Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Paro-Thimphu (Distance : 54 Km, estimated driving time :1 hr)
Fly into Paro by Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines. The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas can be seen during clear weather. As the plane slowly makes its descend into Bhutan, one will see tiny dots on the hillsides; these are the traditional farmhouses. As the aircraft enters Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Pa-Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, former a watchtower and now turn into National Museum, above it.
You will be welcomed by our representative who will be your tour guide during your entire stay in Bhutan.
Drive to Thimphu and check into your hotel at Thimphu and after lunch visit the following:
- The National Textile Museum where you can appreciate the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition. There is a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
- The folk heritage museum, an outdoor museum that gives an insight into rural life.
- The School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
- Centenary Farmer’s market where farmers would be selling their wide range of local farm produces, dairy product and even edible ferns and shoots collected from the wild. You can interact with the local farmers and the shoppers at the market. Market day is from Thursday-Sunday( 4 days).
- Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. However, It was reconstructed in the current design in 1960s during the reign of the third king. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
- Watch Archery match : Bhutan’s national game
- Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts.
In the evening you may visit local handicraft stores or go sightseeing on your own.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu-Paro
A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
Distance: 54 km, estimated travel time: 1 hr
After breakfast, we will take you to Paro which takes about an hour and then 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. You can either stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria or walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. The over all hike up to the monastery and down, including breaks would be around 5 hours.
On the way, visit Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gyembo. 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 Gyembo decided to build 108 temples (of which 2 happens to be in Bhutan), 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 with a hotstone bath and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro – Departure
In the morning, your tour guide will escort you to the airport for your onward destinations.
End of the Bhutan Tour
Cost of tour
3pax & above
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