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About Shopping Guide in Paro

The nation of Bhutan is a small country and a large part of economy is dependent on tourism. The local industries and economy have long since acclimatised to the presence of tourists and adapted to cater to their needs and wants. The shopping opportunities in Paro cater to all needs of the tourists and provide great variation and traditional souvenirs with modern touch. Shopping in Paro is easy and with so many options presents a simple affair of choosing what one likes or takes fancy to.

Here are some places to visit for Shopping in Paro, Bhutan.

1. Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop

The Lama Dorji general shop is not a typical general shop for tourists. It caters to the locals and the monks and has a diverse range of items that may seem obscure to the visitors at first but are fascinating when one browses through them. From amulets, to divination dice, to incense, to butter lamps one can find everything needed to build a personal altar back in their homes.

2. Chencho Handicrafts

The largest collection of woven, embroidered and dyed indigenous garments in the city can be found at the Chencho Handicrafts. It has its own weavers working in the shop itself giving it more local product vibe. The shop is located on the corner of town square and even though the prices are at the higher end, one can bargain to gain a favourable price. One can also find decorative handmade items and other handicrafts to take back home.

3. Kuenphen Terzoed Weaving and Handicraft House

A truly family business, the Kuenphen Terzoed weaving and handicraft house focuses on the women’s traditional wear, the ‘Kira’. Kira is a hand woven by the owner himself and the dress is tailored by his wife. One can get a number of beautiful variants and there are also tablecloths, bed runners and embroidered scarves up for sale.

4. Yuesel Handicrafts

A true souvenir shot, the Yuesel Handicrafts has a wide range of gifts and souvenirs to choose from.  One can buy incense, tea, masks, cane boxes, books and even traditional locks from here. The shop also offers dried mushrooms, ceramics and cordyceps and other such antique pieces which can be exported.

5. Made in Bhutan

Before leaving Bhutan, shopping in Paro Bhutan can be made memorable and one can take a piece of Bhutan with themselves to home and forever cherish the memory. The Made in Bhutan shop has some of the most expensive and exquisite pieces you’ll find in a souvenir shop. One can buy silver amulets, carved block prints and even cheaper items like fridge magnets and other such souvenirs.


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    • Trip to Bhutan

      It was one of the best trips. Had an awesome time. Only we missed the guide part because of which we were not able to understand historical facts behind it. Driver was friendly but not proactive. Candle light dinner Suspension bridge Hot stone bath Trekking to taktsang.
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      Anuj K

      Delhi 3 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      I would definitely recommend Karuna-MD Skylark for booking your trip to Bhutan. She is very courteous and will go extra length right from plannin to execution of the trip. She has planned an unforgettable trip for us and also accomodated all the extra things we wanted to do which were not in itenrary. Also her team, Thinley (Guide) and Ram (Driver) were very professional and friendly. We had a memorable stay in the land of happiness“Bhutan”. Karuna has taken extra efforts to ensure that our trip was smooth at every leg. She has ensured smooth check ins and also checked with us time and again how the trip was going. She has Definitely added a personal touch by meeting us in Thimpu and ensuring smooth trip. Highly recommend for Bhutan trip. Unexpected snowfall in the month of Feb. It was icing on the cake
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      Prachi Jain

      New delhi 3 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      I was talking with Mr. Damber and Mr. Gurung, both were very helpful and outstanding. I found the experience very memorable without any problem throughout the trip. All arrangements were made as per the discussion and requirement. Hotels and given transportations were the best.
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      Adsys Abhilasha

      New delhi 4 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      Our trip was memorable. Very prompt service was provided by the agent like help in immigration process etc. Cab could have been more comfortable. Driver's behaviour was good.
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      Souparni Karan

      Kolkata 4 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      It was a memorable trip for us..we really enjoyed the place and the driver was really professional. Bit disappointed with one of the hotel, else everything was just perfect!
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      Ritu Jain

