If you’re looking for the best of Bhutan, there’s nothing better than Paro Valley. Home to the second largest city, it has Bhutan’s only international airport, and some of the oldest and most significant monuments and monasteries. All sitting high up at 2200 meters amidst stunning Himalayan landscape. No wonder Paro tourism is the most popular amongst travellers of all kind. It is also one of the most beautiful places on earth. The northern part of the valley homes the towering white peak of Mount Jhomolhari, at an incredible 7314 meters high! From there begins the glacial flow of the Pa Chhu River, turning from crystalline to sparkling to steadily flowing as it descends — making this the country’s most fertile valley.
If you’re thinking of a Paro tour, there is much to experience and the kind of journey you take is up to you. You could go on all the nearby treks, do the typical Paro tourism circuit of its biggest spiritual sites, or even visit hidden offbeat gems strewn across the valley. You can stay at the town’s most famed locations like the Gangtey Palace, Kichu Resort or Dewachen Hotel. And revel in local flavours at food favourites like the Phuenzi Diner and Bukhari Restaurant. Your Paro tour is all about the kind of holiday you wish to have. Because whatever you choose, you get the best of Bhutan with it.
There are many ways as to how to reach Paro. As the home of the international airport, you can fly into Paro from many major cities including Mumbai, Kolkata & Delhi in India, as well as Bangkok or Khatmandu. If you aren’t one for flying, you could take the road or rail too. By car, the length of the journey depends on your starting destination, but to enter the country, you will have to cross the border entry at Phuentsholing. If you’re wondering how to reach Paro by bus, you’ll have to take one of the Royal Bhutanese Government run buses from Kolkata or Siliguri. While these journeys are long, they’re also relatively comfortable and cut through gorgeous scenery along the way. For rail, you’ll have to take the Indian Railways to the nearest station in West Bengal, before switching to a hired car or shared taxi for the final part of the journey.
To get the true Paro tourism experience, you must plan your trip based on the best time to visit Paro.
The best time to visit Paro is between September to November, where you’ll get clear skies and mountain views. Or else, between March and April, when Paro tourism experiences its annual boom thanks to the Paro Tshechu — their biggest festival, complete with masked monk dances and other festivities — surrounded by the springtime rhododendron blooms on every side.
Paro tourism is unlike anywhere else, because so is Paro. Plan your paro trip with SOTC today for an extraordinary adventure awaits you in the kingdom of happiness.