Located along the bank of meandering river stream of Pa Chhu at an elevation of 2280mt is Paro, one of the most captivating destinations of the scenically blessed kingdom Bhutan. Housing the international air terminal of Bhutan, Paro is a historic town with many sacred site and historical monuments. In ancient time Paro was an essential centre for the two of the most important trading route of Tibet, making Paro the closest cultural connection with Tibet of any Bhutanese district. At the present time, travelers are attracted towards the historical trading centre for its grandiose dzong and serene ambiance. Along with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the ‘Golden triangle’ of the popular tourist destination in Bhutan.
First formed in 1985, Paro is endowed with one of the most verdant land in Bhutan. Situated 63km from the capital city Thimphu, tourist while visiting Paro, can witness the traditionally influenced architecture adorning the main street of Paro. The international airport of Paro is often referred as “the most difficult commercial airport in the world” and due to the extremely low density altitude of the airport only handful of airline pilots are certified to operate commercial airplane in Bhutan. Apart from being a historically and scenically blessed town there are many pictorial sites around Paro which has hyped the interest of traveler visiting Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery being one of the prime attraction. Situated on the ridge of a rocky terrain, Taktsang Monastery of Paro is famous for its magnificent structure and astounding uphill trekking route. This cliff side monastery has become the unofficial symbol of Paro. Taktsang was established as a sacred place for meditation by Guru Rinpoche who visited the site on his second visit to Bhutan in 747 CE, though the first monastery was not constructed until 1694. Rinpung Dzong is another favored destination which has wooed the heart of travelers from its astounding legendary tales about the ancient time. It is also the venue of annual tsechu where the monks showcase the vibrant masked dance. Nearby Rinpung Dzong or Paro Dzong is the National Museum of Bhutan which displays the Bhutanese artifact from ancient era along with the specimen of indigenous flora and fauna of Bhutan. From decades old monastery to the sole international airport there are many hidden treasure in Paro which can only be unveiled by visiting it.
Admiring the traditional architecture while learning more about the sacred monastery in the serene and verdant land of Paro can be an extraordinary experience.
Late spring from April to May when the valley enclosing Paro are flooding with the vibrant color riot of blooming rhododendron is considered one of the best times to visit Paro.