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: GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN

4 days 3 nights GRADE Easy

Paro, Thimphu valley

Brief Itinerary
On the flight to Paro, if flying from Delhi and Kathmandu, a spectacular views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhumolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan can be seen. The flight to international airport in Paro is most spectacular and thrilling as one approaches the tiny airstrip through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing. On arrival in Paro, after completion of airport formalities, our guide will be there to receive you and escort to hotel by our private vehicle.

This itinerary is developed for 4 days tour package to suit the needs of our guests who would like to experience and see the best of the kingdom in a relatively short duration. In this 4 days and 3 Nights tour we will offer you the best cultural and adventure tour of the beautiful valleys of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Few elements such as a short adventure hike to Tigers nest at Paro is the top highlight and if one finds difficult hiking, one can ride horses or take a sojourn through the beautiful Paro Town in the evening. Hike to iconic Tigers nest is mesmerizingly breath-taking and challenging too. Its 2 hours and 30 minutes uphill hike to the Main temple and once atop the scenery is mind-blowing. A must visit sacred site for everyone. In this short Glimpse of Bhutan tour you will make most of the trip.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro
After our breakfast, drive to the base of trekking point, from here you will hike to Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger Nest Temple, which is built in 1962 around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth-century old monastery is perched on a sheer drop rock cliff which clings at 900m above the valley floor. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then meditated in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) to bless the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan.

Depending on your arrival time, we can proceed for the city sightseeing or relax in the hotel. We can visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was converted to Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong with fascinating long history. Night halt in Paro.

Day 02: Paro -Hike to Tiger Nest
After breakfast drive to Thimphu and sightseeing on way. Visit to the Memorial Chorten built-in memory of late 3rd King, then visit Buddha viewpoint, which houses world largest sitting Buddha, visit to Takin Preserve and finally visit Tashichho Dzong, which houses the throne room of His Majesty the King.

Tiger Nest Temple is considered, one of the must-visit places around the world before one die. The hike takes almost 2 hours, uphill at 30 to 40 degrees inclined for an average trekker and may even take full day which will depend upon one’s own pace. The first of half of the hike reaches you to the cafeteria may seems never ending however hereon due to magical aura of the structure at your close sight, you feel energized to push further. The effort is worth as you reach the feet of the Tiger Nest, with its astounding scenic beauty, one feel extreme jubilation and fulfilment like never before. And on the way back, one can either run down or take a brisk walk. After the trek, if you are totally exhausted one can either take a perfect hot stone bath with a sumptuous dinner in a hotel or at farmhouse. In the evening relax or take a stroll in the town. Overnight in Paro.

Day 03: Paro to Thimphu – Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast, drop you to the Paro International Airport, where our guide will bid you farewell at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations. Tour program ends.

After lunch visit handmade paper mills where you get to buy handmade paper products, visit the School of Arts and crafts (closed on Sundays, government holidays) students are taught 13 different arts that take over 4 years to graduate from the training school. If time permits, visit the weekend market (Thu-Sun), where the vegetable vendors come from all over the country to sell their products and beside explore the craft bazaar. Dinner and overnight at a hotel at Thimphu, altitude 2400m.

Day 04: Thimphu to Paro
After breakfast, drop you to the Paro International Airport, where our guide will bid you farewell at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

Tour program ends.