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What to Do in Paro?

Watch a cultural performance at Festival Ground, Ride through Paro Ta Dzong Biking Trail, Rafting, Kayaking, Chill out at Namgay Artisanal Brewery, Dine in at Park 76, Cross the Old Iron Bridge, and many more.

Tourists love to indulge in the various things to do in Paro, a place that is well known for its beautiful topography of mountains, terrains, and rapids. With several spots perched on clifftops, you will feel thrilled to either hike to reach these places or ride a mountain bike through challenging trails to reach their destination. Some other spots like TIger’s Nest, Ta Dzong, and Bumdra Monastery encourage a challenging trek to reach them. Those visiting Bumdra Monastery can make their trip even more fun by opting to stay the night at the Bumdra High Camp at an altitude of 3800m above sea level.

Paro also provides its visitors with options for several water sports. The presence of the river Chhu, with its different levels of rapids, has made it possible for travelers to choose between a kayaking trip or an adventurous white water rafting trip. Those wondering what to do in Paro Bhutan will feel delighted looking at the different options on offer. All tourists feel enchanted watching the open-air dance performances by locals wearing colorful masks.

For Beer lovers,  a trip to the famous Namgay Artisanal Brewery to taste a few local varieties would be enjoyable. They may also opt to dine at Park 76, the well-known pub. A stay at one of the rustic farmhouses is also on the card for those who take pleasure in learning about the tradition, culture, food, and lifestyle of the local people. 

Here is the list of best things to do in Paro:

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01

Get Mesmerized by the Beauty of Kyichu Lhakhang

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Kyichu Lhakhang is a beautiful Buddhist temple, situated in Paro district. Built in 7th century, the temple is loaded with cultural additions like murals, statues and intimate atmosphere. The stupa, prayer wheels, beautiful landscape offers peaceful experience to the visitors.

About the activity: Get yourself dive in the calm environment and meditate in the proximity of beauty of temple and mountains around. Learn the rich history of temple by visiting all the complexes and decode the treasure of orange trees present behind the temple.

Location: 5 km from Paro

Timings: 9.00 AM to 1:00 PM AND 2.00 PM to 5:00 PM

Entry fee: Rs 300 for main complex entry

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Visit National Museum of Bhutan

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Built in 1968, the museum is situated in ancient Ta-dzong building and is under the command of His majesty of Bhutan.

About the activity: Visit the museum and observe some of the best art of Bhutan along with masterpieces like bronze statues and old, beautiful paintings. The galleries are studded with some of the finest art specimens in which a few are drawn on scientific lines.

The rich creations could immerse you well in past to modern era while attracting many travelers from all across the world.

Location: 3 km from the city center

Timings: 9.00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry fee: Rs 25 for SAARC countries and Rs 150 for non-SAARC countries

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03

Do Shopping at Paro Craft Market

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Shop in the craft market and take back home the best of the articles like handicrafts, colorful beaded chains, bangles, clothes, boots and woven articles. To our surprise, the market is busiest between 6.30 to 10 in the morning.

About the activity: Enjoy shopping at more than 80 stalls in the city streets. Buy some of the best paintings, wood carvings, sculptures, gold and silver ornaments etc.

Genuine Bhutanese handicrafts and textiles are available for sale here and not to be missed if one is in Paro.

Location: In the city center

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04

Visit the Ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong

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The former monastery and fortress is standing in the hills, surrounded by lush green area and huge mountains at the backdrop.

It was built to commemorate victory over Tibet in old times but destroyed by fire in 1950s. It is now under renovation and visiting the interiors will be off-limit.

About the activity: Visit the site, hike a little and get mesmerized with the beauty of the ancient built-ups.

Click some most amazing pictures which will remind you of glory of Bhutan and embrace the architecture which was designed so well that still remains intact.

Location: 15 km from Paro

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05

Take a Trek to Tiger’s Nest

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Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s nest is one of the most prominent Buddhist monastery in Bhutan which is located on the cliffside, surrounded by greenery and valley depth.

