Luxury Travel to Paro
The pretty valley of Paro is one of the kingdom’s widest and is covered in fertile rice fields crisscrossed by a beautiful meandering river. While Bhutan is famous for its splendid monuments and monasteries, perhaps the most impressive can be found here. You’ll encounter the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, medieval style-bridges, imposing dzongs and a town filled with traditional architecture.
The main street of the town was only built in 1985 but it’s lined with cheerfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants in a classic Bhutanese style. Facing up the mountain, you’ll be awed by the 8th-century Taktsang or “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, perched high on the sheer cliff face. Just outside of the town, lie both the dominating Paro Dzong – a prime example of Bhutanese architecture, and the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang which was one of the first Buddhist temples built in the country.
Paro is home to the National Museum, previously the watch tower of the city, which houses an intriguing collection of artefacts illustrating the rich culture and heritage of the kingdom. It’s also the most convenient location for accessing the country’s only international airport.
What to do
- Visit Ugyenpelri Palace
- See the "Tiger's Nest" Monastery
- Visit the National Museum of Bhutan housed in the Ta Dzong
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Accommodation in Paro
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Six Senses ParoIn the scenic Paro valley, a place of small villages and terraced fields, sits the Six Senses Paro. The new building sits on the site of an abandoned 16th century stone fortress that inspired the name of the lodge; “Stone Ruins”. The property has been designed to mimic the old style of the fortress and built using locally-cut stone. Inside the decor is calm and serene with simple, contemporary wooden furniture finished with fabrics in rich earthy tones. The hotel offers 16 spacious suites and a small collection of villas, all with beautiful valley views and each featuring a roaring log burner for those chilly evenings. The ensuite bathrooms, in keeping with the rooms themselves, are spacious and offer an understated luxury with all the comforts and amenities you’d expect. There’s indoor and outdoor dining at the hotel and two bar options – each has spectacular views out to the natural world. These social areas also feature log fires for a cosy and comforting atmosphere. The outdoor dining area is large, with a floor of huge stone flagstones. Experience complete relaxation in the hotel’s Six Senses Spa, a haven of warmth and tranquillity. Revel in the outdoor sauna and cool dip, the yoga room and meditation and relaxation areas. There’s also a beautiful indoor swimming pool, housed within a stone space, one wall made of glass and with a curved wooden ceiling, an architecturally stunning room.