Bhutan at a glance
The flight to Paro offers magnificent sight of some of the highest peaks in the world and provides a scenic view of the Paro valley as you land. One can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing immigration and customs, you will be received by our representative from Vajrayana Tours and Travels and driven to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. The journey from Paro to Thimphu takes approximately an hour and a half.
Explore the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the national textile museum. Visit the General Post Office and purchase the world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value.
Drive to Sangyegang viewpoint from here you could see the entire Thimphu valley. On way back, stop at the the Takin (National animal and endangered species) preserve. En route, visit the Zilukha nunnery.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu-Paro
The second day starts with exploring Thimphu. We will visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and religious artifacts, and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Institute of Art & Painting school where traditional painting and other crafts are still practiced. Visit the Indigenous Hospital where the traditional medicine are made and ancient healing arts are still practiced.
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, which houses the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room, and the offices and living quarters of the monk body. Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and maybe purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory. Drive to Buddha point.
Afterwards, drive to Paro and dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro
In the morning, hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Also known as Tiger’s Nest). Built amazingly on a cliff (perched 900m above the floor of Paro Valley), it brings pride to the Bhutanese about the work of their ancestors. The most important architecture and one of the holiest place in Buddhist world which dates back to 8th century, it is said that Guru Padmasambava arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence, it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Choose between a 2 hour round trip hike to the Monastery viewpoint or a longer 3-4 hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself.
After lunch, if time permits, take a quick visit to Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit. Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 7th century by Tibetan king to subdue giant ogress in the eastern Himalayan region in order to propagate the religion. Afterwards, simply spend the time relaxing at the hotel or enjoy a well earned massage or hot stone bath.
In the evening, visit weaving centre and souvenir shopping in Paro town.
Overnight in Paro valley.
Day 04: Departure
Representative from Vajrayana tours and travels will see you off.