Paro Tourism

Paro is one of the three cities that forms the ‘golden triangle’ of Bhutanese Buddhism and is a must-do on the Bhutan Vacations; the other two being Punakha and Jakar. Home to the country’s only international airport, it is a town laden with historical significance with several sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through it, each with its own fascinating legends and mythological fables.

The main street of Paro is constructed of traditional wooden structures while the bazaar area is a nondescript jungle of concrete buildings. Paro itineraries always enchant you with the alluring and mystique charm of the city.

The Paro Valley, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Bhutan tourism, is verdant and lush – a real visual treat. This is the place for you if you want some nature and simplicity, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can immerse yourself in local cultural heritage and tale corresponding to religious beliefs and come away having learnt a completely new perspective.  Paro tourism gives you a warm welcome to learn and live!

Essential travel information and Paro tips for your visit

  • Plan your trip well in advance, especially if you are visiting at the height of the tourist season or during the Paro Tsechu or the ThimpuTsechu.
  • Expect a peaceful and tranquil trip with beautiful scenery and not a lot of night life.
  • Take the time to learn a few Bhutanese customs. For example when offered food, one should say “MesshuMesshu” and cover ones mouth and only accept on the second or third offering.
  • Forget that you are in a high altitude location and it may take some time to adjust.
  • Try trekking in the mountains before your body has gotten used to the altitude.
  • Forget that the altitude will alter your body’s reaction to alcohol – a single beer might get you plastered!

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Paro

  • Know the pollution level of Paro before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Paro for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Paro.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.43 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.38 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 34.38 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.13 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Paro is 134.94 (High)

    • Safety Index 50.74 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 84.68 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 58.39 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 37.79 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.1 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.59 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 38.48 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Paro

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.84 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 57.88 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 37.04 USD

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