Dotted with beautiful valleys, and covered under a green blanket, Paro is one of the most scenic places in Bhutan. Adorned with stories from history, the city is a plethora of traditions and culture. Owing to its location in Bhutan, travelling to this place may seem difficult but it’s not. Paro has fairly good connectivity both via air and toad.
The sole international airport of Bhutan is located in the vicinity of Paro. Not only this but, this airport is also one of the world’s most challenging airports due to the high mountain peaks that surround the runway. Only a few certified and highly experienced pilots are allowed to operate flights from this airport. The airport has good connectivity with metropolitan cities in India. Airports like Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, Bodhgaya Airport in Gaya, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri have connecting as well as direct flights to Paro. Also, one can easily fly to Paro via Druk Airlines from places like Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka and Bangkok.
Travel by Road
For those who love road trips, reaching Paro by road is easiest done from Kolkata, West Bengal. The city being the nearest Indian city to the land of the dragon has regular bus services to Thimphu in Bhutan. The bus service is provided by the Royal Bhutanese Government and one can catch these buses from Kolkata’s Esplanade Station. It takes around 18 hours to reach Thimphu followed by which one can take a local bus or cab to Paro. From here to Paro, it is a 1.5 hours journey.
Another option to travel to Paro via road is to drive for almost 17 hours ( 713 km) from Kolkata to Jaigaon, located in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district. On reaching Jaigaon reach Paro via Phuentsholing which is 4 hours’ drive (143 km) from Paro.