Paro is the gateway to the country of Bhutan! This picturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the Kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields with a beautiful river winding down the valley. Home to Bhutan’s only international airport, this district gives BCF teachers their first glimpse of the majestic beauty that is Bhutan.
Described as one of the most difficult landings in the world – check out some of our posts about the somewhat frightening journey into Paro at Paro Airport – The Challenging Yet Rewarding Flight to Bhutan and Video – Druk Air Soars.
Druk air is a timely, beautiful flight with Everest in the distance and Kachenjunga close by. A quick stop in Bagdogra, Sikkim, India, and over the hills to Paro. Coming into Paro the flight path is up a canyon, plane banking left and right as we fly below the ridgetops on both sides. – BCF teacher Brick Root
There are over 155 temples and monasteries in Paro Dzongkhag, some dating as far back as 14th century. One of the most iconic is the Taktsang Lhakhang, translated to The Tigers Nest. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the Kingdom and clings to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. The hike up to the monastery is a good 2-3 hours but is well worth it!
To learn more about all the different districts in Bhutan check out our Spotlight on the District Series!