Arrival to Paro, drive to Thimphu and back to Paro
|Morning arrival by plane to Paro airport. Drive to Thimphu and lunch. Afternoon see the Buddha point, gigantic statue with great view of Thimphu town. Observe devotees paying tribute to 3rd king of Bhutan at the Memorial chorten. 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. Time permitting visit of other sights. Conclude the Thimphu visit in Tashichhho dzong, the seat of the king and government. Drive back to Paro.|
|2||Paro||Hike to Taktsang gompa (Tiger's Nest). Trip including the visit of temples takes about 4 to 5 hours. On the way back stop at pristine Kyichu lhakhang, one of the oldest Buddhist temples built in Bhutan. Afternoon visit of the National Museum and Paro Rinpung dzong, the castle-monastery where Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha film was shot. Evening exploring the town.|
|3||Departure||If time permits, you can make visit to Drukyel dzong, the castle ruins from where you can see the summit of holy Jomolhari mountain in clear weather. After that, you depart from Paro by flight or take 6 hours drive to land border in Phuntsholing.|
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!