Day 01: Arrive Paro Bhutan
Fly into Paro by Drukair flight or Bhutan Airlines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by the representative of travel to Thimphu. On arrival at Thimphu, check into your hotel and after a refreshment visit the following:
- Kuenselphodrang (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 Memorial Chorten (Stupa) Visit the late third King’s Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (“the father of modern Bhutan”)
- 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.
- Trashichhoe 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.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing & Thimphu-Paro & Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast visit the following in Thimphu:
- 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.
- Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history.
- School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
- Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market.
After lunch travel to Paro and visit the following:
- 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 Rimpung Bridge (Traditional Cantilever Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan.
- Ta Dzong originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
- Farm houses in Paro Valley and a visit to a farm house offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer.
- Paro town and market where you may visit local shops and have free interaction with local people.
Dinner and over night at a hotel in Paro.
Day 03: A Hike to Paro Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
After breakfast, hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. 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 hour. 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. Later walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point.
On your way back to your hotel, visit Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
In the evening you may relax in the traditional hot stone bath.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 04: Departure from Paro Bhutan
After breakfast, travel to the Paro International Airport and your tour guide will see you off for your flight to your onward destinations.