Places: Paro, Thimphu
Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days
Day 01: Arrive Paro
Druk Air, the national airline is the only carrier operating in Bhutan that will fly you over the Himalayas to Paro National Airport. The great Himalayan foothills spreading like green carpet, meandering river valleys with striking waterfalls, and majestic snow capped mountains with the likes of Mount Everest are some of the picturesque scenery you will enjoy on the way to Paro. As you arrive at the airport, a representative of BHUTAN BY EXPERTS will receive and guide you to the hotel.
Day 02: Paro – Thimphu
After breakfast, you will visit Drukgyal Dzong, a historic fortress built in 1649 to commemorate a victory over Tibetan invaders. On the way to the dzong weather permitting, you can have striking views of Mount Jhomolhari and Taktshang Monastery. You will also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a venerated 7th century temple well known for its importance to the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Return to hotel for lunch. After lunch, you will visit Ta Dzong, Bhutan’s National Museum. Just below Ta Dzong, you then will visit another historical fort, Rinpung Dzong. This dzong means “The Fortress on the Heap of Jewels” and was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1644.
Tour continues by proceeding to Thimphu, the capital city. On the way, you may visit Tachogang Lhakhang, meaning “The Temple of Excellent Horse.” It was built in the 15th century. Before reaching Thimphu, you may also visit Semtokha Dzong situated at the top of a hill. It is the first dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629, and the dzong is now associated with The Institute for Language and Cultural Studies.
After checking in at the hotel, you can walk around town in the evening and have dinner.
Day 03: Thimphu – Paro
You will visit the important places and point of interests in Thimphu after breakfast. You will visit The National Memorial Chorten, constructed in memory of the third King, HRH Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and for world peace. Then you will visit Zorig Chusum, an institute for Bhutanese traditional arts and crafts. You will also visit the National Library.
After lunch during weekends and in the late afternoon during weekdays, you will visit to Tashichhoe Dzong, “The Fortress of Glorious Religion” which was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1641. This dzong is the centre of the government and monastic body, place for the King’s throne room, and the seat of the Je-Khenpo (Bhutan’s Head Abbot). Also, you will be able to shop at the Handicrafts Emporium run by the government. At the Emporium, you can buy Bhutanese traditional textiles, masks, thangka paintings, wood carvings, etc. In the evening, drive back to Paro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Depart Paro
After breakfast, your guide will escort you to the Paro National Airport and bid you farewell.