KINGDOM OF BHUTAN
Day 1- Arrival at Paro International Airport to Thimphu.
(Distance:54km/1hr, Altitude: 2350m/7710ft.)
After your arrival at Paro International airport you will be welcomed by our professional company tour guide to the Land of Thunder Dragon. Then we drive to Thimphu. We shall visit Kuensel Phodrang, where the 169 feet of Shakyamuni Buddha (The Indestructible Buddha) made of bronze metal rests peacefully above Thimphu valley. On the way to Kuenelphodrang we shall visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (the institute of 13 arts and crafts) introduced by the Terton Pema Lingpa in the 14th century..
In the afternoon, visit to national zoo to see the National animal ‘Takin’ and the Tashichhodzong, the fortress of glorious religion which was enlarged in 1962, after shifting the capital to Thimphu in 1955. It houses the secretariat offices, the central monk body and the King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence for the Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo(Chief Abbot) and where His Majesty’s office is also based.
In the evening we shall walk around the Thimphu city.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 – Thimphu (sightseeing).
After breakfast, we shall visit the National Memorial Chorten (built in recognition to His Majesty the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk known as the father of modern Bhutan & for the world peace). We shall then visit the General Post Office of Bhutan. The drive towards the Royal Botanical Garden at Serbithang.After lunch we will visit the Royal Textile Museum and the handicraft shop on the streets of Thimphu.
Later we shall witness the national game of Bhutan called the Archery at Chamilingthang Stadium.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 – Thimphu to Paro (Distance: 54km/ 1hrs, 2250m/7,382ft).
After breakfast we shall drive to Paro and hike to one of the Bhutan’s most famous pilgrimage sites, the Taktshang Lhakhang popularly known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’( Holy site for meditation). The hike offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched precariously on a sheer rock face 900mts above the valley floor. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, father of Bhutan’s stream of Mahayana Buddhism arrived in the Paro valley more than a millennium ago on a back of a tigress. We begin hiking by foot or on a pony ride to the cafeteria, which serves as a midway point and has wonderful views of the Tiger’s Nest. From here it’s about an hour’s walk through some stunning landscape to reach the monastery. It marks the first coming of Buddhism to Bhutan.
Later we visit the Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress on the heap of Jewel), National Museum of Bhutan.
In the evening walk around the Paro town.
Overnight hotel at Paro.
Day 4 – Departure from Paro International Airport.
After breakfast we shall drive to Paro International Airport for departure.