4 Days Bhutan Tour

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4 Days Bhutan Tour.

Gateway to Bhutan

3 Nights / 4 days Bhutan tour itinerary is a short tour covering Paro valley and Thimphu. You can visit iconic Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) and Tashichhodzong, the seat of the National Government and other landmarks like the Tallest statue of Buddha in Thimphu.

4 Days Bhutan Tour:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

4 Days Bhutan TourOur guide will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

A short stop on the way to view Tamchog Monastery:

  • This Monastery was built by Thang Thong Gyalpo, popularly known as “The Iron Bridge builder”. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Memorial chorten, as the name suggests, is built in memory of the Late His Majesty Third King of Bhutan.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha, simply marvel at the immense size of the Buddha statue that sits majestically on the hilltop. The statue was made in China and shipped and trucked into Bhutan after it was cut into pieces. At a height of 169 feet (51.5 meter), it is one of the biggest Buddha Dordenma statues in the world.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, this temple perched on a hilltop just above the valley constantly buzzes with pilgrim activity. Tibetan lama, Phajo Drugom Shigpo established it in the 12th century.
  • Takin Preserve center, a Mini zoo where Takins (Budorcas Taxicolor) are housed. Bhutanese believe that Takin was created in Bhutan by a Yogi, Drukpa Kuenley (Devine Madman) in the 15th Hence Takin is declared as the National animal of Bhutan. This queer looking animal believed to be a mix of a cow and a goat.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, located in Zilukha on a high hill above Tashichho Dzong, it houses over 70 nuns.

In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, built along the bank of the Wang Chu River, is an architectural delight. It houses the Throne room, offices of His Majesty the King and the Ministries of Home Affairs and Finance. It also is the summer residence of the Dratshang (Monk body).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Galingkha.

Day 02. Thimphu – Paro sightseeing (54 km., 1 hour drive):

Main traffic in Thimphu city, traffic police man directing the vehicles.

Main traffic in Thimphu city, traffic police man directing the vehicles.

In the Morning, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum where you can print your photos on the official Bhutanese stamps.
  • Painting School, this Institute Imparts courses in 13 traditional Arts and Crafts of Bhutan. It is also popularly known as “The Painting School” and is a photographers’ dream. The students learn various skills like paintings, wood carving, embroidery and statue making.
  • Craft Bazaar where you can buy Bhutanese Handicrafts and Art works.

Free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Then drive to Paro. In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong, atop the hill above the Paro Dzong is an old watchtower called Ta Dzong. The unusual building in the shape of a conch shell, with 2.5 m-thick walls was completed in 1656. But, it wasn’t until 1967 that the structure was renovated to house the National Museum.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Rinpung Dzong means ‘The Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. It is the finest illustration of Bhutanese architecture and craftsmanship you’ll see. So impressive it is that even scenes of 1995 film, Little Buddha were filmed here. The Dzong presently functions as the Administrative centre of Paro district.
  • Traditional Bhutanese Farm house to see daily Bhutanese way of life.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 03. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang):

Taktsang-Monastery-in-ParoIn the Morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest.

  • This Monastery is without a doubt the most visited and the most photographed of all the monuments in Bhutan. It is nestled above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons, overlooking the Paro valley. The monastery is of tremendous religious significance to the Bhutanese. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this site on the back of a tigress and meditated here. The monastery was built in 1692 to honor and worship the Guru. The hike up to the Tiger’s Nest is give-or-take a two-hour ascent.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Drugyal Dzong which means, the Fortress of the Victorious Bhutanese. A 16 km road passes up the valley to the ruins of this fortress-monastery, which was partly destroyed by fire in 1951. The fortress was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to commemorate his victory over raiding and pillaging Tibetan armies. It was raged by the fire in 1951, the ruins remain an impressive and imposing sight still. It is under repair now.
  • Kichu Lhakhang, by far, this temple is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. The King of Tibet, Srongtsen Gampo built it in 659 AD. It is one of the 108 temples built by him in a single day across the Himalayan region. Legend goes that the King built it to overpower the left foot of a giant ogress that was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet.

In the inner courtyard, you’ll see a mural of King Gesar of Ling. He was a popular Tibetan warrior-king, whose epic poem is said to be the longest in the world.

In the evening, explore Paro town.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 04. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.