India, 
Sri Lanka,
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Bhutan
Paro Valley
India, 
Sri Lanka,
 Nepal & Bhutan / Bhutanese
Bhutan
Bhutanese

Paro

Paro Valley is the entry point for most journeys through the Kingdom. Paro Valley has a number of monasteries and monuments but none as dramatic as the 8th century Taktsang, or"˜Tiger's Nest". A highly revered monastery built on a sheer cliff face at a height of 2,950m (9,678ft), it is widely visible from the valley floor.

From Amankora Paro, a return hike to Tiger's Nest is four hours in duration. While the hike up is challenging, horses, mules and donkeys are usually on hand to ease the journey. In an excursion to the town of Paro itself, the National Museum, previously the watchtower of the valley, displays an intriguing collection of artefacts that illustrate the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. A short stroll away is the dominating Paro Dzong, a prime example of Bhutanese architecture. From the dzong, a leisurely walk back into town crosses over one of Bhutan's traditional cantilevered bridges and continues on to the 15th century Dumtse Lhakhang town temple with its altar and beautiful wall paintings.

Just on the outskirts of Paro town lie the twin temples of 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the first Buddhist temples built in the country. Paro Valley is also the starting point for many of Bhutan's treks that range from the short four-day Druk Path crossing the mountains between Paro and Thimphu, to the challenging 21 - 42 day Snowman's Trek that is often considered the world's most difficult.

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