Bhutan

Glimpse of Bhutan

This is a short tour and you will visit Paro valley at 2183 meters above the sea level which boasts of the only International airport in the country. You can see beautiful snowcapped Mountains around. The visit to Taktsang monastery is spectacular. 56 kilometer away from Paro is Thimphu, the Capital city of Bhutan, the only capital city in the world that has no traffic lights. This small city is also the host to the tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (Sangay Dorderma).

  • Age Requirement

    5 Above
  • Activity

    Tours
  • Duration

    4 days
  • Difficulty

    Easy
  • Max. Altitude

    3180 meters
  • Accommodation

    Hotel / Resort

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Paro (2280 meters) -Thimpu (2320m)

The flight into Paro, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your guide will greet you on arrival, and then drive to Thimphu.

After lunch, visit Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. Late His Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre and Sangay Gang view point and Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.


Day 2: Thimphu - Paro

After breakfast, visit, the Largest and Tallest statue of Buddha in the world, the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by visit to Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and Folk Heritage Museum and drive to Paro.

After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the national museum of Bhutan then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. In the evening, visit to the Handicraft emporium and free for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Altitude: 2280m, Distance: 58km
Driving Time: approx.1 hour

Day 3: Paro sightseeing

After early breakfast, visit the Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “ victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century

Then excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay; this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Altitude: 2280m

Day 4: Departure

After early breakfast, drive to the Airport and Farewell.

Altitude: 2280m

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