Only 50kms from the capital city, Paro is home to the only international airport of Bhutan (Paro International Aiport – Code:PBH). The town is known for its many historic sites and Buddhist monuments, including the most famous icon of Bhutan, Paro Taktsang, translated as the Tigers Nest Monastery. Besides historical monuments, Paro is also known for its beautiful paddy fields that harvest the best of quality of red and white rice in all of Bhutan.
- Paro Rinpung Dzong: Fortress of Paro that houses the monastic body of Paro and administrative offices.
- Taktshang (Tigers Nest Monastery): a distinct symbol of Bhutan, the Taktshang monastery is perched on a cliff and takes about 2hrs hike to reach the top.
- National Museum: a historical watchtower now converted into a museum showcasing history and the culture of Bhutan.
- Drukgyel Dzong: a fortress built in 1649 to honor the victorious war against Tibetan invaders. Almost burnt to ground in 1950, the dzong has been now restored after nearly five decades.
- Kyichu Lhakhang: One of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century by a Tibetan emperor.
- Tara Monastery: a modern day temple dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Tara overlooking the beautiful valley of Paro.
- Chele La Pass: the highest motorway pass in Bhutan at 3988m between Paro and Haa.
PARO RINPUNG DZONG
CHELE LA PASS