Welcome to Bhutan, the mystic Himalayan kingdom. As you land at Paro Airport, our tour representative will meet and assist you with a comfortable transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The one-and-a-half-hour scenic drive will take you to a culturally rich metropolis. Upon reaching Thimphu, check-in at the pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. There are endless attractions in Thimphu, and you can enjoy many things alone here. Take a walk nearby to experience the Bhutanese culture or relish traditional cuisine in a restaurant.
In Thimphu, you can experience both harmonious traditions and a modern lifestyle. There are shopping centers, continental restaurants, nightclubs, internet cafes, ATMs, and foreign stock exchanges in Thimpu. But the traditional values are carefully preserved amidst the signs of modernization in the museums, monasteries, traditional markets, and everyday lifestyle.
Even a few years ago, traffic congestion was an unknown term in Bhutan. The city of 100,000 inhabitants in Thimphu still needs a traffic signal. Police officers stand in decorated booths and control the traffic with fabulous hand movements.
The capital city is the Bhutan government administration's commercial hub and center. It is also home to famous Buddhist sites such as Memorial Chorten, Cheri Monastery, Tango Monastery, etc. The massive fortress and monastery Tashichho Dzong is a spectacular treat to the eyes. It has been the Government seat of Bhutan since 1952 and is now acting as the King's office, secretariat, and office of other ministries. The prime attraction of Tashichho Dzong is the gold-leaf roofs that make it outstanding.
You can also visit local markets like ABC Bazar to explore traditional products. If your 4 days Bhutan tour includes a Sunday, you must explore Thimphu's weekend market. You can purchase fresh produce while interacting with the locals.
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Thimphu.
On day 2 of the Bhutan tour package for 4 days, you set to leave for sightseeing in Thimphu. The day's highlights are the Institute of Zorig Chusum, the National Library, and the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. The Institute of Zorig Chusum trains students to perform 13 types of traditional arts and crafts in Bhutan. The course spans six years. National Library is a repository of beautiful Buddhist manuscripts, and the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum is famous for exhibiting Bhutanese culture and traditions.
In the afternoon, you stop for lunch at one of the best food stalls in Thimphu. Post lunch, explore other highlights of Bhutan, like King's Memorial Chorten, Government Handicrafts Emporium, etc. You can browse through various traditional art forms, jewelry, textile, thangka painting, and much more in the Government Handicrafts Emporium.
Chorten Memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bhutan. The milky white edifice is a revered Buddhist shrine. It has a golden pinnacle, and the house is dedicated to the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Chorten Memorial is inhabited by people who chant hymns and spin prayer wheels.
After the day's excursion in Thimphu, start your journey to Paro in the evening. Upon reaching Paro, check-in at the hotel and take a rest.
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Thimphu.
After a refreshing breakfast, you get to explore Paro. It is recognized as the most beautiful place in Bhutan. The city offers nature at its best amid a peaceful environment. The contrast of traditional wooden and concrete structures adds a unique charm all across the valley.
The vast and verdant Paro Valley, known as Bhutan's historic center, is spotted by many historical and cultural landmarks. Some of the best attractions in Paro are Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, etc. Ta Dzong, also known as the National Museum, is a conch-shaped fortress on the River Mangde bank. Formerly a watch-tower and now a museum, Ta Dzong exhibits antique and traditional artifacts, paintings, weapons, etc.
Below the Ta Dzong is located Paro Dzong, also known as Rinpung Dzong, which means the fortress of the heap of jewels. It is embellished with vibrant paintings depicting different tales of Bhutan. Constructed in 1644, Rinpung Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro.
You stop for lunch in the afternoon and continue sightseeing in Paro by heading to Drukgyel Dzong. This UNESCO world heritage site is a ruined fortress that narrates a dark tale of the warriors who fought with Tibetan invaders. En route, you drive past Chomolhari and visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple. This is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century. The surreal beauty of the place attracts travelers.
If time and energy permit, you can also visit places like the Taktsang Monastery and the Cheri Lang Monastery. Takstang's Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest, located at a height of 3,120 meters, offers excellent trekking opportunities in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche landed here on the back of a tiger that gave the place the name Tiger's Nest. Stay overnight in the hotel in Paro.
This is the last day of your 3 nights 4 days Bhutan tour. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and get an assisted transfer to the airport to catch the flight for your onward journey.