Day 01 : Flight
first thing you will notice as you disembark
is the transparent purity of air and the
absence of noise. The Paro valley
has kept its bucolic nature inspite of
the airport and the existence of development
projects. Fields, brown or green depending
on the season, cover most of the valley
floor, while hamlets and isolated farms
dot the countryside. The houses of Paro
valley are considered to be among
the most beautiful in the country. Paro
is believed to be one of the first valleys
to have received the imprint of Buddhism.
Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong).
Once the watchtower for the Rinpung
Dzong, it was converted into the National
Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a
promontory overlooking the Paro valley
in all its glory.
Visit the Paro Rinpung
Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually
from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle
roofing and abutted by two guardhouses,
to the Dzong. Today, the Dzong is the
seat of the district administration as
well as the home for the monastic school.
The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong,
with its superb woodwork, is one of the
most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong
was built in 1645 A.D.Check in at Hotel.
Day 02 : Thimphu
Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, sprawling
up a hillside on the West Bank of the
Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River].
Thimphu is unlike any otherworld
capital. Small and secluded the city is
quiet and there are never the traffic
jams familiar in other Asian Capitals.
It is often said that Thimphu is
the only world capital without traffic
lights. Thimphu's main shopping street
is a delight not so much for what you
can buy there, but for the picturesqueness
of the architecture and national costume.
Beautiful weaves in wool, silk and cotton,
basketwork, silver jewellery, thangkas
and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom
are available in various Handicraft Emporiums.
Morning : Visit
the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa
built in memory of the third King who
reigned from 1952-1972.
Visit the National
Library where ancient manuscripts are
Visit the Painting
School where traditional art is still
preserved. Artists are taught to paint
Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll).
Visit the Handicrafts
Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese
textiles and other arts and crafts.
Visit the Weekend market
where vendors from throughout the region
arrive on Friday afternoon and remain
till Sunday. Here you will find indigenous
goods, handicrafts, locally produced goods,
: Visit Semtokha Dzong. This
is the oldest fortress in Bhutan,
built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang
Namgyal. It also houses the largest
monastic schools in the country.
Dzong - the main secretariat building.
It is from here that the King and other
prominent civil servants run the country.
The Head Abbot and the central monastic
body also reside here during the summer.
Visit Pangri Zampa
Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing
Palace (5 km. from Thimphu). This
temple was the first residence of Shabdrung
Ngawang Narngyal when he arrived in
Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Ngawang Chogyel,
the great ancestor of the Shabdrung, built
it during the first quarter of the 16th
Day 03 : Thimphu
sightseeing / Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang
After breakfast transfer to Punakha/Wangdue.
En-route stop at Dochula Pass (3150 m),
30 km from Thimphu, for tea and
biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern
Himalayan Mountains. From Dochula
to Wangdue, its another two hours
Dzong is perched on a spur at the
confluence of 02 rivers. The position
of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely
covers the spur and commands an impressive
view over both the north-south and east-west
roads. The main road climbs the length
of the spur and on the left, across the
river, comes the first glimpse of the
picturesque village of Rinchengang
whose inhabitants are celebrated stonemasons.
After lunch in Lobesa,
visit the Punakha Dzong. This is
the winter residence of Bhutans
spiritual leader, the Head Abbot,
and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong
is built between two rivers known as Phochu
(Male River) and Mochu
(Female River). Return to Thimphu.
Day 04 : Thimphu
/ Paro sightseeing ( Excursion to Taktsang
Transfer to Paro for 03 hrs hike to the
Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is
the most famous of all Bhutanese monasteries.
It is perched on the side of a cliff 900
m above the floor of the Paro valley,
where the only sounds are the murmurs
of the wind, and water and the chanting
of the monks.
The name Taktsang means Tigers
Nest; the Guru is said to have
flown on the back of a tigress to the
site of the monastery where he meditated
in a cave for three months.
itself is closed to tourists except by
special permit. However the one-hour walk
to the viewpoint, where there is a small
wooden teahouse provides a close-up view
of the monastery. Its also
a good warm-up hike if you are going trekking.
In the evening visit
a farmhouse for traditional hot
stone bath and local hospitality.
Overnight at Paro.
Day 05 : Departure
to onward destination.