Accentuating Paro's natural beauty are many elegant traditional houses that dot the landscape. Paro has been riding the wave of development in recent years, bringing forth modern amenities such as restaurants, bakeries and cafes into the heart of the timeless community. A distinct feature of Paro is its geography; it is a flat valley bottom that follows a grid-like pattern. Complimenting the central plaza is a large prayer wheel and a small amphitheater for events such as concerts.
Buddhism is deeply rooted to Paro, with over 155 temples and monasteries in the area, some even dating as far back to the 14th century. This includes the most iconic landmark of Bhutan, the Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest. The awe-inspiring temple was constructed upon a sheer cliff face and hundreds of meters above forests of oak, as if it were held on by the resolute assurance of Buddhism. Other significant cliff-side temples in Paro Dzongkhag are the Dzongdrakha Temple and Kila Gompa.
Modernity has stretched its reach to Paro. It is the home of the country's first international airport and the National Museum. The museum displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and handcrafted implements, preserving a snapshot of the rich cultural Bhutanese traditions. Another historical site worth mention is the Drugyel Dzong or The Fortress of the Victorious Bhutanese, which is constructed in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, to commemorate a significant victory over the Tibetan armies. Due to the presence of numerous historical sites and close proximity to the airport, a huge number of luxurious tourist resorts have thus expanded across Paro.