Glimpses of Bhutan tour is one of the shortest tour in Bhutan. On our 5-days tour we will be visiting popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimphu. In Paro we visit Rinpung Dzong, national museum and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple before hiking to the extraordinary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery the next day. In Thimphu we tour some of its popular landmarks including the Memorial Chorten, nunnery Temple, Bhutanese traditional ...See more
Glimpses of Bhutan tour is one of the shortest tour in Bhutan. On our 5-days tour we will be visiting popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimphu. In Paro we visit Rinpung Dzong, national museum and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple before hiking to the extraordinary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery the next day. In Thimphu we tour some of its popular landmarks including the Memorial Chorten, nunnery Temple, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum and more.
Glimpses of Bhutan tour itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Paro. Drive to Thimpu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Thimpu hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tours all over Thimpu and Punakha. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Sightseeing of Thimpu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Sightseeing of Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Departure from Paro for onward destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro
Fly Druk Air from Kathmandu to Paro. Upon arrival in Paro, clear customs and immigration. Keep your copy of the visa clearance letter handy. P.P size pictures are no longer required and your visa has been paid. Meet your Guide and driver outside the terminal building and transfer Punakha. Overnight hotel, Punakha.
Drive from Paro to Punakha: The distance of about 140kms from Paro town takes about 3 ½ hours. Drive south following Pachu river to the river confluence at Chuzom, which is also the hub of road network going to Paro, Ha, Thimphu and Phuntsholing.
Punakha: Punakha is located at the lower elevation of about 1,250m with pleasant winters. Cactuses, Oranges, bananas and sub-tropical plants are found here. Punakha was once the winter capital of Bhutan, the tradition that is still held by the Central Monastic body
DAY 02: Punakha - Thimphu (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit beautiful Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. In the evening stroll around the capital city. Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.
Punakha Dzong: or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang "Palace of Great Happiness" is located on the confluence of two rivers, the Pho and Mochu.
Chimi Lhakhang: a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as “the divine madman” and considered a folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways.
DAY 03: THIMPHU - PARO (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit the following sites in the capital; Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin Sanctuary, Traditional School of arts & crafts, Buddha Point, paper factory, weekend market (open: Friday-Sunday) and Tashicho Dzong. In the late afternoon, drive to Paro for about 1 hour. Overnight at hotel Paro.
Memorial Chorten: This landmark of Thimphu was built in 1974 in the memory of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan.
Zilukha Nunnery: It has been housed in Drubthob Goemba (monastery). There are about 70 nuns who live and pray every day in the monastery. The beautiful view of Tashicho Dzong can be seen from the nunnery.
Takin Sanctuary: Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) has been chosen as the national animal of Bhutan is based both on its uniqueness and its association with country’s history and mythology. School of arts & Crafts (open 9-5pm mon-fri and 9-1pm on Sat –with exceptions of holidays and breaks).
Buddha Point: This is a new monument and main highlight of Thimphu valley. It has 165 meter high Buddha Statue.
Paper Factory: Traditional papers were made from the daphne plant, using simple methods.
Weekend Market: The colorful weekend market of Thimphu is held from Friday-Sunday. Residents of Thimphu and country sides come to shop for food and clothes. There are some handicrafts and gifts shop as well, and provide a great photography scene.
Tashichhodzong: This fortress serves as the office of the King, ministers and various government organizations. It also is the headquarters for central monastic body of Bhutan. Bhutan's spiritual leader Je-Khenpo and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha reside here
Drive from Thimphu to Paro: The drive from Thimphu to Paro takes about 1hour, covering total of 60 km. The western branch of lateral highway from Thimphu, runs close to the Wangchu river in the valley foor,
Paro: Paro is one of the most beautiful valleys in the country with Bhutan’s only airport located here, among the terraced fields, and elegant farm houses.
DAY 04: Paro (B/L/D)
After early breakfast, drive to the trail head, and begin the trek to famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang). Upon return to the valley, if time permits, visit National Museum and Rinpung Dzong. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel, Paro.
Hike to Taktsang: Drive to north of Paro town for about ½ hr and embark on a trek to the famed Taktsang (Tiger’s lair) monastery. Taktsang monastery is located on the face of a 1,000m seemingly impossible sheer, vertical cliff, above Paro valley.
National Museum: Established in 1967, the museum is housed inside a circular Ta Dzong, an ancient Watch Tower. (Open 10-4pm – closed on Monday).
Rinpung Dzong: meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". Built in mid 17th century, it now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro district and residence for the 200 monks of Paro.
DAY 05: Paro – Depart (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight to onward destination.
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What makes this trip different?
Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.
Financial support to direct beneficiaries: In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.
Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.
Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.
For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org