On a 5-day tour of Bhutan, you will catch sight of popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimpu. While in Paro, you can visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese monastery, and hike to the extraordinary Taktsang (Tigers Nest) Monastery. In Thimpu, you will observe some of the popular sites of Bhutan including the Memorial Chorten, nunnery Temple, Bhutanese traditional painting school and folk heritage museum.
Bhutan is a landlocked country that has remained isolated from the rest of the world until the 1960s. However, to visit the country and observe its prosperous culture which the government has carefully endeavored to preserve over the years, is quite rewarding.
The five-day trip begins from the arrival at Paro International Airport. Once you reach Paro, a guide from Bhutan will welcome you to his kingdom and lead you to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of Bhutan and have a glimpse of Paro town. The next day we hike to Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. In the afternoon, you will make a visit to the National Museum and drive to Thimpu. The third day is spent on Thimpu sightseeing. The next morning is spent on leisure or wandering around Thimpu. In the afternoon, we return back to Paro and return back to Bangkok the next day.
Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air (L, D)
Day 2: Thimphu / Punakha ( 75 Km, 3 Hours
Day 3: Punakha / Wangduephodrang / Paro ( 150 Km, 5 Hours )
Day 4: Paro
Day 5: PARO/KATHMANDU (B)
Transportation by private car as per the group size
All necessary travel permits
English speaking Bhutanese guide
Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
Meal plan:- All meals included (b/l/d)
Nepal re-entry visa fee
Your personal medical & travel insurance
Personal expenses such as a drink, guide tips & etc
Flight Ticket to Paro
Day 1 :
Arrive Paro by Druk Air (L, D)
On arrival at the airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 :
Thimphu / Punakha ( 75 Km, 3 Hours
After breakfast proceed to visit Thimphu valley.
Visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing an intricate design on cloth. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Late afternoon drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,080m ). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 3 :
Punakha / Wangduephodrang / Paro ( 150 Km, 5 Hours )
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 4 :
After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, ( Tiger’s Nest Monastery) the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 5 :
After breakfast in the hotel and packing, we head to Paro Airport. Tashi Delek !!!
You can also elongate your journey and join another program in Nepal or Tibet.