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A Glimpse of Bhutan (Ex Kathmandu) 5 days

Trip Code : DH/RT-16
Destination : THIMPU VALLEY | PARO VALLEY
Grading : Hard
Duration : 5 days
Accomodation : 3 star
Meals : All meals at the hotel
Group Size : max. 6 pax
Transportation : Private Tourist Vehicle
Single Supplement : US$ 

Overview

Bhutan is one of the most exotic destinations in the world today. This kingdom often referred to as the last Shangri-la, is a land of outstanding people, remarkable scenery & natural wonders and a proud & vibrant culture. This trip comprises all the highlights of Paro and Thimpu in a very short period. The trip also gives you the introduction to Bhutanese culture and day to day life. 

PROGRAM OUTLINE
DAY 01 | ARRIVAL PARO – THIMPU (2,350 M) (65 KMS/ 2 HRS DRIVE) (-/L/D)
DAY 02 | THIMPU (2,350M) (B/L/D)
DAY 03 | THIMPHU – PARO (2250M) (65KMS / 2 HRS DRIVE) (B/L/D)
DAY 04 | PARO (2250M)
DAY 04 | PARO- DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
 

Trip Highlights

  • Drepung Dzong
  • Taschichho Dzong
  • Memorial Chorten
  • Takstang monastery
  • Taa Dzong
  • Rinpung Dzong

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL PARO – THIMPU (2,350 M) (65 KMS/ 2 HRS DRIVE)


Fly to Paro (1 hr). Upon an arrival, drive to Thimpu valley, the capital of Bhutan. 

Afternoon, visit the National Memorial Chorten,  Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley and Taschichho Dzong, the secretariat of the national monk body from outside.

Overnight at your hotel in Thimpu

Day 2: THIMPU (2,350M


Visit the Painting school of Buddhist art, the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and the Indigenous Hospital, where century’s old healing arts are still practiced, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum and Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan. 
Then, visit the handicraft emporium for a little souvenir shopping.

Overnight at your hotel in Thimpu

Day 3: THIMPHU – PARO (2250M) (65KMS / 2 HRS DRIVE)


Retrace the drive back to Paro. 

Visit Paro Dzong / Rinpung Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. You could get some opportunity to see the traditional game, Archery match going on. 

Also, visit Taa Dzong (‘the Watchtower’) now housing the National Museum. Built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong, it was originally used to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war.

Overnight at your hotel in Paro

Day 4: PARO (2250M


In the morning, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche, found the father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery.

Later, visit Drukgyel Dzong. On a clear day, the 7,314m, white-domed peak of sacred Mt. Chomolhari (mountain goddess) looms overhead.

Overnight at your hotel in Paro

Day 5: PARO- DEPARTURE


After an early breakfast, drive to the airport to board the flight.

What's included

  • 2 nights twin share accommodation in Thimpu with all meals
  • 2 nights twin share accommodation in Paro with all meals
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers in Bhutan as per the program with an English speaking guide throughout
  • All applicable entrance fees
  • Bhutan visa fee and govt royalty

What's not included

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare to/from Paro (shown separately)
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