Nestled in a beautiful valley and surrounded by the dramatic Eastern Himalayas, Paro is one of the most attractive cities in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Situated on the edge of the Paro River, and providing stunning views of Paro Valley, Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront is an ideal gateway for discovering the region’s charms, unique cultural heritage, and spectacular scenery. Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, is 55 kilometres away.
Paro is home to numerous sacred fortresses and monasteries. Set on the edge of a steep cliff, the 17th-century Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) is one of Bhutan’s most famous attractions and is just 30 minutes by car outside of town. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the nation’s oldest and most beautiful monasteries, dating back to the 7th century. Overlooking Paro Valley and filled with rich history, the large Buddhist monastery and fortress Rinpung Dzong is another top attraction. Housed in a former watchtower, the artefacts at the National Museum of Bhutan are equally stimulating. Western Bhutan’s striking forests and the Himalayas can be appreciated on an exhilarating trek.
Bhutan’s unique archery matches are considered the Kingdom’s national sport, and traditional Bhutanese musical performances are also worth seeing. A prayer wheel can be spun for wisdom and good karma. More ancient living Bhutanese culture can be found during the popular annual Paro Tsechu festival held every March or April. During this colourful multiday event, visitors can witness locals dressed in native attire, and unique religious dance performances.
Shops sell traditional handmade paper, paintings, embroidery, jewellery, sculptures, bright textiles, and bronze and wood ornaments. After a stimulating day, a Bhutanese hot stone bath is perfectly relaxing, by incorporating water heated with river stones that release therapeutic minerals. The region’s flavourful cuisine includes jasha maru made with minced chicken and tomatoes, ema dashi made with spicy cheese and chilli peppers, momos (dumplings), nutty flavoured red rice, and butter tea served with crunchy fried rice.