4 Days & 3 Nights
DAY 1: Arrival in Paro & Transfer to Thimphu
Bhutan is a landscape of fluttering flags and majestic monasteries. It is also famous for its essentially undisturbed ecology and traditional ways of life. The serene atmosphere is a perfect setting for adventures and exploration. This tour would commence with your arrival in Paro, where you would be greeted by a Happy Holidays representative at the airport and he shall brief you about the tour, itinerary, inclusions, as well as cultural practices of Bhutan, including some, do’s and don’ts.
Then, you would be transferred to Thimphu. This journey from Paro to Thimphu would be an amazingly scenic drive with views of mesmerizing mountains and flowing rivers. The distance between Paro and Thimphu is 70 km and would take approximately 1.5 hours to cover.
On reaching Thimphu, you would go for the local sightseeing to the Memorial Chorten which is the most visible religious structure in Thimphu followed by the Buddha Point View to see the huge of Buddha Dordenma (8th tallest statue of Buddha in the world). The view of the valley from this point is as magnificent as the statue of Lord Buddha that resides on the premises.
In the evening, you would be taken to Trashichhoedzong -a strikingly large structure, surrounded by manicured lawns and beautiful gardens, which houses the throne room, offices of the secretariat and the King.
DAY 2 Transfer from Thimphu to Paro
The morning after Breakfast visit General Post Office where one can buy one of the most beautiful stamps in the world and post cards too. You can print your own stamps with your own
Paro is often called the gateway to the Himalayan Kingdom. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, you would be transferred to Paro. The distance between Punakha and Paro is 150 km; it would take approximately 5 hours to cover.
After lunch, you would visit the National Museum of Paro which displays the antique items gathered from different parts of the country, in a revamped Ta-dzong building. Then, you will visit to Rinpung Dzong, the “Fortress of the Heap of Jewels“. It is also an architectural wonder, setting the tone for official dzongs throughout the Kingdom and inviting the visitor to wonder at the cultural strength of the Kingdom’s heritage. The dzong was built in 1646. The town of Paro is small with most of the inhabitants living in the valley that surrounds the town. Paro has the highest yielding farmlands in the kingdom. Apart from commanding a slightly elevated strategic point overlooking the longest stretch of the Paro valley, Rinpung dzong is symbolic as the religious and secular centre of all affairs in the valley.
DAY 3: Local Sightseeing in Paro
Get set for exploring Paro after a delicious breakfast at the hotel; you would be picked up from your hotel at approximately 8.30 am for a hike to the famous Tiger’s nest temple. The Temple or Taksang Monastery is the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at the monastery. Perched precariously on the edge of a 1200m cliff, this monastery is an impressive sight and the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. The up-hill hike would take around 2 hours. You could also choose to ride a horse from the parking lot to the monastery. If the full hike sounds a bit tough, you can hike for 1 hour to the cafeteria- a wooden tea-house restaurant which offers a good view of the monastery.
By afternoon, you you would be taken to the Kyichu Lhakhang. This temple built in 659 is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and is believed to have been built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalayas.
DAY 4: Departure from Paro
After breakfast, you would check out from the hotel and be transferred to the airport.