Arrive Paro Airport
the journey, one will experience breath taking
views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other
famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred
Mount Jomulhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan.
On arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received
by representatives of our tour operator who
will escort you to the hotel. Lunch at the
hotel. Afternoon : Visit the National Museum
( Ta-Dzong ). This was originally the Watch
Tower of the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was converted
into the National Museum in 1968. It is located
on top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking
Paro valley and river. On the way back from
the Museum, take a leisurely stroll in the
Paro market and along the beautiful Paro river.
to Drugyal Dzong ( a ruined fortress - 16
Kms away from Paro town ). Although in ruins,
this Fortress of great historical importance.
It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated
the invading Tibetans and drove them back.
From here, the peaks of Mount Jomulhari (
Alt. 7329m ) "Mountain of Goddess"
can be seen on a clear day. Visit the Rinpung
Dzong. This massive fortress is located in
the Paro valley and is approached by a gently
sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden
bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by
two guard houses. Today, this fortress houses
the Administrative seat of the district of
Paro and the district Monk Body with about
200 monks. The central tower (Utse) of the
fortress, is one of the most beautiful in
Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong
( fortress ) was built in 1645 AD Picnic lunch
at the river bank or in the hotel. Afternoon
: Drive to Thimphu ( capital ). The drive
to Thimphu through the winding road along
the Paro and Thimphu river takes about 2 hr.
( 65 Kms. ). Check in at the hotel. After
tea at the hotel, take a leisurely stroll
in the Thimphu town.
: Visit the Memorial Chorten ( a huge stupa
) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan
who reigned the country from 1952-1972. Visit
the Painting and Wood Craft school where traditional
art and craft is still kept alive. Visit the
National Library where ancient manuscripts
are preserved. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium
where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and
crafts are displayed and can be purchased.
Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon : Visit Simtokha
Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses
in Bhutan located about 6 Kms. from Thimphu
town. It houses the largest Monastic schools
in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the
main secretariat building. This massive fortress
houses part of the government Ministries,
the office of the King and the Throne Room.
It also houses the State Monastic Body and
the office and the living quarters of the
Chief Abbot. Evening : Free to do some shopping
in the town.
an early breakfast, drive up to Dochula pass
( 26 Kms. ). From the pass, you can enjoy
the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan
mountain ranges. Tea/coffee at Dochula and
return to Thimphu. Drive up to Dechencholing
( 5 Kms. from Thimphu town ). At Dechencholing,
you can view the palace of the Queen Mother
where all the luncheons and banquets for the
Head of the States and other important guests
are hosted. Also, visit a beautiful private
monastery on top of the hill. Lunch at the
hotel. Afternoon : Drive to Paro. Check in
at the hotel. After Tea/coffee, Drive up to
Satsam Chorten ( 10 Kms. from Paro town ).
From there, you can view the picturesque Taktsang
Monastery " Tigers Nest "perched
on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly