Glimpse of Bhutan

Inclusions

Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a double
Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
All meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) with standard menu at 3 star hotels
English speaking tour guide service
All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
All entrance fees to museums and monuments
All internal taxes and fees
Mineral drinking water

Package Duration : 5 Days / 4Nights
Destination Covered: Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdue

Day 01: Arrival Paro

Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Royal Bhutan Airline. The great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and how the national museum, above it. On arrival a Tour Guide from Bhutan Aries Tours & Treks will receive you and after completion of airport formalities, you will drive through the lovely Paro valley to your hotel or other destination(s). (The same guide will be with you through to the end of your tour in Bhutan). After lunch, visit the National Museum, housed in Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the kingdom. Then visit Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress), a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, take a walk down to Nyaimi Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge. In the evening stroll around the Paro town, free mingle with people and visit local handicraft stores. Dinner overnight at hotel in Paro.

 

Day 02: Paro – Thimphu, Thimphu Tour & sightseeing

Driving distance: 54 Km
Estimated travel time: 1 hour
Thimphu (Capital)
After breakfast, travel to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The road runs down through the paro valley, to Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance to the valley, where the Paro and Thimphu rivers meet. Three Chortens (Stupa) on the riverbank at this place, each in a different style, mark the confluence of the two rivers. The road passes along a narrow valley with high, rocky cliffs on the left, and then the valley opens out into farmland on the approach to Thimphu. Simtokha Dzong, “the place of profound tantric teaching” stands sentinel on a hillock a few Kilometers out of town. This dzong now houses the institute for language and culture studies. On arrival at Thimphu, check into the hotel. After refreshments, sightseeing in Thimphu valley which includes visits to some of the following depending on your interest and time availability:
 The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist
manuscripts.
 The National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where Bhutan’s famed traditional
herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed.
 The School of Traditional Arts and Crafts (commonly known as Zorig Chusom) where
students undergo a 6-years training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
 The National Textile Museum, which is a good place to see the art of Bhutanese
traditional weaving kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection
of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. Women weaving intricate designs can
also be seen here.
 The Folk Heritage Museum, an outdoor museum that gives an insight into Bhutanese
rural life.
 The Takin preserve, which houses the national animal Takin, found only in Bhutan.
 Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government
and religion. Site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief
Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, shabdrung Ngawang
Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without
nails or architectural plans.
 The National Memorial Chorten, continuously circumambulated by the faithful
murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of the landmark was
the idea of Bhutan’s third king. His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (“the father of
modern Bhutan”) who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity.
Completed on 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late
King and as a monument to peace. Then stroll around town and visit local handcraft
stores. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue –Thimphu

After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochu la pass (3088m) where you will visit Druk Wangyel Chortens (108 stupas) and Druk Wangyel Temple. Then refreshments at dochula resort and then drive on to Punakha.
Afternoon visit the following:
 Punakha Dzong (fortress) which is located on the island of phochhu (male river) and
mochhu ( female river)
 Divine Mad Man’s monastery (chhimi Lhakhang) which is famously known for its
fertility shrine from which one can receive a special blessing.
Then travel back to Thimphu through the same route. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

 

Day 04: Departure from Paro

Your tour guide will see you off from the Air port.
Thank you and Tashi Delek