Paro Travel Guide
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Information about Paro
Paro is a small but a dynamic town in itself. The thing about Paro is that most people visit it because it almost certainly falls in the itinerary for those travelling to Bhutan by flight. But even without the airport, the quaint Bhutanese town has a charming appeal of its own. Almost everyone who travels to Bhutan knows about Paro Taktsang – the Tiger Nest Monastery, the first abode of Guru Rinpoche in Bhutan. There are many other monasteries, dzongs and temples to explore, as well as exciting trekking routes and hiking trails. Here is the basic Paro travel guide to help you in making the itinerary properly and having a good trip.
Weather in Paro: Paro enjoys a pleasant subtropical-temperate climate for most of the year. While the climatic zone keeps the city warm enough for outdoor visits whenever the sky is clear, it is the surrounding altitude of the country that is responsible for most of the cold. The spring, early summer and autumn are the best times to visit Paro for sightseeing, trekking and other outdoor activities. From March to May and from October to November, Paro gets the thickest crowd of the year. In between these two periods, the monsoon clouds keep the city drenched. And the winters, although not half as chilly and unbearable as up north, still see lesser people because of the -1°C to -2°C.
Nightlife in Paro: Paro is not known for having a vibrant nightlife. Most restaurants have their own bar, but they do not remain open longer than 9-10 PM. However, there are a few nightclubs here and there. Club Ecstasy, Club K, Millennium Club and the UMA Paro Bar right beside the airport are some of the better haunts for a night-time adventure.
Food in Paro: Bhutanese food is worth savouring while one is on vacation there. Ema Datshi is their most loved dish, which is made of red-hot chillies along with really smooth goat or yak cheese. Consult a Paro travel guide to find out where you can find the best and hottest dish of Ema Datshi. Also, enjoy Phaksha Pha (pork and chillies) and Jashu Maru (spicy chicken) along with the locally sourced spirit Ara. Bukhari restaurant is one of the iconic eateries of Paro. Their Uma cheeseburger, made with Wagyu beef and Bumthang’s special Gouda cheese is a hit. There are popular cafes as well, like Champaca Café, Yegyel Café and Brioche café.
Shopping in Paro: The best place to buy souvenir items at the end of your trip is the Paro craft market. Here, one can expect to find all types of local handmade products that Bhutan makes. Tibetan thangkas, Buddhist trinkets and prayer wheels, statues and figurines, handmade items made of wood, cane and bamboo, wall décor and room décor items, textiles and more. Lama Tshering Dorji General shop is the place to buy silver amulets, prayer flags, incense sticks and carved block prints, while one can browse Chencho handicrafts for a vast collection of local handicrafts and textiles, along with a glimpse into actual weavers working real-time.
Festivals in Paro: The Festival Ground in Paro comes alive during March-April, celebrating the famous Paro Tshechu festival. This festival is held in honour of Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It goes on for days. Trained veteran dancers perform dramatic interpretations of various historical and mythological stories of Bhutan’s past, dressed in vibrant clothes and vivid masks. The folk music and dance is something unique about Bhutan and worth witnessing once in a lifetime.
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Trip to BhutanOur trip was good, except for the hotel rules which asked us to return to hotel early. Hotel Tsheringma, in phuentsholing was very bad, the owner asked us to get out of the hotel on the last night, his behaviour was not at all proffesional. During the dinner, the first 5 members out of 15 started first, after 15 mins when the other 10 members came in, we were told that the chicken curry is finished, cannot get more. When we argued that how can 5 people eat chicken for 15 people, then they gave us more chicken. In the morning some of our members did not get omlete in breakfast stating the same reason. Our trip was good, except for the hotel rules which asked us to return to hotel early. Hotel Tsheringma, in phuentsholing was very bad, the owner asked us to get out of the hotel on the last night, his behaviour was not at all proffesional. During the dinner, the first 5 members out of 15 started first, after 15 mins when the other 10 members came in, we were told that the chicken curry is finished, cannot get more. When we argued that how can 5 people eat chicken for 15 people, then they gave us more chicken. In the morning some of our members did not get omlete in breakfast stating the same reason.