About the activity:
Tie the shoelaces and trek on steep to moderate path for next 1.5 to 2 hours to reach to the top. One can start enjoying a spectacular view even from the halfway and at the top, the surroundings are breathtaking. 

Click some of the most beautiful pictures here and enjoy the pleasant weather here. After getting in, the spiritual side of yours will definitely hit the minds and this trek is definitely one of the best things to do in Paro.

Location: Taktsang trail, Bhutan (16 km from Paro)

Timings: 8.00 AM to 1:00 PM AND 2.00 PM to 6:00 PM

Entry fee- Rs 500 per adult

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06

Trekking to the Snowman Trek

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The trek begins from Paro and leads one to highest peaks of Himalayas. This trek is one of the most difficult things to do in Paro and trekkers have to cross 4 different passes to reach to the top.

About the activity: Brace yourself up and get acclimatized before hiking to the top. The path is quite tough as you cross through deep snowline and rocky trails.

Bring your best shoes and equipments to reach to the top and get amazing views of Himalayas and deep valleys around it. The trek will be long for around 27-28 days so plan your days and trek to the most possible points.

Best time to visit: September to October

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07

Enjoy Delicious Local Cuisines

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No wonder, traveling to a city can never be complete without tasting its local cuisines. And when one is at Paro, he has many new dishes that shares cultural combination of local zones.

About the activity: Walk in the local streets and then you must taste local street food like Ema Datshi (Stew mixed with cheese and chillies), Jasha Maroo (spicy chicken), Phaksha Paa(pork with red-chillies), momos and red-rice.

These dishes will totally give anyone a gist of local culture while giving them the best of Bhutanese dish at a quick.

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08

Watch a Cultural Performance at Festival Ground

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If you love watching cultural performances, the Festival Ground is just the place to include in your list of things to do in Paro. Feel enchanted watching the traditional Bhutanese folk dancers dancing to the tunes of the music wearing colorful masks. Get an opportunity to visualize the rich culture, customs, and tradition of Bhutan through these magnificent performances.

The place looks the loveliest during the 5-day festival held during the 2nd Bhutanese lunar month. The highlight of the festival is the last day when the thangka of Guru Rinpoche is unfolded in the form of a painting or embroidery.

Location: Outside the northern entrance of Paro Dzong, Paro, Bhutan

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09

Ride Through Paro Ta Dzong Biking Trails

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Get the essence of mountain adventure by going for a biking tour on the route from Ta Dzong to Khasadrapchu via Jemina. Feel the pleasure of cycling in a panoramic terrain with winding roads along foothills. Enjoy the breathtaking view of quaint villages, ridges, and valleys as you travel through the trail.

Location: Paro, Bhutan

Price: 73.03 Nu  per person per day approximately

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Rafting

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Enjoy a thrilling rafting adventure in the gushing rapids of the Paro Chhu river. Get properly equipped with security equipment and embark on a journey through the white water rapids. Warm-up during the first few miles before you cross the Boulder Choke.

Feel the adrenaline rush when you go below the Choke where the scenery is breathtaking, and the rapids are more challenging. Reach the Paro-Thimphu river confluence at Village Chuzom. You may end your journey at this village or be bold to take the challenges of the mighty river Wang.

Location: River Chhu, Paro, Bhutan

Price: Approximately Nu 4,040 per person
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Kayaking

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Your list of things to do in Paro must include a kayaking experience in the clean and clear Paro Chhu river. The Paro Chhu river has a quieter part that is ideal for a single human kayaking experience. Get into the river from any kayaking point on the road leading from Paro to Thimpu to start an enjoyable experience.

You can opt to choose an easy or a hard course based on your experience level. Sail past many popular tourist places while kayaking down the rapids. If you are lucky, you may also be able to spot several freshwater fishes moving around.

Location: River Chhu, Paro, Bhutan

Price: Approximately Nu 4,040 per person
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12

Take a Drive to Chele La Pass

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Chele La is the highest road pass in the country and located at a height of 13000 feet.

