Trip overview :
Bhutan is a tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbours, India and China .
Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.
The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s.
Bhutan is a beautiful and peaceful country. The surrounding mountains coupled with the wide array of vegetation and wildlife is a beautiful sight that tells you just how magical it is!
Bhutan is a very unique vacation travel destination. It is not commercialized like most vacation destinations you visit. The country cherishes a “high value low volume” tourism policy for the preservation of the country’s unique heritage and culture in a fast changing world. Relatively few travelers get to visit this tiny magical kingdom, but for those who do, the experience is unforgettable!
Bhutan’s tourism sector is regarded as one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world. Bhutan enjoys a reputation for authenticity, remoteness and a well-protected cultural heritage and natural environment.
Today tourism is a vibrant business with a high potential for growth and further development. The Royal Government of Bhutan adheres strongly to a policy of ‘High Value, Low Impact’ tourism which serves the purpose of creating an image of exclusivity and high- yield for Bhutan.
“To foster a vibrant industry as a positive force in the conservation of environment, promotion of cultural heritage, safeguarding sovereign status of the Nation for significantly contributing to Gross National Happiness.”
The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. The Royal Government of Bhutan recognizes that tourism is a world-wide phenomenon and an important means of achieving socioeconomic development particularly for a developing country like Bhutan. It believes that tourism, in affording the opportunity to travel, can help to promote a deeper understanding among people and to strengthen ties of friendship based on a deeper appreciation and respect for different cultures and lifestyles.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro & drive to Thimpu (54 Kms , 1 hr)
Day 2: Thimpu sightseeing and drive to Paro . Paro sightseeing .
Day 3: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 4: Departure
We fly to Paro by Durk air (Royal Bhutan airlines ) in Bhutan where we are met and driven to Thimpu, the capital. Exquisitely beautiful and brimming with traditional Bhutanese art, architecture, and culture, this tiny capital of Bhutan is nothing less than Shangri-La.
Later we take a walk through ‘downtown’ Thimpu – a cultural immersion and a step back in time. The places we visit are :
Kunenselphordang (Buddha Point ) ,National Textile mueseum, Tashichhoe Dzong , The folk heritage mueseum ,Handicraft Emporium (Craft bazzar )
Kunenselphordang (Buddha Point ): This is the hillock which houses the largest Buddha(169 Ft /51.5 m ) made of bronze and gilded in gold overlooking the Thimpu valley. The place offers the great view of Thimpu valley
National Textile Mueseum : A perfect place to see the art of traditional weaving and it offer the wide range of colorful and intricately woven textiles and designs .
Tashichhoe Dzong : Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along Thimphu river built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.
The folk heritage mueseum: dedicated to connect people with the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage and rural history through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life.
( craft bazaar) Handicrafts Emporium : Visit and local shops for souvenirs ranging from Bhutan’s fine traditional arts, textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelers to other interesting items made from local materials.
After breakfast we will visit ,Memorial Chorten, Bhutan post offec HQ , Bhutanese traditional paper making factory , school of traditional paintings, Farmers market , and later in the afternoon we drive to Paro to visit Paro Rinpung Dzong , Paro farm house and Paro town
Memorial Chorten : Also known as Thimphu Chorten, this stupa is located at the heart of the Thimphu city and was built in 1974 to honour the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1928-1972) popularly known as Father of modern Bhutan.
Bhutan post offec HQ : A place where you can get your personalized Bhutanese Stamps . Here you can see the wide range of stamp collection and you can also get the new stamps for your postcards.
Bhutanese traditional paper making factory: This age old hand made paper factory has an special importance in Bhutan and considered a valuable national heritage and deserves well preservation.
School of traditional paintings (Institute for Zorig Chusum): This institute, commonly known as 'the painting school', operates four- to six-year courses that provide instruction in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts. Bhutan is popular in preserving its old traditional arts. You will be able to see youths doing wood carving, mask making, weaving, embroidering etc.
Farmers market ( open thu-sun) : This is like an weekend market where farmers from across Bhutan sell their foodstuff and local arts to the Thimpu city dwellers . A large number of Thimpu residents , tourist flock in this market which provides great photo opportunity and also provide opportunity to interact with the local people and farmers.
Later in the afternoon we drive to Paro and visit Paro Rinpung Dzong , Ta Zhong , Paro farm house and Paro town
Paro 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 folklore. The Dzong was built in 1645 to defend Bhutan formTibetan Invaders and the builiding now serves as the administrative center and school for monks . From Dzong you will walk to Rinpung Bridge(Cantiliver bridge ) probably the oldest bridge in Bhutan.
Ta Dzong : Originally the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted into the National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts a wide range of antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and natural and historic artifacts.
Farm house: we will also visit farm house to understand the living of Bhutnase farmers
Paro Town and Market place : Like in other it will be interesting to take a stroll around Paro town and engage in shopping and interacting with the locals.
Following an early breakfast you undertake a walk to the Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, which is perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this place, hence the monastery is also called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site is a place of pilgrimage which Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime. The excursion up to the viewing area located on a rocky outcrop across a ravine from the monastery, takes about five hours round trip. Lunch is enjoyed at the main viewpoint of the trek. Though the climb is steep, the journey is most worthwhile on account of the superb views.
On the way back visit Kychu Temple, one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan king Songsten Gompo to accumulate power for spreading Buddhism across the Himalays . Evenig you are free to relax at Bhutanese Hot Stone bath .
Morning after breakfast we fly back to kathmandu or onward journey .
All the required airport transfers
Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
Service of english speaking tour guide
Twin share accomodations
Daily breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner in the local restaurant .
Entrance fees at the places of visit
Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
All the government taxes /Government Royalty
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner in the local restaurant .
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
- All the government taxes /Government Royalty
- FIT surcharge
- Visa Fee
Welcome and Farewell with KHADA Scarf , Welcome drink , 01 bottle of mineral water every day during sightseeing ).
Services exclude :
- Travel insurance
- Flight cost to and from Bhutan
- International flight cost
- Emergency rescue
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks/barbills , internet, laundry, telephone, postage, tipping.
- Expenses arising from from flight delays, flight cancellations, bad weather , road blockade,landslides, riots,political reasons ,natural calamities, incidents beyond our control.
- Room/hotel upgrading
- Services other than specified in the inclusions.