How to Reach Paro
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India to Paro Distance
With numerous airlines carrying passengers from India to Bhutan on a daily basis, opting for a flight is the best way to figure out how to go to Paro. Besides boarding a plane to Paro, one can also take the roadway, as Bhutan shares a border with four Indian states – West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Though, there are only three land entrances allowed – one is at Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border in West Bengal, and the other two are in Assam.
Being the only city in Bhutan with an international airport, called Paro Airport located at the distance of just 7 kms from the city, the place is well-connected by flights to major cities of Indian countries, like: Kolkata, Mumbai, Bagdogra and Delhi as well. Hence, one can easily hop on a flight, and cover the India to Paro distance of around 1216 kms in a few minutes more than one hour.
Here is a brief guide to help you know how to reach Paro from India by flight, bus, and car.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to Paro||2.0 hours||-||-||-|
|Kolkata to Paro||1.0 hours||19.0 hours||-||-|
|Mumbai to Paro||-||49.0 hours||-||-|
|Bangalore to Paro||-||55.0 hours||-||-|
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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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