On a 5-day tour of Bhutan, you will catch sight of popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimpu. While in Paro, you can visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese monastery and hike to the extraordinary Taktsang (Tigers Nest) Monastery. In Thimpu, you will observe some of the popular sites of Bhutan including the Memorial Chorten, nunnery Temple, Bhutanese traditional painting school and folk heritage museum.
Bhutan is a landlocked country that has remained isolated from the rest of the world until 1960s. However, to visit the country and observe its prosperous culture which the government has carefully endeavored to preserve over the years, is quite rewarding.
The five day trip begins from the arrival to the Bangkok International Airport. One of our representatives will welcome you and transfer you to Druk Airline check in counter to catch a flight to Paro. En-route, you can relish the mountain views. Once you reach Paro, a guide from Bhutan will welcome you to his kingdom and lead you to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of Bhutan and have a glimpse of Paro town. The next day we hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. In the afternoon, you will make a visit to the National Museum and drive to Thimpu. The third day is spent on Thimpu sightseeing. The next morning is spent on leisure or wandering around Thimpu. In the afternoon, we return back to Paro and return back to Bangkok the next day.
Day 1 :Arrive Paro Bhutan Fly into Paro
Day 2 :Thimphu - Punakha 2 hrs 30 mins Drive Distance – 71 Kms
Day 3 :Punakha to Paro 3 hrs 30 mins Drive Distance - 125 Kms
Day 4 :Paro Hike to the Paro Taktsang Monastery also known internationally as the Tigers Nest Estimated time of hike: 2 Hrs 30 Mins to 3 Hrs
Day 5 :Departure from Paro
Day 1 :Arrive Paro Bhutan Fly into Paro You will be received by our representative at the Airport. Paro – Thimphu1 hour Drive Distance– 54 Kms Check into hotel – refreshments/lunch Local Thimphu Tour
Tashichhoe Dzong- a fortress of the glorious past. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
Takin Preserve - which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
National Textile Museum – Witness Art of traditional weaving, good collection of old textiles
Kuenselphodrang Nature Park - where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Magnificent Thimphu Valley.
Overnight at a Hotel in Thimphu
Day 2 :Thimphu - Punakha 2 hrs 30 mins Drive Distance – 71 Kms Dochula Pass, 10,130 ft above seal level, enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain rangeson one side and the beautiful 108 chortensbuilt on a hillock by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.
Druk Wangyal Monastery was also built to honor His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the lhakhang (temple) that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.
Light refreshment at Dochula Resort and then drive towards punakha.
On the way, visit the Chhimi Lhakhang also known as the Devine Madman’s Monastery - , famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.
After Lunch in Punakha visit –
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan in the Past.
Punakha Dzong – A fort Built on an island of the Pho Chu(Male river) and Mo Chu( Female river ) in the year 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. The entrance of the Fort is grand, with a ethnic cantilever Bridge. Punakha Dzong has the Highest standards in woodwork. The dzong holds the Coronation hall of all the Bhutanese Kings.
In the evening visit the local market and enjoy conversations with the locals.
Overnight at a Hotel in Punakha
Day 3 :Punakha to Paro 3 hrs 30 mins Drive Distance - 125 KmsAfter Breakfast Drive to Paro via Dochula pass and the southern part of the Capital. Check into your hotel in Paro. After a quick rest and Lunch, you will visit the following places :
Paro Dzong also known as the RinpungDzong, which means “fortress that sits on a heap of jewels”.It was built by Guru Rimpoche in the 16th This imposing dzong located above the Paro River is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture with its inward sloping walls that rise to an impressive height. A fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture.
National Museumalso Known as the Ta Dzong(watch Tower). You will see an intriguing collections of artifacts, which will provide a magnificent introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
In the evening stroll through Paro town and visit local handicraft shops.
Day 4 :Paro Hike to the Paro Taktsang Monastery also known internationally as the Tigers Nest Estimated time of hike: 2 Hrs 30 Mins to 3 Hrs After breakfast you will be Driven to the base. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take another 1 ½ hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory.After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point.
On the way back to the Hotel visit –
Kyichu temple - one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century bythe Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body.
Day 5 :Departure from Paro After breakfast, travel to the Paro International Airport and your tour guide from Access Bhutan Tours will see you off at the Paro Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
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