Besides the capital city of Thimphu, Paro is the second main city of Bhutan. This town has numerous sacred and historical sites. Paro is the only town in Bhutan which has an international airport.
The most popular festival celebrated in Paro is ParoTsechu. This festival is celebrated every year in the honor of Guru Rimpoche, who brought the religion of Buddhism to Bhutan. This festival is held for 5 days, which begins on the 10th day of 2nd Bhutanese lunar month. One can witness the rich culture and history of Bhutan during this festival. The main highlight of this festival is the large silk ‘Thangka’ or ‘thongdroel’ (a religious picture scroll) which is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. This religious scrollis only exhibited for a few hours on the last day of the festival so that the people can get its blessing. The festivals involves dances performances by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and colorful costumes.
There are good range of hotel properties in Paro including the luxurious Uma by Como Paro, Zhiwa Ling, Aman Resort &NakSel hotel & Spa. The streets of Paro is lined with many souvenir shops selling local handicrafts and different ranges of textile like Radi silk scarves, cotton scarves, cotton belts, silk belts, etc.
What to See
The main attractions of this town are Paro Taktsang Monastery, Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang & the National Museum. Situated on the side of a cliff of the upper valley of Paro, lies a monastery is popularly known as the ‘Tiger's Nest’. It is a sacred Buddhist religious site. There is one large Buddhist fortress-cum-monastery called RinpungDzong, which was built in the 16th century and houses 14 shrines and chapels. There is also a monastic quarter that accommodates 200 monks. KyichuLhakhang is one of the oldest Buddhist temples built in the 7th century by a Tibetian Emperor. It is one of the four border taming temples and is believed to have many spiritual treasures. The most interesting belief about this temple is that the two orange trees in the temple courtyard bear oranges throughout the year. Paro is also home to the national museum. This museum was built in order to preserve some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art like bronze statues and paintings. Apart from the above sights, there are a couple of attractions like the DrukgyelDzong which was built in the 16th century to celebrate their victory against Tibetan forces.
Best Time to visit
April and May are some of the best months to travel to Paro, especially to take the trek to the Tiger’s nest monastery. The temperatures range between two to eighteen degrees and thus this is often an escape for Indians during their peak summer months of April and May. Monsoon months between June and September can make traveling in the hills difficult.