Duration: 4Days/3 Nights
- Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
- Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
- Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
- Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
- Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
- Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
- Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
- Breakfast in hotel. Leave Paro for Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital and largest city. Thimphu is home for the Royal Family, civil service, private employers and international organizations. It is also Bhutan’s centre for all commercial activities. Thimphu has a population of 100,000.
- Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.
- Visit the National Library which consists of 2 buildings. On the ground floor of the old building is the largest book in the world and religious books on the upper floor. English books are kept on the ground floor in the new building.
- Drive to Mini Zoo, Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.
- 5-minute drive from zoo to the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower (BBS) to get panoramic view of Thimphu city.
- Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
- Drive to Thimphu Tashicho Dzong, a fortress built in 1772 by the temporal ruler Zhidar and Younten Thaye the Chief Abbot. It is open to visitors only after office hours. The king’s office is in the Dzong, and is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in summer.
- Breakfast in hotel. Leave Thimphu for drive back to Paro.
- Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World.
- Visit the Drukgyel Dzong, 7km north of Tiger Nest Monastery. The Dzong, whose name means “fortress of Victory Drukpas”, was built in the 17th century to celebrate victory over Tibetan invaders. It was severely damaged in a fire in 1951 and had been left in ruins since then.
- Visit farm house for local hospitality and experience local butter tea and Ara (local brew). We provide complimentary hot stone bath in the farm house for interested guests.
- Breakfast in hotel.
- Drive to airport for departure.