- Glimpses of Bhutan’s cultural and historical heritage sites such as fortresses, monasteries and temples
- Hike to Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery – one of Bhutan’s most sacred places
- Visit to Trashichho Dzong and see the beautiful architecture of the fortress
- See how people live and learn about the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan
- Experience the local culture and taste Bhutanese cuisine
This four-day program offers a glimpse of Bhutan’s rich cultural and traditional heritage and spectacular mountainous landscape. The program, which focuses on Paro and Thimphu valleys, will give an insight into Bhutan’s heritage, culture and traditions.
In the singularly unique capital city of Thimphu, you will have the opportunity to see one of the tallest statues of Buddha and to visit the Memorial Chorten. You will also learn more about Bhutanese life, arts and crafts from the visit to the folk museum, the institute of arts and crafts and the institute of traditional medicines. One highlight is the visit to the Trashichho Dzong, the seat of the administrative and religious power in Bhutan and which houses the throne room.
In Paro, you can make a hike to the memorable Tiger’s Nest temple which is perched high up in the cliffs, and also visit Drugyel Dzong, a fortress of historical significance.
Detailed Tour Program
DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
The flight into Bhutan will give you a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. On a clear day, you may be able to see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Your tour representative will receive you upon arrival. The drive from Paro to Thimphu (capital city) will take you through beautiful rice terraced fields, and alongside the gushing Pho Chu and Wang Chu rivers.
Afternoon visit Kuensel Phodrang where a 169-feet statue of Buddha Dordenma, one of the largest in the world, has being built and overlooks the Thimphu valley. Evening visit the Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King of Bhutan and the Crafts Bazar in Thimphu town.
DAY 2 THIMPHU
Morning visit the National Library and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts) and Zilukha Nunnery.
Evening visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of Glorious Religion) which houses the Throne Room & important government offices. The Dzong serves as summer residence for the Central Monk Body.
DAY 3 THIMPHU- PARO – EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY
Early morning, drive to Ramthongkha in Paro. Hike uphill for about 2-3 hours to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. It is a sacred monastery for the Bhutanese people who believe that it must be visited at least once in their life time. According to legend it is on this cliff that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of the flying tigress while bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet.
Evening visit Drugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. The Dzong, now in ruins, is a place of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese once repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft).
DAY 4 PARO – DEPARTURE
After an early breakfast, drive to the airport. Your tour representative will see you off at the airport.