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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro, Paro- Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, estimated travel time: 1 hr)

On arrival at Paro International Airport and after completing your visa formalities, you will be received by representatives of Droelma Tours and Travels. We then drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan which is about an hour’s journey from Paro. Upon arrival at Thimphu, check into your hotel and refresh. After lunch visit the following:  

Tashichhoedzong- a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.

 Zorig chusum- The Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where   students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.

The National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.

Visit King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972)

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Full day sight-seeing in Thimphu

The full day Thimphu sight-seeing includes visit to the following:

The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The   National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where Bhutan’s famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed.

The Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles.

Centenary Farmers' Market (open from Thusday to Sunday) where farmers sell their farm produces (vegetables, fruits, cereals, spices, wild vegetable collections,livestock products,etc) and free interaction with local people who come shopping to this market, especially on weekends.

Takin Preserve which houses the national animal- takin which is found only in Bhutan. Takin is an extremely rare member of goat family.

Craft Bazaar where artisans and craftsmen from across the country come to sell their products.

Drive to Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.

Visit Buddha Point and offer your prayers to the largest Buddha statue in the country and walk around to enjoy the great view of Thimphu valley below.

·         Centenary Park

·         Traditional weaving Centre

·         Various Handicrafts shops in and around Thimphu

·         Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 3:  Thimphu to Punakha (Distance: 76 km, 2 - 3 hours journey)

In the morning we drive to Punakha via Dochu La Pass (3,100m). When we get to Dochu La, we stop to enjoy the beautiful place with scenic beauty and the 108 stupas built in that place. We can also get a glimpse of Mt. Jumolhari from this pass if the weather is clear of clouds. After that we visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. When we reach Punakha, we visit Punakha Dzong, built between 1637-1638, it is the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan.

We then drive back to Thimphu and on the way visit Wangdi Phodrang Dzong.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu to Paro (Distance: 54 km, estimated travel time: 1 hr)

After we reach Paro we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s.  We also visit the 200 year old Watch Tower known as Taa Dzong, which was renovated and converted into National Museum in 1968. If you are enthusiastic to take a hike to Paro Taktshang we can arrange a trip to the place which will be a full day hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. Taktsang, meaning “Tiger’s nest,” is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) mediated, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months.  

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 5: Departure from Paro

In the morning tour guide from Droelma Tours and Travels will escort you to the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

End of Tour Program 


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