Essence Of Bhutan
- 4 Days
- Paro - Thimphu - Paro
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
4 Day Bhutan essence tour suits people who would like to get as much as possible from the Bhutan trip but have a shorter holiday. This package guides you to travel in Paro and Thimphu to enjoy the natural scenery of the western valley in Bhutan, and to visit the fortress Dzong, Buddhist monastery and temple, museums, and local market. Trek to the cliff of Taktsang Monastery and enjoy the most exciting moment of your Bhutan trip!
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Fly to Paro Airport(2200m) and transfer to Thimphu(2648m)||Rinpung Dzong, National Museum|
|2||Sightseeing in Thimphu||National Memorial Chorten, Postal Office, Trashi Chhoe Dzong, Buddha Point, Takin Zoo|
|3||Sightseeing in Paro||Tiger's Nest, Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro Market|
|4||Departure from Paro||Send off to the airport|
After breakfast, you will take the Royal Bhutan Airlines flight to Paro Airport, Bhutan. During the flight, you will enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas. After watching the beautiful plateau scenery on the plane, you will arrive at Paro Airport, the only airport in Bhutan. Upon arrival, you can see Rinpung Dzong not far away from the airport, about 900 meters. It's the most famous temple in Bhutan and perhaps the best representative of Bhutanese architecture you will see. Then you will visit Ta Dzong, the watchtower of Paro Dzong, now the National Museum.
In the afternoon, you will drive 1.5 hours to the capital of Bhutan - Thimphu, which is 55 kilometers away. The rest of the day is for you to stroll around the city or take a rest in the hotel.
Stay overnight in Thimphu, 3★/4★
In the morning, you will visit Thimphu Valley. There's National Memorial Chorten built to commemorate the King of Bhutan III and a holy place for the people of Bhutan to pray for peace. Afterward, go to the Postal Office of Bhutan and the National Bank of Bhutan. The guide will also take you to visit Bhutan's National Academy of Painting and Folklore Museum, where you can have an intuitive experience of Bhutan's culture and art.
Then, proceed to Trashi Chhoe Dzong, a majestic and grand castle on the west bank of the Wangchu River. This is the office of the current king and the seat of the internal affairs and finance departments. Next, you will pay a visit to Buddha Point, one of the iconic landscapes of Thimphu Valley. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of Thimphu Valley here. An ancient prophecy says that once a statue is built in this valley, it will spread peace throughout the world. After that, go north to Takin Zoo, which is exclusively built for Bhutan's national animal - takin. Takin is a creature with a sheep head and cow body that is only living in Bhutan.
Stay overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast, retrace your drive back to Paro. Today, you will visit Tiger's Nest(Taktshang Monastery), which is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Bhutan and is known as one of the top ten super temples in the world. Approachable only by hiking, this holy attraction is seated on the cliff’s edge. According to the ancient scriptures, in the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutan Buddhism, rid a female tiger to the edge of the Taksang cliff, and once meditated in a cave for three months. Later Guru Rinpoche became the country's paramount religious image. Taktshang is the symbol of Bhutan and the highlight of your Bhutan trip.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. After visiting today’s attractions, if time permits, the tour guide can also take you to visit the ordinary market in Paro, where you can buy some handicrafts with Bhutanese characteristics.
Stay overnight in Paro
Everything went very smoothly. The guide was very knowledgeable and the driver and car for Lake Namtso were great. The hotel was in a good location for walking to the tourist area. I also appreciated Merry's ability to arrange the train from Xining. It was an awesome trip! ....Read more testimonials...