Tour 01 (4 Days)

(All programs are flexible in accordance to your desire however intimation should be made earlier before arrival)

Day 1
As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see Farm houses dot the hillsides on either side of the plane and the majestic view of the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it.

Received by our representative at the Paro airport [ETA: 1535 hrs.] and transfer to Thimphu the capital town of Bhutan [approx. 55 kms. / 02 hrs.].

Evening at leisure in Thimphu.  

Dinner [@ 1930 hrs.] & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast in the morning sightseeing of the following:

Start with a visit of National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.

Visit Institute for Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School (closed on Sat & Sun ) , the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school

Textile Museum: This museum, which opened in 2001, provides fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

1230 hrs. – 1330 hrs. Lunch at local restaurant [ON OWN]

After lunch, proceed for sightseeing as follows:

Third King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect the monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Followed by a visit to the following places:  

Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body.

End the day with a visit to the Crafts Bazaar: Organised under patronage of Department of cottage & small industry and in collaboration with the department of culture, tourism council and the department of agriculture marketing and cooperatives, this market offers genuine Bhutanese arts & crafts thus contributing in promotion, protection and preservation of traditional arts.

Later stroll around the market streets of Thimphu

Dinner (@ 1930 hrs.) and overnight at the Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3

Breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, take a short drive from Thimphu city centre to visit the Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang)

Kuensel Phodrang
Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking the city of Thimphu; it can be accessed by road and is about 15 minutes away from the city’s center. The word Kuensel means everything is clear and from this place you will surely enjoy a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides.

1230 hrs. – 1330 hrs. Lunch at local restaurant [ON OWN]

Then proceed to drive to Paro [approx. 125 kms. / 04 hrs, en route visit Simtokha Dzong. This Dzong, built in 1627 is the first and the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

Afternoon in Paro, visit Ta Dzong (Closed on Sundays & Mondays), once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968.

Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.

Dinner (@ 1930 hrs.) and overnight at the Hotel in Paro.

Day 4

After breakfast proceed for an excursion to Taktshang Lakhang (Tigers Nest) [5 hrs. hike]: It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of the manastery but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.
     
1300 – 1400 hrs. Lunch at Taktshang Cafeteria [ON OWN]

On the drive towards Paro town en route visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the Kingdom reflecting introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Kyichu Lakhang: It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in same original pattern.

Later in the afternoon stroll around the market streets of Paro.

Dinner (@ 1930 hrs.) and overnight at the Hotel in Paro.

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