Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the main dish. It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where monks check their smartphones after performing a divination, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses. Yet while it visibly protects its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is not a museum. You will find the Bhutanese well educated, fun loving and well informed about the world around them. It’s this blending of the ancient and modern that makes Bhutan travel endlessly fascinating.
So why spend your money travel to Bhutan? Firstly, there is the amazing Himalayan landscape, where snow-capped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests. Taking up prime positions in this picture-book landscape are the majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries. This unique architecture sets the stage for spectacular tsechu (dance festivals) attended by an almost medieval-looking audience. Then there are the textiles and handicrafts, outrageous archery competitions, high-altitude trekking trails, and stunning flora and fauna. If it’s not ‘Shangri La’, it’s as close as it gets. The Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable approach to tourism in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Foreign visitors famously pay a minimum tariff of US$250 per day, making it seem one of the world’s more expensive destinations.
ItineraryDay 1 - Arrived in Paro & sightseeing in ThimphuYou will arrive at Paro our representative or your tour guide will meet you at the airport. From there we will travel to Thimphu, the Capital city of Bhutan. We will spend the day sightseeing in Thimphu.We will visit the National Library where there are priceless collection of Buddhist manuscripts and few English version books then Folk and Heritage Museum, which displays day to day livelihood of typical Bhutanese farmers in medieval period and their accessories. We will also be visiting The Late King’s Memorial Stupa, built for the world peace and Traditional Handmade Paper Factory; Painting School, which preserves our traditional paintings, sculpturing and wood carving; Majestic Tashichhodzong, which houses office for the king and the ministers and National Handicraft Emporium, the best place to look for souvenir from Bhutan. We will drive back to Paro and spend the night at a Hotel there.Day 2 - Trek to Taktsang (3180m) & Sightseeing in ParoAfter breakfast we will start our hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Monastery. It is the most famous tourist attraction in Bhutan. Arrangements for houses and ponies can also be made but you will have to hike for around 5 hours.Legends say Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) had flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave that is where the Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. We will hike down the hill then rest for sometime then go for sightseeing in Paro. We will spend the night at a hotel in Paro.Day 3 - Final departureThis is where our small yet exciting and educational tour to Bhutan ends. From the Paro airport you will be departing towards your home. You will be dropped to the airport by our tour guide.