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Tourism in Paro

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May - Nov
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About Paro Destinations

Paro is a beautiful, postcard-worthy town, nestled in the Paro valley of Bhutanese Himalayas. The two main reasons behind the Paro tourism are - it is a home to Bhutan’s only international airport and the most important monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. The international airport receives flights every day from major neighbouring cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bagdogra, Kathmandu, and Bangkok, and that’s what makes it the major reason behind Paro tourism influx.

Historical Places in Paro:

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Taktsang Monastery, is believed to be built on the cavern where Guru Rinpoche himself first arrived in Paro-Bhutan, on the back of a flying tigress, and meditated for three years and three months. Thus, this is a sacred shrine for all the followers of Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, and also one of the best places to visit in Paro. To reach here, one must trek a route which takes around 3-3.5 hours to complete. The difficulty is moderate, but the views are magnificent. Another such similar trek will take you to the ruins of fortress-monastery Drukgyel Dzong. There is something very haunting about every ruin that once had a significant role in the country’s past, and now only a skeleton of it stands. Drukgyel Dzong is no exception.

The city is a cobweb of medieval dzongs and monasteries, hiding within themselves ages of tantric secrets, ancient paintings, and sculptures and lots of stories. It is hard to tell where the history ends and the legends begin in this local folklore, but they are extremely interesting to know. There are stories of temples like Dungtse Lhakhang being built on the head of a demoness or a serpent, while the Kyichu Lhakhang is believed to have been built to defeat an ogress. The Paro Dzong itself has a lot of history and special artifacts like sacred masks, weapons, and jewels that it is said to be housing within its holy walls. Consulting a Paro travel guide will give a better and complete idea about what other similar places there are to explore the mythical side of Bhutan.

Nevertheless, all these places should definitely be included in Paro-Bhutan sightseeing for a complete glimpse into the town’s fabric. One must not forget to visit the National Museum atop a hill. This was originally a watchtower called Ta Dzong and has been converted to a museum with an extensive collection of Bhutanese history and culture since 1967.

Trekking in Paro:

Monasteries and shrines are not the only things to see in Paro. The main thing about Paro is its dynamic nature. And staying true to it, the town and its surroundings offer some spectacular trekking routes to go for an adventure. The Snowman Trek is one of the most exciting trails in entire Bhutan, and it starts from Paro. A visit to the Chele La Pass is also essential, to appreciate the beauty of the green valley from 13,000 ft. This is the highest navigable pass in Bhutan, and thus, it is an easy travelling and picnicking destination. For those who do not prefer walking while exploring, mountain biking is quite a popular adventure activity here.


Other Activities in Paro:

A trip to Paro is not complete without some shopping in the Paro Craft Market and indulging in the local cuisine. One can find the best handicrafts and locally sourced products in the craft market, while for enjoying a savouring dish of Ema Datshi with Aru and other Bhutanese delicacies. While on a tour to Paro, do visit to Bukhari restaurant, one of the most recommended restaurants in the town. The list of other famous food places in Paro, include: Sonam Trophel Restaurant, Authentic Pizza, Brioche Cafe, Champaca Cafe, and more.

Culture of Paro:

Paro is famed for its one of the popular festivals, called the Paro Tsechu, which occurs during the month of April. Dressed in colourful costumes and masks, people celebrate this festival for five days with great enthusiasm, vibrant music, dances, and drama performances. Red rice, maize, and buckwheat are the staple diet of the locals.

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Taktsang Monastery In Paro

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Kyichu Lhakhang In Paro

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India to Paro Distance

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By Air

With Bhutan’s national carrier, including Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines, operating flights from Paro to India, one can reach the destination in around 1 hour 15 minutes. And, as Kolkata is the closest Indian metro-city to Paro, flights operating from here remain quite packed. Though, there are frequent Mumbai to Paro and Delhi to Paro flights as well. The only airport that operates direct flights to Paro is Bagdogra near Siliguri. However, instead of providing a direct 3-4 hours journey to Paro, the flight becomes an extended one because of a stop-journey at Kathmandu or Bangkok, which are two other airports from where Paro receives international flights.

So, if you are wondering how to reach Paro by flight when your itinerary schedule clashes with such a flight, then go with our recommendation and take a flight to Kolkata and from there fly for only 1.5 hours to Paro airport without any hassle.

By Road

One can also opt for a road route to reach Paro from India. Though, the whole journey from distant cities like Mumbai or Delhi is quite time consuming.

By Bus:

Instead of opting for a direct road journey, one can choose to fly to Kolkata and from there board the long-distance luxury buses to Bhutan. These buses go to Thimphu, from where one can take a one and a half hour car ride to Paro.

By Car:

However, if one choose to take a complete road journey, it takes a little more than 4 hours to travel from Kolkata to Paro. There are road routes from Siliguri and Bagdogra and some other North Bengal cities as well. All of these finally lead to the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border, from where it takes 4.5 hours to drive to Paro. On the Assam side, the two places where the border is open for entry are Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu. Samdrup Jongkhar is the one closer to Guwahati, i.e. 2.5 hours drive away.

