paro valley has a long history. Monastery was first built by Guru Padma Sambhava at the beginning of 10th century, but it wasn't until 1644 that Ngawang Namgyal built a larger monastery on the old foundations and for centuries this imposing five storey building served as an effective defense against numerous invasion attempts by the Tibetans.

Drukgyel Ruin Dzong: This dzong (fortress) was built in the 16th century to commemorate a victory over invading Tibetan forces. The fortress today lies in ruins because of a fire in the 1950s having taken a toll on the site. Drukyel dzong is about 15 kms from Paro.

Kichu Lhakang: Is one of 108 monasteries that were miraculously constructed by King Songten Gampo in one night. It is located just off the road running between Paro bazaar and Taktsang Monastery.

Jangsarbu Lhakhang: located behind Paro Dzong, this small and insignificant looking temple is home to a magnificent statue of Sakyamuni Buddha that was carried all the way from Lhasa, and also houses the protector deity of Paro. Legend has it that the statue of Sakyamuni was destined for Paro Dzong and merely placed in the temple for overnight safe keeping. However, when time came to move the statue, it proved impossible to lift. As a result, it became a permanent feature of the lhakhang.

Paro Tshechu: A religious festival normally held around Feb-Mar. Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan, featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes. A highlight of Paro Tsechu is the unfurling of silk Thangka which is so large that it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan.


Kiras: The elegant traditional dress comprising of a cloth wrapped around as a skirt with a jacket for the top worn by Bhutanese women. Kiras are a lot cheaper in stores that are "General stores", as this is where the locals shop.

Souvenirs: The town is dotted with souvenir shops. Bargaining is recommended, especially if you are purchasing high-value items above Nu 400