Paro, home to the only international airport in Bhutan, lies on the banks of the Paro River and while it has developed much over the last few years still retains some Bhutanese charm. Located in the stunning Paro Valley, the main street features some impressive traditional Bhutanese architecture so it is well worth taking a walk through the town heading towards Paro Dzong, regarded as the country’s most impressive dzong. This ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’ to give it’s translated name, towers over the town, is visible for miles around and has some impressive wooden carvings and more traditional Bhutanese architecture.
From Paro town drive north towards the iconic Taktshang Goemba, the site where Guru Rinpoche flew to atop a tigress and stayed to meditate for three years, three months, three days and three hours to subdue the demon within. Trek through the stunning pine forest and emerge from beneath the canopy to be rewarded with magnificent views not only of the monastery itself but also of the valley below. If so desired, an overnight camping trek to the temple can be arranged - the Paro region is home to a variety of adventure activities including trekking and some excellent mountain biking.