The historical town of Paro lies nestled between the emerald green valleys of Bhutan and here lies the only international airport that services this country.Private Tours through the Emerald Green Valley to The Tigers Nest! You need to do this while visiting Bhutan.
More famous for the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, which is the icon of Bhutan. You may not get there on the back of a flying tiger like the founder of Vajrayana Buddhism.However, you can still have an adventure, lace up your hiking boots and start with a 10-day Private tour to visit some of the country’s exceptional monuments, temples, and monasteries.
Visit the local villages and stock up on handmade arts and crafts.Paro is by far the gateway to the magical Himalayan kingdom. Read More...
Paro Handicraft and Weaving Private Tour
In Paro, you will find they have more Handmade textiles shops than anywhere else; they are everywhere.Paro Handicraft and Weaving Private Tour is a great way to try this out.
Even from the cobbled back street to the main squares you will see the stunning wall hangings all done in the unique Bhutanese style, and you can watch the ladies weaving away making gorgeous shawls and wall hangings.
A great souvenir of your holiday to the Himalayas!
One for your bucket list is Punakha which was the capital of Bhutan until 1960 and still has a regal feel to it and is very serene, hence why they built the Dzong on an island between the Muu cut and Pho rivers. Private Tour to the Serene Ancient Island Of Punakha Dzong is the best way to see this island.
Top Ten Things to See and Do in Paro
Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge
The amazing story of this 15th-century iron bridge is sure to capture your imagination taking you back to a bygone era. The original swing bridge lives side by side with its modern successor, the breathtaking mountain and river scenery is truly stunning. Cross the bridge to reach the temples with their prayer flags and wheels and breath in the peace and tranquillity of the area. Stunning place for trekking and passing a few hours.
One of the best examples of Bhutanese architecture this Buddhist fortress and monastery is built on a steep hillside. The town is over-shadowed by the massive buttressed walls that are visible from the whole valley below. Home now to a monastic body, unfortunately, most of the chapels are closed now, but stunning views are well worth a visit. Don’t miss the great festival tour in March with holy processions and traditional mask dance.
Kyichu Lhakhang Temple
Legend has it this temple and over 108 similar ones were built on the site where a monstrous female lay across the country to prevent Buddhism from spreading. Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's
most beautiful and oldest temples, is said to be built on the site of her left foot. It is also believed a Buddhist master visited and concealed many spiritual treasures so come be amazed on a guided private tour.
National Museum of Bhutan
Built originally as a watchtower to protect from invasions this unusually shaped building is home to paintings, bronze statues and crafts spanning 1500 years of cultural history. Shaped like a large cylinder spiralling down six floors it was originally used not only for soldiers but for war prisoners too. After being neglected and in a serious state of disrepair the king ordered it be renovated and turned into a museum by the government.
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang
At the foothills between Paro and Dopchari this Chorten style temple or shrine has three floors depicting heaven hell and earth and is reached by various ladders. Built by the self-proclaimed Iron Man, due to his construction of over 50 iron suspension bridges, it houses some of Bhutan's finest murals and paintings. A fine example of one of the only a handful of shrines built to this design remaining in the whole of Bhutan
Chele La Pass
Chele La Trek is ranked as a moderate to difficult adventure and is perfect for those who wish to experience the high Himalayas.It starts from the Haa valley and winds its way up the past Paro and way up to the snow capped mountains.It is definitely a fantastic tour where you can marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys while watching the famous Himalayan yaks grazing in the distant horizon!
This has to be one of the most spectacular sights in Bhutan, a tour here is a must whilst visiting this amazing country.The man power it must have taken to build something so extraordinary is surreal considering it takes nearly 3 hours to get to the top! Although it burned down and is mainly rubble, it is still worth the trek for the fabulous views down the valley.A new one has now since been built close to the city and the Kings Palace
The most original dzong, as most of them, have suffered from fire damage in the past, this one hasn't as is quite beautiful to see the wood carvings, the floors and wall murals just ooze history. It is extremely well maintained and is situated in a quiet corner near the river. The security may ask for passports before entry so take these with you. You will not be disappointed after visiting this stunningly beautiful monastry.
Paro Taktsang/ Tiger's Nest Trekking Tours
A major trek past the peace flags up the winding mountain towards the Tigers Nest. First built in 1692 it dates back to the 8th century.It is literally hanging off the cliffside! It can take up to 3 hours to walk to the top, but the view alone is worth it let alone the inside of the monastery which comprises of many chambers and prayer rooms. Inside the silence is overwhelming, oh to be a monk.
The Snowman Trek Tour
For the adventurous and energetic traveller, The Snowman Trek Tour is ideal for you. This trek is regarded to be the worlds most challenging but also the most exciting treks. It starts from Paro and extends 5,400 meters where you cross 4 different passes and at night camp in the high altitudes before reaching Lunana Valley’s remote corners. The best time to do this trek from Paro is between September and October
Travel Tips for Paro
Best Time To Visit
The beginning of the year especially January and February can be extremely cold with a chance of a heavy snowfall. October through to December would be the ideal time to visit as the skies are clear and the air is fresh and average temperatures are in the 60s. From April onwards the climate is pleasant and dry until June when the monsoon season starts and over three months up to a metre of torrential rain may fall.
Tour packages have to be arranged in advance, and prices are set by the Royal Government. They impose a minimum price to be paid in US dollars before arrival. As an example costs per person per night are $250 in March-May and September-November. This does, however, include accommodation, meals, taxes, guiding and all costs apart from personal expenses. More details can be found on their Tourism Council website. Private Guides are very good and cheap
Know Before Visiting
One very important thing to know before you book is that, unless you are invited as a personal guest by a Bhutanese, you need to be on a guided tour at all times. If you want to go off wandering on your own, then this is not the country for you. The Government sets these packets and prices and have a list of approved hotels etc. It includes everything except personal expenses and must be paid in advance of your trip and in US$ . Pre book your tours prior !
June to August are actually monsoon season in Bhutan when up to a metre of rain could fall and much of the landscape is covered by a thick cloud. The warmest weather can be found September to October, and they are also the busiest when the valleys are in full bloom. November through to February can be extremely cold with even some snowfall in places. March to May have sunny days and pleasant temperatures although May can be quite a humid month.