Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
DAY 1 Arrival in Paro & transfer to Thimphu
Once you arrive in Paro, you will be received by our representative and guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Thimphu. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. After taking some rest get ready for the amazing Sightseeing’s
Trashi Chhoe Dzong: Also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion, situated on north of the city on west bank of the Wang Chhu, the Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth King in 2008 and hosts the city’s biggest annual bash, the colourful tsechu festivities. The opening times 5-6 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-6 PM Sat & Sun.
National Library: Housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) is where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
Spend rest of the evening at leisure and enjoy a warm dinner before you go to bed.
DAY 2 Sightseeing tour of Thimphu
After the lovely breakfast in morning, proceed for a sightseeing tour to:
Zorig Chusum - The Institute (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts.
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum - A fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
King's Memorial Chorten – The Beautiful Chorten was built in the memory of Bhutan's third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. People are continuously circumambulating the chorten, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.
Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops- One must visit to the emporium to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong, 'fortress of the glorious religion'- This is the centre of government and religion, site of the monarch's throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.
In the evening, return to your hotel and rest overnight after a delicious dinner.
DAY 3 Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast in the hotel get ready for the sight-seeing of the beautiful town of Paro.
Drukgyal Ruin Dzong: Originally a fortress and Buddhist monastery, it is now in ruins and is located in the upper part of Paro valley. The Dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. In the early 1950s Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire.
Kyichu Lhakhang: Built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalyas and is also one of the oldest Temples in Bhutan.
National Museum of Paro: Housed inside the revamped Ta-dzong building in Paro, National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum that has put on display the antique items gathered from different parts of the country.
Rinpung Dzong: is a fortress-monastery that serves both as a civil administrative center and as a monastic home for a community of monks. Most dzongs were built in the mid-1600s to protect the inhabited valleys from invasion by Tibet. The Paro Dzong was started in 1644 on the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern day Bhutan. Unlike most of the Dzongs in Bhutan, it survived the massive 1897 earthquake mostly unscathed, though it was damaged by fire in 1907.
In the evening, return to your hotel and rest overnight after a delicious dinner.
Day 04: Departure
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport
Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned hotels
Round trip transportation (SUV/Hiace/Coaster) depending on group size, including airport pick up/drop
Sightseeing as per the itinerary
Daily Breakfast in the hotel
All applicable hotel and transportation taxes
Services of a professional Escort / English speaking guide
Museum visiting frees those included in the itinerary
Internal permits for visiting temples and municipal areas
Any Air or Rail fare.
Any other meal not mentioned in price includes.
Any other destination not mentioned in itinerary.
Any expenses of personal nature.
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