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10 facts about Paro, Bhutan

  • Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro Valley, in Bhutan. The monastery itself is located in a dramatic setting, perched on a high cliff some 900 metres above Paro Valley, 3,120 metres above sea-level.
  • Paro Taktsang is the best known of the 13 taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which Guru Padmasambhava meditated.
  • Paro airport has been described as the “most difficult commercial airport in the world”. The airport has only one runway and the airplanes on approach pass by 5,500 m Himalayan mountain peaks. Due to the extremely low-density altitude at the site only a handful of airline pilots are certified to operate commercial airplanes there and about 30,000 persons arrive at the airport each day.
  • The Duhgtsew Lhakhang is a 15th-century temple near the new bridge and the Ugyen Perli Palace is most visible through the fence where members of the royal family lodge. The old bridge, Rinpung Dzong is nearby as well. The most notable hotels include the Olathang Hotel built in an ornate style. There is a complex of traditional architecture with its richly decorated buildings housing small shops, institutions, and restaurants.

  • Paro in Bhutan is an international airport that is located in the deep valley. Druk Air which is the Royal Bhutan Airlines is the main airlines serving Paro airport. It offers flights to Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Kathmandu, and Kolkata. Bhutan Airlines now serves Paro every day from Kathmandu. You can hire a taxi from Thimphu and reach Paro in approximately 45 mins, the drive of 30 km is very pleasant and roads keep on unfolding with every turn. Per week there are two flights which are of 30 minute duration.
  • When it comes to sightseeing in Paro, the main tourists sites are spread out throughout the valley. A vehicle is required to get around. Taxis are available for hire inside the main bazaar. Places to get around are: Taktsang Monastery, National Museum of Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong,Drukgyel Dzong, Drakhapo, Kichu Lhakang, Jangsarbu Lhakhang are places that can roam around.
  • The climate of Bhutan varies with its elevation from subtropical in the south to the temperature in the highlands; there is also polar-type climate, with a year-round snow in the north. Paro experiences five distinct seasons that are summer, monsoon, autumn, winter, and spring. Bhutan has hot humid summers and cool winters. Central and eastern Bhutan are drier than the west with its warm summer and cool winters.
  • Bhutan is the first country to have outlawed the use of tobacco in the year 2004. The laws were loosened in 2012 and smuggling now occurs. It is still rare to see people smoking on the streets but drugs and alcohol are problems. The government has started a program to educate citizens of the country against them.
  • In 2001, Bhutan lifted its ban on TV and the Internet which is the last country in the world to do so. In the capital, Thimphu today it is strange to see computers and cell phones in the hands of teenagers.
  • Bhutan is the only country and Paro, the only city in the world where citizens have constitutional obligation to preserve and protect the environment.
  • Bhutan and Paro are the perfect destination to unwind and do some soul searching. For all those tourists who are looking for spiritual guidance and peace of mind, attend a meditation session at the many monasteries around or even at your own hotel.

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