For better part of last century, Bhutan remained in glorious isolation, denying to the outside world, the glimpses into its rich culture, tradition, religion and social-political structure thus adding to its deepening enigma – the last bastion of mythical Sangri-la. However, this itinerary concedes more than the glimpses rather insights into the undiluted tradition, culture, religious structures, Dzongs, monasteries, natural environment, quaint and serene valleys that has withstood the time and its fury. Although for 6 days only, this itinerary cover well three beautiful valleys that constitute western Bhutan.These valleys with varying degree of altitude are generally marked with high passes in between
Itinerary at glance
Day 1 – Arrive Paro (2280m) & Drive to Thimphu: 65km/approx 1hr
Day 2 – Thimphu(2320m)
Day 3 – Paro Tiger’s Nest Hiking
Day 4 – Paro Departure
Day 1 Arrive paro
Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan’s national Airline is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now National Museum, above it.
The first stop will allow us to view the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder and further drive we will reach to Chuzom marks by the confluence of Paro Chu (river) and the Wang chu. Opposite of us, at the confluence, are three protecting chortens each built in a different style. Evening freely stroll in Thimphu.
Day 2 Exploration of Thimphu
Today’s exploration of Thimphu will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, Simply Bhutan which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.
Day 3 Hike to tiger’s nest
Today’s day will begin to take on horse to café and form café a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well-maintained path, which is uphill, and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.
This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.
Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.
In the afternoon will drive to the beautiful valley to the watchtower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven-floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong, which serves as the administrative center, and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge.
Day 4 Departure
Morning, drive to the airport, your journey begins and a future pilgrimage to further explore the hearts and lands of the Kingdom’s charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders awaits.