About the activity: An excursion of around 2-2.30 hours will drive you through dense spruce and larch forests. Observe old roadside rock paintings, meditate in the nearby locations like Kilanunnery on the way and take a deep breath on the top covered with clouds and mountain ranges around. We are sure you won’t regret being here as visiting here is one of the best things to do in Paro.

Click some of the cool pictures here and flaunt out your excursion trip.

Location: 37 km from Paro

Best time to visit: September to October

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13

Chill Out at Namgay Artisanal Brewery

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Alcohol lovers would love to chill out at Namgay Artisanal Brewery, Bhutan’s microbrewery located at an altitude of 2195m in Dumsibu. Go for a taproom tour, and enjoy tasting several variants of the local beer such as red rice lagers, pilsners, milk stout, wheat beer, etc.

Include this place in your list of what to do in Paro Bhutan, and have fun sipping the beer of your choice along with apple cider and various snacks. Spend a memorable evening in the brewery, especially if you visit during the Bhutanese Beer Festival.

Location: Dum Simbu, Paro 11001, Bhutan

Price: INR 2,500 approx.

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14

Cross the Old Iron Bridge

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The 600-year-old Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge is the first bridge which was built in Bhutan. Tourists include this place in their list of things to do in Paro for the fantastic view of the flowing Paro Chhu river and surroundings. Feel thrilled while walking across the dangling bridge with no support to reach the temple on the other side.

Also feel an adrenaline rush while feeling a sense of danger during the walk across the bridge.

Location: Tachog Lhakhang, Thimphu Paro highway, Paro, Bhutan

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Visit Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point

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Enjoy the exquisite view of the entire city by including a visit to Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point in your list of things to do in Paro. Perched on the majestic Himalaya ranges, this vantage point provides an awe-inspiring view of the colorful city surrounded by magnificent mountains with its major landmarks shining like gems. Enjoy the vista of the bird’s eye view after you embark on one of the most beautiful airports in the world.
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Dine in at Park 76

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Spending your evening at the only real pub in Paro must be on your list of what to do in Paro Bhutan. You will enjoy the dimly lit modern place with a sports-bar vibe. If you are visiting during the weekend, there will be an additional delight of live music awaiting you. Enjoy drinking beer from the local brewery along with Bhutanese and Indian bar food.

If you are looking for full meals after the beer and snacks, you can try their popular chicken tikka masala and rice.

Location: Near Children’s Park, Paro 00975, Bhutan

Price: Cost of beer between NU200 to NU250

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17

Pray at Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

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Offering your prayers at this ancient temple is one of the interesting things to do in Paro.  Known for the numerous folk tales associated with it, this stupa-temple was constructed in 1421 by the saint Thangtong Gyalpo. The uniqueness of the temple is its chorten form depicting Buddhist iconography, which is a rarity in Bhutan and has a mesmerizing view.

Tourists feel excited offering their prayers at the stupa and listening to the legends of the temple. Some legends say that the temple was erected on the head of a demoness. Another legend claims that the temple was built to vanquish a serpentine force.
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Stay At a Rustic Farmhouse

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You must add a stay at one of these rustic farmhouses in your list of things to do in Paro.  While staying at these farmhouses, you will surely be able to feel the ancient culture and tradition of Bhutan. Be a part of the Bhutanese lifestyle during your stay and enjoy their delicious meals.

Bask in the aura of peace and tranquility in the green farm surrounding the farmhouse.

Price: Around BTN 2,500
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Camping at Bumdra

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Include an amazing camping experience in your list of what to do in Paro Bhutan by going camping to Bumdra High Camp, located just below Bumdra Monastery. You will need to embark on a thrilling hike for part of the journey to reach the camps situated at 3,800 m above sea level. Once you reach this idyllic place, you will love the view of the Paro valley from the campsite, which was earlier a yak herder’s spot.

