Paro (Altitude 8500 feet)
Paro is the name of district or Dzongkhag and as well as the name of its town center. Paro Dzongkhag is situated in the north-western part of Bhutan. It covers a total area of 1258.5 Sq. km. Paro is linked by road to Phuentsholing and Thimphu. The office of the district administration is located in Rinphung Dzong, near Paro town. The small and charming town of Paro is located at an elevation of about 2280m in the center of the valley, on the bank of Pa Chhu River. Paro town was first formed in 1985 with one main street, lined with colorfully painted shops. Of recent, new constructions have taken place at the back of the main street. Bhutan's international airport is also located here and the capital is just over 1hour away. Paro is known to be most fertile valley in Bhutan. It is one of the most historic valleys in Bhutan. Both trade goods and invading Tibetans came over the pass at the head of the valley, making Paro the closest cultural connection with Tibet of any Bhutanese district. Paro is one of the most tranquil and beautiful valley in Bhutan.
As of Jan 2011, Paro Dzongkhag has 10 village blocks known as Gewogs. These Gewogs are Dogar, Dopshari, Doteng, Hungrel, Lamgong, Lugnyi, Naja, Shaba, Tsento and Wangchang with about 7118 households. It has total of 22 schools comprising of 2 Higher Secondary Schools, 2 Middle Secondary Schools, 8 Lower Secondary Schools, 3 Primary Schools, 3 Community Primary Schools, and 4 Private Schools (including one Higher Secondary School).