Bhutan Tour is a 4 days tour in which we get short historical and cultural tour of the sites in Bhutan and hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lakhang
Drugyal Dzong and Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Wangditse Gompa and King’s Memorial Chorten
Visit zoo to see Takin, national animal of Bhutan
Lungchutse Monastery and Chimi Lhakhang fertility Temple
Trip Cost Includes
3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Bhutan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Bhutan
An English speaking local tour guide
All ground transportation/airport pick up drop will be in comfortable private vehicles
Monument entry fee
Trip Cost Excludes
Tips, drinks and Personal expenses
Meals not mentioned in itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Paro & transfer to Thimphu
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu/Delhi/Bangkok/Singapore, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan.
Visit following places: Tachogang Lhakhang is located in Paro district, on the way to Thimphu. It was founded by Thankthong Gyelpo after he experienced a vision of Guru Rimpochhe, Amitaba and Avalokiteshvara near site. The caretakers today are said to be descendants of Thangtong Gyelpo. Inside the temple one can see the masters relics, including his walking stick come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum). Children are blessed by a phurba (ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread.
Simtokha Dzong known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras), Simtokha is often said to be the first dzong built in Bhutan. In fact, there were dzongs in Bhutan as early as 1153, but this was the first dzong built by the Zhabdrung, and was the first structure to incorporate both monastic and administrative facilities. It is also the oldest dzong to have survived as a complete structure.
Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Optional: If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi Hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely homemade articles with no imports.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2,320 m)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 : Bhutan Tour
After breakfast, proceed for the guided tour of city’s main attractions that includes:
Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.
Memorial Chorten: The stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty, KingJigmeDorjiWangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimphu Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but it was converted in a preserve later on as the Takin. The mini zoo contained a small number of Takin but the King of Bhutan later decreed that it was improper for a Buddhist nation to keep an animal in captivity. The animals were set free and the zoo was shut down, but for some reason the Takin refused to leave the area for the forests nearby.
Sangaygang-View Point Among Thimphu’s many tourist attraction is the BBS Tower, also known by the name Sangaygang. Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS)runs the radio and television network of the country and has a telecommunication tower built on the hilltop. It is located at 2685m and offers the view of entire Thimphu valley. The place is best enjoyed during the evening when the sun is setting and the whole city is lighting up.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Thimpu to Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro and do hike to Taktshang Monastery (5hrs hike): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendor.
Along the way, visit the 7th century KyichuLhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
If Time permit, then visit following places:
Dumtse Lhakhang, an unusual chorten-like temple that was built in 1433 (some sources say 1421) by the iron-bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo to subdue a demoness. Look for a mural of Thangtong to the right by the entrance. As you climb clockwise up through the atmospheric three-storeyed mandala-shaped temple core you’ll pass some of the finest murals in Bhutan.The middle floor is devoted to wrathful protectors and the animal-headed deities that the deceased face on their journey through the bardo, the transition between death and rebirth.
Ta Dzong Visit followed by a short walk to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
Rimpung Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzhong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan. The imposing Dzhong is perhaps the finest example of Dzhong architecture existing the world today, the massive buttered walls of the fortress dominate over the valley. The Rinpung Dzhong’s names translates to the ” Fortress on a heap of Jewels ”
In evening we will visit local market of Paro.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro ( Altitude: 2200m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 : Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time. Our representative will help you with exit formalities.
In Bhutan, you will stay in 3 Star Hotels. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability. Hotels also can be upgraded to 5 star in an additional cost.
Food during Bhutan Tour
In Bhutan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners are provided. You will find different food varieties both in vegetarian and non vegetarian options. You can easily find Indian, Chinese, Bhutanese, Tibetan, Nepalese and continental food in any restaurants around the cities of Bhutan.
Best Months for Bhutan Tour
The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Bhutan Tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
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March April May and Sept Oct Nov are the best time for Bhutan Tour
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