Glimpse Tour of Bhutan
01Arrive Paro by Druk Air. Drive to Thimphu. (55km, Time: 2 hours)
02Thimphu sightseeing – Drive to Punakha ( 72km, 2 hours)
04Drive to Paro via Thimphu ( 135km, 3-4 hours)
05Excursion to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Visit of Historical places:
06Fly back to Nepal
Day 01Arrive Paro by Druk Air. Drive to Thimphu. (55km, Time: 2 hours)Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan National Airline. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most beautiful scenery of the snow-capped mountains and lush valleys. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fort), the National Museum and the Paro town. You will be greeted by our local representative at the airport & welcome you to Bhutan with traditional scarves. After completing the formalities, you will drive through fascinating valley of Paro to Thimphu. A mixture of rice fields, apple orchards and farm houses. After passing the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers, the road ascends and the valley turns into a narrow gorge before widening out at Namseling, and soon the quaint shrubs of Thimphu begins to appear. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and is the only large settlement in Bhutan. Thimphu has a special charm and it is fascinating to sit and watch a gathering of local people in the town square, wearing their traditional dress, and going about their business in a typically unhurried Bhutanese way. Overnight at the hotel. LD
Day 02Thimphu sightseeing – Drive to Punakha ( 72km, 2 hours) Following your breakfast, enjoy full day of sightseeing that includes: Memorial Chorten: Buddha Point:. Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu dating back to 15th century. Mini Zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, Sangaygang view point from here the whole of Thimphu valley can be seen. Nunnery where the Bhddhist nuns are practicing dharma National Library: It holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and also modern academic books. Handicrafts Emporiums: It displays wide range of products such as beautifully woven fabrics for man & women, crafted products & other decorative items. National Institute for Zorig Chusum (thirteen traditional arts & crafts). In the course of history Bhutan has developed a unique artistic tradition, which has played a vital role in modeling its distinct cultural heritage and this tradition is reflected in thirteen traditional arts & crafts. Traditional medicine Institute: rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom. Tashichhodzong: The biggest fort of Bhutan built in 1648. It houses secretariat building, King’s throne room and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot. In the afternoon, drive to Punakha, the winter residence of chief abbot. The road climbs for about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3150M. Weather permitting, this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Proceed to Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in spring then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance. On arrival, check in to your hotel.
Day 03Punakha Sightseeing.Following breakfast, visit the Punakha Dzong some 7-8 km away from the hotel. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phochhu & Mochhu (male & female rivers). This dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637. Drive some 8 km north; cross the suspension bridge and hike for 45 minutes to a newly built Kham Sum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten built by one of the 4 queen mothers for the protection of the country and to bring peace in the world. The After lunch, visit Chime Lhakhang. This temple is dedicated to famous Drukpa Kagyud Lama “Drukpa Kuenley”. The temple is situated on a hillock above Yoakha village. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04Drive to Paro via Thimphu ( 135km, 3-4 hours) Following breakfast, drive back to Thimphu/Paro via the same road crossing over Dochula pass at an elevation of 3150m. Weather permitting you can enjoy the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas. Lunch will e served in Thimphu. After lunch do your last souvenir shopping and then drive to Paro. On arrival, check in to your hotel.
Day 05Excursion to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Visit of Historical places: Following breakfast, drive Paro and hike to Taktsang (tiger’s Den) monastery hanging on a cliff 800m above the valley. After lunch, continue to walk down to the bottom of the valley. Drive further north and visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victorious Drukpas). On your way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and the most sacred temple in Bhutan. Drive to visit Ta-dzong (national museum) an ancient tower, which served as watch tower to the Paro Rimpong Dzong until 1968 when it was converted into museum. The museum collection includes displays of spectacular thankas (religious scroll painting), ancient artifacts dating from 7th century onwards, beautiful Bhutanese stamps, temple with tree of wisdom depicting the history of Buddhism, collection of animals, birds & butterflies and the good collection of ancient armors such as canons, guns, shield, bows & arrows, spears etc. After the museum, drive back to Hotel.
Day 06Fly back to Nepal Following breakfast, drive to airport for your onward flight.