This tour covers the most-travelled-to districts of Bhutan – Paro, Punakha, and Thimphu.
In Thimphu, you will visit the National Memorial Chorten (Buddhist shrine), Buddha Dordenma statue, Jungshi paper factory, and Takin reserve. The Jungshi paper factory is a charming factory that overlooks the main Thimphu town. On your visit, you will observe the full process of making traditional Bhutanese paper (deysho) with the opportunity to make your own paper. The factory also includes a gift shop stocked with an array of delicate and decorative deysho souvenirs and gift items. On your drive to Punakha form Thimphu, you will have the opportunity to stop by Dochula pass (3,100 meters) to admire the majestic view of the Himalayan mountain-scape and visit the stunning 108 stupas at the Druk Wangyal Chorten.
In Punakha, you will visit the Punakha fortress, and the Khamsum Yulley Chorten. The Chorten was built in dedication to the fifth king by the Queen mother. The trek to the Chorten is a pleasant 45 minute hike where you cross a suspended footbridge adorned with colorful prayer flags onto a trail that passes through fields of local vegetables and plants before climbing up a gentle hill where the Chorten rests at the top.
In Paro, you will visit the ruins of the Drugyel fortress, Paro Rinpung fortress, and the National Museum which was built to serve as a watchtower for the Paro fortress. The museum holds an impressive collection of precious antiques and artifacts. You will also hike to the most iconic and sacred place in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tigers nest), built precariously on a hillside cliff. Legend states that Guru Rinpoche, the 8th-century Indian Buddhist master who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan, flew to the site on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. You will also visit one of Bhutan’s oldest and divine monasteries, the Kyichu monastery. In addition to visiting all of the above cultural and historical spectacles, your itinerary will also include enjoyable recreational activities such as learning how to play archery, relaxing in a traditional hot stone bath, and sampling a range of interesting local cuisine.
Day 1: Arrive In Paro – Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha
Day 3: Punakha – Paro
Day 4: Paro
Day 5: Exit