Paro is the gateway to Bhutan and almost all tailor-made itineraries will include a few nights in this charming valley town on the banks of the Paro Chhu River.
With over 150 temples and monasteries (traditionally called dzongs) in the town and its surrounding valley, visitors will not be short of sites to see. Among the most famous of these is Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as Tiger's Nest Monastery, which can be found perched precariously on the cliff-side of the upper Paro Valley. Our expert guides will lead you on the two-hour trek to the entrance, and then introduce you to the monks who will bestow a Buddhist blessing on you before you hang a colourful flag with streams of others and head back down to town.
Another of our favourite ways to see the sights of Paro is to join a guide on a cycle ride, which allows you to take in the lush landscapes as well as stop at the various dzongs en route. Make sure not to miss Paro Dzong, which is accessed by a small wooden bridge across the river, and The National Museum, which displays a fascinating selection of traditional Bhutanese art, including beautiful bronze statues and silk paintings.