The town of Paro sits within the Paro District, situated at the western side of the country. Paro harbors Bhutan's only airport and was also the prime nucleus of international trade that used to happen between Tibet & Bhutan. The valley of Paro is said to be the most beautiful one in Bhutan, dotted with numerous religious sites like monasteries & Lhakhang. The interspersed rhododendron and jacaranda trees add a splash of color to the quaint surroundings.
Perhaps the most famous monastery in Bhutan, it was built at the edge of a 1,200-meter tall cliff during the 16th Century. Legend has it that it was anchored to the cliff by the hairs of a celestial being during construction.
The Rinchen Pung Dzong, (which translates to Fortress in a Heap of Jewels) is the main venue where the Paro Tsechu is celebrated. The highlight is the unfurling of a mega-sized mural of Guru Rinpoche in public.
It is the venue for regular archery competitions where a large number of locals participate. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and it is played with a lot of discipline & finesse, which is a treat to the eyes.
This temple features the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha that was bought from Lhasa for the Paro Dzong. Kept here during an overnight shelter, the statue was then impossible to shift and remains here to date.
You can land into Paro via the Paro International Airport.
If you choose to reach Paro via road, it is an hour away from the capital of Thimphu. You can get plenty of public and reserved vehicles in the capital.