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.
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.
Take part in a Himalayan singing bowl meditation, where the harmonies of vibrating copper bowls produce restfulness and peace of mind.
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.