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Paro Dzong Monastry, Bhutan

Paro

Bordered by forested mountain peaks, Paro is a small valley town in western Bhutan and one of the most beautiful arrival points for any country.

The site of Bhutan’s only international airport, this quiet town consists of just a handful of colourful buildings and captures the essence of provincial Bhutanese life.

The surrounding valley is a mix of small villages, historic buildings, monuments and wonderfully terraced fields. Whether you decide to begin or end your holiday to Bhutan in the Paro valley, visitors will experience some excellent day hikes, wander around ancient Buddhist monasteries, most famously the Tiger’s Nest, an impressive structure that clings to the side of cliff; take in local weekly markets and mix with the wonderfully gentle and friendly Bhutanese people. One of the most remote valleys in the Paro region is the Haa valley, located in the far west, it offers some of the most exceptional far-reaching Himalayan mountain views.

Experiences

Overnight Camping

Camp wild at the Bumdra Monastery near Paro and the iconic Taktsang “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery. Trek remote mountain paths, witness incredible Himalayan views and experience monastic life.

The Haa Valley

Although very close to Paro, the Haa Valley has not been developed in the same way. Spend the day cycling or hiking through its picturesque scenery, enjoying the total peace.

Paro Festival

Attend some of the events surrounding the town’s impressive ‘tsechu’, a major annual Buddhist festival. Dance ceremonies are performed by monks in spectacular costumes and are watched by the local people, who dress up in their finest clothes.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Visit Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, incredibly located on the edge of a precipice overlooking the valley below. This will be one of the most memorable experiences of your visit to this beautiful country.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Como Uma Paro £££££

  • Bhutan
  • City

Uma Paro offers five-star comfort and a unique style in the wildly beautiful Himalayan country of Bhutan. Located on a hilltop, the hotel overlooks the town of Paro, one of the main cultural centres of Bhutan and the gateway to the country. Uma Paro is surrounded by pine forests offering stylish rooms featuring intricate Bhutanese detailing combined perfectly with a sharp, contemporary style. The excellent spa and heated indoor swimming pool offer a welcome rest after a busy day’s sightseeing.

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Six Senses Bhutan £££££

  • Bhutan
  • Wellness and Spa

Six Senses Bhutan are the finest collection of remote lodges in Asia and a welcome addition to the other luxury-level accommodation on offer. Designed to be experienced as a circuit, a stay at each lodge provides a seamless experience between the five lodges. Each lodge is different, yet all share the same farm-fresh dining and extensive spa facilities.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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