Day 01: Arrive in Paro International Airport which is one of the beautiful Airports because of its unique Bhutanese Architecture and colorful Bhutanese painting. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by the representative of BHTC and travel to Thimphu. On arrival at capital city Thimphu, check into your hotel and after a refreshment visit the following:
Kuenselphordang (commonly known as Buddha Point) where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu Valley and you can also enjoy 20-30 minutes nature hike through Kuensel Phodrang Nature park and enjoy the magnificent few of Thimphu Valley and mountain peaks.
National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
Tashichhoe Dzong- a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969.It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
Craft Bazaar -A one stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan made art and craft product. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. At this Bazaar craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. And also visit other handicraft stores. Dinner and overnight at Modern Bhutanese standard 3stars Hotels or Resorts or even Upgrade to High-end luxury Hotels in the Largest city of Bhutan ‘Thimphu city’. (Ambience: Modern Bhutanese Hospitality)
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing & Thimphu-Paro & Paro Sightseeing.
After breakfast visit the following sightseeing places in Thimphu valley: Bhutan Post Office Headquarters to get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo on them. You can bring along your favorite photo to put on the stamps and put these stamps on your postcard to send to your family and friends, later drive to Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory. The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world. Visit School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Walk around the Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Fri-Sun only): A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people.
Then watch an Archery Match (National Game of Bhutan) at Changlimethang National Stadium of Bhutan. After lunch travel to Paro and visit Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress) built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. From the Dzong you will walk down to Rinpung Bridge (Traditional Cantilever Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan. Drive to Paro town where you may visit local shops and have free interaction with local people. Dinner and overnight home stay at a modern Bhutanese family Home which is located on the outskirt of Paro city and the house is surrounded by organic vegetable and flower gardens. (Ambience: Contemporary Bhutanese Lifestyle)
Day 03: A Hike to Paro Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery).
After breakfast check out from Bhutanese Modern Home Stay, because later you halt your last night in Traditional Bhutanese Farm House, where you feel typical Bhutanese Hospitality and experience how the Bhutanese people live in the rural area. Drive to car parking where you will start hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. It’s certainly a iconic wonder of Bhutan because it is one of the scared Buddhist pilimarage site for Buddhist all over the world and also due to its strategic location because its build on steep cliff, looks like bulging out of that steep rock cliff. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take another 1 ½ hours. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.
On the way back visit Kyichu temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Drive to beautiful town of Paro for Bhutanese Handicrafts shopping and interacts with locals people. Later check in to Farm houses in Paro Valley and experience the warm Bhutanese Hospitality atmosphere and relax in Bhutanese Hot stone Bath. Later enjoy Authentic Bhutanese Cuisine with the family members. Overnight at Traditional Bhutanese Farm House. (Ambience: Typical Bhutanese Hospitality Atmosphere)
Day 04: Departure from Paro Bhutan.
After breakfast, travel to the Paro International Airport and your tour guide from BHTC will see you off at the Paro Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
All night stay at 3 star hotel
All transportation throughout the tour
All meals (B/L/D) throughout the tour
All entry fees to dzongs and museums
Complimentary mineral water bottle
Well experienced guide service
Airport pick & drop
Doctor consultancy only
Upgrade to 4 & 5 star hotels
Upgrade to specific language guide
Personal purchases & expenses
Extra cost due to natural calamities
Extra cost due to delays