Arrival to Paro
|Arrival to Paro. Dive to Paro airport viewpoint. Depending on schedule, you might see planes landing and taking off. Runway in Paro is famed as one of the most demanding of all Wold's International airports. Visit of the National Museum in Ta dzong, the watchtower protecting the Paro castle below from intruders. Then drive down to Paro town and marvel over the old traditional bridge below the Paro Dzong. Here, you will have opportunity to try Bhutanese dress and take a beautiful photo with castle in the background! Walk in lively little town packed with interesting shops, cafés, and bars!|
|2||Paro – Thimphu||Hike to Taktsang gomba (The Tiger’s Nest) is the absolute highlight of the tour! While the climb seems to be hard, it’s very rewarding. If you don’t feel so strong, you can cut it short in cafeteria with nice view of the temple. On the other hand, if you have spare strength, you might hike up to Zangtopelri Lhakhang to get birds-eye view of Tiger's Nest! You can consider hiking in the morning or early afternoon depending on weather, your fitness, and preferences. After hike drive to Thimphu with stop at Tachog lhakhang to see traditional bridge made using ancient iron chains. Drop to Changlimithang stadium to see the archery, traditional sport of Bhutan. Matches are going on from the morning to the evening! Take a rest after the morning's hike. Optionally you can visit famous Mojo Park music club or other Thimphu's popular venues.|
|3||Thimphu||Early morning drive to Dochu-la pass (3100 m). In clear weather you can see stunning mountain panorama. Drive back to Thimphu and visit gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking the valley. Walk in Norzin lam street and see the traffic police signaling in junctions. Thimphu is only capital in the world without the traffic lights. Finish walk at handicraft market where many interesting Bhutanese souvenirs can be seen and bought for reasonable price. Continue with visit to Folk Heritage Museum with the exhibition on traditional village life in Bhutan (closed on Sunday, alternatively visit Simply Bhutan museum). Otherwise, you can enjoy some free time in the town, exploring it on your own. Late afternoon visit to monumental Tashichho dzong castle, the seat of the king and government.|
|4||Departure||If time permits, you can make some additional sightseeing in the morning or spend time in leisure. Then drive to Paro and departure by flight or take ~5 hours drive to land border in Phuentsholing.|
Tour variants, extensions and combinations:
- Trekking: This tour can be easily combined with any trek, including Jomolhari Yaksa Trek (6 days) or Druk Path Trek (5 days). Please inquire for more informations.
- India extension: There is possibility to extend the tour to India via land border in Phuntsholing/Jaigon. Just 1 hour drive from there is Jaldhapara National Park with excellent elephant safari. In 5 hours drive you can reach Darjeeling, the mecca of every tea lover, and 2 more hours will take to reach Gangtok, capital of Sikkim. We will be happy to help with travel arrangements in India too!