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About Paro

Paro has Bhutan’s only international airport, but, even more importantly for some visitors, it’s the closest centre to the Taktsand Monastery, also called the Tiger’s Nest, a fantastically designed and positioned building, perched on the edge of a cliff more than a kilometre high. This is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, and one of the most recognised sites in Bhutan. It will take you two to three hours to hike up to it, and it’s almost vertical in some places, but some things are really worth the effort. And there’s a cafe about half way into the hike, with a great view of the monastery.

Paro also has the National Museum of Bhutan, which occupies a former watchtower of the city, and several dzongs, though some are in ruins. Paro also has an impressive collection of monasteries.

The Best Places to Stay in Paro

Some of the Most Romantic Places to Stay in Paro

  • The Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary offers a similar feeling of luxury but in a beautiful natural setting, this time the Neyphu Valley near Park. There are just 24 guest rooms, with four-poster beds and latticework detail on the windows and walls. Each room has its own terrace of balcony and the restaurant specialises in local cuisine. They even make their own soap. This is a romantic, as well as luxurious spot.

The Best Places to Stay in Paro to Relax

  • The Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel is an authentic Bhutanese guesthouse with 45 spacious rooms, decorated with local textiles, but with the comfort of modern underfloor heating. Its suites have a hot tub and private balconies. Take a meditation class lead by Buddhist monks then visit the temple.

The Best Hotel Escapes in Paro

  • Como Uma Paro is a collection of nine private luxury villas, and 20 guest rooms close to Paro. The decor is traditionally Bhutanese, with with a contemporary twist, and there’s an excellent spa and restaurant too. And the surrounding valley and mountain tops are littered with hidden temples and monasteries, so there’s plenty to discover.
  • For more indulgence amongst Bhutan’s incredible scenery, consider Amakora, a stunning traditional lodge just outside Paro on the edge of a village below Drukyel Dzong. The decor is simple, featuring lots of wood, plus wood-burning stoves and excellent bathrooms. There’s no better way to watch the night roll in than with a bottle of wine and a spot by the fire pit.

Some of the Best Value Places to Stay in Paro

  • The Hotel Gangtey Palace is a traditional style, 19 room hotel with its own temple and hot stone bath. Inside the palace are some beautiful tapestries and antiques, but the hotel also has fantastic views and the restaurant is very good. You’re in a good spot in the Park Valley, a hike away from the Takshang, or Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

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Travel Information

  • Bhutan’s only international airport is the Paro International Airport, which is connected to Bangkok, Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka and Singapore. Interestingly Bhutan has no railways, so the only other way to travel is by road.
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Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Paro for you?

Best Hotels in Paro

  • Hotel Gangtey Palace Paro 19 rooms from £60

    A beautiful heritage hotel set in a luscious tropical garden with an authentic Bhutanese temple and hot stone bath. Inside the castle, guests will find traditional Bhutanese tapestries and decor. All rooms have unique antiquities and views of the valley. The restaurant serves delicious food.

    Total relaxation  -  Ayurvedic massage and a traditional hot stone bath with natural flowing spring water leave guests feeling relaxed and refreshed
    Back to Nature  -  The palace is nestled in the Paro valley commanding breathtaking views of the landscape
    Sights nearby  -  The Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a hike away and is one of Bhutan's most beautiful artefacts
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel Paro 45 rooms from £161

    This heritage hotel is located in Paro, Bhutan. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable with Californian beds, local textiles and underfloor heating; book a suite for a soaking tub and private balcony. Visit the temple before a meditation class led by Buddhist monks. An authentic Bhutanese retreat.

    Local exploring  -  Located in the verdant valley town of Paro, there is lots to explore local to this hotel, from monasteries to mountains
    Families  -  Book the Royal Raven Suite for a family stay, and enjoy use of a private dining room and butler
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love this authentic Buthanese hotel; book a couples' massage for a romantic evening
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Rinpung Dzong, an ornate Buddhist fortress with shrines, chapels and wall paintings
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  • COMO Uma Paro Paro 29 rooms from £382

    COMO Uma Paro has nine luxury private villas or 20 private rooms for guests to choose from, all are decorated in traditional Bhutanese style with a contemporary twist. The restaurant serves delicious food with locally-sourced ingredients. The fully-equipped spa is the perfect place to unwind.

    Spa breaks  -  COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Uma Paro offers a full range of holistic, Asian-inspired treatments
    Local exploring  -  Discover hidden monasteries and temples throughout the surrounding valley
    Swimming Pool  -  There is an indoor and an outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary Paro (Shaba) 24 rooms from £609

    This five-star boutique hotel is located in the Neyphu Valley in Bhutan. Guestrooms feature a four-poster bed with latticework detail, local textiles and a terrace or balcony with valley views; enjoy a bath with the hotel's handmade Mudra soap. Sample local cuisine in the restaurant; a chic retreat.

    Spa breaks  -  Boasting a holistic spa that draws on local medicinal herbs to work with ailments, book this hotel for your next spa break
    Local exploring  -  With a privileged location in the bucolic Neyphu Valley, there is lots of day trips to take to explore the local area
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the five-star amenities at this valley retreat; book a couples' massage for a romantic evening in
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to Chelela Pass, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan with wonderful views over Ha Valley and the Paro District
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  • Amankora Paro 24 rooms from £823

    A stunning lodge, both traditional and indulgent, on the edge of a village below Drukyel Dzong. The rooms are solid, wood-clad and incredibly beautiful in their simplicity- with large windows, wood burning stoves and excellent bathrooms. The food, like the rooms, doesn't mess around. Wonderful.

    Local exploring  -  The ideal spot for local exploring- on the outskirts of a village containing the remains of the 17th-century Drukyel Dzong
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Grab a bottle of wine and head down to the firepit overlooking the mountains- an amazing spot to watch nightfall
    Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by forests and built partly from traditional clay-coloured earth-packed walls and dry-stone
    Local markets  -  The on site shop sells local artisan crafts and products, wonderful as keepsakes and presents
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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