PEACEFUL DRAGON (05 DAYS)
An overwhelming experience of Bhutan in just 5 days
Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air – Thimphu
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and driven to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. In the evening stroll around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha
In the morning visit to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature. You will also visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School).
Then, visit the Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
In the evening drive to Punakha crossing through different landscape with different vegetations along the way till you reach Dochula Pass.The Dochula Pass which is 3,050m is the pass that divided Thimphu and Punakha. You will find the 108 stupas build on the national high way. After crossing Dochula Pass, you will acending to the lower valley of Punakha and Wangdu through the mixed coniferous forest with the warm air as you approach the zero point at Lobesa.Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 3: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Paro
Next morning, after the breakfast, you will visit maginificant Punakha Dzong build on the conference of Mo chu and Po chu, the 17th century fortress which has played important role in building up of modern Bhutan.Then visit to local market. On the way to Wangdiphodrang, visit the newly build stupa known as Khamsum Namgyal Chorten.
Then drive to Wangdiphodrang to visit local market. Wangdiphodrang is well known for its bamboo handicrafts and carvings made of stone.
After lunch, drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. In the clear day, you can see the Mt. Jomalhari and some of highiest peaks covered with snow from the Dochula Pass. On the way to Paro, you will visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 4: Paro
You sightseeing in Paro will start from visiting Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. At present the Ta Dzong is taking major renovation which was damaged by earthqueak. Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.
After lunch, you will drive up the Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people.
While returning from Drukgyel Dzong, on the way visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 5: Paro Depart
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.
Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Daily 3 meals
3 star accommodation
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fess & road permits
Taxes & surcharges
Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay)
Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and driver