Glimpses of Bhutan

Overview

This Trip Type is Culture and duration 6 Day(s) 5 Night (s)

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit beautiful Thimphu city, Capital of Bhutan.
  • Takin Preserve which houses the national animal- takin which is found only in Bhutan.
  • Hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest`.
  • Go for Paro Dzong: A fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture.
  • Understanding of the beautiful hand-woven Bhutanese textiles..
  • Walk through the rice fields.
  • Enjoy typical Bhutanese dishes with Ara (Local wine).

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrive Paro

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

Paro-Thimphu and Thimphu Sightseeing

Distance: 54 km

Estimated driving time: 1 Hour.

After breakfast travel to Thimphu and check into your hotel. The full day Thimphu tour includes visit to the following:

The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where Bhutan’s famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed.
The Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
The National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
.Drive to Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
Visit Buddha Point and offer your prayers to the largest Buddha statue in the country and walk around to enjoy the great view of Thimphu valley below.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03

Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue

Distance: 71 km, Estimated driving time: 2 1/2 hrs.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful binocular telescope. Visit the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and wellbeing of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Also visit Druk Wangyel Temple, which was built to honor His Majesty, the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the temple that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distance future.

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. Visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.

In the evening, walk through the Metshina Village .

Overnight at hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.

Day 04

Wangdue/Punakha -Thimphu

Distance: 71 km, Estimated driving time: 2 1/2

After breakfast, travel through upper Punakha valley through the village of Kabjisa and walk-through farmhouses to khamsum Yuelley Namgyel temple which was built by the queen of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hillock overlooking the valley below.

Then travel to Thimphu with lunch enroute.

On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after refreshments, visit the following:

The Memorial Chorten which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan National Memorial Chorten, chorten literally means ‘seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.
Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969.It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.It was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plan
In the evening, free to relax or stroll around Thimphu town, do shopping, etc.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 05

Thimphu-Paro & A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)

Distance: 54 km, estimated travel time: 1 hr

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 06

Departure from Paro

In the morning, your tour guide will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
End of Tour Program

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