Trip to BhutanSushmita and Shabana were very cordial in arranging the travel agent and flights Chelela pass drive was awesome and the view on the top is truely mesmerising
Trip to BhutanValley Tours has planned the tour well. From starting in phone Suku madam has understood the needs well and designed package as discussed. At Pheuntsholing , Ashish assisted us well for visa immigration and then after we went for Thimphu and Paro . Vehicle was Toyota Avance which was arranged against Creta/Innova Driver Mr Wangchuk is very humble and good person very polite feel good with him. He is not a professional guide but being a local he has good knowledge of area and is a gem of a person. Hotel Thimphu best Paro Good (Power cut for a Hour) Pheuntsholing okay Valley was readily available for any issues in the trip and are friendly. Bhutanese Charge for drinking water everywhere even in hotels. Plan easy don't try covering too much.
Trip to BhutanOverall a great trip and nice stay at different hotels.Good driver lal bahadur and nice trip co-ordination by Hari of Bhutan Inc. Taken care well and very professional travel agents.Loved the trip.
Trip to BhutanThis was a wonderful trip, very well managed start to end. Total hassal free. Very professional, every thing was completed as committed! I am extremely happy. The hotels were good, the vehicle provided was in very good condition, our driver Sanga was superb, he was very knowledgeable and helpful!
Trip to BhutanJourney was nice. Guide and driver were very nice. Visiting punakha dzong, tiger nest, chele la pass, suspension bridge. View from Thimpu hotel room
Trip to BhutanIt was wonderful experience booking through Travel Triangle for Bhutan. Hassle free travel and stay. Superb Service
Trip to BhutanWhile we were choosing agent. there was some doubt in air while looking at some of older reviews. Though we initiated the process, the best part we like about is responsiveness, flexibility, listening ability and quick turnaround as major plus of Mr. Damber Gurung. It was 12 nights 13 days trip(18-30th March, 2019). The whole itinerary was as per us, how we wanted; with each and every thing well defined. we are kind of people who define what we want to do and choose on basis who can fulfill the requirement best. Now starting with trip all tickets, cab and hotel booking were done well in advance in our choice of hotels; also all vouchers shared as per agreed timeline. Now coming to parts of the tour. Hotels, all were amazing (Tashi Nagmey(Paro), Ramada Valley(Thimphu), Drubchu resort(Punakha), Hotel Dewachen(Phubjika), Bumthang(Jakar Village lodge)) we got complimentary upgrade in Paro and Thimphu. Cab, we got SUV, with an amazing driver and gem of person Mr. Gyadhen Jamtsho, a clear hearted man who try to ensure that you are happy. Now some parts where traveler needs to take a lead like please check the timings of all dzongs & Lakhangs. Also check on what attire needs to worn. Kindly note that if you are travelling ahead of Thimphu towards Punakha, Phobjika and Bhumthang, road permit to be taken from Thimphu. Better you can visit with driver so that correct information can be given in one go. There is one caution that in some of lakhang and dzongs they will ask specifically for guide, though Indian's don't need to have a guide as a necessity. In this please ask your driver to keep their traditional dress with him and should accompany you to avoid these kind of situations, as in that case they generally don't ask much. Tip: On standard itinerary please check what all places you want to visit and timings. Also check what places are good to eat, as you can eat in evening outside and come to hotel later. In Tashi Namgey: Take rooms on 1st floor like 117, also hotel got a good massage center. Ramada Valley: Take rooms having river view.
Trip to BhutanThe people were very good, the Hotel in Thimpu was not good, of course it was my selection.
Trip to BhutanVery nice services provided by the travel agent. Hotel, driver and itinerary were fantastic. Loved the trip.
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Yes, there are roadways to Paro from India via Phuentsholing border. There are buses and cabs from the border area that drop passengers to 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.
Paro has the sole international airport of the country, as well as the significant monastery of Taktsang. Together, these two make Paro very important in Bhutan tourism.
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.
The springtime from March to May and the autumn season from September to November are the best seasons to visit Paro.
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