Paro, Bhutan

Discover Paro

A couple of hours’ drive from Thimpu and where two of Bhutan’s main rivers meet, you’ll find the main street of Paro lined with shops, restaurants and offices housed in ornately carved traditional architecture. The town’s airport, with its remarkable flight path that only a few Bhutanese pilots are qualified to fly, is Bhutan’s main arrival point for foreign visitors.

Paro’s main attraction is the magnificent Rinpung Dzong Buddhist monastery, reached by a covered cantilever bridge. Its most treasured possession is an enormous embroidered tapestry, or thondrol (thangka), depicting Guru Rinpoche, the dzong’s founding father. The tapestry is only unrolled once a year, on the morning of the annual tshechu (festival) which attracts thousands of locals dressed in colourful traditional dress.

The National Museum (closed on Government Holidays) is housed in the Ta Dzong, a magnificently renovated watchtower behind the monastery built in the 1650s to guard the fortress.

Things to do in Paro

Some of the great things you can enjoy in Paro include:

  • Cross the cantilever bridge to visit the Rinpung Dzong Buddhist monastery
  • Visit the National Museum in the watchtower
  • Time your visit to see the unrolling of the tapestry at the annual festival
  • Admire the architecture in the main street

The best way to see Paro

If you would like to visit Paro, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you.

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