      Delhi 8 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      Really enjoyed the perfect holiday at Bhutan and thank u for all the arrangements and planning out our holiday so meticulously. I do would like to add that the driver Ugyen was a very courtious person but we were not very pleased by the fact that he lacked the knowledge as a guide and that was a slight drawback! We also were disappointed by the rude staff of hotel City at Paro and we had to change the hotel and pay for it extra and on our own as we did not want to spoil our new years. Apart from this the trip was fantastic and memorable! The visit to the dochula pass and the budha statue
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      Reemasharma

      New delhi 8 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      I started searching for my Bhutan trip in July and travel triangle helped me get in touch with Bhutan INC. My experience with Bhutan INC was amazing. I was in touch with Miss Khina Maya who was available 24X7! I could contact her through whatsapp and she would always respond to my queries. The booking process was as per my needs - four installments. Coming to the trip - Both my wife and I were really excited as it was our first anniversary on December 3. I made a mistake by booking my flight from Mumbai to Siliguri for December 1. While you can enter Bhutan on any day, you can cross Phuentsholing (the border town) only on weekdays. That meant I had to stay back either in Siliguri or Phuentsholing on Saturday and Sunday. I chose to stay at CHAS Rajdarbar Hotel in Siliguri on Saturday and took an early morning cab to Phuentsholing on Sunday. Bhutan INC took care of all my travel from India to Bhutan and within Bhutan. Bhutan INC also helped in booking hotels of my choice - 3 star or 4 star on a budget. Note: If you are ever in Siliguri, do visit the Mahabir Bhojnalaya for it's epic vegeterian food. Hongkong market is just across the road if you want to purchase some cheap Chinese goods (only for non-Mumbaikars as we get everything here). December 2 - First day in Bhutan A WagonR picked us up from Siliguri and drove us to the border town Phuentsholing. India and Bhutan are separated by a very simple gate and you can immediately recognize the difference - clean roads devoid of any filth. The less said about the Indian border town Jaigaon, the better. We stayed at Hotel Damchen - best place to stay if you want to see the centre of Phuentsholing. It is right opposite Zangto Pelri Lakhang - a monastery and a park. There is a crocodile breeding centre not far away but you can skip it. Places to eat: Kizom Cafe and Pizzeria (the best, very expensive), Asian Kitchen (cheap beer, good food), Zen Restaurant, Tshering Phuensum Hotel (cheap beer and cocktails, purple lighting) December 3 - Drive from Phuentsholing to Thimphu This was the day we met our driver and guide - KINLEY! His car, a blue colored Hyundai Tucson, was BEAUTIFUL!! We reached the immigration office at 9 am. However, there was a huge line (only Indians) and we had to fill a form (which we should have done the previous day but sadly, we were not informed). We completed the form and stood in the line. It underwent a first-level verification and then we went on the first floor. There were around 20 immigration counters, all full! Also, agents are a big pain as they will get 10-20 passports at one go and the line wont move at all. We were done at around 10.30 am and Kinley was waiting for us downstairs. Phuentsholing to Thimphu is around 5 hours drive and we have to get down at the checkpost once for verification and stamping. The drive is as picturesque as it can be. Do stop at Gedu - you will either find fog moving upwards or you will find snow. We stopped at a local restaurant on the way for lunch. That's where we tasted Kewa Datshi (Potato with Cheese) and Ema Datshi (Chilli with Cheese) for the first time! Ema Datshi is Bhutan's national dish and it lives up to its name. It was AWESOME! We reached Thimphu at 4 pm and checked into Hotel Galingkha. If you are ever in Thimphu and want to stay in a 5-star type hotel on a budget, Galingkha is the one for you. Right in the middle of the town, it is surrounded by all night-life must-visit places of Thimphu. Do not, I repeat Do not, stay near the highway. You will be screwed! There is not much to talk about the local transport. Places to visit: Clock Tower Square - there is a maggi place here. You will also find a host of other restaurants and bars, Centenary and Coronation Park - Do visit Mojo Park on Wednesday for a live gig and Cloud 9 cafe and bar for its amazing ambience! Other places: Bhutan Kitchen, Ambient Cafe (closes at 8.30 pm) December 4 - Thimphu Sightseeing Memorial Chorten (entry is 300 Rs. per head): Just a tick-mark on places to visit, nothing out of the world. Was built in the memory of the third king. Buddha view point: 169 ft bronze statue of the Buddha Textile museum and craft bazaar (total entry is 150 Rs. per head): In my opinion, can be skipped Takin Reserve (entry is 300 Rs. per head): One, it's huge. Two, there are other animals. Three, we didn't find a TAKIN! (Takin is the national animal and Ema Datshi is the national dish) We tried Hoentae - a Bhutanese buckwheat momo - Tastes amazing! Note: You always have to talk about the King respectfully - people love him and his family and you should love them too! December 5 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha We started at 9.30 am for a 3 hour drive through Punakha through the Dochu La Pass - the most famous pass in Bhutan. There are 108 chortens (buddhist structures) and the temperature is around 0-5 degrees Celsius in December. From here, you can see the mighty Himalayas and if you are