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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Trip to BhutanBhutan is a wonderful place. Full of nature, mountains, peace, pleasent weather. We visited Thimpu, Paro, Punakha and Phobhjika. Hotels at Punakha (Damchen Resort), Paro(Khamsum) were really good. Phuenthsolling(hotel Park was okay) and at Thimpu(Khamsum in) and Phobhjika (Wangchuk Lodge) were below average. Nothing much can be expected for hotels in Phobhjika since its a remote place. Driver provided(Wangchuk) was a great person, he helped us throughout the trip and the hospitality from him was really good. Services from KNG are good.They customized the trip according to our preference. All the arrangements by KNG were good except one. They didn't book hotel at Punakha and when we reached there we didn't have any booking. Thanks to the hotel they could give us a room which was their last available room. This is a basic expectations from a travel agent. Little checks on hotel booking must be done before the trip starts. Taking care of this basic thing would help. Buddha statue, Thimpu Punakha dzong and National suspension bridge. Dressing up in Bhutan costume at Paro.
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 BhutanOur driver Bikas had been truly superb throughout our visit. He guided us and took great care of us during and post-travel hours. We stayed at some of the excellent hotels that we could get. Thimphu - Peaceful resort (The snowfall a day before just made our day) Paro- Kuenphen resort Phuteshilong - Hotel Park (Not as great as the other two).
Trip to BhutanWhen I was initially planning the trip and negotiating with the Agent of Golden Vacation- Debendra..he said that don't worry sir your trip would go hassle free and just have confidence on us..at the start i dint believe but by the end of the trip thats how exactly the trip spanned out to be..really excellent organization of the trip..the hotels were good. The food was adequate in taste though not excellent..the driver -Sonam was awesome and he throughly made the trip enjoyable and safe. The Tiger's nest was planned to be visitedthe last so that we can customised to the local conditions of height and oxygen and thoroughly enjoy the scenic trek to the top. driver was very accommodating and did not persuade us to visit any particular restaurant for lunch and letters letters choose our own so that we enjoy the local dishes..and he acted as our guide too sometimes. the room at Paro was excellent with a view of tiger's nest right from our balcony. Overall the trip was very excellent organized and well enjoyed. of course no trip can be 100% perfect..so one issue which i can point out so that they can improve is the dinner Indian food provided.they was not that good at Punakha and Paro.. at Thimpu it was excellent Overall. I recommend Golden vacation for Bhutan trips..as they are very well organized and provide good accomodation and driver The 8 hour trip to Tiger's nest was the highlight-A must do
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.
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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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