Bhutan at a Glance

Overview

This trip type is Cultural for 5-day(s) 4 Night (s) duration.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river).
  • Visit Tashichhoedzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 without nails or architectural plan.
  • Paro hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest`
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges.
  • See amazing works of Craft Bazaar.

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrive Paro, Paro

Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, estimated travel time: 1 hr

Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Royal Bhutan Airline. The great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen.
You will be welcomed by our representative who will be your tour guide during your entire tour in Bhutan.
Check into your hotel in Paro and after refreshments, visit the following:
Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the National museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor.
Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks.Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditonal Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan.
In the evening, relax or stroll around town, feel free to mingle with the locals or do some shopping at the handicraft stores.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 02

Thimphu – Punakha & Wangduephodrang

Distance: 71 km, estimated travel time: 2 1/2 hrs

After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3,088m/10,130ft). In the clear spring sky, enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on a hillock by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and wellbeing of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. You may visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) was built to honor His Majesty the fourth DrukGyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the lhakhang (temple) that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.
After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho Chu (male river) and the Mo chu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake. In the evening visit local markets in Punakha.

Overnight at hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.

Day 03

Punakha / Wangduephodrang -Paro

Distance: 125 km, estimated travel time: 3 1/2 hrs

After breakfast travel to Paro via Dochula pass and southern part of Thimphu. On arrival at Paro, check into your hotel in Paro and after lunch visit the following:

National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.
Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. It is also known as the Rinpung Dzong which means a “fortress that sits on a heap of jewels”. This imposing dzong located above the Paro River is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture with its inward sloping walls that rise to an impressive height. The dzong was built in the 16th century on the foundation of a monastery built by Guru Rinpoche (who is regarded as the “second Buddha.”). from the dzong, walk further down to Nyamai Zampa, the oldest traditional cantilever bridge in Bhutan.
In the evening stroll town and feel free to mingle with the locals or visit local handicraft stores.
Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 04

A Day Hike to Paro Taktsang Goempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)

After breakfast, hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff..Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. Then drive back to hotel. On the way visit Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon.

In the evening relax and overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 05

Departure from Paro

In the morning, your Bhutan tour guide will see you off at the Paro airport for your onward flight.

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