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    Benalis

    Pune

    Benalis's 8 days trip to Paro

    This review is due since two weeks now, so apologies for the delay team. From the day that I submitted my request through Travel Triangle to the quick response rate I got from Bhutan Inc tours and travels. Such a wonderful team from Khina who helped me plan this trip. She was quick to reply day or n
    ight within minutes. She patiently sat through organizing the places and what I had in mind to visit while visiting with my mom. Suggestions and tips along the way were so helpful for me to finalize the plan. When it comes to process of paying, again, everything is made easy through Travel triangle. And you can trust all of them! Amal was in touch with me constantly to update me if money is received from their end. Once landing in Paro, the other lovely team waiting for us was Sherab and Kencho. By the end of the trip my mom and I felt like we are leaving our family members behind. Sherab and Kencho throughout, were accommodative, helped us soak as much Bhutan air, culture , places and food as possible. The trip makes such huge difference when you have such kind, helpful good hearted team with you to show around. Sherab and Kencho made sure to show us real Bhutan, out of their way. I will always thank them for showing us around and helping us feel relaxed and at home throughout. Sherab has many stories to share about every place you visit, and its fascinating. Kencho is such a safe driver and has so much information to share as well to help you experience Bhutan as is. This feedback is genuine and loved my experience with all of them. I know I will visit Bhutan again and with the same team. Thank you so much everyone! Wishing you all good luck.
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    Prerana Singh

    Mumbai

    Prerana's 6 days trip to Paro

    Cab driver, guide and travel agent was really good and helpful people. However we can improve the accomodation and breakfast part. Specially Park hotel and hotel oro villa however tshanshg villa experience was really great.
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    Surendrasampath

    Chennai

    Surendrasampath's 9 days trip to Paro

    Thanks for the arrangement .. it was wonderful and we had a nice time in Bhutan .. many thanks
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    Suyash Jain

    Mumbai

    Suyash's 9 days trip to Paro

    Team Bhutan Inc (Khina) and team was very helpful and guided us throughout the trip. Thanks for the beautiful experience
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    Ashish Srivastava

    Bengaluru

    Ashish's 6 days trip to Paro

    Our guide and cab driver were very nice . overall experience was very grt .
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    Visave Sandeep

    Bengaluru

    Vis's 7 days trip to Paro

    had few issues with the hotel bookings in one city , the agent booked another hotel , but wasnt equal . Gross communication problem between agent and the hotel
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    Arijit Aich

    Kolkata

    Arijit's 7 days trip to Paro

    I recently had the pleasure of going on my honeymoon to Bhutan through KNG Tours & Travels, and I couldn't have been happier with the experience. Our tour guides, Mohan Prasad and Kuenga, were not only knowledgeable about the culture and history of Bhutan, but also incredibly friendly and accommodat
    ing. They went above and beyond to make sure that our trip was enjoyable and unforgettable. From the moment we arrived in Bhutan, Mohan and Kuenga made sure that we were comfortable and that all of our needs were taken care of. They showed us the most beautiful and serene places in Bhutan and helped us to fully immerse ourselves in the culture. They were also great at answering all of our questions and providing us with a deeper understanding of Bhutan. I would highly recommend KNG Tours & Travels, as well as Mohan Prasad and Kuenga, to anyone looking to visit Bhutan. They truly made our honeymoon a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget.
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    Sumit Sarkar

    Kolkata

    Sumit's 7 days trip to Paro

    Trip was amazing, Mr Yogi from Flying fox delivered what was promised, We were on a honeymoon trip and the experience was smooth, hotels were nice and cozy and the Guide Mr. Tandin ( Tiger) and the driver Mr OM was very friendly and nice person, overall had a very nice experience with them.
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    Eavanshi Arora

    Bengaluru

    Eavanshi's 8 days trip to Paro

    The overall trip was great. Our agency Bhutan Inc coordinated very well with us and always provided timely updates. They provided with insurance and e-permit beforehand so that it took us just 10 mins for our entry. The Bhutan immigration office is open from 6 AM to 11 PM. So make sure that you reac
    h there well within the time range as it can sometimes take time depending on the volume. All they need is your passport and copy of your insurance, nothing else is required if you have your e-permit pre-made. The overall travel cost was high due to entry fees for every dzong and monastery (approx Rs. 1000 per monastery per person). Punakha Dzong and Tiger Nest are a MUST VISIT. You should definitely buy the passes and visit them. Dochula Pass and Chelela Pass are beautiful. Please do not forget to add them to your itinerary. We visited during New Year, and it was freezing, so make sure you have all your woolen clothes and inner. Most of the hotels have heaters, so it will be a comfortable stay. Hotels : White Dragon in Punakha is not recommended (bad wifi and heaters) and Namgay Resort in Paro is HIGHLY recommended. Overall, a great experience.
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    Sachin Dalal

    Bagdogra

    Sachin's 8 days trip to Paro

    Travel Triangle team provided direct communication with tour provider & best price for the trip. Highly recommended!

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    What currency can be used in Paro?

     

    The Bhutanese Ngultrum (Nu) is the official currency of Paro and rest of Bhutan. However, Indian rupee notes and coins other than the newest 500 and 2000 rupee notes are not accepted.

    Other than Taktsang, what places are there to see or to do in Paro?

    One can visit all the other monasteries like Rinpung Dzong, Dungtse Lhakhang and the National Museum. In activities, there are trekking and biking routes to explore the wilderness of Bhutanese Himalayas.

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