4-Day Glimpse of Bhutan
This trip covers highlights of Thimphu and Paro and offers a glimpse into western Bhutan in a fairly short period of time. Visit iconic structures, numerous historical sites and experience Bhutanese culture, art, food, and architecture.
- Accommodation (twin sharing basis) in Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) certified 3 star hotels
- All meals
- All internal transport in a SUV or Mini Bus
- A licensed tour guide and a driver during the tour
- Entrance fees and activities as per itinerary
- All taxes and charges
- Government Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of US $ 65 per night
- One time visa processing fee of US $ 40
- All drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature
- Tips and gratuities
- Flight tickets
Upon cancelation of the tour after booking, the following charges apply:
- Cancelled 40+ days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – Full Refund
- Cancelled 35-39 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 50% Refund
- Cancelled 30-34 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 25% Refund
- Cancelled within 30 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – No Refund
Day 1: Paro to Thimphu
You will be received at the Paro international airport by our guide and will proceed to visit:
- Paro Rinpung Dzong : A fortress consecrated in 1646 as the administrative and monastic centre of the western Bhutan.
- Paro Ta Dzong : The National Museum of Bhutan that exhibits collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts like traditional costumes, weapons and handcrafts.
- Drugyel Dzong : The ruined structure was built in 1649 to celebrate the victory of Drukpas (Bhutanese) over Tibetan invasion. Unfortunately, in 1951 it caught fire and razed to ground leaving behind the collapsed walls.
Then drive towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan (approx. 1 hr, 20 mins drive). Night halt at Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing
- National Memorial Chorten (temple) : The iconic monument constructed in the loving memory of our late third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
- Dordenma statue in Kuenselphodrang : One of the tallest structures of Shakyamuni Buddha called Dordenma, is made of bronze and gilded in gold, measuring 169 ft (51.4 meters) tall, It overlooks Thimphu city.
- Mothithang Takin Preserve : Wildlife reserve area for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan found only in the eastern Himalayas.
- Changangkha Lhakhang : A 12th century monastery is often flocked by people for blessings from the protective deity Tamdrin.
- Centenary Farmers Market : (open only on friday, saturday, and sunday)
- Jungshi paper factory : Traditional art form of paper making.
- Tashichhodzong : It houses the throne room, King’s office and many vital government agencies.
Night halt at Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu to Paro
- Tachogang lhakhang(temple) is located along Paro-Thimphu highway. It was built in the early 15th century by the great master architect Thangthong Gyelpo and is now currently run by his descendants.
- Paro Airport (Birds eye view)
- Kyichu Lhakhang: which was built in 7thcentury by Buddhist Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, holds significance in the advent of Buddhism in Bhutan.
- Drukgyel Dzong: Built in 1649 at the behest of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.
- Taktsang the Tiger’s Nest: Taktsang literally means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ is perched amazingly on a rocky cliff at 3120 meters above sea level. It is believed to be the cave where Guru Padmasambhava flew on a tigress’s back and meditated for years to subdue evil demons. It is a hike of 2-3 hours uphill to the monastery and is irresistibly gratifying with incredible view and will leave a lasting impression of your journey to Bhutan.
Day 4: Depart
Depart from Paro to your onward destination.