Duration: 4 Days

  • Best time to travel: All-Season Tour
  • Weather condition: Pleasant (15°C – 27°C)
  • Highest Altitude to be travelled: 3850 metres.
  • Dzongkhag Coverage: 3 (Paro, Punakha, & Thimphu)

Thimphu, being the capital of Bhutan, it sits in the narrow valley with mountains from all side. The architect of Thimphu is a mixture of traditional house and the modern concrete. With a population of about 1,15,000, it houses most of the headquarters of the regional offices in the country while cratering to urban jobs. The district was declared as the capital of Bhutan in 1961.

Thimphu houses some of the most amazing places that you should always have in your travel diary. The places include the Folk Heritage museum which was dedicated to connecting people to the rural past of the of the Bhutanese culture through demonstrations and various in-house products and textiles. The museum is constructed with the restored material from ancient traditional architect, some of the materials are 400 years old.

National Institute for Zorig Chusum. It is a painting school, the word “Zorig Chusum” means thirteen crafts. The school was initiated by the Government to preserve the cultural heritage and promote arts in Bhutan. The students are taught painting, calligraphy, embroidery, wood carving, sculpture, etc…

Day 1:  Arrive Paro Airport – Drive to Thimphu (65km/h)

With your flight bringing you to the Paro International Airport, you will be received by our guide. The guide will escort you to the capital city of Bhutan that is Thimphu. On arrival, you will be checked in at your hotel followed by refreshment and oriental talk on Bhutan. Depending on your schedule, if time permits, the guide will walk you through the city exploring the traditional texture and the market products, and to immerse into the evening air.

Overnight: Hotel Termalinca or similar.

 

  Day 2:  Thimphu / Punakha (75 Km | 3 Hours)

With an early breakfast over arising, you will be travelling to Punakha. It involves crossing Dochula Pass with is at an altitude of 3150 meters above the sea level. The car will stop by at Dochula Pass, for a walk around the Druk Wangyel Chortens built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the kingdom.  From the stop point, depending on the weather condition a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen. Heading down from the pass, the road brings you to the Lamperlri Botanical Park where varieties of rhododendrons plants can be seen. Upon arriving at Lobesa, the lunchtime will be enjoyed over the scenic beauty of Sop Sokha village. Right after the meal, you will be visiting the following attraction in Punakha:

  1. Punakha Dzongkha: Standing at an elevation of 1200 metres Punakha dzong served as a capital of Bhutan from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted in the Punakha fortress in 1953. It is the second largest dzong in the country lies in between two flowing river Pho chhu and Mo chhu. The fortress marks the wedding of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema dated on October 13, 2011. The Dzong also contains the remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (the unifier of Bhutan).
  2. Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery: The nunnery also serves as the temple to the local people in the village. It is a double storied structure, the temple was consecrated by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. The temple houses a statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig Chagtong Chetong) which heights to 14-foot tall, a statue of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of Longevity). It also houses the nunnery complex which consists of 70 rooms. The nunnery complex was initially started with 41 nuns. The Nunnery complex is known also for its meditation and the higher learning centre. For the nuns apart from religious training, they are also taught tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thanka paintings.

In the evening you will be returning to Thimphu.

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 3:  Thimphu to Paro (65 Km | 1hr)

Early in the morning you will be leaving to Paro right after a warm breakfast. With the smooth drive to Paro, the journey will be accompanied by scenic beauty, with local temples over or below the highway. On arrival at Paro, you will be hiking to Taktsang monastery which is also known by the name Tiger’s nest. The driver will take you to Ramthangka base, after which the guide will lead you to Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is also known as the Tiger’s nest. It takes 45 minutes to arrive at the tea house which is halfway to the destination. With another hour of hike, you will be reaching to the temple.

Note: There is an option for horse ride till the tea house for the individuals facing difficulty to walk.

Upon reaching the higher elevation, you will get the spectacular view of the monastery built right on the cliff. It is said that a trip to Bhutan is never completed until the site is visited. The tiger’s nest, the air itself is known for spiritual blessing while it also provides a dramatic landscape for photographer and vloggers. The trip takes about 5 hours. Right after the visit, you will walk down to the tea house for a complete vegetarian lunch. After lunch, you will walk down to the base and drive to the hotel with a refreshing dinner.

Overnight at hotel in Paro.

 

Day 4:  Departure

You will be leaving the country on this day. After the last breakfast in Bhutan, the guide and the driver will drive you to the Airport and see you off J.