This tour explores all of the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys, and is ideal for those with a limited time frame. Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya. Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums. Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor. Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples. Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests. Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk
◾Government Fees, Royalty & Taxes.
◾Tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
◾Standard hotel room (Twin/double bed).
◾All meals (Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner) at a local restaurant or hotel.
◾SUV Car, Mini Van or Bus with driver throughout your stay.
◾Experienced tour guide.
◾Sights & entrance fees as per the itinerary.
◾Costs for extra activities
◾Personal drinks & beverages
◾Additional hotel facilities like laundry, personal calls etc.
◾Single room supplement: US$ 20 per room per nigh
- Day 1 ARRIVE PARO
Paro sightseeing. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport following customs formalities. After lunch enjoy sightseeing around Paro, including visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics. Next, visit the Rimpung Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Overnight: Hotel in Paro
- Day 2 PARO – THIMPHU
Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery and evening drive to Thimphu for halt. After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. Perched on a cliff-top, Bhutan's Taktsang monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest, is one of the most breathtaking temples in the world. The Buddhist place of worship is built on a rock around 3,000m (10,000ft) above sea level. The main temple complex was built in 1692 and is considered to be one of the holiest for the Bhutanese people. There are no proper roads and visitors have to trek for 2 hours to reach the temple.In the afternoon visit the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, the historic monument built to commemorate the ictory against invading Tibetans in 1644. Evening drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
- Day 3 THIMPHU- PARO
Thimphu sightseeing and evening drive to Paro for halt. Enjoy the full day of sightseeing, including, visit to the National Memorial Chorten. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and as a monument to world peace. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha Nunnery.Other sites to visit include: the School for Arts and Crafts ,the National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory displaying the Bhutanese paper making process, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashi-chhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’, initially erected in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Tashi-chhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
- Day 4 DEPART PARO
After breakfast drive to airport for your onward destination.