Day 01: Arrive Paro Bhutan and drive towards Thimphu (Altitude 2,320m)
Fly to Paro by Druk Air or Bhutan Air lines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by our representative of Yellow Bhutan Travellers and drive towards Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan.
Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after lunch visit the following places:
- 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.
- Changzamtok Weaving Center to observe beautiful colorful silk and cotton textiles being woven into shawls, scarves and traditional Bhutanese dresses.
- 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”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity.
- Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. In the evening, free to relax or stroll around Thimphu town, do shopping, etc.
Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu
After breakfast drive to the following places:
- Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). 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.
- Changangkha Lhakhang
- Centenary farmers market. Thimphu’s weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favorite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life.
- Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese living traditions.
- The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
- Then, drive to Takin Preserve. The Takin is national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and goat.
- Evening time can be spent strolling through the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy Bhutanese hand-woven textiles, paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu
Day 03: Paro (Altitude 2,280m)
After breakfast drive towards Paro. In Paro visit the following places:
- Then walk down the trail 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.
- 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.
- Check out a village farm house where you can see the life style of a Bhutanese family.
- Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism.
- Evening free time for visiting the town
- Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 04: Paro.
After breakfast, drive to Paro which takes about an hour and 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 about 1 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.
After the hike and while driving back to hotel.
If you are not too tired then you can have an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area.
In the evening relax and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 05: Fly towards your destination