Day 01: Arrive at Paro. Drive to Thimpu & sightseeing tour
After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunch time for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch. Afternoon, you will visit the following places:-
Tashichho Dzong: The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan.
National memorial chorten The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “father of modern Bhutan.” He wanted to erect a monument carrying the message of world peace and prosperity. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Thimpu to Paro
Post breakfast you will be heading towards Paro and on the way to Paro you will visit the first Dzong of Bhutan; Simtokha Dzong, a small Dzong located approximately 5 kilometers south of Thimphu. The Dzong is officially called the Sangak Zabhon Phodrang which roughly translates to the Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras. The Simtokha Dzong is said to be the first fortress to have been built by the legendary Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in Bhutan. The fortress was constructed in the year 1629.
Kuenselphodrang or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high.
Folk Heritage Museum opened to the general public in 2001 upon completion. It treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage provide rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos.
National Textile Museum: The second important Museum that also opened its doors in 2001 is the National Textile Museum of Bhutan. During a trip to this museum you will get an up close and personal experience of the living national art of weaving.
National Institute of Zorig Chusum: The art and crafts currently taught in Bhutan were introduced to the country in the 15th century by Trenton PemaLingpa.
Motithang Takin Preserve
The Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimphu Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but it was converted in a preserve later on as the Takin.The mini zoo contained a small number of Takin but the King of Bhutan later decreed that it was improper for a Buddhist nation to keep an animal in captivity.
The ChagkhaLhakahng temple is a early medieval Buddhist temple in the capital city Thimphu. The temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the city, near Mohitang on the outskirts of Thimphu. The temple is the oldest temple in Thimphu and was constructed by Lama PhajoDrukgomZhigpo in the 12 century ANational Handicrafts Emporium The National Handcrafts Emporium is a state run Handicrafts showroom in 4 different cities of bhutan. The emporium is run by the National Woman’s Association of Bhutan as a Non-Government Organization that is run under the royal supervision of Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Choden Wangchuk.Later in the evening you will drive to Paro.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Takshang monastery hike and Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation.
From the road, the hike toward Taktshang follows an uphill route and takes approximately 3-4 hours at an average walking pace on a clear, sunny day. We recommend that you carry sunscreen lotion, large quantities of drinking water, a walking stick just in case you need to shoo of the birds and a hat to further protect yourself from the sun.
Later after the hike you will be visiting:-
Kyichu LhakhangThe Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The temple was built by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in the 7th Century AD.
Ta Dzong (National Museum of Bhutan)The National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside the six storied circular Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong is a medieval watch tower situated above the Rimpung Dzong. The Ta Dzong was constructed in 1656.
Rimpung Dzong The ParoDzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan.The imposing Dzong is perhaps the finest example of Dzong architecture existing the world today, the massive buttered walls of the fortress dominates over the valley. The RinpungDzong’s name translates to the “Fortress on a heap of Jewels “. The fortress was constructed in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Departure transfer
Transfer to Paro Airport to connect outbound flight.
- Private transportation.
- All necessary travel permits
- English speaking local guide.
- Accommodation on single/twin room basis.
- Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Meal plan: Full Board Basis
- Insurance of any kind.
- Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
- Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.
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