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Tour Name

Bhutan in Jiffy

Activities

Culture Tour

Best Time

All year round

Tour Type

Culture and other

Duration

4 Nights, 5 Days

In spite of the visit being very short, yet you can boast of having landed in one of the most amazing airport, some iconic monuments of Bhutan, the waving traffic police in Bhutan’s ‘busiest cross-road’ and a spiritual journey to Tiger Nest. For those of you who have limited time and just want to have a quick glimpse of Bhutan, try this package. You are visiting Thimphu and Paro the two most important city of Bhutan.


TOUR OUTLINE


Day 1: Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing and drive back to Paro in the evening.
Day 3: Tiger Nest hike in Paro
Day 4: Departure from Paro


DETAIL ITINERARY


Day 01: Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu city.
The flight into Paro brings you over breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. On the clear days you will be able to see Mt Everest (8849 meters) and other Himalayan mountains   among which are the world’s unclimbed peaks of Bhutan. Landing into Paro airport is simply beautiful and life time experience. You will be greeted by your tour guide and driver from Lonely Bhutan tours.

If you have arrived Paro early you will have time for some wonderful sightseeing in paro. Drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought off Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Catch a magnificient view of Mt Chomolhari from the dzong. On our way back, we see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built across the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, to nail down a demon that was impeding the spread of Buddhism.
After lunch visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses Bhutan’s National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore, such as the legend of the four friends, the six symbols of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of great Buddhist saint Milarepa, and more other  Mandalas on the walls.

Then we head for Thimphu. Our route runs through a narrow valley which you must have seen from Druk Air as it prepared to land. At some point along the route on your left, you will see an ancient temple, Tachogang Lhakhang, ‘the temple of excellent horse’. The bridge over the Paro Chhu leading to the lhakhang has iron chains used by the great 14th century yogi cum bridge builder Thangthong Gyalpo.

The narrow valley gradually widens as we approach Thimphu. A few kilometers before reaching Thimphu city, you can see Semtokha Dzong, “the place of profound tantric teaching”, on your left. Built in 1627, this is the first dzong built by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. We can visit it today if we have some energy left, otherwise we leave it for tomorrow.

After checking into your hotel, Thimphu city is all yours to explore over the cool evening.

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing and drive back to paro in the evening:
Start early as you have limited days in Bhutan. You can take a 30 minutes drive to Dochula pass(3100 meter) to see snow caved Himalayan ranges and also aglimpse of 108 chortens (Buddhist monuments) built by the queens of Bhutan. Next you will visit the Memorial Chorten, a monument built in memory of our 3rd king. You will continue to visit a giant Buddha statue, 169 feet tall claimed as the tallest Buddha statute in the world.  Next you will visit a 12th century Changangkha monastery, popularly known as children’s monastery for all childrens born in Thimphu region are considered to have received protection by the guardian of this monastry. You can see our National animal, Takin at motithang Zoo.

After lunch you can visit Art school where you will see students at work in different field of arts such as painting, sculpturing, woodcarving, weaving etc. All together in Bhutan we practice 13 different arts. You must also visit Folk heritage museum which exhibits the life style of an old Bhutanese family before Thimphu was overtaken by urban life style. Indeed if you visit farmhouse in the village you will see the same style of live and activities still followed. If you are interested you can also visit traditional medicine centre which showcases samples of various medicinal plants and its treatment. In the evening, visit Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by Shabdrung, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.


Day 3: Hike to Tiger nest
Today you will have the most extraordinary day in your life. Tiger nest monastery is one of the most sacred for all Himalayan Buddhist countries. It is also the main icon of Bhutan for the outside world and you wouldn’t believe as you take the picture with your own hand. ‘Every step you take is worth’ is the expression made by all the people who make to Tiger Nest. For many spiritual people, it is a mind’s journey. So come and take part to experience the worth. After hearing some true legendary stories from Tiger Nest and also having felt the presence of strong energy you will be a different person as you walk back .

Day 4: Drive to Paro air port for onward deparature:
Your guide and driver will drive you to the airport for deparature. ‘Tashidelay’

ACCOMMODATION


Hotel / Resort