Paro is a valley town in Bhutan, west of Thimphu the capital city. It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area. North of town, the TaktsangPalphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Northwest of here are the remains of a defensive fortress, DrukgyelDzong, dating from the 17th century.This picturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley.One of the distinctive features of Paro town is that it is situated in a flat valley bottom and follows a grid-like pattern.
There are over 155 temples and monasteries in the area, some of them are dating as far back as the 14th century. The country’s only international airport is also located in this town.The region contains one of Bhutan’s most iconic landmark, Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. This awe-inspiring temple was constructed upon a sheer cliff face, above forests of oak and rhododendrons.