- Glimpse of Bhutan Tour is one of the most popular tour in the country. In this tour, you will arrive by air at the dramatic mountain-bound Paro valley. Western Bhutan is heartland of the Bhutanese people and is home to the major airport, the capital, the most popular festivals and the most spectacular dzongs (fort-monastery) in the kingdom. Whether it's the beginning of your trip or the only part of Bhutan that you will explore, the west is a spectacular introduction to this magical kingdom.
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Day 01: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu (65kms/1.5hrs)
Paro (alt. 2200m/7218ft) – The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro River). Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.
The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experiences in the world. While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang. You will be received by representative of Rainbow Tour & Trek at Airport.
After landing at Paro, your tour guide will take you on a short one and half hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 meters.
Thimphu Altitude: 2320m. Thimphu is a small, charming capital city nestled in the heart of the Himalayas with a population of about 100,000 people. Thimphu is capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce. It is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.
After checking into your hotel in Thimphu and refreshment visit the following places:
Memorial Chorten: This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Buddha Point: Visit the world’s largest sitting Buddha, an immense statue housing a monastery and visitors center. Enjoy a stunning view of Thimphu city from this point.
Takin Reserve: See the famous national animal of Bhutan called the Takin. These odd-looking creatures have a very strange shape and a very strong smell. Locals believe that it was created by the famous Lama Drukpa Kuenley (popularly known as “the Divine Madman”). It was said that to make the takin, he had joined the head of a goat and the body of a cow together. Enjoy another beautiful view of Thimphu city from a different angle from this point
Tashichho Dzong: Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Other government departments are housed in buildings nearby.
Centenary Farmer’s Market – Talk a walk though this market and shop/interact with the local farmers. Thimphu’s new weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favorite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life. Nearby, across a cantilever footbridge, Kuendeyling Bazaam, to the west bank is a collection of stalls selling clothing, textiles and handicrafts.
Evening: Explore Thinphu Towm/Handicrafts Stall
Overnight in Thimphu: Namgay Heritage Hotel www.nhh.bt
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (77kms/3hrs)
Start your morning by enjoying and taking pictures of the Dochula Pass (3150m/10,000ft) with its panoramic views of the Himalayas. The pass is decorated with 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten, which were built to celebrate the stability and progress, brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King.
Sightseeing in Punakha includes as following:
Chimmi Lhakhang: take a short hike through the rice field to Chimmi Lhakhang, the 15th-century monastery built by Lam Ngawang Chogyal on the spot where his cousin Lam Drukpa Kuenley (popularly known as “the Divine Madman”) subdued a powerful demon. This monastery is also referred to as the “Abode of Fertility” and believed that any couple who gets blessing from this temple is blessed with a child in the next year or so.
Punakha’s Dzong: The name means Palace of Great Bliss. This dzong stands magnificently on the spit of land where two rivers (Pho chu and Mo chu) meet. Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutanese history as the place where Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned in 1907. It is also the winter residence for the Je Khenpo (spiritual leader) and the entire central monk body.
Punakha suspension bridge
Overnight in Punakha
Day 03: Punakha – Paro (137kms/4 – 5hrs)
After breakfast drive to Paro. En-route visit the Lamperi Botanical Gardens – The garden is located in the center of a 47 sq. mile botanical park (35km from Thimphu) and has over 46 species of rhododendrons flowers.Afternoon: visit following place in Paro:
Rinpung Dzong: Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.National Museum: Ta- Dzong (the watchtower) one time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors.
Kyichu Lhakhang -It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in original pattern.
In the evening walk through Paro town.
Drukgyel Dzong : This Dzong, which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, this point offers bird eye view of the Mt. Chomolhari (7329m). Explore the village just below the dzong and get a feel of rural Bhutan
Farm House: visit a local farm house and experience authentic Bhutanese life style and enjoy the local hospitality. It offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer of Bhutan.
Evening: explore Paro Town.
Overnight in Paro: Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa 5* www.naksel.com
Day 04: Paro- Hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest (3-4hrs)
Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century. It was said that he meditated there for about three months. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998. Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. You can visit three different temples inside the main Takshang complex. Riding Ponies provided upon request.
Afternoon: relax and enjoy the Manchu spa at Naksel Resort.
Overnight in Paro: Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa www.naksel.com
Day 05: Departure
After breakfast in the hotel, your tour executive will transfer you to the airport on time to catch your onward flight.
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- Barbie Vargo(02/07/2018)
Mr. Songay was a wonderful guide and my driver, Mr. Sigay was also excellent. I greatly enjoyed the natural beauty of Bhutan and getting to visit the spiritual and cultural sites throughout the Kingdom. The trek and visit to Tiger's Nest were the highlights of my tours. The food and accommodations were quite lovely. There were many elements of the tour that enabled my authentic tour; however, I think that more direct interaction with the Bhutanese people and monks would have greatly enhanced the experience.
- SARASWATHI BINA RAI S. K NAGALINGAM(14/09/2017)
We had an awesome experience by the Triip team. Bhutan is not an easy country to get to as the number of visitors at any one time is limited. We had not trouble getting our visa as all was done by the triip team. We were a group of 3 senior ladies and 1 member of our group was not well. It could have been a disaster but our guide Jamyang was excellent and he saw to our every need and was always available any time to assist in any way. Overall a great trip by Triip! Thank you.
- Sakina Claytor(30/07/2017)
It was awesome
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