Things To Do In Paro
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Adventure Activities Paro
Being the city where everyone lands first, Paro has slowly climbed the ladder of tourism and is one of the most sought-after destinations of Bhutan. Not just the presence of an airport, Paro itself is a beauty to behold with green valleys, high mountains and the serene Paro Chhu or Paro River flowing through the middle. With lots of things to do in Paro, the tourists have a lot to look forward to.
Here are some of the best things to do in Paro
1. Go for adventure
The great Eastern Himalayas make trekking one of the favourite Paro Bhutan things to do. The Snowman Trek starts from Paro, leads you through Lingshi and Laya to the deeper parts of Lunana Valley. Extending for over 5.5 km, this is one of the most exciting trekking trails of Paro. Mountain biking is in vogue as well, as the biking routes take one through ancient ruins and old monasteries, or down to Bumthang passing by green rice fields and rugged terrains. Further down the Paro Chhu River, there are occasional opportunities for water rafting or kayaking as well.
2. Visit Chele La Pass
Chele La pass is the highest transportable pass of Bhutan. It connects the valley of Paro to the lesser known valley of Haa. It only takes 2 hours drive from Paro, but the drive will be completely worth it. The roadsides will often be lined with vivid Buddhist prayer flags, fluttering in the cold mountain wind. At the end of it, you will be standing at an elevation of 13000 feet, shivering in the cold but mesmerised by the lush green all around. If you are in luck, there will be thousands of red rhododendrons in bloom all-over the valley and on a clear sky day, the sacred peaks of Jhomolhari and Jitchu Drake from this pass.
3. Watch a festival dance
For someone who does not like an adventure that much, there is no need to wonder what to do in Paro. The Festival Ground hosts vivid and vibrant local festivals like the Paro Tshechu every year during March-April. If you are lucky enough to make it during the spring, you can witness the expert dancers perform to the beats of folk music and staging different mythical stories from Bhutan’s past in their bright, colourful and ornate dresses.
4. Visit Paro Weekend Market and Craft Market
There is a quaint and rustic feeling in shopping form the weekend market of Paro. It is not very large or sophisticated. But one can find the best of farm-fresh products here, like authentic Bhutanese Tsirang honey. In the craft market, you can find some of Bhutan’s best handmade products. One can choose from handbags, wall décor items, small prayer wheels and Buddhist trinkets, handicraft items made of wood, cane and bamboo as souvenirs. The market is a good place for shopping in Paro and supporting the local communities.
5. Enjoy the local cuisine
One cannot simply come to Bhutan and not enjoy its local food. Tasting the country’s favourite dish Ema Datshi is one of the best Paro things to do. It is a lovely combination of red-hot chillies and cheese, conventionally yak cheese. Other than this, there are other delicacies like Phaksha Paa – a dish with pork and chilli, and Jashu Maru – spicy minced chicken. Do not forget to try Ara, the local fermented alcoholic beverage. It is delicious to taste and keeps the body warm.
Druk Trek Path In Paro
One of the finest treks in Bhutan, Druk path trek is a must try for all the tourists. Among the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, find yourself some peaceful time and make way for trekking. With the Druk path trek map in one hand, go ahead and explore the hidden beauty of a place with temples and landscapes around you. ...
Chele la pass trek In Paro
In order to experience the Bhutanese landscape, you must your presence in the thrilling atmosphere of Chele la pass trek. At an altitude of 13000 ft, Chele la is one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. With sightseeing activities followed by trekking and hiking, Chele la pass has beautiful and breathtaking views to o...
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Sahana's 7 days trip to Paro1st of all I would thank tour manager Mr Ramesh for being so much reachable.The trip was organised in a planned manner.The driver was very much knowledgeable about Bhutan and that made us to know more about the place .He was very welcoming and we enjoyed our trip to Bhutan. Paro was the best town we visited on our trip and Tiger best was undoubtedly the best place . This trip will truly be memorable to us in every aspects.We discovered nature at its best during this trip.
T's 7 days trip to ParoEnjoyed the Bhutan tour thoroughly with dream caster tours n travel, hotels provided were top notch with best services specially the food and customised with our requested . Places visited were worth seeing for lifetime and very flexible with the itinerary. Incomplete without mentioning Mr. Rikesh our tour driver cum guide also a good friend as the trip progressed who comes with lots of patience, information and a well wisher suggesting worth visit places and guide us with his best knowledge made our trip more memorable. Mr.Sudan tour manager took good care at every place with his friendly nature. Sushmita who would help us to make this tour happen without chaos. I vouch a beautiful experience with dream casters for Bhutan. Happy stay . Tiger nest, river rafting, punakha river places at timphu
Sujisan's 6 days trip to ParoReally really a very good memory created by sunshine travels....the trip went as per itenary without any change or skip....cab n driver perfectly comfortable...hotels we stayed were extremely good ,clean n hygiene except in thimbhu ..the Amaas suite... remaining all were so good n we enjoyed great.
Aditi's 6 days trip to ParoSuper amazing tour with great experiences! Thanks for organising it so well
Nepra's 6 days trip to ParoThe Trip arrange by KNG was good The Driver David was happy going person. Hotels were away from market area. Something which we disliked was we were asked to take a guide which created interference in our honeymoon trip and also the car from Bagdogra to Bhutan gate is an Indian car which was not informed earlier
Potdukhe's 8 days trip to ParoOverall it was a very nice trip.Driver cum owner Mr Ramesh was extremely courteous ,punctual and sincere.He gave us all the information prior to our arrival at Bhutan.Hotels were good.An excellent service. Dochula Pass and Simply Bhutan
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Bikashkmr's 7 days trip to ParoVery good experience Paro and dochula pass is too good
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Anuja's 7 days trip to ParoMy overall experience was pleasant. Car and driver provided exceeded expectations
Nikharshshah's 7 days trip to ParoExcellent work done by Travel Triangle by maintaining the coordination and we couldn’t have gotten a better agent then Anywhere Bhutan Travels. Very friendly and genuine. Our driver, Mr Hansraj was also very sweet and kind.
Harshad's 6 days trip to ParoTrip was nice.. Kinga (Our Driver Cum Guide) was very good...Hotel in Paro was not good...Find it difficult to arrange good food..
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FAQ's of Paro
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The springtime from March to May and the autumn season from September to November are the best seasons to visit Paro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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