Trip Destination Bhutan
Trip Start & End Point Paro
Group Size 1 Person or Above
Tour Type Private Service
Maximum Altitude 2300 m
Transportation & Drive Hours Private Vehicle (approx. 1 to2 hrs)
Trip Grade Comfortable
Best Season April through November
Highlighted Places Paro-Thimpu
Duration: 5 days
Cost: USD 999
Where else but the happiest country in the world could you trek among the Himalayas, smiling the whole time at the sheer beauty of the temples and landscapes around you? This active tour will get you out and about to visit some of the most gorgeous temples and monasteries in this part of the world. Trek sacred mountain passes of the celebrated Druk Path, ascend to the profound Taktshang Monastary (Tiger's Nest), and explore the unique beauty of the city of Paro. Bhutan is the only place in the world just waiting for you to walk all over its happiness.
Today you have leisure day for the preparation of the trip and wonder around city tour. Overnight at Hotel.Day 01: Fly to Paro & transfer to Thimphu (65 km / 1 Hr) | Altitude: 2300m
Today you have flight to Paro from your suitable city and upon arrival in Paro your guide at the airport will receive you then transfer to Thimphu by private car. The scenic journey following Pachu river to the river confluence at Chuzom takes approx 2 hours drive covering 65 km distance from Paro to Thimpu. Enroute you can have glimpse view of Tachogang Temple and the nunnery at Sitsina. Check into hotel with warm welcome and rest day at relaxation. You will be have short tour briefing through guide on your program itinerary and you can wonder around Thimpu streests on your own.
Thimpu was a wooded farming valley until 1961, when it became the national capital of Bhutan officially. The massive Tashicho Dzong, which is about 700 years old was carefully revamped by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1960,’s to house the royal and main government offices. Even today, it still only has a few streets and no traffic lights with estimated population of 70,000 people. Overnight at Hotel in ThimphuDay 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
Today, you will have breakfast in the hotel in morning and our guide will meet you to begin your sightseeing tour. The tour will follow visiting below highlighted places:-
Weekend Market is local market open on Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday only so you can be lucky if your stay lies in any of these days in Thimpu. Hand Made Paper Mill which is also called Traditional Paper Factory, the paper made from the Danphe plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants using simple methods.
School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different techniques of traditional paintings, sculptures, and other forms of traditional arts that used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town at decent restaurant.
Then continue our visit by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in 1974, in the memory of the late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The white building with four storey contains statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric teaching.
Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept, which is believed to be crafted by a Divine Madman – Drukpa Kinley with its animal’s appearance resemblance to goat by front and cow from behind and Zilukha Nunnery, which has been housed in Drubthob Goemba with about 70 nuns who live and pray in monastery. Overnight Hotel in ThimphuDay 03: Thimphu – Paro (65 km / 1 Hr) | Altitude: 2200m
Today we will retrace our drive to Paro after breakfast. And visit National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.
Evening stroll Old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight Hotel at ParoDay 04: Paro Sightseeing
Today we visit two oldest temple of the country. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century who miraculously built 108 temples, along with Jorkhang in Lhasa and Kichu is also considered to be one of them. And historic ruin Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress), built in 1644 to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibet.
Then after drive north of Paro town and begin trek to the famed Taktsang (Tiger’s lair) monastery, the most revered temple that literally hangs on a granite vertical cliff overlooking Paro. The trail begins near the Satsam (2650m) and climbs steeply uphill to the Cafeteria (2,940m), an area of exposed ridge with panoramic view of Takstang and after further an hour hike reach there. You will also find several other temples and sites within the vicinity. And return trek through steep downhill to the road where your driver will meet and transfer to Paro hotel. Overnight Hotel at ParoDay 05: Departure:
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.
Bhutan Group Visa Arrangement
Government Royalty & Taxes
Accommodations in 3 star standard hotels approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan
Twin / triple sharing room with all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
English speaking guide
Private transportation for airport pick up/ drop
All sightseeing as per given itinerary
Monuments entrance fees
Mineral water bottle
Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airline) fare for Paro flight
Any alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages
Any other personal expenses
Gratuities to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc
Upgrade hotel into 5 star deluxe accommodation arrange at an additional cost
Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances & not mentioned above