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Bhutan Tour- 5 Days ( Fly in / Fly out Paro )
5 Days tour of Bhutan with Paro and Thimphu. Paro – the beautiful valley encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Thimphu – the capital of Bhutan. Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions.

Routing :
Paro (2 nights) – Thimphu (1 nights) – Paro (1 night)
Highlights :

Rinpung Dzong – which serves as the administrative center and the school for monk in Paro, Tashichho Dzong – Houses the main administrative building and the central monk body in Thimphu

Sightseeing & Excursion :
Paro :
Drugyel Dzong, Ta – Dzong the Nation Museum.
Thimpu :

Memorial Chorten, Handicrafts and Simtokha Dzong (School of Buddhist Studies) Also visit National Library and Painting School.

ITINERARY
Day 01 - ARRIVE PARO By Druk Air
Day 02 - PARO
Day 03 - PARO/THIMPHU By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 04 - THIMPHU/PARO By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 05 - DEPART PARO By Druk Air

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 ARRIVE PARO
Arrive Paro by air. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Paro (2,280 m / 7,218 ft)
Paro Valley, Bhutan ToursThe beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Mount. Jhomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 PARO
Today visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong. Ta Dzong – The National museum and the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks with guide.

Drukgyel Dzong
This Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and was featured in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when its was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Chomolhari from the village, below the Dzong.

Ta Dzong
One time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.

Rinpung Dzong
Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 PARO/THIMPHU
Morning drive to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check – in hotel. Later in the afternoon visit Memorial Chorten, Handicrafts with guide. Evening free.

Memorial Chorten
This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan ‘s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Handicrafts Emporium

There are various Handicrafts Emporiums in town displaying a wide assortment of beautifully hand-Woven and crafted products.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 THIMPHU/PARO
Morning visit Tashichho Dzong houses – the main Secretarial building and the central monk body, Indigenous hospital, National Library and Painting School.

Trashichho Dzong
Also know as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, it was initially built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses, main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. The National Assembly Hall is housed in a modern building on the other side of the river from the Dzong. During the warmer summer months, the monk body headed by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, makes its home in the Dzong.

Afternoon drive to Paro. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong (School for Buddhist Studies).

Simtokha Dzong
Five miles from Thimphu stands the 17th century Simtokha Dzong standing on a lofty ridge. Built in 1627, the oldest Dzong in the country, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies.

National Library
The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.

Arts & Crafts School
This school teaches the techniques of traditional thangkha paintings. On a visit, one can see students at work producing intricate design on cloth.

Later in the afternoon drive to Paro. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong. On arrival check – in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 DEPART PARO
Transfer to the airport to connect flight to Delhi/Calcutta.

** End of Bhutan Tour **


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