Bhutan – 4 Nights/5 Days
Day 1: Arrival / Paro / Thimphu (L/D)
After breakfast, proceed to airport for flight to Bhutan – Paro. During the journey offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest. Arrival Paro, enjoy the Bhutan local lunch. After lunch, visit one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan. The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo.
It is revered as one of the most holy shrines in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of Buddhism here. Visit to Rimpung Dzong or the ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ which is the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monastic school. The dzong is famous for its wall murals depicting Buddhist parables, symbols and the lives of prominent saints. After finish, drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The road meanders alongside the Paro Chu (river) and terraced fields until the confluence of two rivers at Chuzom. Here, one can see three stupas, representing the different styles of the different sects. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel in Thimphu. (Over night in the hotels in Thimphu)
Day 2: Thimphu / Wangdue Phodrang /Punakha (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will drive towards Punakha and on the way with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,050m) where if the weather is good, enjoy spectacular view of mountains. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel in Paro. visit the Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907.
Drive to Wangdue, visit Chimi lhakhang, a temple built by Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman and renowned for blessing barren women with fertility. (Over Night in the hotel of Punakha)
Day 3: WangduePhodrang / Punakha / Paro (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive back to Paro via Thimphu and visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of government and the monastic order. After that, continue to visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa conscpetualised by the Third King to ward off negative influences. It was later built in his memory by the present King and the Queen Mother. After that, visit the National Post Office, where you can spend only USD 3, to have your own photo for a set of stamps.
Visit another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Drive to Paro. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel in Paro. (Over night in the hotels in Paro)
Day 4: Paro (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive to the foot of the Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest cliff before walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this monastery, giddily perched on a sheer 800m rock face. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the back of a tigress in the eight century. He meditated here making this temple a sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. The trip to and fro takes 4 hours for which riding ponies can be arranged (USD 15/per pax).
After dinner, if you have special needs, we can arrange for you to experience the Bhutanese Traditional Hot Stone Bath (USD25 /per pax), booking must be made 6 hours in advance), to eased past few days journey fatigue. Transfer back to hotel in Paro. (Over night in the hotel of Paro)
Day 5: Paro (B)
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flight to onward destinations.