For guests visiting Bhutan for a short duration, Paro and Thimphu valley is a microcosm of the overall Bhutanese experience. These two beautiful districts are cultural and historical heartlands of the country. You can have an expansive cultural tour of very old Buddhist temples and fortresses or take short hikes through pristine environment. During this short while, you will come in touch with Bhutan’s unique culture, tradition, values and rich history. It may be a short trip but nonetheless a trip worth remembering!
Day 1: Arrival Paro/Thimphu
Our local tour executive will welcome you at the airport. After reception, you will be taken for a cultural tour of Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum. Post lunch, you will visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and 6th century Kyichu Lhakhang (temple). You will then be driven to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Along the way you will stop for a while to visit Takchog Lhakhang and also walk across the centuries-old bridge, built by the 14th century Tibetan Buddhist master Thangthong Gyalpo.
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing/Paro
In Thimphu, your day will begin early. After a short hike to Tango and Cheri monasteries (each will take two hours), you will have lunch by the riverside. After that, you will visit the National Memorial Chhorten, Folk Heritage Museum, painting school, Changangkha Lhakhang (temple), Takin zoo, Kuelselphodrang and Sangaygang viewpoints. In the evening, you will be driven back to Paro for the night halt.
Day 3: Tiger’s Nest Hike
The gentle hike to the famous and sacred Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang as known in local language, is all you would wish for. Taktshang, one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan. The Tiger’s Nest is one of the most sacred heritage sites in Bhutan, perched on a precarious 3120 meters and about 1000 meters above Paro valley. Guru Rinpoche, the great Buddhist master introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. In the eighth century, he is said to have flown to Taktshang on a Tigress. He meditated here for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. He subdued the evils spirits residing in the place. Taktsang is known for the thirteen caves in which he meditated.
After the hike to Taktshang and the, you will soothe your sinews with a traditional stone bath, and later enjoy dinner at a local farmhouse.
Day 4: Exit
Our tour executive will see you off at the airport.