Beautifully painted two storied traditional houses lined on either side along the 100 meter main street was the entirety of Paro town until the recent years. Since then the town has grown laterally with modern structures over the years but the oldest street with western inspired renovated storefronts preserving the traditional aspects of the architecture still remains the charm of Paro town. The street has series of handicraft shops and cafes serving decent coffee and international cuisine.
Approximately a kilometer away from the town is the Paro International Airport. Therefore the town remains a key gateway for tourists arriving and departing the country. The containment of growth of Paro town and the community’s commitment to conserve its agricultural land across the valley is what sets Paro apart from Thimphu. The luscious green color of the plantation activity starting spring and the transformation of the paddy into a golden color during the harvest season transform the whole valley into a large scale organic farm.
Getting to Paro
The international airport of Bhutan is in Paro district. Druk Air and Bhutan Airline operate inbound flights from Dhaka, Calcutta, New Delhi, Bangkok, Singapore to Paro International Airport. For travelers entering the country from southern border town of Phuntsholing, Paro is 160 kilometers away. It takes 5 hour drive to reach Paro from Phuntsholing.
The temperature in Paro ranges from -5.8 degree Celsius in winter to 26 degree Celsius in summer