Trip Name: Paro Valley – Private Day Tours
Trip Id: TIB1433
Pick up Location: Your own location in Paro (We will come to pick you up)
Drop off Location: Your own location in Paro
Trip start time: 8 AM
Trip Duration: 6-7 Hours
Transport: Private car/van/bus (Depends on your group size)
The Paro Valley Airport is the only landing site for air passengers to enter Bhutan. Entering the Paro Valley in their aircraft is eeriest air travel experience for the most westerners. As the plane circles into the Paro valley, you will witness most astonishing landscape, mountains covered with pines, snakes like a river making its way in the valley and little-sloped houses perched on mountain tops. Some even consider the Paro airport to be one of the most beautiful airport buildings existing in the world because of the traditional Bhutanese architecture employed in the structure of the buildings.
Bhutan is a country well preserved in its culture, the connections with the outer world being made slowly and hesitatingly so as not to disturb its age-old traditions. Some of the cultural landmarks of Paro include the Paro Dzong, the National Museum, the Takstang Monastery and the Cheri Lang monastery. The Takstang’s Monastery also known Tiger’s Nest hangs on a cliff at 3,120 meters – built on the location where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have landed on the back of a tiger! To get there, one has to climb up to 3000 meters to the vantage points, then take cliff-hanging steps down to a narrow bridge across the gorge and then ascend a few hundred odd steps to the monastery. The monastery closes from 1-2 pm for lunch and inside the temple, is just like any other Buddhist place of worship.
The left bank of the Valley is a hodgepodge of high-rise cemented buildings. The buildings there include schools, hospitals, hotels, resorts, shops, and bars etc. However, unlike the left bank, much of the other side of the Paro Valley is still pristine and beautiful with traditional mud houses and structures. There is also a feeder road that takes off from Tshendona village for Sangachokor. The road also takes you up the peak taking to Sangachokor monastery from where you can observe the most panoramic views of the Paro Valley.
Some of the Landmarks to be visited in Paro:
- Taktsang Monastery
- National Museum of Bhutan.
- Rinpung Dzong
- Kichu Lhakang
- Jangsarbu Lhakhang