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How to Reach Paro

Being the only city in Bhutan with an international airport, Paro is well-connected by flights major cities of other countries, like: Kolkata, Mumbai, Bagdogra and Delhi as well. 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. With Indian railway stations situated at the proximity of the Bhutan border, it takes around 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach Paro.

Here is a brief guide to help you know how to reach Paro from India.


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 Train

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.


DistanceBy AirBy RoadBy TrainBy Sea
New Delhi to ParoN/A2.0 hoursN/AN/AN/A
Kolkata to ParoN/A1.0 hours19.0 hoursN/AN/A
Mumbai to ParoN/AN/A49.0 hoursN/AN/A
Bangalore to ParoN/AN/A55.0 hoursN/AN/A

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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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