5-Days of Magical Bhutan Tour
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
Tour Route: Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro
Highlights: Hike up to Tiger’s Nest & Visit Bhutan’s most beautiful Punakha Dzong
DAY 1: PARO – THIMPHU
Travel Time – 1 Hour
Land in the Kingdom of Bhutan at the Paro International Airport. You will be greeted with the beautiful picturesque Himalayan mountain range amidst flying between mountains on both sides. You will see perennially snow-capped mountains from the highest mountain, Mt Everest to the third highest, Mt. Kanchenjunga during the flight.
- After completing the immigration and upon exiting the arrival hall, you will be greeted by your guide.
- Then you will proceed to Thimphu for the day, which is a 1-hour drive from Paro.
- On the way to Thimphu, 20 minutes drive from Paro, we will visit Tamchog Lhakhang – dedicated to the 13th century to Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder. It is believed he possessed powerful artistic skill of building bridges with his bare hands. It is said that he has built around 58 iron chain suspension bridges around Tibet and Bhutan.
- We will visit the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace, a shrine built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan dedicated for world peace and prosperity.
- In the afternoon, we will visit School of Arts and Crafts (National Institute of Zorig Chusum) where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
- Then we will visit Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life
- After that we will visit Buddha Point- the 169 foot bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, which symbolize indestructibility and said to emanate peace and happiness for the entire world.
- Then in the evening, we will visit Tashichhodzong or the “fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administrative and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot
You can enjoy evening walk in and around Thimphu town at the end of the day
DAY 2: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
Travel Time: 4 Hours
- After breakfast, we will drive to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan via Dochula Pass at an altitude of 10,000ft/3,080m which contains 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over indian militants and to liberate the souls of the souls lost. This pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of Eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m (provided the day is clear). However skies are mostly clear during the month of October till mid February. Also of interest is the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. After some refreshments, continue driving to Punakha.
- On arrival at Punakha, we will visit Punakha Dzong known as the Palace of Happiness. Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river). The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship
- Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture
DAY 3: PUNAKHA – PARO
Travel Time – 5 Hours
- On the way back to Paro, we will take a pleasant hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 1499 by the Divine Madman” (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). It is a 45-minute leisurely walk across a local village and terraced rice.
- On reaching Paro, you will visit Ta-Dzong, National Museum perched above Paro Dzong built in 1649 to protect the undefended dzong and renovated in 1968.
- You will visit Rinpung Dzong. The dzong’s correct name, Rinchen Pung Dzong means ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. This 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag. The dzong is built on a steep hillside, and was used on numerous occasions to defend the Paro valley from invasions by Tibet
DAY 4: PARO
Hike to Paro Taksang Monastery
Hiking Time: 4 Hours uphill & 3 hour downhill
Either hike or enjoy horse ride to the most famous Taktsang, popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest, build amazingly on a steep cliff. Accordingly to legend, Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a flying Tigress and meditated there for three months in the 8th Century. It was from there, he propgated the Vajraya Mahayana Buddhism that was prophesied by the Buddha at the time of attaining Nirvana. The walk uphill takes you a little more that 1000 ft above Paro valley. It is great pilgrim site for the Buddhists and also it is one of the most sacred sites in the Himalayan world. A pilgrimage destination for devout Buddhists. The main deity of Taktsang is Dorji Drolo, the wrathful form of Guru Rinpoche, (the precious one). The hike would take the whole day.
DAY 5: DEPART
Say goodbye to Bhutan today. After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.
- It is suggested to store photos in SD card/ USB device for stamp printing, or else you may need to line up for taking photos.
- Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions