Discover boutique hotels in Paro, Bhutan

With its clifftop monastery, fort-like dzong and misty forests, the valley of Paro makes a mystical introduction to the kingdom of Bhutan. Home to the country’s only international airport, the valley is almost certainly where you’ll take your first lungfull of Himalayan air and lay eyes on Bhutan's charming architecture. Arranged along a river of the same name, central Paro is a huddled collection of decorative-fronted homes, shops selling monk’s garb and paint-swirled tea houses, all overseen by the imposing Rinpung Dzong, a fortified monastery used to repulse generations of Tibetan invaders. Just up the hillside you’ll find swathes of blue-pine forest revered by the locals for its calming character, and a three hour hike takes you to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a mist-swirled retreat that clings to a cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor.

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When to go

October to December are considered the best months to visit, bringing clear skies and plenty sunshine. From May, things get more hot and humid; monsoons arrive from June to September, often hiding the mountains in thick cloud.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    You’ll almost certainly be flying into Paro, Bhutan’s only international airport. Most people get there by flying to Delhi, Bangkok or Calcutta, then hopping on a Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines service.
  • Automobiles

    Bhutan’s tourism laws make it essential to arrange your transport in advance, so it’s unlikely you’ll be doing any driving of your own. And if you were, you’d need to take into account that Bhutan’s roads are mountainous, winding and often flanked by steep drops, meaning they’re best tackled by locals.