Glimpse of Bhutan
Tour around Thimphu and Paro
Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan where the central government operates from and Thimphu has numerous attractions to explore. Paro is yet another exciting place to traverse with historically significant monuments and fortresses such as Tiger’s nest and Rinpung Dzong. Thimphu and Paro are just about 55 kms apart and approximately an hour’s drive away. Therefore, the tour would certainly be relaxing and fun filled.
Arrival in Paro. You may avail either Druk Air, national airline or Bhutan Airline which is privately owned to come to Bhutan. The tour guide will receive you at the airport and escort you to your dwelling inn where you can relax and anticipate yourself for a memorable experience for the coming days.
Tour in and around Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, National Museum, Rinpung Dzong) and travel to Thimphu.The tour in Paro can be started by visiting Drugyel Dzong. Drugyel Dzong is approximately about 16 kms away from the main town of Paro. It is a must visit place in Paro which hold so much of historic importance. The name can directly be translated as “The Fortress of Victory” since it was built back in 1644 by the Great Master, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to mark glory over the Tibetans who waged invasive war against the Bhutanese centuries ago. The fortress was ruined by fire 1951. However, re-construction of the fortress started in 2016 coinciding with the birth of Crown Prince, Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. Then, drive towards Kyichu Lhakhang. It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 holy shrines built in one day by a great Tibetan saint back in the 8th century. After lunch, visit the National Museum locally known as Ta Dzong. The National Museum in Paro is just few minutes walk away from Rinpung Dzong. The last travel destination in Paro will be Rinpung Dzong which means “Heap of Jewels”. Then proceed to Thimphu in the evening.
Thimphu ( Tashichhodzong, Zorig Chusum, Buddha Point, Memorial Chorten) – Paro
Start the day in Thimphu by visiting Tashichhodzong. Tashichhodzong is sacred in the sense that it houses the King’s Throne room with several important government offices. It is also the seat or summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and central monastic body. After that, visit Zorig Chusum, the embodiment of 13 unique traditional arts and crafts where you will be able to explore unique paintings and other crafts. After lunch, visit Buddha Point where you will be able to relish the breathtaking view of entire Thimphu City. 169 feet tall Statue of Lord Buddha was built to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. In the evening visit the Memorial Chorten built in loving memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The tour in Thimphu will be concluded by visiting handicrafts emporium and local craft shops where locally produced goods are available. Then head back to Paro.
Departure from Paro International Airport
Paro Taktshang (Tigers Nest)
Paro Rimpung Dzong