Bhutan. The last Shangri-la. A tiny, mountain kingdom, where happiness is the true measure of progress, Bhutan’s stunning natural landscapes and harmonious living culture makes it a truly unique destination, unlike any other in the world.
Dominated by the Buddhist culture, the Bhutanese culture is one of peace, serenity and harmony. The traditional culture of the nation has been very well-preserved, while the introduction of TV and the Internet has seen a growth in Western influences as well. Bhutan offers free education to its citizens and most also have access to rudimentary healthcare. The pleasant climate, the warm and welcoming locals and the presence of some stunning natural beauty all make Bhutan a must-visit tourism destination.
While most tourists explore the cultural side of Bhutan, with visits to ancient and spiritually rich monasteries and other holy places, Bhutan also offers a breath-taking experience for the naturalist and adventure seeker. With the east region of the kingdom now open to visitors, travel enthusiasts now have the opportunity to explore forgotten and somewhat isolated sections of one of the world’s oldest cultures, while the challenging mountain landscape provides beautiful views and a chance to breathe in the fresh, mountain air.
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Fly in to Paro International Airport. Post disembarkation and immigation formalities, our representative will transfer you to Thimphu. The drive takes about an hour to complete and gives you your first glimpse into local life in Bhutan. Upon arrival in Thimphu, our representative will escort you to your hotel and assist with check-in formalities. After settling in to your room, take some time to relax and acclimatize yourself to the altitude. Spend the day exploring the city f Thimphu at your own leisure. Grab a meal at a local Bhutanese restaurant or sample cuisine from around the world at any of the restaurants around the city. Thimphu is also known for its nightlife, with glamorous nightclub interiors, amazing live performances by talented, local musicians and DJs playing the latest, international hits. Food and drinks are on the economical side as well, thus ensuring a fun night out. Head back to your hotel and settle in. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
After breakfast at the hotel, head out to discover the city of Thimphu. First, stop off at the National Memorial Chorten. Built in 1974, the stupa is dedicated to the 3rd King of Bhutan. Other must-visit spots include a stop at the National Folk Heritage Museum, a traditional house that showcases rural life, the Royal Textile Academy which houses a display of exquisite Bhutanese textiles stretching back to the 1600s. Check out the selection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts at the National Library, or head to the post office and get a customized, commemorative stamp for a nominal price. Drive to the Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the Thimphu valley, strategically built to provide a birds eye view of the entire valley. Stop off at the Taskin Preserve in Motithang, a wildlife preserve dedicated to the care and preservation of the Taskin, the national animal of Bhutan. Cap off your visit with a trip to the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretarial building which is also home to the throne room of the King of Bhutan as well as the seat of the chief abbot of Bhutan. At night, grab a traditional meal and then head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
On Day 3, after breakfast, get set for a transfer to Punakha. En route, admire the view at the 10,500 feet high Dorchula Pass. The pass offers an unparalleled view of the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt. Gangkar Puensum, while the 108 memorial stupas, built by the eldest queen mother add to the picturesque setting of the pass. On the way to Punakha, stop off at Chimi Lakhang, a famous Buddhist monastery. A 20 minute walk through the rice paddies brings you in sight of the monastery, blessed by “The Divine Madman”, maverick saint Drukpa Kinley. Post visiting the monastery, head in to Punakha. Upon arrival in Punakha, our representative will escort you to your hotel and assist you in the check-in formalities. After setlting in, head out to visit the historic and magnificent Punakha Dzong. Majestically standing on the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the ancient Dzong is one of the most photogenic in all of Tibet and is widely recognized all across the world. Historically significant, the dzong houses precious relics of past Bhutanese kings and is a must-visit site in Bhutan. Spend the rest of the evening exploring Punakha by foot, and head back to your hotel and settle in for the night. Overnight stay in Punakha.
After breakfast, head back on the road towards the Dochula pass, onwards to Paro. Upon arrival in Paro, our representative will escort you to your hotel and assist you in the check-in formalities. After settling in to your room, head out and explore the historic town of Paro, with its scattered sacred sites and historical monuments all over the town. The Paro valley is the most verdant across all of Bhutan and as such, the landscape is dominated by some stunning natural scenery. Paro is known for its peace and quiet and is a perfect relaxation spot for those seeking some rest and relaxation. Visit the National Museum of Bhutan, home to artifacts of Bhutanese history and culture, the Rinpung Dzong, also known as Paro Dzong. Built in 1645 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the imposing square fortress houses the district monastic body and the government administrative houses. The complex houses 200 monks and is revered across Bhutan for its spiritual influence. Spend some time souvenir shopping and then head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Paro.
Grab an early breakfast and head out for a day of sightseeing and trekking. Make the 15 kilometer drive to Drugkyel Dzong. The Dzong is the ruins of a fortress, built in the 16th century to commemorate a victory over the invading Tibetan forces. The Dzong offers an unparalleled view of the towering 24,003 ft tall Mt. jomolhari. Revered as a powerful goddess, the mountain serves as the border between Bhutan and neighbouring Tibet and provides a marvelous backdrop to the ruined Dzong. From Drugkyel Dzong, head further to the world famous Taktsang monastery. The unofficial symbol of Bhutan, this impressive monastery is perched along the edge of a 1,200 meter cliff. The trek up to the monastery (optional) takes about 2-3 hours to complete and is usually broken up in the middle at the café on the ridge across the monastery. Takstsang was established as a sacred meditation space by Guru Rinpoche and is painstakingly preserved, tho showcase its ancient culture. The final visit of the day is to Kichu Lakhang, one of the 108 sites, miraculously built by King Sompten Gampo in one night, according to legend. Head back to your hotel and get your last minute packing done. Head out and grab a local meal and then head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Paro.
After breakfast, head to Paro International Airport and board your flight to your onward destination.