Explore the whole of western provinces of Bhutan travelling through beautiful, serene valleys and indulge yourself in enthralling ancient stories connected to the majestic fortresses. Discover the intricate traditional arts and crafts, textile and local markets.
Day One- welcome to the Land of Dragon
This day will surely be an amazing moment in your life. Descending down to Paro, the only International Airport in Bhutan will give you enough excitement due to its adventurous landing and taking-off. After landing, you will be warmly greeted and welcomed by your tour guide. By nature, almost all Bhutanese make sure that their guests feel at home. So, you just relax and feel comfortable as you are now in the land of Gross National Happiness (GNH). After you are done with the formalities, we will head towards Thimphu, the capital city of the country. You will be escorted into a hotel and have the first taste of Butanese cuisine. If you are fond of spicy food, let’s try Ema Datsi, the popular bhutanese dish made from chilli and cheese. After that, let us try our first excursion to National Memorial Chorten, the typical bhutanese architectural stupa built in the honour of late Third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This is the beginning of your peaceful dragon Bhutan tour.Then you will visit the gigantic and majestic Tashi Choe dzong( fortress). Centenary Farmers’ Market will be our next place to visit. You will see varieties of locally grown products, mostly organic. Following that, we will drive up to Kuenselphodrang, a place where the great statue of Buddha Dordenma is built. The statue is 169 feet tall and is one of the largest statues of buddha in the world. By then, the sun would be gone beyond the horizon. You will return to our hotel room, have dinner and explore Thimphu town by visiting shops before heading to bed. The day would have made a great impression, but this is just the beginning, the rest are still to come.
Day Two- Exploring Punakha
Today, you will be heading towards Punakha. After breakfast, you will ascend towards Dochula pass. You will love the view of 108 chortens beautifully built on the hill top of the pass that is said to have the elevation of 3,100m above the sea level. These chortens are collectively known as Druk Wangyal Chorten. If the weather is good, you can take a few minutes to enjoy the panoramic view. The experience will be nothing like before. Keep on exploring the peaceful dragon Bhutan tour. The first visit after reaching Punakha will be to Punakha Dzong. This Dzong was first built in the year 1637 by Zhabdrung Rinpoche and it is the winter home for monk bodies. The Dzong represents a typical Bhutnese architecture and is located in between two rivers; Pho chu and Mo chu just before they confluence. You will observe that most important structures are built based on traditional styles exhibiting beautiful bhutanese craftsmanship. After that, you will head towards Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten which is another great bhutanese architecture based temple. It took more than eight years to complete and it was patronized by Queen mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. All these three structures- Druk Wangyal Chorten, Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten- represent Victory over external forces. The overnight stay will be at one of the hotels here in Punakha.
Day Three- Way back to Paro
Enroute to Paro, you will take an excursion to Chhimi Lhakhang. The journey is about a 20 minutes walk from the roadside. It is popularly known as the temple of fertility and the temple is known for famous Lama Drukpa Kuenley- The divine madman. It is believed that if you are suffering from infertility, make a wish in this temple and you will be blessed with a child. If you are one experiencing infertility, make a wish, you may get blessings. Your peaceful dragon Bhutan tour continues back to Paro. After reaching there, check into the hotel and then visit popular places. Visiting Rinpung Dzong and the Ta Dzong- The then was used as a watch tower and later in the year 1968, it was established as the National Museum of Bhutan- can be a better choice. Then an excursion to Drukgyel Dzong will take you through Bhutan’s history. Today, the Dzong is only seen as ruined walls. Ask your guide about the Dzong’s historical background and he will definitely have something worth sharing. By the end of the day, you will return to your hotel, have dinner and take a rest as the next day’s journey will be full of adventures.
Day Four- Hike to Tiger’s Nest
Hike to Paro Taktsang aka The Tiger’s Nest is today’s highlight. Although many find it as an arduous trip, adventure lovers will surely enjoy this. You won’t take more than 2 hours to reach the temple. This site is one of the most coveted and must visit places in Bhutan. The temple is beautifully built on a rocky cliff. History says that the place was first blessed by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century and later in the 17th century, the fourth Desi, Tenzin Ragye constructed the temple. Apart from the temple itself, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Paro valley. You will be served a scrumptious and ambrosial meal at Taktsang cafeteria before starting your returning journey. It takes less than an hour to return to the base. Later towards afternoon, you will visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakhang. The temple is said to be built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The temple signifies the presence of Buddhism in Bhutan before the arrival of Guru Rinpoche. Your peaceful dragon Bhutan tour ends here. The night will be spent at your hotel after enjoying the last bhutanese cuisine dinner.
5. Day Five- Back to the plane
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airport, to the place where everything started from. Departing will definitely be something you don’t wish to do. The four days tour would feel like a one day journey and you will feel reluctant to leave the airport ground. Goodluck for your onward journey. Thank you for visiting Bhutan and see you until next time.
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Things you should know
The daily $250 tariff
Foreign travelers to Bhutan have to pay an all inclusive daily Tariff of $ 250. This pays for all their expenses during their stay.
Mandatory travel guide
All tourists must be accompanied by a guide assigned to them by their travel agent. The guide fee is paid from their daily tariff.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.