Bhutan Paro Tour
Allow us to escort you to Bhutan; one of the world’s happiest countries. The last great Himalayan kingdom, tangled in mystery & magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces modernization & global developments. From the cliff side monasteries of Paro, to the pristine rivers of Punakha, Bhutan is a serene break from the hustle bustle of our daily lives. After all, we travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Location: Paro – Thimphu – Wangdi – Punakha
The land of the Thunder Dragon awaits your arrival. Our journey begins at Paro; encapsulated in charming valleys and cliff side monasteries. A paradise for pilgrimages, Paro was the first stop of Guru Rimpoche on his crusade from Tibet to Bhutan in the 8th century. He is believed to have arrived on the back of a tigress and mediated at the Taktsang Monastery, which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level. Paro hosts beautiful valleys, a rich culture engulfed in legends & some of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries & temples. Experience the remaining ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, or the Punakha Dzong, arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, surrounded by lilac-coloured jacaranda trees that are in full bloom during spring! Bhutan promises to charm you with an unspoiled ancient landscape and the promise of discovery.
Highlights of Tour :
- TaDzong, The National Museum
- Taktsang Monastery
- Paro Valley
- Gangkarpuensum, The Highest Peak in Bhutan
- Punakha Dzong, A structure at the Junction of Two Rivers TaDzong, The National Museum
Arrive in Paro
Arrive at Paro airport, our representative will meet you at the airport & escort you to the hotel. Later in the day, we visit TaDzong, the National Museum which houses ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons and country’s exquisite postage stamps.
Then, we walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress, overlooking Paro valley. This symbolic Dzong is the religious and secular Centre of all affairs of the valley.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
In the morning, we visit the Taktsang Monastery (5 hr hike), also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, the father of the Bhutanese strain of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery.
On our way back to the town, we visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, From this fortress, Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Then, we visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples of the Kingdom, reflecting the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
After breakfast, we drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. The road leads us through the Paro valley, making it a scenic drive so be sure to have your camera ready!
On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. Proceed to visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. If you’d like, you can also visit the Textile & Folk Heritage Musueum, for viewing Bhutanese materials, fabrics & ornaments.
After lunch, visit Trashichhodzong; an impressive fortress/monastery, which houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.
Before dinner, we can visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops if you’d like to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here, you can buy textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings and jewelry. Overnight at the hotel.
Thimphu - Wangdi (75 km / 3 hrs)
After breakfast, drive up to Dochula pass, stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m) and Zongphugang (7,060 m).
After checking into hotel, visit Wangdue Dzong , which is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The position of Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west. Later in the afternoon, take a short and easy hike to Chimi Lhakhang; situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, it’s dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. Your evening can be spent exploring wangdi located right on the bank of the river.
Punakha - Paro (125 kms / 4 hrs)
In the morning, we visit Punakha Dzong. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. If you are a history fanatic, then you’d be interested to know that The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907.
We drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, driving through Wang Chhu and Paro Chhuriver valleys. Rest of the day is free in Paro at your leisure.
Our representative will help you transfer to the airport for your onwards journey.