24 hours in Paro, Bhutan
Our top tips for how best to spend 24 hours in Paro
Now that you’ve booked your mountain bike tour in Bhutan with us you need to plan your travel to Paro, the start point of your adventure in this beautiful South Asian country.
We recommend you arrive at least one day before your adventure begins to allow for any travel or luggage delays. It’s also good to acclimatise to local time and recover from your journey before you start turning the pedals.
To help you make the most of your extra time in Paro, we’ve created this handy city guide to help you get the most out of your 24 hours in Paro.
Start by visiting Kichu Lhakang – the oldest Buddhist temple dating back to the 7th century and built by Tibetan king Songchen Gyampo to grow Buddhism. The temple’s wall murals are one of the oldest existing paintings, dating back hundred of years. You could also spend an hour meditating in silence and feel the energy of the place in one of the monastery’s shrines.
Stroll around Paro town observing local lifestyle and visiting some handicrafts shops if you want to take home some souvenirs.
Take a trip to the National Museum which has collections that include ancient Buddhist art and important historic artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps, masks, paintings and textiles to get an understanding of the history and traditions of ancient Bhutan.
On the way back visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong fortress, which is an important Bhutanese heritage site as it served as a strategic watchtower and a fortress that helped repel numerous Tibetan invasions in the 1600s. The Peak of Jumolhari ‘Mountain of the Goddess’ can be seen on a clear day from here (7,329 mts/24,029 ft.).
Visit a farmhouse to experience life as a local of Paro. You can take a herbal hot-stone bath which is known to help joint and muscle aches, besides simply soothing your mind and body. This is a perfect to unwind after your long travels and, afterwards you can enjoy a nice dinner at the farmhouse.
Finally end the day with a pint of our favourite beer at the Namgay Artisinal Brewery – Bhutan’s first craft beer brewery. They make many kinds of beer, and our favourite is the Bhutanese Red Rice beer.
Their IPA and Milk Caramel Stout is also good. Actually, we like all of them!
4 Local Phrases
‘Kuzuzangpo’ ; Hello/ Good morning/ Good afternoon/ Good evening. For short just say ‘Kuzu’
‘Kadrinche’; Thank you
‘Log jay gay’; See you again
Paro Transport Links
Taxi – Taxis are the only way to get around in Paro (other than on foot). Agree a price to your destination before you get in, taxis have metres, but drivers rarely use them.