Picturesque Paro, the prime attraction of Bhutan
Situated in the extreme West of Bhutan, Paro is a prime tourist destination, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Spread over a picturesque valley, Paro is one of the major districts in Bhutan and a town with immense historical importance. The town of Paro stands on the bank of Paro Chhu or Paro river, a tributary of the Raidak river or Wong Chhu, adding to its scenic beauty. God-gifted geographical location of Paro Valley makes it a very picturesque and romantic holiday destination. Paro is a verdant valley where you can see endless greeneries all around. The rural areas are almost forested and offer absolute tranquility that many people look for while choosing a holiday destination. If you are Nature lover, Paro will make you fall in love with her. If you are looking for short trip or a vacation at a place right in the lap of Mother Nature, Paro is your perfect choice. To get sunk in love with Paro, you should opt for the aerial route since the Paro Airport, the only international gateway to Bhutan looks stunning from the plane. You will feel like getting down slowly to the bottom of a bowl with high walls made of green mountains.
Paro is fabulously rich, in terms of tourist attractions, but to enjoy vacation to the fullest, you should opt for exploring the district in your own way. There are plenty of interesting sites that you should visit in Paro but before getting out on a guided tour you may take a short walking trip through the roads that enjoy the company of the Paro Chhu. You may sit on the river bank for some time and stare at the bluish uneven lines of landscapes that form a wonderful backdrop for the serpentine river or opt for a trekking tour on the green mountain trails. Travelers could be categorized as beauty lovers and history lovers. There are lots of people who get attracted to places for their history, glorious pasts, monuments and structures that stand as specimens of the bygone era. If you fall in the second category, Paro will drag you through its ancient quarters, dark interiors of monasteries, temple complexes and other religious sites. Paro itself is a historic town ornamented with several historical buildings and sacred sites.
Taktsang Monastery: If you can brave the risky cliffs on a high mountain, Paro will astonish you in the form of Taktsang Monastery. After covering 1200 metres on a fierce cliff you will reach this sacred site, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Take a deep brath after reaching the spot and then comfort your eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath. The Taktsang Monastery was established by Sain Guru Rinpoche who came to Bhutan in 747 CE. Construction of the complex was completed in 1694. Though major portions of the original buildings suffered damaged in 1998 due to a devastating fire, devotion and dedication of the Bhutanese people have got it them restored after lots of painstaking efforts. Discovering the Tiger’s Nest after 3 hours of trekking is real adventure but you may also opt for a horse ride from the parking lot.
National Museum of Bhutan: Situated right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro, the National Museum of Bhutan is a house that showcases Bhutan’s culture. Built in 1968, the museum stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum houses the collection of finest specimens of Bhutanese culture and art and its highlights are paintings and some bronze statues, which are simply masterpieces. The items are demonstrated in large galleries and you can get to know a lot about Bhutan’s art and culture from these objects.
Drugyel Dzong: Situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Paro, Drukyel Dzong is a district famous for a fortress which was built way back in the 16th century. The fortess was built to commemorate Bhutanese force’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. Though today the fortress stands as a ruined structure the site would excite you with its appearance.