Arrive Paro by Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines and drive to Thimphu
Your Bhutan experience begins in flight as you experience the breathtaking views of the magnificent Himalayan ranges. On your approach to Paro Airport an exciting descend awaits you- past forested hills and rolling mountains.
On arrival, you will be welcomed to Bhutan by a Druk International Tour representative with a ceremonial white scarf to symbolize a meaningful journey ahead. After the airport formalities, you will take a 55 km or approximately one-hour drive to the capital city, Thimphu, where you will check into your hotel and settle down before your Bhutan adventures begin.
Thimphu is located on the western side of Bhutan. Here in our largest city, you will get a taste of our unique city life which is a pale comparison to other huge cities around the world. It is home to Bhutan’s Royal family and is the main center of commerce, religion and government in the country.
Activities in Thimphu will include:
Visit the Buddha Dordenma Statue, a 52m bronze Shakyamuni Buddha Statue that was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues and is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world.
Known as the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar or the Handicraft market of Thimphu. It is a eco-friendly bamboo market run by mostly young entrepreneurs. It is the perfect place to get an idea of Bhutanese Art and Crafts while enjoying the fresh air in the open space.
Witness our traditional song and dance
Dancers and musicians will perform a range of traditional and ritual dance and music to give you a glimpse of our culture as you dine on Bhutanese cuisine.
Drive from Thimphu to Paro after sightseeing in Thimphu
On arrival to Paro check into the hotel before exploring the beautiful Paro valley. Paro is a charming town with many traditional style houses which serve as shops, restaurants and cafes. It is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom with its fertile rice fields and crystalline river which meanders down the valley. Paro is the home of Taktsang Monastery, Tiger’s nest which is truly one of Bhutan’s sacred jewels- an awe inspiring temple built on a cliff face above forests of oak and rhododendrons.
Activities in Thimphu:
Constructed in the 13th century, this breathtaking fortress is the seat of the government. It houses the throne room and offices of the king and other government ministries. Tashichho Dzong is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.
National Memorial Chorten
One of Thimphu’s most iconic monuments, the National Memorial Chorten was built in memory of Third King and is dedicated to World Peace. A spiritual place, visitors will find Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten (shrine) or turning the great pray wheels within the gates of the Chorten throughout the day.
Folk & Textile Heritage Museum
A testimony to Bhutan’s living traditions, this museum provides visitors with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese way of life. The Folk Heritage Museum is set inside a three storied, 19th century traditional house.
Activities in Paro:
Once a watchtower, built to defend Paro Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, it is now the national museum of Bhutan and has been since 1968. The museum which has six floors consist of different galleries which provide better display and various categorizations such as anthropology, arms and armor, pre-history, manuscript, paintings, textiles, bronzes, decorative arts, philatelic items, epigraphic items and numismatics
Paro Rinpung Dzong
It is located below the Ta Dzong. After the visit to Ta Dzong enjoy a short scenic walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Rinpung Dzong which means “fortress on a heap of jewels” was built in 1644. It overlooks the beautiful Paro valley and houses both the monastic body and district government offices, including the local courts.
Experience Paro town in all its glory with its cafes and many traditional shops.
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. We hope that you will have a memorable and meaningful visit to our Kingdom in the Himalayas.
*All programs are not fixed and can be changed according to the wishes of our clients
*Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner will be decided on after discussions with our clients.