Bhutan: Glimpses of Bhutan

5 Nights / 6 Days
Nestled in the eastern Himalayas between China and India, the small kingdom of Bhutan opened itself to the outside world only in the 1960s. hitherto, it had been largely mysterious even to its neighbours but abandoning its self-imposed policy of isolation had it grappling to find a precarious balance between modernization and the preservation of its culture and traditions. having always been politically independent, a rich and distinctive culture developed in the country over the ages.
Thimpu 2 N Punakha 1 N Paro 2 N

Highlights

  • National Memorial chorten
  • Visit changangkha monastery
  • Folk heritage museum
  • Scenic drive to kuenselphodrang
  • Buddha Statue
  • Takin zoo
  • Dochula Pass
  • Khasmsum yulley (45mins hike) excursion from paddy field
  • Chhimi lhakhang
  • Tashichhoe dzong (fortress of the glorious religion)
  • Visit Tamchog Lhakhang
  • Tiger Nest (Taktshang Monastery)
  • Rinpung dzong "fortress of the heap of jewels"
  • Ta dzong - national museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious and thangkas
  • Kyichu Lhakhang (Oldest temple in Bhutan)
  • Drukgyel dzong

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Day 1 - Paro Thimphu

On arrival at Paro Airport and after completing your Visa formalities, you will be received by our representative. You will then be transferred to Thimphu. A visit shall be made to Tamchog Lhakhang – It is situated between Thimphu and Paro. Thangthong Gyalpo commonly known as the “Iron Bridge Builder” built it in the 13th century. We have to cross a traditional cantilever bridge, which is vivid and dynamic with prayer flags to get there.

Drive to Thimphu (2320Mts / 7656Fts, 60 Kms, the drive is 1.5- 02 Hrs). Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce. It is a unique city with an unusual mixture of modern development along with ancient traditions. Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style, yet all modern facilities and services are available.

On arrival in Thimphu, you will be checked in a hotel. Afternoon Leisure or explore Thimphu city.

Overnight stay at Thimpu.


Day 2 - Thimphu local sightseeings

After breakfast, you will visit the National Memorial Chorten (Monument) located at the heart of the city, built in 1974 in the memory of our late, Third King of Bhutan popularly regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. Later will visit Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to preserving Bhutanese folk arts and try the authentic Bhutanese food. We shall then be followed by a visit to the school of Arts and Crafts, which is a living school for the traditional crafts in Bhutan

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
National Memorial Chorten

A scenic drive to Kuensel Phodrang to see the 169 foot tall Buddha Statue, one of the largest sitting Buddha Statue in the world and enjoy the beautiful view of the whole Thimphu valley surrounded by mountains after lunch.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Buddha statue

Takin Preserve Centre, home for the strangest looking creature (Takin) on the earth. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Evening program shall end with a visit to Tashichhoe dzong (fortress of the glorious religion) This fortress is the seat of the government, and now its houses the throne room and offices of His Majesty the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. This shall then be followed by a nice cup of coffee and a leisurely walk along the streets of Thimphu.

Overnight in Thimphu

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Trashichho dzong

Day 3 - Thimphu Punakha

Distance: 80kms. / Driving Time: 3hrs. / Elevation of Punakha: 1200m

After breakfast travel to Punakha. Punakha is the old Capital of Bhutan and the winter residence of the central monastic Body. On route, we would stop at the Dochula Pass (3100 m). The pass is a popular attraction among tourists as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snow-capped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquillity of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.

Dochula Pass

Further down we will have our lunch at Lobesa and shall then visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility. Afternoon walks around and explore Punakha. Check in Hotel and evening leisure.

Overnight at Punakha


Day 4 - Punakha sightseeing and drive to Paro

Early morning after breakfast we will visit the Dzong, which is the most important building in the country where all nationally important events including the Royal Wedding and Coronation of the Kings of Bhutan are held. It is still the winter residence of His Holiness Je-Khenpo- the Chief Abbot, and the first National Assembly was held at Punakha in 1952.

After a tea break, we shall then move to Paro. The drive to Paro from Punakha is about 5.0 hours and we will stop at Lamperi to visit the Royal Botanical Park. A short break shall be taken while also enjoying the scenic drive.

Lunch on the way in some restaurants and will reach the destination a bit late. If time permits will do some local sightseeing, walk around town and souvenir shopping. Check in Hotel

Overnight at Paro

Takshang Monastery

Day 5 - Tiger’s Nest

On our final day, after an early breakfast, we will hike to Takshang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest). It is a 2Hrs hike from the base and is one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan.

The journey starts under fine pine trees and is accessible horse till half way (optional) otherwise only by foot. We follow a trail decorated with colourful prayer flags along the way to protect travellers from evil spirits. It is a Buddhist temple enclosed by a green valley and mountains and a waterfall. The trail passes from a prayer wheel, which is believed to send a blessing to all the aesthetic life on earth.

Built on a hillside cliff, more than 10,000 feet above sea level stands the majestic Takshang Monastery. One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top.

Lunch shall be on the way back.

If energy and time permit you will end your days walking around and enjoying the scenic beauty of Paro Town.

Or

For those who prefer not to hike shall do the local sightseeing in Paro, Visit Rinpung Dzong "fortress of the heap of jewels". The dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro.

After Lunch we will visit Ta Dzong - National Museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious and Thangkas followed by visit Drukgyel Dzong & Kyichu Monastery.

You end your day having a quality time of your own.

Overnight at Paro

Rinpung Dzong

Day 6 - Check out from the hotel

On the 6th day, you shall bid farewell to this Tiny Himalayan Country and move to Paro Airport for your onward journey to India.


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