GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN
Arrive Paro Drive to Thimphu
Pick up from Paro International Airport (2280m). Depending on the arrival time of the Druk Air flight, you will either be served a meal in Paro or be driven straight to Thimphu, the capital city, which is about 53 kilometres away. The drive normally takes about an hour and a half. If Thimphu is reached early, you can go out in the town and mingle with the Bhutanese people. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
Sightseeing in Thimphu (2320m) includes visits to National Library which was established in 1967 and has many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts); Painting School or the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (the 13 traditional arts and crafts like painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue making; National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third King of Bhutan; Semtokha Dzong which is about five kilometres south of Thimphu. Semtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Today it houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.); Tashichhodzong is the seat of the government of Bhutan. It houses the secretariat, the Throne Room, His Majesty's secretariat, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. If the sightseeing falls on the weekend you can visit Thimphu's open vegetable market where farmers from the nearby regions gather to sell their produce.
Thimphu to Paro. Paro Sightseeing
The first stop on this road journey is at Dochula pass at 3,140 meters. Dochula is about 23 kilometres from Thimphu and on a clear day, it offers a clear view of the Himalayas. After refreshments in Dochula, the journey continues to Paro. It is about a 72 Km journey from Dochula to Paro. Lunch will be served in the hotel at Paro. In the afternoon the sightseeing in Paro starts. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which was built in 1656 and served as the watch tower of Paro Dzong in the past. After the Ta-Dzong visit, you can go to the town and interact with the local Bhutanese people and do some shopping. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
After Breakfast, proceed towards Drukgyel Dzong, 14 kilometres from the Paro town. Also known as the fortress of victory Drukgyel Dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644. On the way to Drukgyel Dzong, you can view Takshang Monastery, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the eighth century flew to a cave in Taktshang spot on a tigress and mediated for three months. Return to Paro town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Paro Dzong also called the Rinchen Phug Dzong, which means fortress on a heap of Jewels. Paro Dzong is one of the most impressive and well-known dzongs of Bhutan and was built in 1644. Return to the hotel and have Tea/Coffee. Visit the town for last-minute shopping. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
After an early breakfast, our representative will see you off at the Paro International Airport.