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Nestled among brush-covered hills of the Paro valley, this humble village is home to some of the most treasured historical sites in all of Bhutan, as well as the country's only international airport. The surrounding valley's mixture of rolling hills and steep, mountainous inclines make Paro an ideal location for both novice and expert hikers, on their way to marvel at the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) or simply ascending to appreciate the scope of the sunset as it sinks beneath the lip of the timberline.
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Visit the National Museum of Bhutan, which has extensive collections of Bhutanese cultural and religious artifacts spanning the centuries, including perhaps the most significant group of thangkas in the country. Don’t miss the large Temple of the Tree of Wisdom, an intricately carved sculpture depicting the history of Buddhism and its various branches.
Visit Paro Dzong. Also known by the evocative sobriquet “The Fortress of the Heap of Jewels,” Paro Dzong contains several important temples dedicated to prominent deities. Today the Dzong is the administrative seat of the District of Paro and it also houses a state-sponsored monastic community of 350 members. The central tower, or utse, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan and displays superbly carved woodwork.
Tigerâ€™s Nest Monastery
Embark on a half-day round-trip hike to Takstang, the "Tiger's Nest" monastery. This magical looking temple complex clings to a vertical cliff some 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley floor (and more than 10,000 feet above sea level) and is perhaps the most iconic image of Bhutan. The legend of Taktsang dates back to 747 AD, when Guru Rinpoche is believed to have arrived at the site on the back of a tiger.
Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation
Take part in a Himalayan singing bowl meditation, where the harmonies of vibrating copper bowls produce restfulness and peace of mind.
Enjoy a classic tour of Bhutan’s beautiful countryside on this 14-day journey from Paro to Thimpu. You’ll visit such time-honored spots as Drukgyel Dzong, Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and Gangtey Monastery, step into the lush Tang Valley, all while staying in luxurious Amankora hotels dotted across the country.
Join Aman for an exclusive and unforgettable 17-day adventure across Asia. Prepare to be whisked across the continent aboard your private jet and stay at eight of their luxury properties in Beijing, Lijiang, Thimphu, Paro, Rajasthan, Ranthambore, Galle and Tangalle.
Aman and Remote Lands have put together an exclusive private jet journey across Asia including China, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka. Sixteen guests will fly on a private jet and stay at the eight Aman in Beijing, Hangzhou, Thimpu, Paro, Rajasthan, Ranthambore, Galle and Tangalle.
Explore the world’s most majestic peaks on this 22-day Himalayan adventure. You’ll trek through China, Nepal, Bhutan and India, staying at luxury hotels and lodges like the Amankora or Uma by COMO. You’ll walk along the Great Wall of China, visit the ancient Potala Palace, and search for Bengal Tigers in Chitwan.
See the contrast of two cultures as they’re juxtaposed before your eyes on this 16-day luxury journey through Thailand’s Bangkok and Bhutan. You’ll compare the glimmering Grand Palace and Wat Arun to the ancient architecture of Bhutan’s monasteries, raft the Mo Chu river, and spend nights at the luxurious Amankora.
Take in Bhutan’s lush landscape on this 16-day luxury bicycle adventure, pedalling past ancient Buddhist temples like the Taktsang Monastery, climbing Bhutan’s highest road pass, Thrumsing La, and gaining insight into local religion at a Buddhist festival in Jakar, while staying in luxe hotels like Uma by COMO.
Take a ride on the open road through Bhutan’s stunning countryside, as you’re chauffeured from Paro to Thimpu in your luxury vehicle. You’ll marvel at religious sites like Rimpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong, interact with local families at their farms, and enjoy luxury stays at luxurious Amankora hotels.
Reap the rewards of challenging yourself to this incredible 13-day trek through Bhutan’s majestic mountains. You’ll hike and camp in breathtaking spots like the base camp of Mount Chomolhari, visit historic landmarks in Paro like the Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, and stay in luxury at the Amankora or Uma by COMO.
Experience a whirlwind 6-day adventure through Bhutan’s rugged terrain. You’ll take in the natural beauty of Paro Valley and Simkota Lake, while you marvel at the ancient Tiger’s Nest Monastery, see the takin at an animal preserve, and sleep at the luxe Amankora, on this incredible journey.
Spend 22 days traveling from India to Bhutan on this luxurious adventure of a lifetime. Shop in New Delhi’s world-famous Chandni Chowk market, dine at the Calcutta Polo Club, and marvel at the ancient Tibetan Buddhist Ghoom Monastery, while staying in luxury hotels like Amankora and Oberoi.
Experience the natural beauty of Bhutan on this exciting 12-day trek through some of the country’s most picturesque scenery. You’ll step into the past at the ancient Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, explore the Kuri Chhu river on foot, and make a pilgrimage to Singye Dzong, while staying at luxury hotels like the Amankora.
Move across mountains as you spend 19 days trekking through some of the highest peaks in Nepal and Bhutan. You’ll visit unforgettable sites like the Monkey Temple and Gangtey Monastery, ride an elephant through Chitwan National Park, see Mt Everest up-close on a helicopter tour, and stay in luxury Amankora hotels.
Take an unforgettable trek through Bhutan’s charming rural communities on this 14-day journey. You’ll visit the incredible Tiger’s Nest monastery, along with Bumthang’s plentiful religious sites and temples, and trek to the Tang Chu river’s sacred Burning Lake, while staying at luxurious Amankora hotels along the way.
Amankora Paro is located just outside of town and features sweeping views of the Paro valley and snow-capped mountains. The hotel, just 30 minutes from Paro airport, has 24 spacious suites designed to evoke a contemporary and minimalist vision of traditional Bhutanese style, incorporating local wood, stone and terrazzo tile. Each suite has a bukhari, or wood-burning stove, and a luxurious bathroom complete with soaking tub. Bhutanese cuisine and international fare are served in the hotel’s great room lounge, dining room, and terrace. The two-level spa contains private areas for massage and treatments, a glass-walled sauna, hot stone baths and a yoga room with a relaxation area. Fax services are available, as is Internet. There is no fitness center or pool, but the Amankora’s idyllic surroundings are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.
Six Senses Bhutan
In Spring 2017, Six Senses will open five luxury lodges in Bhutan, creating a "Six Senses Journey" through Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, Bumthang and Paro. Built in a style sympathetic to their rural Himalayan surroundings, the Six Senses Bhutan lodges will offer guests total intimacy, with a mere 82 suites across all five lodges. Six Senses' keynote features - eco-friendly design, personal service and wellness - will of course characterise the new Six Senses Bhutan product, and we at Remote Lands look forward to offering these new properties to our clients.
Uma by COMO, Paro
Uma by COMO, Paro is a 29-room hotel set in Paro Valley with breath-taking views of the Himalayas. The Bukhari restaurant, set amid pine trees, uses mostly organic food from the surrounding area for Bhutanese delicacies such as pakshee paa, a sliced pork dish with chilies and radishes; ema datsee, a chili and cheese dish, or hewa datsee, a combination of potatoes, cheese and chilies. Uma by COMO, Paro is home to the COMO Shambhala Retreat, a holistic health spa with an open-air yoga pavilion overlooking the Paro Valley. Additional facilities include a business center, fitness center and swimming pool. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport in Paro.