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).


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Attractions in Paro, around and from Paro

  • Road from Paro to Thimphu The distance of about 55kms from Paro town and about 50km from airport takes around 1hr excluding the stops. Drive south following Pachu River to the river confluence at Chuzom. Along the way to Chunz

  • Bitekha Dzong Bitekha Dzong is located along the way to Haa from Chundzom (river confluence)

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    Cheli la Pass The 35km drive to cheli la makes an interesting road excursion and is an excellent jumping-off point for day walks. Chele la separates Haa and Paro valley and at 3810m, it is one of the highest motor

  • Chhoten Lhakhang Chhoten Lhakang is a large Bhutanese style chorten located south of Paro town square. There is a small chapel upstairs.

  • Chomolhari Treks This section describes Jumolhari or Chomolhari treks; our Snow Leopard Trek (across Dhumzo), Jangothang Base Camp trek and return to Paro, also via Takstang and the full circuit of Jumolhari trek, whi

  • Chumophug Chumophug or Chumphug is situated at about 3100m above sea level on a steep mountain slope. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places in the Himalayas. With its towering cliffs and waterfalls, it

  • Druk Choeding or Tshongdoe temple

    Druk Choeding Lhakhang Druk Choeding temple was built in 1525 by Ngawang Chogyel, one of the prince-abbots of Ralung in Tibet and an ancestor of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It is also known as Tshongdoe Naktsang temple o

  • Drugyal Dzong, Paro

    Drukgyel Dzong now in ruins is located 14kms north of Paro town, near the end of the paved road. Its name means victories fortress and was built 1644-49 to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan-Mongol

  • Dungtse Lhakhang was constructed by the great bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It is said to have been built on the head of demoness, who was causing illness to the inhabitants. The building was restored in 18

  • Dzongdrakha Gompa From the little town of Bondey, near the airport, walk for about ½ an hour to Dzongdrakha, a group of temple monastery with retreat center overlooking the Paro Valley. The temples are situated on th

  • Kila Gompa Nunnery Kila Goempa nunnery or Chele la Gompa is located on the cliffs below Chele pass at about 3,500m. There are around seven small temples and several retreat huts built into a dizzying sheer Cliffside, w

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    Kyichu Lhakhang Kyichu Lhakhang or Kyerchu Temple is located short distance north of Paro town. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed to have been built in 659AD by Kin

  • National Museum of Bhutan Established in 1967, the museum is housed inside a circular Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower. It has fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha paintings, households stuffs, arms, handi

  • Paro Rinpung Dzong Rinphung Dzong was consecrated in 1645 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal on the site of smaller fort. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries it served as a bastion against invasion from the north. It is reg

  • Paro Weekend Market The colorful weekend market of Paro is held in the town area on Sunday, and it is busiest in the morning till 10am. By noon, most of the vendors would have left and the crowd is thinned out.

  • Road from Paro to Punakha The drive from Paro to Punakha takes about 4 hrs, covering a total distance of 124 km. The road follows the Paro chu river till Chudzom and follow the Wang chu upstream until the little town of Simto

  • Tachog Lhakhang Tachogang lhakhang is located along Paro-Thimphu highway, just after Isuna village and before Chhuzom, on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu river. It was built in the early 15th century by the

  • Trail to takstang & beyond

    Taktshang - Tigers Nest Taktshang or 'Tiger's Nest' as it is often referred to for Taktshang Pelphung monastery, is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan's monasteries. It is located on the face of a 900m sheer cli

  • Ugyen Pelri Thang Palace Ugyen Pelri Thang Palace was built by Paro Penlop (Governor) Tshering Penjor around 1930. It is concealed in the woods, enclosed by perimeter wall. This elegant building is modeled after Zangopelri, a

  • Zangdopelri Taktsang

    Ugyen Tsemo From the view point overlooking Taktsang, another trail lead upwards to the summit. Here, there are three other temples highly venerated as well but not on the usual tourist route.
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