Trip Length: 05 Day
Activity: Cultural Spiritual Experience
Season: All Year Around
Trip Level: Moderate
Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Flight
This 4 nights 5 days Bhutan Tour is a fly in fly out tour to Bhutan. The tour offers you plenty of time to explore the wonderful monasteries and experience the unique lifestyle of the Bhutanese people.
You will fly in Druk Air from Kathmandu to Paro Airport. Enjoy the once in a lifetime himalayan flight over the Himalayas. Visit Memorial Chorten, Handicraft Emporium, Tashicho Dzong, excursion to Cheri Gompa, hiking to the famous Taktsang Monastery and many adventures to do.
Day 1: Fly to Paro; Transfer to Thimphu (L/D)
On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to Thimphu.
Sightseeing in Thimphu includes the visit of Late King's Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Zangtopleri Lhakhang, Drubthob Nunnery, takin preserve, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc.
Also take a tour of the king’s administrative building known as Tashicho Dzong. Overnight at Hotel
2: Thimphu – Excursion to Cheri Gompa
After breakfast, we will drive towards northern end of the valley for about 20 minutes to get started for an exciting walk to CHERI GOMPA (monastery).
This is a pleasant rural drive, gently up a valley through paddy fields and woodland via a Tibetan village. From Dodena, after crossing the cantilevered bridge, it is another 30-45 minutes steep climb up hill. Cheri Dorji Dhen was first built in 1620 by Shabdrung, the first ruler of Bhutan, who also established the first order of monks here. It is usually possible to enter Cheri courtyard and also shall be allowed to visit the shrines inside.
Descend to the bottom of the hill, where your transport arrives to take you back to Thimphu.
In the late afternoon/evening drive to the site of Colorful Weekend Market where people from all walks of life come to sell and buy their stuffs. It’s place to get an experience with Bhutanese lifestyle, tradition and culture.
Note: Saturdays and Sundays are the days of weekend Market but most people rush on Friday to buy fresh vegetable/fruits and other goods which arrives earlier in the day from nearby districts and places. Overnight at Hotel
Day 3: Drive to Paro and sightseeing (B/L/D)
This morning a scenic drive of 1 hr will bring us to one of the well known tourist destination in Paro valley.
Before going to Paro take a diversion to the Chele La pass at an altitude of aprrox. 3900m/1300ft. On one side is the Paro and on the other side is Haa valley. Take a short leg straitening walk on the pass when the temperature is cool.
Weather permitting you will see the Bhutanese Himalayas from the pass including the highest peak Gangar Puensum 7546 m and second highest peak Jumolhari Peak 7314 m.
On your way back to Paro, we will stop at a place for the hike (optional) to a monastery called Dzondrakha which looks similar to famous Tiger’s Nest monastery but located at shorter hiking distance. Half the walk will be along the agricultural field and very easy, another half will be an uphill climb and when both versions of hikes are summed up it will take less than 1 hour to reach at the top where the monastery stands. On reaching the site of the monastery, one would enjoy the view of the fertile Paro valley below. Your guide will take you inside the main temple of the monastery.
Time permitting visit Dungtse Lhakhang and Rinpung Dzong. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Taktshang Hike (B/L/D)
In the morning drive to Ramthangkha, The Terminating Point of the Motorable Road then hike to the Tiger’s nest, you can also take a pony ride with additional cost US$12 per person, to halfway to the most highlighted Buddhist temple in entire Himalayas, Afternoon Visit Kyichu lhakhang,one of the oldest temple in Bhutan , Visit Ta Dzong National Museum and Paro Ringpung Dzong Built in 17th Century to defend the valley against the Tibetan invaders, old watch tower. You will get an ample chance to see the old and new textiles, armours, flora and fauna collections. Overnight at Hotel
Day 5: Departure (B)
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport in Paro for departure flight. Remember to check in 2 hours before departure.