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Country rank: 1 out of 14 Places To Visit In Bhutan

Sub-Region: Paro District


Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: March - May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Paro (Check Flights)


"The Land of Happiness"

Paro Tourism

Paro is a small town located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. This is quite location for someone who enjoys being close to the nature while at the same time appreciated sacred places. This town lies in the centre of valley at a height of about 2280 metres. This town was formed in the year 1985 and consists of colourfully painted shops lined all across the street. This valley is one of the most fertile as well as most historic valley located in Bhutan.

Paro is both the name of the district as well as town located within the district. This town is known to be situated at a height of about 2280 metres on the banks of Pa Chu river. This town which is spread across the area of 1259 sq. m. has been known to have colourfully painted shops spread all over it roads. This town is known to contain the largest International Airport of Bhutan and has been one of the prime locations for numerous tourist visit. This town was found in the year 1985 and consisted of only a single street. Over the years this destination has been transformed enormously and this is one of the prime reasons for increase in tourist activity.

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Although you wouldnêt find too much of a nightlife in this area, as Bhutan is still not culturally developed to such high standards. However, you would still get a glimpse of it thanks to some clubs as well as pubs run within the hotels available over here. Also, there is a free Wednesday night for the ladies in numerous clubs.

The most common area for shopping in Paro includes the Sunday market. Here you would find tons of the traditional Bhutanese items such as their Bhutanese clothes as well as their traditional handicrafts. This Sunday market generally opens from 6.30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The primary currency utilised in Bhutan is Bhutanese Ngultrum. This currency is utilised all over the Bhutan including the areas such as Thimpu and Paro.

You can get your currency converted into the local Bhutanese currency easily at the Airport. However as you move deeper into the city the ATMs get rarer and hence we would suggest you to carry cash all the time.

On an average you would be spending BTN 350 per day, which includes meals as well as basic travelling. However, in case you are shopping and travelling to nearby places, this cost would rise up to BTN 700 - 800 per day. These charges do not include any alcohol or any other luxury expenditures.

Although the main religion practice in Paro or any other region of Bhutan is Buddhism, they treat all religions equally. Apart from Buddhism, Hinduism is the second largest practiced religion in this country.

One of the things that truly makes a Bhutanese stand out is their dress. Men are required to wear a knee length dress which is similar to Kimono and has a waist belt just as that found in Kimono. Women at the same time are wearing what is known as Kira, accompanied with an outer jacket which is called as Tego and has an inner layer which is called as Wonju. Here you would find women usually serving the food and people offering a small prayer to whosoever they worship.

Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan which has been derived from somewhat of a Tibetan dialect. However the medium of education in Bhutan is English, therefore people who are educated can very well converse in English. Also, there are some people who can speak the Hindi language pretty well too. There are certain Nepali immigrant present in the country who continue to talk in their native language. People here understand basic English and would be able to respond in to some very simple questions as well as expressions.

Paro is the entry way to the land of Bhutan. This place is filled with the stories of legends as well as some of the greatest fights in the history of Bhutan. According to many people this is the place where Guru Rimpoche came riding on the back of Tigress to spread the concept of Buddhism. He established some of the most famous monasteries in the country such as the Tiger Nest. He also established numerous institutions where the teachings of Buddha are taught to the students. It is in 1619 a Tibetan king came to this place and established the concept of dual governance.

Rice is the main component of the numerous meals cooked in Bhutan. Here you would find rice being served along with two or one type of side meals, including meat as well as vegetables. Some of the common vegetable eaten or consumed in Paro are tomato, spinach, pumpkin etc. There are a number of Bhutanese dish such as Ema Datshi, Phaksha Paa and everyone's favourite Dimsum or Momos which you should definitely try.

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