4 DAY LUXURY PACKAGE
Read below for a full description of this experience
Arrival in Paro, visit to Tamchog Temple, and then head to Thimphu.
Head to Dochula Pass to see the 108 stupas, get an astrology reading, hike to Tango Monastery, visit of the Folk Heritage Museum, as well as the Institure for Arts & Crafts, ending with a stop at Zilukha Nunnery.
Drive to the Tiger’s Nest, hike through the mountains, and return to Paro for a relaxing day.
Drop off at Paro International Airport for your return to Bangkok.
Bangkok - Paro – Thimphu
55 Km, 1 hour drive
Arrival in Bhutan is an event in itself, with the plane sweeping into the country’s only international airport within the Paro Valley, offering a splendid view of the Himalayan mountainsides dotted with traditional Bhutanese houses perched high atop the rocky peaks.
Once you’ve landed, our representative will meet you with a white silk scarf embossed with eight lucky symbols, in accordance with Bhutan’s reverence for symbolism to ensure an auspicious start of your journey.
The road to Thimphu, the royal capital, takes about fifty minutes amidst the villages and rice fields of the Paro Valley, including the six hundred years old Tamchog Temple.
Once in Thimphu, there is no lack of fascinating places to visit, starting with the Dordenma Statue – the largest seated Buddha statue in the world, over 50 meters tall and made of bronze and gilded gold, as well as the Memorial Chorten at the center of the city, dedicated to His Majesty the Third King of Bhutan, or even the Tashichodzong, the Fortress of Auspicious Doctrine, where the royal government houses the throne room and offices of the King.
Visiting popular districts of Paro, Thimphu
Hoist wish-fulfilling prayer flags at Dochu-la Pass
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
The second day will take us into the countryside for a forty minute drive to Dochula Pass, where you will have the opportunity to admire the Himalayan Mountain Range in all its natural splendor, even to the point of seeing as far as the Jumolhari, Kula Gangri, and Jichu Drakey peaks bordering China if blessed by a sunny day and clear skies.
There, one can also see the Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens; 108 stupas offered as tribute to His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan for his services to his people. Finally, if time permits, trained astrologers from the National School of Astrology will be available to offer private astrology reading sessions.
From there we will hike for about an hour, nine hundred feet up to the Tango Monastery. Established in the 12th century, the monastery serves as a school for the study of Buddhist philosophy, metaphysics, mathematics, poetry, and a myriad of other subjects. Being the highest center of Buddhist learning in the country, almost every Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) has completed the nine-year long program of the Tango Monastery, along with the three years, three months, and three days of meditation that ensues.
After lunch, we will visit the Folk Heritage Museum, offering you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle through its collection of rural artifacts, tools, and equipment the Bhutanese people have used throughout the generations, with the occasional demonstrations of rural traditions and customs. We will then visit the Zorig Chusum, the National Institute for Arts & Crafts, which showcases the 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan.
Finally, we will end the day with a tour of the Zilukha Nunnery, known to be the largest nunnery in the country, and famed for its charitable and humanitarian work.
Thimphu – Paro
55 Km, 1 hour drive
On the third day, we will drive to Taktsang Monastery, locally known as the Tiger’s Nest; a sacred temple built on the cliffside. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew into the caves around which the temple was built on the back of a tigress while on his search for a calm and secluded place to peacefully meditate. We however, will not be flying on the back of tigers, but taking a small mule track on the cliffside which usually takes about five hours amidst beautiful scenery unique to the peaks of the Himalayas.
Upon our return to Paro Town in the evening, you will have plenty of time to explore and stroll around the streets.
After breakfast, we will head to Paro International Airport for your return flight to Bangkok, after what we can only hope was the trip of a lifetime!
Round-trip flight from Bangkok
Airport Transfer - Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport
Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner
Dedicated vehicle with a driver
24x7 English Speaking Guide
All Sight Seeing and Monument entrance fees
1 mineral water bottle every day
Welcome white silk scarf in Paro
One-time 40$ visa fee