Glimpse of Bhutan Tour

Trip information
Bhutan remained entirely disconnected from the rest of the world until the 1960s. Therefore, visiting the country and witnessing its rich culture that the government has carefully tried to preserve, is an achievement in itself. On our 4-day tour we will be visiting popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimpu. In Paro we visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple and various dzongs (fortresses). Next, we travel to Thimpu and visit some of its popular landmarks including the majestic Tashichho Dzong, King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Mini Zoo and others. While there we also drive up the Radio Tower for excellent views of Thimpu.

This is an extremely well though tour that covers many beautiful highlights of Bhutan - yet within a very short time. Ideally suitable for people who have long wanted to visit this beautiful country but do not have longer holidays.

Day to day itinerary

Day1: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro
Day2: Paro to Thimpu
Day3: Sightseeing in Thimpu
Day4:Final Departure

Itinerary in Detail

Day 01:  Arrival and Sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
As our flight nears Bhutan we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative who will take us to our hotel. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro.

Day 02:  Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft) 54 km, 1hour:
Hike to Tiger’s Nest MonasteryAfter breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. This afternoon, we will drive to Thimphu, and spend the night.

Day 03:  Sightseeing in Thimphu (2,320m/7,424ft)
In the morning, we visit King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and the radio tower (for a great view of the Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong). After lunch, we visit other landmarks of Thimpu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimpu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimpu.

Day 04:  Final Departure
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave Thimpu for Paro airport which will take us around 1 hour. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.

Trip Facts

Activities: Cultural and Historical Tours

Trip Duration: 4 Days

Altitude:Max: 2350m

Accommodation: Standard hotel

Meals: All meals

Transportation: Private vehicles

Group Size: Maximum of 14 people