• Bhutan Paro Travel Guide 2020/2021
  • Bhutan Paro Travel Guide 2020/2021
  • Bhutan Paro Travel Guide 2020/2021
5 Days Bhutan Classic Tour (Paro & Thimphu & Punakha)
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Impressive Bhutan Treasures
7 Days Bhutan Adventure Tour with Haa Valley
Stepping into Deep Valleys

Paro Travel Guide - Sightseeing, Hotels, Transfer, Maps

Located in the western part of Bhutan and 50km away from the capital city Thimphu, Paro is attractive with a perfect mixture of history, culture and nature. Holding the seat of government for most of the 19th century, Paro once was the political, commercial and cultural heart of Bhutan. Till now, a visit to Paro will still guide you back to several centuries ago. On your road to Paro, you will get a visual feast on this tranquil and organic whole created by the forested hills, green terraced fields, whitewashed farmhouses and temple constructions. The charming town of Paro lies on the two banks of Paro Chhu. There is only one main street in the small town, but the checkerboard-like lanes and alleys can lead you to the surrounding attractions directly, including landmarked Rinpung Dzong, which can be reached by walking.

Paro - Gateway to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Paro owns the only international airport in Bhutan, and it becomes the gateway to other cities of Bhutan and tourist center distribution without doubt. It is connected with Kathmandu, New Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Dhaka, Bangkok and Singapore by international flights. From Paro, traveler can take a Bhutan tour directly to Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang or the eastern Bhutan by driving.

Places to Visit in Paro

As one of Bhutan’s loveliest destination, Paro enjoys stunning valley landscape as well as many must-be-visited cultural attractions. Before your flight landing on the Paro Airport, you can appreciate the green valley with idyllic views from a high level. When you travel in Paro Valley, lots of traditional farmhouses with elegant decorations will be seen. In addition, visits to the top attractions in Paro will make your journey more unforgettable. The most popular attractions include Taktsang Monaster, Rinpung Dzong, Bhutan National Museum etc. Check Top 8 Places to Visit in Paro>

Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Monastery - Landmark of Bhutan

Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks

Recommended Length of Visit: one day

Perched on the side a shape cliff 900 meters above the floor of Paro Valley, Taktsang Monastery is Bhutan’s most miraculous monastery as well as one of the most venerated Buddhist sites. It goes a legend that Guru Rinpoche once flew to this site on a tiger to overpower a devil and then he mediated in the cave for three months, so Taktsang Monastery is also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. 2 hours trekking to this monastery is necessary for superb views.

Paro Sunday Market

Paro Sunday Market - Bhutanese Real Life Experience

Type: Vegetable Market

Recommended Length of Visit: .0.5 ~ 1 hr

Just as its name suggests, Paro Sunday Market is an outdoor market located in central town only open on Sunday. Not famous and large as Thimphu Weekend Market, it shows much thicker traditional feelings. On every Sunday, the local people will come here to purchase for the food materials and vegetables. It gives travelers a good time to learn the local products and experience the local life. If you want to feel the busiest atmosphere, visit the market during 6:30 ~ 10:30 am.

Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong - Bhutan’s Most Classic Architecture

Type: Sights & Landmarks

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 ~ 2 hours

Rinpung Dzong, also called Paro Dzong, was constructed in 1644 on the original foundation of a monastery built by Guru Rinpoche. Standing on steep hillside next to Paro Chhu, this magnificent dzong holds a prominent site in the Paro Valley. You can see its massive buttressed walls throughout the whole valley. People always regard Rinpung Dzong as the finest model of Bhutanese architecture and travelers are always impressed by its brilliant stones and wood structures.

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang - One Ancient Monastery

Type: Sacred & Religious Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Kyichu Lhakhang is a small but old monastery with a lot of history. Just like world-famous Jokhang Temple in Tibet, it was also built under the order of Songtsen Gampo to subdue a demoness in 659. Now, it is one of the most ancient monasteries in Bhutan. In the outside garden of the monastery, you can see beautiful prayer wheels. While entering Kyichu Lhakhang, you can enjoy many delicate murals. One statue of Sakyamuni has attracted many pilgrims to get blessings.

National Museum

National Museum - Exhibition of Bhutan's History & Culture

Type: Museum

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hrs

Located at the top of the hill above Paro Dzong, Bhutan National Museum is a unique rounding building in a shape of a conch shell. Though the museum is compact, it is very interesting. There are many sections that show the history and culture of Bhutan. You can learn various animals which symbolize different emotions in first section, different Buddhist gods in the second section, statues by some famed sculptors in the fourth section and statues of animals in the fifth section.

Chele La Pass

Chele La Pass - View Point of Snow Peaks

Type: Scenic Drive

Recommended Length of Visit: 20 minutes

Chele La Pass, about 40km to Paro, is a high pass with an elevation of almost 4,000 meters above the sea level. If you get to the Haa Valley, you can a stop at the Chele La Pass. This pass offers a breathtaking view of snow-covered ranges in distant. The rows of fluttering colorful prayer flags in front of the snow peaks look very enchanting as well. The blueish sky allowed for great photos on both sides of the pass. The wind might be strong, so make sure you take enough warm clothes.

Useful Bhutan Travel Notes

  • 1. How to Apply Bhutan Visa
    Bhutan Visa is a must to travel to Bhutan, which can only be applied by authorized travel agency (like Tibet Discovery) on behalf of independent travelers. You just need to send us clear scanned photocopy of your valid passport. As we receive your passport information, we will apply it from Tourism Council of Bhutan. When we get your visa (a visa clearance letter), we will send the photocopy to you by Email, with which you are able to border a flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival on Paro International Airport, the visa will be given to you.
  • 2. How to Plan a Bhutan Tour
    A classic Bhutan tour always takes about 6 days involving Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Apart from the arrival and departure days, you get four full days to explore the landmarks in Bhutan – three days in the towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, and another day in Traktsang Monastery. If you want an in-depth tour to central Bhutan, you are suggested to spend extra 4 days to Bumthang via Wangdu Phodrang and Trongsa. In fact, many travelers prefer an overland tour in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. If you time permits, you can take a one-hour flight from Bhutan to Nepal, where you can admire the medieval architectural wonders and marvelous landscape of Himalayan Peaks. After that, take an overland driving journey to the holy city Lhasa via Mount Everest.
  • 3. How to Get to Bhutan
    There are two choices to get to Bhutan – by international flights from some Asian countries (Nepal, India, Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh) and by overland driving from India. Since Paro is the only international airport, all the flights to Bhutan lands on Paro. There are three accessible ports connected Bhutan and India, including Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu. Phuentsholing is the primary one which connects Chhukha of Bhutan and West Bengal of India. From Phuentsholing, it takes about 6 hours to drive to Paro or Thimphu. The other two ports are located in central and eastern Bhutan.
  • 4. Other Destinations in Bhutan
    Apart from Paro, there are many other destinations worthy of your visit, including Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, Wangdue Phodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang etc. As the capital city with natural and cultural glamour, Thimphu is a must-be-visited city in Bhutan. Its National Memorial Chorten is an important holy site. Besides, there are many interesting and significant museums and institutes to catch a view of Bhutan’s rich history and culture. Punakha has the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan – Punakha Dzong. Extending your trip to central Bhutan, you will get amazed by the valleys with distinguished scenery and historical sites.

Most Recommended Paro Tour Packages

Following are some other recommended Paro tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our Tibet tour packages are customizable to meet your personal requirements. You can also contact us to customize a trip if you want.

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