Nomadic way of life
Land of Festivals
Explore beautiful valleys
Black-necked cranes in Phobjikha
Biking in the Himalayas
Paro International Airport
Trekkers paradise
Tourists arrive at Paro International Airport
Whitewater rafting
Unique architecture
Thimphu valley
Faces of Bhutan
Picturesque glacial valley
Explore the trail less trodden
Rich biodiversity

4 Days Cultural Tour

Bhutan Basics…

Day 1 : Arrive Paro International Airport (Bhutan) by Flight

Welcome to Bhutan “the land of the Thunder Dragon.” Your introduction to the last Himalayan kingdom begins on the flight over the world’s most majestic peaks and the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation.

Greetings in a traditional style with Tashi Khada (white scarf) at Paro airport. You will be escorted to hotel for refreshment and briefing on your tour program. (Please note; your itinerary can be flexible and your guide will be willing to give you options based on your interest)

 Paro Sights & Thimphu Acclimatization!

Local Sightseeing & Acclimatization Day!

Get blessings at the oldest temple of the kingdom, Kichu Lhakhang. This temple was built in 629AD by a Tibetan King to pin down a giant demon.

 National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong (fortress), it was converted into the national Museum in 1968 (one of the best museums of Asia). The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory.

Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses to the Dzong. Today, this massive fortress built in 1645 AD is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school.

Drive to Thimphu via Dochu La pass (3150m) where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the eastern Himalayan mountain range. Take a walk around the 108 stupas and also enter the Drukwangyel (Royal temple) built by the four queens as a tribute to the fourth King of Bhutan..

In evening drive to Thimphu, a small, charming capital city nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. It is nothing like what a capital city is imagined to be. Most of the houses and buildings are painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style.After check-in hotel, time at leisure. Free to roam around city.

Overnight THIMPHU/ Alt; 2320m

Day 2 : Thimphu Cultural Sightseeing

In morning, drive to the animal sanctuary where the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin, is found in captivity. Walk around Sangaygang which is also known as the “romantic point” and lovers often come here to look at the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley.

Zorig Chusum “School for Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts.” Student specializes in painting thankas (painted religious picture on canvas), wood carving (mask, statues, bowls), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes), sculpting (statue making usually with clay) etc.

National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. They also have on display the largest Picture Book on Bhutan in the world.

General Post Office. You can create a personalized postage stamps by your own photo for souvenir or sent home on a post card.

Tashichhoe Dzong Fortress, the main secretariat building, the office of the King and Throne room and also the house of the State Monastic Body.

Farmer’s Weekend Market (Fri-Sun) where locals go to buy an array of fresh fruits & vegetables and many colorful items such as yak tail, duster, cups or butter tea, turquoise and musical instruments etc.

The National Memorial Stupa, an impressive monument with its golden spires shining in the sun, its bell tinkling in the wind and endless procession of elderly people circumambulating it.

Lastly, witness an Archery match at the National Stadium played by locals with lots of hue & cry. Archery is the national game of Bhutan and also the most popular.

After diinner in gho’s & kira’s. Drayang, traditional Bhutanese pub with live singers/ dancers, Optional.

Overnight THIMPHU/ Alt; 2320m

Day 3 : Excursion to Tiger’s Nest

After a wholesome breakfast visit Buddha Gang to enjoy the last glance of Thimphu city. This sitting Buddha statue which is one of the largest in the world and is 167 feet high, situated atop hill overlooking the Thimphu city.  

Spend the day hiking up the forested path to Tiger’s Nest, also known as Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous and scenic icon. The hike takes about 4-5 hours round trip. An important place of pilgrimage and refuge for more than 1200 years, Taktsang Monastery clings to sheer cliffs two-thousand feet above Paro valley. (Pony & horse ride, optional)

This sacred place got its name when Guru Rinpoche rode there on the back of a flying tigress and meditated in a cave behind the present-day monastery. Lunch at the hillside cafeteria.

In evening, visit a typical village home for an authentic Bhutanese style farewell dinner accompanied by the homemade liquor.

Optional, luxuriate in the hot stone bath called “Chu Tse.” River rocks are heated and dunked into a large wooden tub with herbs. This type of bath is considered to have medicinal properties of healing.

Overnight PARO/ Alt; 2280m

Day 4 : Departure from Paro International Airport

Our representative will bid you farewell at the Airport. Tashi Delek!

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