Day 1: Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) – Thimphu (2320 m) (54 kms. – 1 hour drive):
You will be received by the Representative from Yak Holidays at the airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.
- Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).
After lunch, visit to:
- The Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. Late His Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy.
- Folk Heritage Museum, Painting School & Craft Bazaar.
In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the seat of Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing (Altitude 2320 m) – Paro: (Altitude 2280 m) (54 km, 1 hr):
After breakfast, visit to the National Postal Museum, where you can make a personalized stamps of you and your dear ones. Then visit the Largest and tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world followed Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre and Sangay Gang view point.
After lunch, drive to Paro and visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the national museum of Bhutan then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.
If you are fortunate, you can catch the archery match in action near the market. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 3: Paro Sightseeing (Altitude 2280 m):
After breakfast, drive to the base of the monastery and hike to Taktsang Monastery: A short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour walk till the monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. 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, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
NB: You can hoist prayer flags near the Tiger’s Nest, and offer prayers inside the monastery. You can also request lama to pray for you.
After lunch, drive to the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.
- Srongsen Gampo was a Tibetan king who married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641, as a part of her dowry was a statue called “Jowo” which was an Indian image of Buddha, Sakyamuni as a small boy. In 659, He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 of these Temples lie in Bhutan, most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.
In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 4: Departure:
After breakfast, drive to the Airport and Farewell.