Day 1: Arrive at Paro. Our Services begin here. You will be greeted at the airport by our travel facilitator or your Tour Director, and then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to Thimphu. The drive is for about one and half hours duration, to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. This drive will take you through the beautiful valley of the Thimphu River. Arrive at Thimphu and you will be assisted with your check in at the hotel. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and the travel facilitator or Tour Director hands over travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers to you.
Day 2: Thimphu – Paro. Start the exploration of Bhutan with a city tour of Thimphu valley. It includes a visit to National Library which houses an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit the Institute of Zorig Chusum, (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a six year training course in Bhutan’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts. Also visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese culture and living traditions.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – Visit the ‘Trashichoedzong’ (fortress of the glorious religion). This is the centre of the Bhutanese government. It houses the monarch’s throne room and the seat of Je Khenpo or the Chief Abbot. This spectacular dzong (fortress) was built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It was reconstructed in the 1960, in traditional Bhutanese manner by the third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (father of modern Bhutan) and was made the seat of the government of Bhutan. Later, visit the King's Memorial Chorten (Buddhist funeral monument) which is continuously circled by people, murmuring mantras and spinning prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king. His plan was to dedicate this monument to world peace and prosperity. It was completed in 1974 after his untimely death. Today, it serves both as a memorial to the late King and as a monument of peace. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangka (religious banner) paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery and interesting items made from local materials.
Continue with a drive to Paro. Arrive at Paro and check in to your hotel.
Evening – You can take a stroll at Paro’s main street.
Day 3: Paro. Proceed to visit the Ta Dzong which was originally built as watchtower, it now houses Bhutan’s only National Museum. The extensive collection here includes, antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts. Then walk down the trail to visit ‘Rinpung Dzong’ (fortress that sits on a heap of jewels). It has a long and fascinating history and is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. It was built in the 16th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The dzong today houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – Drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of the sacred Mount Chomolhari (mountain of the goddess) can be seen in all glory from the approach road to the dzong. Also, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan King, Songtse Gampo.
Day 4: Depart Paro. Check out of your hotel and board the flight to your onwards destination.
Your vehicle and driver stay with you until your assisted check in at the airport.
Our services end at Paro airport.