This private, guided tour explores the heritage and traditions of Bhutan’s timeless culture that still thrive today. This 4-day tour visits many cultural Bhutan’s highlights including Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpung Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang in the sub-tropical Punakha Valley. Some meals included along with accommodation in 3-star hotels with private bathrooms.
Day 1: Paro (B, D)Arrive in Paro where you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide. After a 10-15 minutes drive from the airport you’ll reach the Tashi Namgyel Resort. After check in, lunch is served in traditional Bhutanese way, at the hotel. After lunch, Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest Monastery in Bhutan and have a look around Paro town. Overnight at Tashi Namgyel Resort,Paro.Day 2: Taktsang Monastery (B, L, D)Day hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. Taktsang, meaning “Tiger’s nest,” is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) mediated, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave. Afternoon, visit National Museum and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at Peaceful Resort, Thimphu.Day 3: Thimphu - Paro (B, L, D)Full day sightseeing in and around Thimphu Valley, The largest and the capital city of Bhutan. Some of the attractions include: Purchase world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value from Bhutan general post office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank.Visit Arts and crafts school where one can see young children at work.Visit Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced.Visit gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue, it is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters).Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism. Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory.Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Yak and Takin, the National animal of Bhutan. Drive up to the view point and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry and many more.Late afternoon, transfer to Paro. Overnight at Tashi Namgyel Resort, Paro. Day 4: Departure (B)Following a delicious Bhutanese breakfast, you will be driven towards Paro international airport for your onward journey.