A small but significant town in the south west of Bhutan, Paro houses the kingdom’s only international airport. Its significance as one of the most sacred lands for Buddhists is commemorated by Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the place where Guru Rinpoche, father of Bhutanese Buddhism is believed to have landed on the back of a tigress. Several ancient temples and monasteries (about 150 in total) situated here have interesting stories of their own to narrate.
The town is nestled amidst the bewitching beauty of Paro Valley, on the banks of Paro Chhu. Its bazaars are brimming with colorfully painted shops and restaurants, where you can go for an evening stroll. Only an hour or two on foot and you would have explored every nook and corner of this place. For those who wish to be close to nature, this sparsely populated town is the best of what Bhutan has to offer. If you are coming to this kingdom, leaving out Paro from your itinerary is not even an option.