3 Nights – 04 Days Tour (Covering: – Paro & Thimphu)
Day 01 – Arrive Paro
You can get on board Druk Air, Bhutan’s national airline, from Bangkok, Kolkata, New Delhi or Kathmandu bound for Paro. The flight to Paro offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest. On arrival you will be received by your guide and escorted to your hotel in Paro
In the evening, visit Paro town, stroll through its quaint two streets and browse through the shops. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02 – Paro sightseeing – Thimphu (60 Km, 2 Hours)
After breakfast, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the fort of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire long time back in history, this fort is renowned as the stand from which several Tibetan invasions were crushed. To the north you can see in all its majesty, the dome of sacred Mt. Jomolhari (the abode of the ‘mountain of goddess’).
On the way, you will see one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan, The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang which is 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.
After lunch, you will get to experience how old Bhutan defended itself from approaching hostilities or enemy actions. Plainly speaking, you will visit Ta Dzong, originally the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted into the National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts a wide range of antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and natural and historic artifacts.
Walk down the trail to Rinpung 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.
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.
On arrival in Thimphu, check into hotel. There will be time to explore the town before dinner.
Day 03- Thimphu Sightseeing – Paro
After breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes a visit to the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Traditional Institute of Medicine, where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced; the Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkha painting; the workshops for mask making and fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper and; the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
Also visit the late King’s Memorial Chorten where one can observe oprayers and ceremonies that are performed throughout the year.
Visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops for souvenirs ranging from Bhutan’s fine traditional arts, textiles, thangka paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelers to other interesting items made from local materials.
Evening drive to Paro for overnight stay.
Day 04 – Departure
Representative from Dampa Tours and Trek will bid you farewell. TASHI DELEK