Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air
Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan's National Air Carrier. The
green walls of the hills known as dooars or gateways into Bhutan from
the plains climbs continually higher as the plane flies north towards
the Tibetan border. Silvery rivers thread the valleys, waterfalls plunge
down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped
peaks of the inner Himalaya rise up into the sky. As the aircraft enters
the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking
Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, watch tower, now the National Museum,
above it. Received by our representative at the airport and after
completion of airport formalities, drive through fascinating valley of
Paro to the hotel.
Evening visit to Paro market and take a stroll through town's main
street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Paro - Thimphu (55 Km, approx 1.30 hours )
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined
fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries
ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess''
looms directly over the Dzong.
Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108
temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. One of
the most sacred shrines in the country, it reflects the introduction of
Buddhism in Bhutan.
After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watch Tower, it now
houses National Museum of the country and boasts antique thangkha
paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich
assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning 'fortress of
the heap of jewels' which has a long and fascinating history. Along the
wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall
paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man
of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa,
Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
Proceed on to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. The road leads
through the Paro valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at
Chuzom (confluence). Three different style of chortens adorn the
confluence. A short way beyond on the left, is Tschogang Lhakhang, the
temple of the hill of excellent horse. It is private temple, built in
15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent
horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. After the
narrow, rock lined section of the road opens up as Thimphu approaches,
Simtokha Dzong lies enroute. Simtokha means the place of profound
tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the
On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. Evening, time for
exploratory walk before dinner.
Day 03: Thimphu - Paro
After breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit National
Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts.
The Arts & Crafts School, where young students learn the art of
thirteen crafts of Bhutan. Also visit mask maker workshop and workshop
for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making. Then visit,
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutanese
material culture and living traditions.
Afternoon, visit Trashichhoedzong, 'fortress of the glorious dharma'.
It is the centre of government and religion, site of King's throne
room, National assembly hall, and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.
Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan,
Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1961 in traditional
Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.
Also visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumbulated by His
Majesty's subjects, spinning prayer wheels and murmuring mantras.
Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops if you like to browse
through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy
textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings,
jewellery, interesting items made from local materials, and all manner
of unique objects.
Evening drive to Paro for overnight stay.
Day 04: Depart Paro
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to