Detail about the package
This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich buddhist culture. Highlight include Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley.
The fight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred jumolhari and jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be received by our guide and transfer to restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you can visit Paro Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels” built by Zhubdrung in 17th century. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the traditional wooden bridge. You will be taken to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. This evening you can stroll through Thimphu city and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight in Thimphiu.
After breakfast, visit King’s Memorial Chorten (which was built in the honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck), School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), Jungzhi Traditional paper factory, Buddha Point and Motithang Takin Preserve. After lunch, you can drive back to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro, Kichu Monastery, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in 7th century and Evening, you can enjoy a walk in Paro town.
Today, you will hike to Taksang, (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous temple. It is located at the face of a cliff about (3100m) .In 8th century, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where temple now stands. After having explored the temple and lunch is served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, about halfway up the mountain. After lunch, you will hike down to the valley floor. Overnight hotel in paro.
You will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to the viewing point). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. According to legend, the great Guru Rimpoche and his consort are said to have meditated in a cave here for three months when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. After meditation, they manifested themselves in the forms of Guru Dorji Drolo and a tigress to subdue demons in the valley below. The cave, where the monastery was later built is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.
In the afternoon drive to the almost fully reconstructed Drukgyel Dzong. The original monument (destroyed by fire in 1951) was built by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit other sights in Paro valley. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek!
While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound. As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture. By protecting and nurturing Bhutan’s living culture it is believed that it will help guard the sovereignty of the nation.