Bhutan is a Himalayan kingdom that has embraced its traditional Buddhist culture amidst all the daunting global changes. Besides the tradition and culture, there lies a lot of mystery on this land to explore. Keeping all this in mind, we have meticulously designed a 4 nights and 5 days ‘Journey to the land of Peaceful Dragon’ tour that will give you a heady mix of museums, mountain passes and ancient ruins.
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations.
Day 01: Arrive Paro by Bhutan Flight
Bhutan flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, Kolkata, Bangkok & Singapore or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport received by our Get Into Bhutan Tours representative and transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu / Punakha (75 Km, 2.1/2 Hours)
After breakfast Thimphu sightseeing. Visit to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library that has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that drive to Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Also visit to Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Evening drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,050m ). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 03: Punakha / Wangduephodrang / Paro (150 Km, 5 Hours)
After breakfast visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played important role in building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to local market. Also visit here, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the newly built stupa. Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. Later enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, and it now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 04: Paro
After breakfast visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. After lunch drive north of Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dozng. From this fort Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House that offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. While return to Paro town visit enroute Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 05: Paro Depart
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
Accommodation at 3 star hotels
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay)
Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
Flight into Bhutan via Bhutan Airlines & Drukair (can be arranged with us)