This morning re-trace your steps back to Paro by heading west back over the Dochula Pass towards Simtokha Dzong, the first dzong in the Kingdom, built on a strategic ridge overlooking Thimphu Valley in AD 1629. This small, often overlooked dzong is an art lover’s delight with its beautifully-decorated inner sanctum showcasing colorful religious flags, mural paintings and ornate altar offerings. Continue down to Chuzom Bridge at the confluence of the Wang Chhu and Pha Chhu rivers, and view three nearby shrines featuring Bhutanese, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. Arriving in Paro, visit Rinpung Dzong the “fortress on heaps of jewels”. This dzong is an impressive example of classic Bhutanese architecture and is also where the annual Paro Tshechu (festival) is held. Afterwards take a stroll through the charming shop-lined streets of Paro selling prayer wheels, local textiles and auspicious amulets. From the town, it’s a 20-minute drive up a high mountain road past stunning valley views on the way. Six Senses Paro is situated at an elevation of 2,900 meters/9,500 ft, next to a 15th century ruined fortress. The stone ruins and breathtaking views of the valley below provide a dramatic backdrop to your stay. There are pleasant walks through pine forests as well as small and little-known monasteries well worth a visit just a few minutes’ walk from the lodge.
This afternoon next to the stone ruins, you can test your strength and skills with an archery session, Bhutan’s colorful national sport. Your GEM will instruct you on the art of the game. Don’t forget to adopt the local custom of singing, dancing and distracting your opponent to gain the upper hand. Celebrate your victory afterwards with a cold brew or a shot of ara on the terrace of the lodge. (*The archery session is provided on a complimentary basis.) After checking in, head to the spa for a reviving 60 minute back, neck and shoulder ‘Tension Soother Massage’ the perfect antidote to any accumulated travel aches and great for relieving muscle tension and for restoring mobility. This evening treat yourself to a cocktail on the patio at sunset before dinner at Jangkho, where we’ll serve a delicious menu that incorporates ingredients from our Six Senses organic farm.