PARO : THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY THE CHARMING BHUTANESE TOWN'S SECRETS IN TWO DAYS!
Jul 29, 2014
About the Guidebook
Paro is a charming little town of Buddhist Bhutan, tucked away in a remote corner of the world, unspoiled by globalization and the frills that comes with it. Paro is a unique town which can be called a hybrid between a city and a village. It had most modern frills balanced by the peace and serenity of a village. The nightlife is not much and the shops close early in the night. It’s pristine and surrounded by beautiful hills all around. If you ever fantasized about a utopian world, Bhutan is the place to be. Bhutan , as is widely known is nation is obsessed with Gross National happiness rather than gross domestic product. Do discover this landlocked kingdom before everyone else does! Do discover before it ceases to be “The Last Shangri La’ of the world! Chasing happiness is just another excuse though!
Local Knowledge & Cool Perks
Paro is a small town and most of the destinations can be easily navigated on foot. A cab and a driver is requisite to access some monuments on hill tops, otherwise with a scenery and pleasant weather such as this calls for long romantic walks. OK, make that romantic walks if you are on honeymoon! My walks and conversations with my cab driver revealed some secret vantage points and point of interests generally not mentioned in regular guide books. The main market street built in 1985 is the most modern representation of Paro. It is lined on either side with small stores selling mainly grocery and handicrafts. The shops are well organized, uniform looking and strictly adhering to traditional Bhutanese architectural style. Most shops have a huge window serving as cash and carry counters. The panels and windows are painted exquisitely with Bhutanese folklore elements giving the market a unique character. In case, you happen to be in Paro , its Sunday market is a must have experience. A walk down the lane is a must.
About the Author
A Mumbai based freelance travel photographer and writer, I have been to 70 destinations in 18 states across India in past 5 years. Recently, I have also started making videos on my travels. Aspiring to write a travel book on my experiences, I also write poems,film reviews/book review/restaurant review/short stories. My passion for travel has taken me places. The myriad interesting experiences helped me rediscover myself and the world I live in!!