Tucked away between China and India in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan remains a uniquely distinct country. Few photographers have been granted permission to reside in this long-inaccessible kingdom, now a democracy, where life quietly unfolds to the rhythm of traditions amid the magnificent, unspoiled landscape.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrive Paro Transfer To Thimphu 65 Km 1hrs Drive
Our representative will be at the airport to assist you, meet and greet and transfer to the hotel and transfer to the capital city. Day at leisure. Over night at Thimphu.
The Paro Chhu is a river of western Bhutan. It is a tributary of the Wong Chhu, which is known as the Raidak in its lower reaches. The Paro Chhu flows through the Paro Valley...
Paro Chhu River, Bhutan
Day 2: Thimphu – Capital City Sightseeing
Morning transfer to Thimphu and when in Thimphu you got to prepare for surprises where this unique capital has no traffic lights but adopted its own version of the British – Indian colonial times traffic policemen who can startle you and memorize others with his elaborate hand gestures, sometimes he may be signaling stop when it looks like go but don’t worry you can observe the flow and notice his smile as you stare at him. Sightseeing includes the Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, Handicrafts Center to view the traditional arts, the indigenous Medicine Hospital, the Painting School and from the road point take a glimpse of Trashichho Dzong. Further drive uphill and visit Takin Zoo where you will find national animal of Bhutan. Afternoon visit National Memorial Chorten a stupa dedicated to the third king of Bhutan and Buddha statue. Evening take a leisure walk to the main city from Clock tower square. Over night at Thimphu.
Zorig Chusum School of Traditional Arts, near National Library. Zorig Chusum was established in 1971 to preserve the thirteen traditional arts of Bhutan, and visitors are able...
Street Pedzoe Lam
Day 3: Thimphu Day Excursion To Tango Cheri Monastery
Morning half day excursion to Chagri Monastery, 45 minutes drive towards north of Thimphu. These two monasteries are located in two opposite hills hike up to Cheri monastery.
Hike to Cheri Monastery – was built in 1620 on a hilltop. A silver chorten or temple inside the monastery holds the ashes of Zhabdrung father Yap Temei Nima. The short hike starts by crossing a lovely wooden bridge that spans the Thimphu Chhu(river). If you are lucky and have never seen mountain goats this is the place and find out how mountain goats can walk on steep cliffs. Return to the city and rest of the day at leisure. Over night at Thimphu.
Tango Monastery located on the opposite side of the hill – is now an important centre for higher learning for monks and is associated with Lama Drukpa Kunley and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The three storied temple is dedicated to the body, speech and mind of the Buddha. The monastery was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in the 12th century. The short hike will take about 30 minutes walk through beautiful forest from the road point. The name Tango means head of a horse and here you could look out for a rock that looks like head of a horse.
The Tango Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) to the north of the capital city of Thimphu in Bhutan, near Cheri Mountain. It was founded by Lama ...
Thimpu Valley, Thimpu district, Bhutan
Day 4: Thimphu - Paro Valley 65 Km 1 Hr Drive
Morning drive to Paro valley and visit the National Museum housed in a round fortress called as the Ta Dzong considered to be one of the best natural history museums in Asia where it has a fine collection of natural and historic artifacts. Just below Ta Dzong lies Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang the monastery dates back to 7th century and is one of the oldest and most sacred.
Afternoon visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a 17th century fortress that used to keep invaders from Tibet and in 1951 the fort was destroyed by fire. Evening at leisure. Over night at Paro
Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in ...
Travel from Thimphu to Paro
Day 5: Paro – Hike To Tigers Nest
Morning - if you are adventurous and physically fit you could hike or take a horse ride till (one-way) the world famous “Tigers Nest “or popularly known as “Taktsang” one of the popular spiritual heritage sites. It was here that the great tantric master Guru Padma Sambhava flew in from Tibet on a tiger to bring Buddhist teachings to Bhutan. (Round hike take 6 - 7 hours).Afternoon visit the town for shopping or leisure. Over night at Paro.