Destinations: Paro – Thimphu (2) – Paro (2)
Duration: 04 Nights / 05 Days
Day 01: Paro to Thimpu
Upon arrival at Paro airport this morning you will be transfer to Thimphu. The drive takes approximately 1.5 -2 hours and is a very pleasant journey with numerous scenic spots en route.
Day 02: Thimphu
Begin your day with a visit to the National Library (closed on Government Holidays) established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. Continue on to the nearby National Institute for ZorigChusum (closed on Government Holidays and Sunday), also commonly known as the Painting School. The institute offers four to six year courses on the 13 traditional crafts and arts of Bhutan You will also see the National Institute of Traditional Medicine.
After lunch you will see the National Memorial Chorten, the most visible religious statue in Thimphu, the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and browse through crafts shops. Continue to the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums (both closed on government holidays) to view the traditional dress of the various minorities found in Bhutan. Continue to the Simply Bhutan Museum (closed on Sundays & Government holidays), a newly commissioned museum depicts the ancient Bhutanese architecture which is being lost to modernization and you will see Buddha Point where you take view of the Thimphu city centre and offer prayers to the Buddha.
The last stop will be a visit to Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the ‘Fortress of Glorious Religion’, which was initially erect in 1641. This beautiful mediaeval fortress houses most of the government offices and the King’s throne room
Day 03: Thimphu to Paro
After breakfast this morning commence your drive to Paro. Paro’s beautiful valley encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and thousand of legends. you will get chance to see Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, also here you will find country’s only single airport and the National Museum. Paro Valley is one of the Kingdom’s most producing the bulk of Bhutan’s famous red rice from its terraced fields. En route to Paro visit Simtokha Dzong’,
Upon arrival this afternoon visit Ta Dzong (closed on Government Holidays), this is an ancient watch tower inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Afterwards, walk down on hillside road to visit another remarkable fortification at RinpungDzong, home of the Paro Festival.
Day 04: Paro
After breakfast drive to the starting point for your hike to the Taktsang Monastery. Known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, it is one the most famous monasteries in Bhutan. The monastery is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor. The hike takes all morning and you will have lunch at the cafeteria, run by the monks located halfway up the trail overlooking the Tiger’s Nest.
Tigers Nest Trek
The climb is very steep in some places and can be unstable on foot, particularly on the downward legs as the steps (close to 800 of them) are only found between the view point and the monastery with the remainder of the path being dirt. There are three Stages
The first stage is the trek to the cafeteria (where lunch will be served later today) which is situated on a rocky outcrop across a ravine from the monastery. This leg of the trek takes between 40-60 minutes, depending on your level of fitness. At the cafeteria you will stop for some tea or coffee and biscuits whilst pondering the journey ahead and looking at the monastery in the distance above you.
The second stage of the walk is from the cafeteria to the lookout opposite the monastery. This leg of the trek takes close to one hour. At this point some may be content to snap photos and then return to the cafeteria.
The third stage is the trek/climb down the 475 steps in the cliff face to the bottom of the ravine. You will cross over a stream and waterfall before the path again ascends another 300 or so steps to the entrance of the monastery. Once here you should be able to enter into the monastery and view the cave where ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal meditated (cameras are not allowed inside the monastery).
Whilst returning to Paro this afternoon you will see KyichuL hakhang, this is the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom built in 659 AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. Continue to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong, destroyed by a fire in the 1950’s.
Day 05: Depart Paro
After check-out this morning you transfer to Paro Airport where your arrangement END