Approved By: Tourism council of Bhutan
Under Ministry of Economic Affairs of Bhutan
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. This beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples, and the country’s only International airport. After being welcomed with “Khadar” (traditional scarf).
After the arrival in paro & being received by BFA Representative & drive towards to Thimphu – capital city of Bhutan in a luxury 4WD car
Checked into hotel, get refreshed and take a power nap of an hour or two. Towards evening explore the Thimphu city.Overnight in Thimphu.
In the morning hrs after breakfast, visit to following places
Mini Zoo. This Zoo houses the National Animal of Bhutan – the “Takin “. It’s worthwhile taking the time to see these strange, quite unique animals.
Folk Heritage Museum & the Textile Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life and is a ‘must see’ when in Thimphu.
Buddha point : where the largest sitting Buddha in the hill South west, of thimphu was built for the well being of the country and its neighboring nation.
National Library: The National Library was established in the late 1960s and it houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature mostly in block-printed format and some works are several hundred years old. There is also a small collection of books in English on the ground floor mainly on Buddhism, Bhutan, the Himalayan region and neighboring countries
Visit to simply Bhutan –The living museum. Later in the evening drive to paro and overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast, Drive to Paro and upon reaching paro visit the following places:
Rinpung Dzong: or “the fortress of the heap of jewels” was built in 1646 by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal to defend the Paro valley from Tibetan invasion and presently it serves as central monastic and administrative seat of the district of Paro. It is one of Bhutan’s most impressive and finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It is different for other Dzongs in Bhutan as it is in a square and the “utse” (central tower) is surrounded by the outer structure.
Nya-meyZam: or “the bridge with no fish” is the bridge that connects Paro town to the dzong. It is one of the finest specimens in Bhutan and locals believe that if one sees a fish in the river, it is an ill omen. The earlier bridge which could be folded during war was washed away by flood in 1969
Ta Dzong: Strategically located on a hill above the dzong and built in 1649 is the Ta Dzong. “Ta”means to see/watch and “dzong” means fortress. This monument served as a watch tower to the ParoDzong. There is said to be an underground tunnel that leads to the water supply below. The structure was converted to the National Musuem in 1968. Ta Dzong holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts and a small natural history collection. Stay in Paro.
After breakfast, drive to the north of the valley to the base of a hill and hike to the famous Taktsang monastery (Alt.3100m). Taktsang literally means –“Tiger’s nest”. This monastery was built in the 1600s and clings to a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m above the valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, in the form of Dorji Drolo(Guru’s 8th manifestation) arrived at this site on the back of a flying tigress believed to be his consort, to subdue the eight evil spirits who were preventing the propagation on Buddhism in the area. This is must visit place and should not missed it.
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.