lucky, the Kanchenjunga! Our next stop was the Chimi Lakhang (temple of fertility). We had chosen the hike option so Kinley left us near a field which we had to cross to reach the temple. It was a 30 minute hike. The ever gracious Kinley took us to a riverside hotel and arranged a seat for us in the balcony. The view was breathtaking - emerald clear waters, white sand, huge mountains. We finally checked in at our hotel - Damchen resort. The room was again 5-star like and the view was amazing. The river was so close to our balcony that we could almost feel it. It was so silent that you could hear the river flowing through the beautiful town. There was not much to do in Punakha that day. However, we went around the market and came back to our hotel for dinner. Day 6 - Drive from Punakha to Paro Our first stop was the mighty Punakha Dzong. It is the administrative centre that also houses a monastery. The head monk lives here during the winters as Punakha is a valley town and is slightly warmer than Thimphu during winters. Entry for the Dzong is 300 Rs. per head. Our next stop was the longest suspension bridge. It is long, and it is very high! You can click beautiful pictures of the valley and the river from the bridge. There is another monastery on the way to Paro that you may choose to skip. We arrived at Dewachen resort during lunch time. Now, the resort is nestled on a hill and is around 4 km away from the city centre. You can see planes land at Paro from your room. At night, you can see a sky full of stars. The view is breathtaking. You feel as if you are standing on top of a cliff! The room was huge and the feeling was again like a 5-star. This hotel is frequented by foreigners so expect top quality service and food. Their restaurant was amazing. Places to visit in Paro: You can visit the Paro market for handicrafts. Eat at Mountain Cafe, Champaca Cafe (a personal favorite), Brioche Cafe, and Sonam Trophel. Paro is a sleepy town so dont expect any nightlife here. Thimphu is the place for nightlife. Day 7: Tigers Nest Hike It is a 5-hour hike. 2.5 hours each way. This is because the climb ends and the reverse begins with a set of harrowing steps. Winter or summer, these steps will suck the life out of you! While the maximum journey is on an inclined path, the last leg and the initial part of the return leg would have you climb up and down steps. After you reach the monastery, you have to do a registration. So carry your permits. You will have to remove your cap / anything covering your head. You will have to submit your bags and your mobile phones at the locker counter. No photos allowed inside. It is one of their most sacred places. You can read about the hike online and trust me, it is all true. Just a note: Avoid if you are too old or if you avoid taking stairs. The steps / stairs are the most harrowing part of the journey that can break a weak heart! Day 8: Drive from Paro to Phuentsholing This is where we had our last journey with Kinley. He had become our family. Just to tell you a bit more about Kinley: He has been to India and even studied at LPU, Jalandhar! He has done his masters in tourism and hotel management. You cant and shouldnt treat them as drivers. Treat them like your family! National museum was shut because of renovation so we could not visit it. We arrived at Phuentsholing at noon. Hotel Royal Orchid overlooks Phuentsholing's football stadium and we could watch a live match between two schools! Royal Orchid is a 10 min walk from the centre of the town. But the location is great. A note: While coming back, you will stop at a checkpost again for 'Exit' stamp. Must visit: Mr. Sharma's army dhaba. Indian Army runs this dhaba on the highway. Do try their masala maggi and samosa! Indian army has a lot of presence in Bhutan due to infrastructure projects. Day 9: Drive from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra Airport Bhutan INC had included this in the cost as well. A few notes: 1. Alcohol is available everywhere in Bhutan but Tuesday is a weekly dry day everywhere 2. Beers to try: Red Panda (unfiltered wheat beer), Druk beer (premium quality), Thunder 15000 (super strong). Beers are dirt cheap 3. Popular whiskeys: K5 whiskey (most expensive), Misty Peak, Bhutan Grain Whiskey 4. Popular rums: XXX Rum at Rs. 100 for 750 ml! 5. Do try their peach wine - Zumzin 6. Popular vodkas: Raven 7. All types of alcohol are prepared using Himalayan spring waters 8. Thimphu has no traffic signals - please spare some time and observe their traffic police. The way they control their traffic is like a choreographed dance performance. Galingkha had a great view of Thimphu's main junction. 9. While temperatures are extremely low in December, the sun can burn your skin 10. Phuentsholing average temperatures in December - +25/+17 11. Thimphu average temperatures in December - +16/-2.1 12. Punakha average temperatures in December - +19/+2.5 13. Paro average temperatures in December - +15/0 14. Do not opt for the hot stone bath after Tigers Nest hike - it's expensive. Try hot water in your bathtub instead! 15. Avoid Taktsang cafeteria after Tigers Nest - It is expensive. Plus, there are better options in Paro town that is 25 mins away. 16. ALWAYS RESPECT THE ROYALTY! 17. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE ZEBRA CROSSING WHEREVER YOU GO! 18. DO NOT LITTER! 19. ALWAYS BARGAIN! 20. Try their red rice and buckwheat momos 21. Dont worry about your safety; Bhutan is safe at night 22. Always be courteous 23. Everyone speaks and/or understands Hindi 24. Everyone accepts all denominations of Indian currency 25. If you are a vegetarian, carry some cup noodles 26. Please write to me in case you need Kinley's contact. He can help you plan the trip as well!
      MG

