This tour takes you to Eastern Part of the country to experience and explore some its diverse culture and traditions comprising with some sightseeing around the valleys, short trip to visit Dzongs and temples, art and architecture which will help you to outline and explore. Also this tour incorporates some Day excursion to visit some of the breath taking places and photographic hotspots.
- Visit some sacred and religious landmarks in Bhutan
- Immersion in Culture and Pristine Natural Environment
- Day Excursion to some of the beautiful places
- Experience Domestic Flight
- Explore Gangtey Nature Trail
- Visit a local Farm House
- Traditional Culinary Experience
- Experience Bhutanese National Game Archery with Dart Game
- Day Hike to Tiger’s Nest
Closing Timing of monuments in various places
School of 13 Arts & Crafts – Sunday & Government Holiday
National Textile Museum – Sunday & Government Holiday
Centenary Farmer’s Market – Monday – Wednesday
National Museum (Ta-Dzong)
Day 01: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu
Distance: 65km (1.5hrs)
Elevation: 2,250mts / 7,382ft
Paro: It is a broad and beautiful green bowl valley surrounded by jagged Himalayan Mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers and dotted with medieval fortresses. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 AD and has been the legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre for the people of Paro. Also the nations home of National Museum and International Airport.
After landing you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver and will be chauffeured to the Capital City of Bhutan.
Thimphu (2320m): Is the capital of Bhutan with a population of about 100000 and is the nation’s largest city. It depicts strong national character in its architectural style yet it is legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre of the government.
Check in hotel and visit the following places:
- Built in 2006, world’s largest sitting Buddha housing over Hundreds of Thousands of small statues inside. It is the center of attraction to all the people radiating its splendor in all directions and harbinger of happiness and peace.
- Built in 1974 as a monument for the 3rd king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It signifies the “Seat of Faith” otherwise “Mind of Buddha”.
- Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Other government departments are housed in buildings nearby.
Evening: Free to explore Thimphu town and Bhutanese Authentic Local Craft Bazaar
Overnight in Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu – Sightseeing
Morning: Hike to Cheri Monastery (15km/30-45min)
- It was established in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The monastery is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu sect. The Monastery serves as the monastic school for study of Buddhist Philosophy, metaphysics, mathematics, poets and many other Buddhist studies. According to legend or history of Bhutan the place was first visited by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. In the 13th century it was visited by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo the Tibetan Lama who first established the Drukpa Kagyu tradition in Bhutan. Zhabdrung spent three years in strict retreat at the monastery and stayed for many years.
After lunch visit the following places:
School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts
- It is the primary center of learning for Bhutanese artists. Depending upon the student’s interest, one can specialize in any of the thirteen arts and crafts, including painting, weaving, sculptures, blacksmithing, embroidery, etc. It is the best place for visitors to learn about traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.
National Textile Museum
- This museum is worth a visit to learn about Bhutan’s living national art of weaving. The ground floor focuses on cham costumes, while the upper floor introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men. There is usually a small group of weavers working their looms inside the shop, which features work from the renowned weaving centre of Lhuentse in northeastern Bhutan
Centenary Farmer’s Market (Open: Thursday – Sunday)
- Take a walk through this market and shop/interact with the local farmers. Thimphu’s new weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favorite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life.
Overnight in Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha
Distance: 77km (2.5hrs)
Elevation: 1,200mts / 3,900ft
The journey to Punakha includes the 108 Druk Wangyel Chort