Embassy of India
Indian citizens do not require a Visa to travel to Bhutan. However, they are required to carry their passports and voter ID card while going on a trip to this country.
Located in the west of Bhutan, Paro is a historic town known for its various sacred sites and historical monuments. Its picturesque valley and lush green surroundings have made it one of the best towns to visit in Bhutan. Over the years, the destination has attracted thousands of travellers from all over the world owing to its natural beauty and peaceful environment.
Below are some of the famous tourist attractions in Paro you must explore during your vacation in Bhutan:
Perched on an edgy cliff at the height of around 1200 meter, Taktsang Monastery is a stunning sight to watch in Paro. According to the local legends, Guru Rinpoche rode on a tigress' back to this monastery and meditated here for three months. This is the reason that it is also known as Tiger’s Nest. The monastery has a majestic architecture that is a wonder in itself keeping in mind its difficult location.
One of the most visited and popular places in Bhutan, Paro Dzong beams with spiritual environment where you can also witness the best of Bhutanese architecture. Try visiting the monastery at night as it looks incredibly Beautiful when lit-up. The place is also known for the beautiful illustrations portraying the life of Buddha. Not just this, but Paro Dzong also holds the colourful annual festival Paro Tshechu during which you get the chance to explore regional culture in a new light.
This is another important Buddhist temple which was originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo. The temple is believed to among the 12 temples out of the 108 temples which were built on definite plans by the emperor. If you are a history or art lover, you should definitely visit this place in Paro.
Situate on a ridge, Drukgyel Dzong was built in 1649 to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan forces. The Dzong is surrounding by scenic mountains, and if the weather is nice and clear, you might even get the chance to see Bhutan’s holy peak, Mt. Jumolhari.
Showcasing the art and traditions of Bhutan, this is a must-visit place in Paro. The museum has six floors, and each of them takes you on a different tale from the past. It was originally constructed as a watchtower and later converted into a museum to preserve the rich legacy of Bhutan.
Some other places to visit in Paro include Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, Jangsarbu Lhakhang, Ugyen Pelri Palace and Druk Choeding.
Reaching Paro is not a tough deal as the town has the country’s only international airport. If you are travelling from India, you can get direct flights from various airports located in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Mumbai and many more. Major airlines that operate between India and Bhutan are Air India, Jet Airways and Etihad Airways. You can also reach Paro by taking a direct bus from Esplanade Station in Kolkata to Phuentsholing.
Although the town looks mesmerizing throughout the years, the ideal time to visit it is Spring and Autumn season. The weather remains pleasant with light winds blowing and flowers blooming in the valley. However, if you plan to visit the town in Winters, do not forget to carry extra woollen as evenings and nights can be quite chilly and cold.
While things like clothing and footwear depend on the weather conditions, there are some essential things which you must pack for your trip to Paro. Some of them are as follows:
Though Bhutanese cuisine is influenced by Chinese, most of their dishes have their own unique flavour and taste that will make you crave for some more. Here is the list of some of the most famous delicacies you can try on a trip to Paro:
Ema Datshi: Considered as the national dish of Bhutan, Ema Datshi is a vegetarian stew which is prepared using chilli and cheese. So when in Paro, you must try this dish which is easily available at various restaurants across the town.
Jasha Maroo or Maru: Another popular stew in Paro, Jasha Maroo is prepared using chillies, garlic, onion, tomato, coriander leaves and ginger and finely diced chicken. It is served with red rice.
Phaksha Paa: Best made with pork, Phaksha Paa is a lovely dish served with rice. One of the best restaurants where you can enjoy this dish is Taste of Bhutan situated in Paro main market.
Momos: You may have eaten momos in India, but they can never match the rich taste of momos in Paro. Almost every restaurant is Paro offers you yummy dumplings you will relish with joy.
Red Rice: Most of the Bhutanese dishes such as Jasha Maru and Phaksha Paa are incomplete without red rice. This healthy and unique dish in Bhutan is prepared from the red japonica rice which is grown in the foothills of Himalaya.
Shopping in Paro is a whole new experience as you have plenty of things to buy from the bustling market and cute little shops. Some of the famous shops you must explore are Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop, Chencho Handicrafts, Made in Bhutan and Collection of Rare Stamps & Souvenir Shop.
Other than these shops, there is the Sunday Market that takes place on the main street of Paro at around 6:30 am till 10:00 am. Here you can buy plenty of things ranging from traditional Bhutanese dress and authentic handicrafts to woven goods and rare stamps.
Location: Opposite Paro Police Station, Paro 12001, Bhutan
Contact: +975 77 63 86 86
Park 76 Cafe & Pub
Location: Near Children's Park, Paro 00975, Bhutan
Contact: +975 17 63 03 88
Location: Near Children's Park, Paro Main Town, Paro 12001, Bhutan
Contact: +975 77 44 42 06
The healthcare services that you can avail are not impressive, and this is the reason that we advise you to carry a first aid medical kit with yourself. For small emergencies, you can contact Paro General Hospital. In other cases, you will have to go to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital located in Thimpu, Bhutan.
To avoid any hassle, the best way is to purchase a travel insurance policy before going on the trip. Your travel insurance policy will help you trace the best healthcare centres where you can get appropriate treatment without worrying about the finances.
Though the official currency is Ngultrum (Nu.), Indian Rupee is also accepted all over Bhutan. Therefore, you do not need to worry about currency. However, Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes are not acceptable, so do keep that in mind when travelling to Paro.
The official language used in Bhutan is Dzongkha. Here are some of the basic phrases and common words you need to know if you travel to Paro:
|How are you?||Ga Day Bay Zhu Yoe Ga ?|
|My name is..||Nge gi ming … ein|
|How much is it?||Dilu gadem chi mo ?|
|Thank you||Kaadinchhey La|
|Good Bye||Log Jay Gay|
Learn these words and explore Paro while interacting more with the locals. Moreover, if you still are in doubt, worry not as many people also speak Hindi and English in the area and will help you in communicating with others.
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