Tranquility has an Address- Paro, Bhutan

By Mridula Dwivedi September 15, 2014 42 Comments , , ,

There is something about Paro that makes me calm. Maybe it is the size, it didn’t feel big. Maybe it is the number of houses which didn’t seem excessive. Maybe it is the mountains, maybe the small and charming market. But as soon as we started getting out of the airport I said to no one in particular, “now this is exactly what a doctor would order for the frayed city nerves.” After spending 3 nights at Paro, I have still not revised my opinion. It feels as if no one can strike a discordant note in Paro, Bhutan.

The Naksel Resort, Paro, Bhutan
The Naksel Resort, Paro, Bhutan #Lumia1020

We stayed at the Naksel Resort which is away from the city. But then in Paro, even the city does not feel like city. My room at Naksel was huge and it had a balcony. The nights were so silent that I would leave a small light on in my room, even though I don’t get easily scared! The only hitch in the paradise? The rooms were at a sharp incline and it was a task to walk back after dinner! But it was good in a way, that way we could digest some of the awesome dinner we would gobble everyday!

The Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan
The Tiger’s Nest, Paro, Bhutan #Canon550D

The highlight of my trip was the climb to the Tiger’s Nest in Paro. If you are even mildly fit you have to attempt it. The walk is steeply uphill but the location of the monastery is amazing. It is perched on the top of a cliff almost floating up there in the clouds! I will surely like to walk this path again with my daughter one day.

The Traditional Dance at Paro, Bhutan
The Traditional Dance at Paro, Bhutan #Canon550D

The Naksel Resort organized an evening of traditional dances from Bhutan. But let me digress for a moment. At college, a colleague asked me to join the ‘Cultural Club’ as a mentor to which I asked her, “Ma’am do I look cultured to you in any way?” That is the truth about me. I miss out on all the finer aspects of dances and such. And yet it is always a pleasure to watch the traditional dances of a country even if I can understand and appreciate so little.

The Market at Paro, Bhutan
The Market at Paro, Bhutan #Canon550D

They called it a market! For me it was a small place to wander! There is more to the market than I could capture in one frame but it was a small, cozy place. But shopping in Bhutan is expensive. As it has a restriction of USD 250 per person per night on tourists from many countries (but not India), the shopping reflects this. But then who wants to shop when one can roam around and click beautiful pictures! The shops had ornately beautiful windows too!

Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan #Canon550D

As we were staying away from the city, I could never walk next to the Paro River. It is on my agenda. I also could see the Rinpung Monastery from a distance. But then I have to simply find a way to go back to Bhutan! I am completely smitten by it. I am sure if tranquility had an address it would be Paro!

PS. I was invited by Makemytrip to visit Bhutan and I so thankful that I could easily take leaves and go!


42 thoughts on “Tranquility has an Address- Paro, Bhutan”

  1. The Naksel Resort photo I like it specially because of interior design and the wooden ceiling. And of course, Paro river photo very peaceful.

    Easy leave – 6th reason not to quit job to travel? 🙂

  2. Bhutan, the country with a high happiness quotient, is very inviting. I must visit it one day. Lovely pictures and description. Tiger’s Nest has always been an enticement for me ever since I saw its photo somewhre long ago.

  3. Beautiful ! As always reading your posts and the description of each place you visit makes my ” should travel here ” list increase . And Bhutan really is so beautiful …..

  4. Market looks better than our housing society. Mountains are thrilling and gorgeous. Envy your energy and your travelling spirit.

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I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.

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