Trip Duration – 5 nights 6 days
Places Covered- Thimphu, Paro, Punakha
Day 1– Paro – Thimphu
After you arrive in Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative from Colorful Bhutan Travels.
The flight into Paro on Druk Air/Bhutan airlines (only international flight) is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan. If the weather is clear you can see magnificent views of the peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land on arrival at Paro international airport.
From Paro, we drive to Thimphu, where you will check in to your Hotel and after lunch we will visit Memorial Chorten(temple) which was built in 1974 in memory of the Late Third King of Bhutan. On any given day, you shall find people circumambulating this temple in order to gain merits for all sentient beings.
Then we will spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 2 – Thimphu – Thimphu
After breakfast, we will take a short trip to the north of Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve. It is a wildlife reserve area for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. The reason for declaring takin as a national animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lam Drukpa Kinley, famously known as Divine Mad Man. Then we drive to Kuenselphodrang, popularly known as the “Buddha Point” where a statue of the Buddha measuring 54 meters tall sits above the Thimphu valley. Then we will Visit Folk Heritage Museum: it is a restored three-story traditional rammed mud and timber that resembles the rural household in the Thimphu area during the mid-19th century, domestic tools equipment’s that were used by rural families of that period and also provides you a glimpse of lifestyle, items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households. Then we will stop for lunch.
After lunch, we will visit Royal Textile Academy, which was instituted in 2005 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuk as a non-profit organization. You will learn about the Bhutan’s living national art of Thagzo (weaving). After that we will also visit the folk heritage Museum which was opened in 2001 from the initiative of founder Her Majesty the Queen mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. After that we will visit The National Institute of Zorig Chusum: is the center for Bhutanese Art education. It was set up by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all the traditional arts forms. The curricula cover a comprehensive course of drawing, painting, wood and slate craving, embroidery, sculptures, weaving and paper making.
Later in the evening we will be visiting Tashichhoe Dzong the “Fortress of Auspicious Religion” where today like most of the other fortresses in Bhutan serves as the Administrative and Religious Center.
Evening at leisure in Thimphu town.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 3– Thimphu – Punakha
After breakfast, we drive out of Thimphu to the Royal Botanical Park for a day in a nature. Along the way you will drive by the Dochula pass, where 108 stupas were built as a war monument after the 2003 war in the southern Bhutan against Indian insurgents and on the clear day you will see the Himalayan mountain ranges. Later after lunch we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang(temple) also known popularly as the “fertility temple”. This temple is reputed for granting children to couples who come to seek blessings for a child. People who come to this temple are blessed with a wooden phallus with a silver handle and the bow and arrows of the famous 15thcentury Buddhist saint called “Drukpa Kuenley” to whom this temple is dedicated. Then we will directly check into the hotel. After resting for some time then we will visit Visit Punakha Dzong located in between two rivers, mo Chu (Female River) from its left and pho Chu (Male River) from its right, it was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in commanding position at the confluence. The Dzong was called Druk Pungthang Decchen Phodrang (the palace of Great Happiness) in olden days and arguably the country’s most attractive Dzong.
Overnight at Punakha
Day 4 – Punakha – Paro
After breakfast, we drive back to Paro. On the way visit Tamchok Lhakhang built by Thangthong Gyelpo or the Iron bridge builder as he is known. This former saint from the 15th century introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains. Then we will check in to your hotel. After taking some rest then we will go for a lunch. After lunch we will be visiting Paro National Museum. It was established in 1968, in the renovated ancient Ta-dzong building under the command of His Majesty, the king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It houses for some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and painting. Suitable galleries were constructed to house the extensive collections. The works of art is elegantly displayed on scientific lines. After the museum we will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. Under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal the dzong was built in 1646 and it was established as administrative and monastic centre of the western region and it became known as Rinpung Dzong (meaning Heap of Jewels). The dzong is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.
Evening, we will take a stroll along the Paro town at leisure.
Overnight at Paro
Day 5– Paro – Paro
After early breakfast we will drive towards the base of Tigers nest and we will start our hike. Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World. The temple itself is perched on a granite cliff that drops 2,000 feet to the valley floor. The name is derived from a legend that Guru Rinpoche flew across the mountains to this spot on the back of a tigress,
Later after lunch we will visit Kichu Monastery which is one of the oldest monastery built by Tibetan king in 7th century
Overnight at Paro
Day 6– After breakfast, your driver and guide will drive you to the airport for your out bound journey.
Tour cancellation & refund policy
Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
In the event of cancelled or shortened trips due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made due to the company already having paid for hotels and other logistics.
No refund will be made for missed connections or no show at the airports.