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Our Short Tour of Bhutan will take you around Bhutanese landmarks in Paro Valley, a city with rich traditional architecture that hosts Bhutan’s only International Airport, and Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
In Paro, you will visit places such as the Dungste Lhakang, a 15th-century temple with the Ugyen Perli Palace visible through its fence, the Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery, the national museum, and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple, before hiking to the extraordinary Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery the next day.
In Thimphu, the largest city in Bhutan that is situated in the linear valley of the Thimpu River, you will experience an altitude range varying between 2,248 metres (7,375 feet) and 2,648 metres (8,688 feet) with varying climates as well.
Here, you will visit landmarks such as the National Memorial Chorten, the Drubthob Gonpa/Zilukha Nunnery, the majestic Tashi Chhoe Dzong (Fortress of Glorious Religion), the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue, the Takin Sanctuary and many other prominent cultural heritage buildings.
October to December is the ideal time to visit Bhutan as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder, but from then until April the climate remains dry.
Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with color. From June to September the monsoon rains cover the mountains.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September and October) are the best seasons to visit Bhutan.
Day 01: Arrival in Bhutan and Sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)
You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Bhutan. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. Once you have settled in our hotel, you will embark on your journey to Paro. You will complete a city tour of Paro (places mentioned above) and stay overnight there.
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km including 1 hour hike to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast, you will take a scenic hike for about 4-5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), the most sacred monastery in Bhutan, built on steep cliff, offering you enchanting views of the Paro valley.Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, is said to have meditated there for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Lunch will be served at the restaurant located halfway up the mountain. You will then hike back down the valley and drive to Thimphu. Spend the night at Thimpu.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu
You will complete a city tour of Thimpu (places mentioned above) and other landmarks including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, and the traditional paper factory. Some places are closed on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), and thus we will explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04: Final Departure
After an early breakfast, we leave to Paro airport (approx. 1 hour). Druk Air generally departs early in the mornings to avoid adverse weather conditions.