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Paro

Bhutan

1/5 Paro dzong and watch tower
Paro dzong and watch tower
2/5 Rinpung Dzong and cantilevered bridge over the Paro River
Rinpung Dzong and cantilevered bridge over the Paro River
3/5 Tiger's Nest monastery clings to a hillside above Paro
Tiger's Nest monastery clings to a hillside above Paro
4/5 Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the pine forests around Paro
Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the pine forests around Paro
5/5 Takstang - the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro
Takstang - the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro

Though the impressive Paro Dzong dates from the 17th century there was no real town here until the main street was built in 1985

Though the impressive Paro Dzong dates from the 17th century there was no real town here until the main street was built in 1985. Bhutan’s international airport, inaugurated only in 1999, is located at Paro (2250m). Hemmed in by mountains, it is reached by air on a heart in mouth scenic flight on the country’s national airline, Druk Air. The fertile flat valley floor, watered by the Paro Chhu and the old trade route from Tibet have led the people in the Paro Valley to be better off than elsewhere in Bhutan. You can see the prosperity in the large houses with rows of windows on three levels that are considered be among the most beautiful in the country.

The Paro, or Rinpung Dzong meaning ’the fortress of the heap of jewels’ is the administrative seat of the district of Paro and contains a community of about 200 monks. One of the most spectaular and popular festivals in Bhutan is held here every year. Above it, the National Museum with its collection of religious paraphenalia, handicrafts and objects from daily life, is housed in the old watch tower Ta Dzong.

Around the valley, several other important monasteries and temples will occupy your time for a few days, but the highlight has to be the hike to Taktsang. The ‘tiger’s lair’ monastery is perched on cliffs 900m above the valley and reached by following the pilgrims’ trail for a couple of hours uphill through forests of oak and rhododendron and passing prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

Paro is a comfortable base for numerous day hikes into the hills as well as the start or end point of the trek along the centuries old Druk Path and a point from which to visit the isolated Haa Valley.

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Entrance to Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro was the first of Aman’s luxury resorts in

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A One bedroom villa, Uma Paro

Uma Paro

Sitting on a pine-covered hillside Uma Paro is a gorgeous

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Andrea Hulme’s travel experiences could fill a small novel; from a bit-part in a Tamil movie, to leading expeditions in Kyrgyzstan and negotiating landslides along the Karakoram highway.

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