4D/3N – Glimpse of Bhutan
Day 01: Arrival at Paro – transfer to Thimphu.
The flight into Paro on is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Cool and clean fresh air will swarm you as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will be briefed by our guide and transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take around one hour. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening, we will visit the Handicrafts Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold.
Hotel : Thimphu (Meals on board/L/D)
Day 02: Thimphu day excursions to Punakha – Thimphu.
In the morning, visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa build in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952-1972.
Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (scared Buddist scroll).
After the visit depart to Punakha. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
After stopping for tea and the view, then enjoy an hour’s downhill walk through magnolia, hydrangea, vibernam and evergreen oaks, and through blankets of wild orchids before once again reaching the road where we board our transport and drive into Punakha valley. Here you visit Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the ancient capital of Bhutan, which is located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. After visiting trace back your drive to Thimphu.
Hotel : Thimphu (Meals on board/L/D)
Day 03: Thimphu- Paro sightseeing and hike to Taktsang.
Early departure from Thimphu to Paro. After checking in into a hotel in Paro drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions.
We then drive to Ramthangkha, the terminating point of motorable road and then hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around two hours on average walking speed and is located at around 2,950 meters (9,678 feet) above sea level. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have landed on the back of tigeress in the 8th century. If you desire you can hike up to the monastery and visit the monastery which contains thirteen holy places. Takstang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan World. The monastic complex clings to a rock towering 900 meters above valley (over 2,600 feet).
After the visit to the temples walk back to the cafeteria for your lunch. After lunch we then walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. In the afternoon visit National Museum (the Ta Dong), an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum and visit Paro Ringpung Dong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetain invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks.
Hotel : Paro(Meals on board/L/D)
Day 04: Depart from Paro
After breakfast, bid farewell to the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
(B/Meals on board)
- The sequence of itinerary may be subjected to changes without prior notice.
- If a place of interest is closed to visitors, it will be replaced with an alternative.
Accommodation may be subjected to changes in cases of unavailability as a result of unforeseen circumstances eg. major events, weather etc.