      Maulik Gandhi

      Mumbai 8 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      Having been to several remote and mainstream locations in a DIY mode, it was an experiment to check out how a travel agent made it better. Thankfully, our first travel agent experience was wonderful. Khina was personally involved in planning, replanning, rereplanning and postponement by 8 months after all bookings were done. Despite that we had some last moment changes which she tried her best to accomodate. Saran, the driver, was wonderful to say the least. He knows the land at the back of his hand and suggests hacks which make the trip interesting. Hotel checkins, sightseeing and impromptu detours were all very smooth. Bhutan INC should be the next best thing to DIY. No complaints whatsoever. Dewachen Resort, Paro
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      Rvnitjsr

      Kolkata 8 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      Bhutan INC is the best in providing the services with great quality of driver, car and guide. They helped us each and everytime we asked for. Their people are trustworthy too. i would definately recommend Travel Triangle and Bhutan Inc. to all if anyone would like to go to Bhutan. Thanks.
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      Darshan Mehta

      Mumbai 8 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      A big thank you to Travel Triangle and Bhutan INC for organising such a memorable trip for my parents..You guys are simply perfect in making memories and trip worth remembering for years. From being available for all my questions and modifications in itenary ,to taking care of my parents .Everything was just perfect . Special thanks to Akash and Kharka for the trip guides and amazing driving skills too. And lastly A big thank you to Bhutan INC esp.Khina and Leela for being so supportive . And Travel Triangle team- Sushmita and Varun. Once again thanks for organising the amazing trip and making it memorable for my parents.
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      Neha Pramanick

      Mumbai 8 days ago

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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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