Bhutan: The first introduction

Bhutan: The first introduction

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a very distinctive and proud small country in Southeast Asia, located in the Himalayas.

The world for a long time did not know about the existence of this amazing country, which allowed Bhutan to preserve its unique color, nature and traditions. Traditional houses of the local population are touched, Buddhist shrines are admired, and secluded fortresses and towers are amazing.

The ideal beauty of green valleys, crystal springs, snow-capped peaks and hospitality of locals will make your holiday truly fabulous.

Dates of travel: regularly
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Itinerary: Paro (1 night) - Thimphu (2 nights) - Paro (1 night)

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BTN Bhutanese Ngultrum

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Day 1

Arrival in Paro

Arrival in Paro - the air gate of Bhutan, meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel.
The city of Paro is in the center of the fertile valley of the same name, which is famous for its delightful landscapes, Buddhist monasteries, traditional villages and unique colorful carved apartment houses.

After lunch we go on a sightseeing tour of Paro. And we will start with a visit to the National Museum of Bhutan, which is in the watchtower of Ta-dzong. Dzong (fortress-monastery) was built in 1641 as a fortification and converted into a museum by the third king of Bhutan in 1968. There are a lot of Buddhist relics, an exposition of ancient weapons and an ethnographic exposition about the life of Bhutanese, including dishes, clothes and jewelry. In addition, here you will see priceless manuscripts, Buddhist ritual objects, picturesque thangkas and much more. Visiting the museum will allow you to get acquainted with the historical past, traditions and culture of Bhutan.  

Then you will visit the Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), which is a fortress combined with the Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu school and includes 14 temples and altars. After the tour, we return to the hotel.
Free time and rest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
* Altitude of Paro: 2250 m above sea level

Day 2

Paro - Thimphu

Early in the morning, you will walk to the monastery of Taksang-lakhang, known as the "Tigress's Nest". The monastery is located on a steep rock at an altitude of 900 m, from where it opens an amazing view of the valley. The history and name of the monastery are associated with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), who spread Buddhism in Bhutan and is revered as Bhutan by the Bhutanese as a deity guarding the country. The monastery enchants with its beauty: the roofs covered with pure gold over the sanctuaries, the stairs that are cut in the rock, connecting the buildings of the complex, and the bamboo bridges, thrown across the abyss, blend harmoniously with the natural landscape of the granite caves. The highlight of the monastery is the "Hall of Thousand Buddhas", where the sculpture of the famous tigress is located. In one of the halls are kept sacred Buddhist manuscripts, and dark caves under the shimmering oil lamps store images of bodhisattvas. This temple is so revered that every Bhutanese seeks to visit him at least once in his life. The whole walk to the monastery and back will take about 5 hours. If you do not want to walk, you can take a pony and move around on it.

Later we will visit the ruined fortress of Drukgel Dzong, built in the 17th century in honor of the victory of Bhutanese over Tibetans. Here, not far from the ruined fortress, you can visit the traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and watch the daily life of Bhutanese.
In the continuation of the tour we will visit one of the oldest and most sacred sanctuaries of Bhutan, the monastery of Kyichu Lhakang.

Next, we go to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan (55km / 2h).
Check in at the hotel. Free time and rest. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
* Altitude of Thimphu: 2350 m above sea level

Day 3

Thimphu

Today we are expected to get acquainted with Thimphu - the largest city of Bhutan and the only capital of the world without road traffic lights. Today we will visit Tashichjo Dzong - a medieval fortress, founded in 1216 as a Buddhist monastery; The Museum of the People's Heritage, which will open a window to the world of Bhutan's rural life, will acquaint you with the traditions, customs and everyday objects of the inhabitants of the traditional Bhutanese village.

Today we will visit the Museum of National Textiles, in which collections of crowns, dresses and accessories of members of the royal family of the Wangchuk dynasty are presented; Bhutan traditional paper factory; The National Library, which houses a beautiful collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts.
After lunch, we will visit the Crafts Shopping Center, which offers a wide range of products, including elaborate "tanka" paintings and hand-woven fabrics that Bhutan is famous for. 

At the end of the day we will visit the National Chorten Memorial, built in 1974 in the form of a Tibetan classical stupa with a pyramidal column crowned with a crescent and the sun. The images and statues of Buddha Samantabhadra and other tantric deities within the temple give an opportunity to better understand the philosophy of Buddhism.
Free time and rest. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4

Thimphu – Pass Docho-la (25 km/1h) – Paro (80 km/3 h)

This morning we set off on a scenic road through the Docho-La Pass (3,080 m), from where one of the most spectacular views opens in Bhutan. On this pass, 108 chortens were installed to commemorate the liberation of the country from the Assamese resistance. Here we will make a stop, relax and admire the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
Then we will continue the way to Paro, visiting the fortress-monastery of Simtokh Dzong, located in a picturesque place in the forest.
Free time and rest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
* Altitude of Paro: 2250 m above sea level

Day 5

Return home

Breakfast in the hotel.
Our trip to the amazing Bhutan has come to an end. Transfer to the airport and flight home.

The price of program:

  • EUR 1134 per person in a double room
  • EUR 1173 per person in a single room
  • EUR 921 per person in a triple room
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Hotels of program:

  • Paro: Tashi Namgay Resort or Village Lodge or Tiger Nest
  • Thimphu: Hotel Kisa or Hotel Julmohri

What's included:

* meeting at the airport
* Visa processing to Bhutan
* transfer airport-hotel-airport
* accommodation in hotels according to the program - 4 nights
* meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
* comfortable transport throughout the tour (with air conditioner)
* excursion program accompanied by an English-speaking guide
* all permits, entrance fees, taxes and road charges.

What's not included:

* international air travel
* health insurance
* tipping and additional personal expenses.