How To Reach Paro
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Paro is the only city in Bhutan with an international airport. If one is taking the flight, they must go through Paro to go to other places like Thimphu or Punakha. So reaching Paro is not that difficult in itself. If one is wondering about how to reach Paro, there are regular flights to Paro from one Indian airport - Kolkata. There are direct flights twice or thrice a week from Mumbai, Bagdogra and Delhi as well. If someone wants to take the roadway, that is possible too. Bhutan shares a border with four Indian states – West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. But there are only three land entrances allowed – one is at Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border in West Bengal, and the other two are in Assam. India has railway stations pretty close to the Bhutan border as well, from where Paro is 4 hours and 30 minutes’ drive away. Here is a brief description of how to reach Paro from India.
There is a daily Kolkata to Paro flight operated by Bhutan’s national carrier Druk Air. Kolkata being the closest Indian metro-city to the country, this flight remains quite packed. There are frequent Mumbai to Paro and Delhi to Paro flights as well. The only other airport with direct flights to Paro is Bagdogra near Siliguri. However, some of these flights except the daily one from Kolkata are often layover flights. The flight, instead of being a straight 3-4 hours to Paro, becomes an extended one because of a stop-journey at Kathmandu or Bangkok, which are two other airports from where Paro receives international flight. So here’s how to reach Paro by flight if your itinerary schedule clashes with such a flight, the easier option is to take a flight to Kolkata and from there fly for only 1.5 hours to Paro airport without any hassle.
Since Bhutan is literally landlocked on three sides by India, many people wonder how to reach Paro via train. But one cannot reach Bhutan directly via Indian Railways. However, the best deal is travelling to Hasimara from Sealdah station of Kolkata or NJP station near Siliguri-Jalpaiguri. This station is only 17 km away from the Bhutan border at Phuentsholing. There are taxis, auto rickshaws and buses available from this station to the border. There, one has to show their identity and documentation, and then take another bus to Paro. Those travelling by road need to remember that even though an individual does not need a visa to enter Bhutan, to travel to places like Paro or Thimphu, they will need permission. If there is a private or hired car, it will require proper papers as well, which can be arranged by Indian agencies easily.
Going from India to Bhutan using the roadways is not very difficult. But to make the whole journey from distant cities like Mumbai or Delhi to Paro will be a very time-consuming thing to do. Instead one can fly to Kolkata and from there take the long-distance luxury buses to Bhutan. These buses go to Thimphu, from where one can take a 1.5-hour car ride to Paro. 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 Galephu. Samdrup Jongkhar is the one closer to Guwahati, 2.5 hours’ drive away.
|Distance||By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to Paro||N/A||2.0 hours||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Kolkata to Paro||N/A||1.0 hours||19.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Mumbai to Paro||N/A||N/A||49.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Bangalore to Paro||N/A||N/A||55.0 hours||N/A||N/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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