Surrounded by untainted wilderness and willow trees lining its meandering roads, Paro is a quaint little town in the picturesque Paro valley of Bhutan. This lovely town is a true Bhutanese gem with something or the other in store for all its visitors. From historic fortresses and ruins, sacred sites of monasteries, to pretty sights of apple orchards, Paro is sure to leave you beguiled on your trip to Bhutan!
Try an Adventure Activity:
Paro is the hub for adventure activities in Bhutan, ranging from trekking, mountain biking, to rafting and kayaking. The Snowman Trek is one of the most exciting and challenging treks in the world. The trek extends over 5,400 metres, crossing four different passes and camps at high altitudes. It starts at Paro and leads you through Lingshi and Laya to the remote corners of the Lunana Valley. The best time for trekking in Paro is between September and October.
Mountain biking trails are a plenty in Paro and an excellent way to explore ruins and monasteries that are inaccessible by foot. Biking down the route from Paro to Bumthang, passing rice fields, rugged terrain and spiraling descents are popular among bikers.
Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery :
Taktsang Monastery, popularly known as Tiger’s Nest, is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan and one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the country. Legends say that Guru Rinpoche, the Father of Bhutanese Buddhism, arrived here more than a million years ago from Tibet on the back of a tigress and meditated at this place.
Perched atop a hill, this Buddhist monastery clings to a granite cliff more than 3,000 metres above sea level. The journey takes around 2-3 hours to complete, with a steep uphill climb. If your knees are a weak point, you can also opt to take a pony ride. There is a cafeteria located midway where travellers can take a break to rest, eat and take beautiful pictures of the monastery and the surrounding valley.
Unwind with Some Meditation :
Bhutan is the perfect place to unwind and do some soul searching. For all those looking for some spiritual guidance and peace of mind, attend a meditation session at the many monasteries around or even at your own hotel. Buddhism in Bhutan is not just a religion. It is a way of life that you encounter as you interact with the people and travel through the country.
If meditation is not for you, soak in a mineral spring bath or Tshachu for its medicinal properties. Even a walk by the river in the beautiful valley of Paro will feel like therapy.