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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 BhutanWe had planned our Bhutan Trip through KNG Tours and Travels.Everything was well planned and within our budget.The KNG Driver, Karma is a great guy and cooperative to our needs.He kept us busy with all his information on Bhutan. Punakha Suspension Bridge visit with local Momo and Suja tea.The Punakha Zong is a MasterCraft and we took many photos.Chele la pass at Paro was full of snow and quite chilling.
Trip to BhutanOn the whole very good experience. But hotel park was big disappointment for all the guests. They didn’t live up to the expectations like other 2 hotels Thimphu and Paro.
Trip to Bhutanhighly recommended.. we ran into some issues with our flight - Bhutan airlines due to bad weather but Avinash from Bhutan ventures was always available and happy to assist, even at 5 am. amazing team at Bhutan ventures and also our driver - Karo was super accommodating and nice. All in all - they covered all the locations for sightseeing in Thimphu, paro and punakha, the entire trip was amazing, the hotels could have been slightly better in Thimphu, however we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.. will highly recommended Bhutan ventures and would definitely travel with them next time.
Trip to BhutanHotel arrangements could have been better, basic facilities like electricity, cleanliness, hygiene was not there in Oyo Barsana Hotel, the other two hotels Yardroling in Thimphu was a good 3-star hotel, while the other hotel in Paro was average. Also the agent should have at least basic knowledge of the place their client is visiting to! Our agent (Kajal) informed about the weather conditions being pleasant at Bhutan, but after reaching there we realized it was very cold and thus we had to shop for woollen clothes which caused us additional expenses and which could have been avoided if we were informed to carry proper woollen clothes already.
Trip to BhutanDefinitely one of the best experience overall from the beginning of booking the trip, tickets, hotel arrangement, local sightseeing and driver. Would like to thanks Ranjeetha for her passionately helping and following up with the end to end arrangements. Our driver Ranjan in Paro was so humble, polite and warmth. Trying the local cuisines, tiger nest trekking and rafting
Trip to BhutanDriver was only dropping at places of interest but after done with by 2 p.m. he used to go away making us to remain confined to our room with no access to the other places/, restaurant for varied taste for our dinner. Haa was not accessible due snow set road. Agent should say before both driver & tourists what is included & excluded, as in our case the agent later told us we could have taken up the issue of driver service being unavailable.
Trip to BhutanIt 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.
Trip to BhutanI 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
Trip to BhutanI 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.
Trip to BhutanOur 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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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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