You will be given traditional camps with comfortable beddings and basic amenities.Spend the evening, by walking to the Monastery to spend some time in the soothing ambiance of the ongoing evening prayers. End your day spending some time gazing at the stars.

Location: Near Bumdra Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

Price: Around US$30 to US$50

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20

Do Meditation at the Monasteries

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Meditation is the highest form of action to attain relaxed mind and happy heart and Paro will help anyone to achieve the highest level of solace.

About the activity: Paro is studded with small to large monasteries all over the city where many offers retreat centers along with them to learn and perform meditation. 

One can choose a teacher for the activity or perform self in the natural surroundings. Going back to own home with peaceful mind will bring happiness to the family or professional life for sure.

Location: You can choose popular monasteries like Taktshang, Rinpung Dzong or many others based on own choice.

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  1. What are the offbeat things to do in Paro?

    1. Get a taste of adventure during a hike to Tiger’s Nest: The picturesque monastery perched on a cliff is one of the most popular tourist spots in Paro. A full-day hike to reach the place can be a challenging offbeat thing to do.

    2. Go Kayaking or River Rafting:
    Enjoy either kayaking or river rafting in the Chhu river. Go kayaking in the part of the river which is calm. If you are looking for an adventure, opt for river rafting in the white water rapids at a different part of the river.

    3. Mountain Biking:
    If you love challenges, you will  love to go on a mountain biking trip. Choose one of the  several trails of Paro to embark on a ride amid a captivating surrounding.

    4. Visit Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop, Paro:
    Visit this obscure shop with a variety of interesting things on offer. Starting from amulets to prayer flags, butter lamps, incense, divination dice etc, the store stocks every spiritual item. You will also find knick-knack items like khuru darts and bamboo arrows.

    5. Take a drive to Chele La Pass:
    One of the offbeat things to do in Paro is to drive to the Chela La Pass, the highest point on Bhutan Highways. Enjoy the chilly wind of the place and feel a sudden drizzle of rain on your face. Admire the colorful prayer flags swaying in the wind.
  2. What are the romantic things to do in Paro?

    1. Go Camping at Bumdra: Camping at an idyllic location can be very romantic. Hike to reach the camping ground at 3,800 meters above Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The traditional camps with camp beds and properbedding are comfortable.  Go for a stroll to the monastery together in the evening, and spend some time in the serene atmosphere. Enjoy togetherness while gazing at the stars at night.

    2. Stay at a Farmhouse: The ancient farm houses are situated amidst greenery creating a romantic setting where you will love spending a few days with your loved one. Adding to the enjoyment will be the mouthwatering Bhutanese food that is served at these farmhouses.

    3. Enjoy a romantic dinner: Going for a romantic dinner in the dimly lit pub Park 76, the only real pub in Paro, is a must-inclusion in a list of romantic things to do in Paro.

    4. Visit the highest point in Bhutan: A visit to Chele La Pass can be romantic when you feel the togetherness amid chilly rain. Strong winds will make you want to stick close to each other while you admire the fluttering prayer flags all over the place.

    5. Go for a romantic Kayaking trip: The clear water of Chhu is ideal for spending some time together paddling the kayaks and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding places.
  3. What is Paro famous for?

    The idyllic Bhutanese town Paro is well known for its captivating view of the majestic Himalayas with its alpine forests. The town is also known for its numerous ancient monasteries, temples as well as fortresses. Adventure lovers prefer Paro as the destination for indulging in various adventurous activities such as hiking, trekking, rafting, etc.

    Tourists who love biking would be allured to add a biking experience in a challenging trail in their list of what to do in Paro Bhutan.
  4. How to reach Paro?

    You can reach Paro in Bhutan by flying directly to Paro International Airport. The international airport in Bhutan. The main city Paro is only 6 km away from the airport and can be reached by taxi. You can also reach Paro by road by reaching Phuntsholing, a border town of Bhutan, and then take a bus or taxi and reach Paro in 6 to 7 hours.

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