The beautiful Paro Valley is the entry point for visitors who arrive at Paro Airport by Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air. Paro is situated at an attitude of 2,280 metres above sea-level.
The most important and spectacular Tsechu in Bhutan is Paro Tsechu, which is usually held at the beginning of each spring. This festival draws a lot of tourists to visit Paro during this period mainly due to the 800 years old Throngdel of Guru Padmasambhava, which is only reveal once in a year before dawn.
The most famous landmark and sacred site in Paro Valley is Taktsang Monastery, (also known as Tiger’s Nest). According to legends, it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava landed at this site on the back of a tigress where he mediated for 3 months in the 8th century. Taktsang Monastery was first built on this precipitous cliff at 3,120 metres above Paro Valley in 1692. Hiking up to the Monastery will take a lot of efforts, energy and courage. One will not only enjoy the beautiful scenery of Paro Valley, but will also have a chance to pray for blessings from Guru Padmasambhava.
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