5 Days Bhutan Tour Itinerary
5 Days Bhutan Tour Itinerary will cover Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha Valley. The highlight of this tour is hiking the Tiger’s nest monastery.
Bhutan is rich in cultural diversity and richness are profound. As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture, come and witness its uniqueness.
Day 01: Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. If you arrive via Kathmandu, which offers the most breathtaking view of the range, it’s possible to see Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga as well.
Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative, In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the Dzongs (forts) currently.
Then visit the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the Dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thangkas, statues, and antiques. Afterward, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Later in the evening, Proceed to the capital city (Thimphu). Thimphu is very much different from the rest of the capital cities in the world. The city does not have any traffic lights. There is only a policeman standing in the intersection directing traffic with hand motion which is something unique to see in the world. Overnight in Thimphu. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu/Punakha
Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world. Is a bustling town, which is the home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government, and Judiciary and to several foreign missions and development projects.
Morning visit to Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. Also, it is the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Bhutan’s National Library is located close to the Art School and contains arguably the best collection of historical and religious literature in the Himalayas. Bhutan has its own brand of Himalayan medicines and this can be seen at the Indigenous Hospital near the Art School. Afternoon visit, the Memorial Chorten, a pious landmark for Thimphu’s residents erected in 1974 by the mother of third King in memory of her son.
A visit to one of the Handicrafts Emporium would be interesting which offers a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Also, visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum opened in 2001.
Evening drive to Punakha (10,500) feet). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 03: Punakha – Paro
in the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.
Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before exploring Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built-in 1639, the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. In the 17th century, Wangduephodrang played a critical role in unifying the western, central, and southern regions of the country.
Afterward drive back into the Punakha valley for a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman, and visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). Drive to Paro across Dochula pass. Overnight Hotel in Paro.
Day 04: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
After breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. The cave is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the afternoon drive to the almost fully reconstructed Drukgyel Dzong. In fine weather, the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum and Rimpung Dzong visit other sights in Paro valley. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 05: Depart Paro
Breakfast in the hotel then drive to the airport for a flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek!
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