5 Day Glimpses of Bhutan

Day 1: Arrival in Paro

Arrive at Paro, the only international airport in Bhutan. Once you complete immigration and customs, you will be greeted by your guide and driver, and they will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring Paro town, getting a feel for the local culture and architecture. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum of Bhutan, located in a former watchtower above the Paro Dzong. Then, explore the Paro Dzong, a fortress-monastery that serves as the administrative center of Paro district. 

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. On the way, stop at the Tamchog Lhakhang iron bridge, built by the famous Tibetan saint Thangtong Gyalpo. In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of the third king of Bhutan. You can also visit the Buddha Dordenma statue, one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong, a fortress-monastery that serves as the seat of the government.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast, drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, stop at Dochula pass, which offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, a fortress-monastery located at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. You would also visit Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the famous “Divine Madman” Drukpa Kunley.

Day 4: Punakha to Paro 

After breakfast, drive back to Paro. In Paro, hike up to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro valley. It is one of the most famous landmarks of Bhutan and is believed to be the meditation site of Guru Rinpoche. After the hike, you can visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan.

Day 5: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport for your departure flight. Tashi Delek!