JOY ( Thimphu–Paro)

4 Nights | 5 Days

Day 01: Arrive Paro, Transfer to Thimphu (1 hr drive/54km)

Your journey to Bhutan begins with the most spectacular flight experience with views of major Himalayan peaks such as Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, all dressed in beautiful white snow. The final show of Bhutan’s own magnificent peaks awaits your arrival. The sight of marvelous mount Jomolhari along with Jichu Drake and Tserimgang greeting you is a must experience at all cost. You fly over the southern hills, known as ‘Duars’, or gateways into the Himalayas as they rise from the plains until they meet the great snow-capped peaks that rise up to the sky.

After landing at Paro airport and while completing of airport formalities, you will be received by your guide for the rest of your stay in Bhutan. You will then be driven from Paro to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan and an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.

After the swift drive to Thimphu, you will be taken to you hotel to freshen up and after which you can take a leisure stroll around the town.

You can spend the evening visiting the striking fortress, Tashichoedzong which houses the throne room of the King and various government offices.  It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and the central monk body. The fortress exhibits excellent masonry skills of the Bhutanese artisans as the architecture of the structure is simply awe-inspiring.

Visiting the fortress in the morning has certain eye-catching experiences like as you will be treated with the sight of the National flag being hoisted and the march of the royal guards.

Visiting hours:

Weekdays (Open: Mon-Fri [Mar-Oct after 5:30pm] [Nov-Feb after 4:30 pm]

Weekends/Govt. holidays: Open on Sat, Sun, Govt. Holidays)

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu Valley Exploration

Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil servants, and foreign representatives in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

Today’s visit will include:

Buddha Dordenma is one of the most popular attractions in the country. The 51.1 meters tall statue of Buddha Shakyamuni sits on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley. The Statue is probably one of the tallest in Asia. The site of Buddha Dordenma offers unobstructed views over the capital town.

Visiting hours: (Closes Daily Nov-Feb at 4pm & Mar-Oct at 5pm)

Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre: Weaving is predominantly a woman’s domain but this private weaving center is different as it is owned and run by Mr. Kesang (a man – which is very rare in Bhutan).  He weaves, creates original and unique patterns, strives to create atypical color combinations and is very involved.  The center frequently produces ceremonial textiles for Bhutanese royals. The center was also responsible for producing the wedding dress for the Royal bride and groom (King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema) for their highly publicized royal wedding in October 2011.

Visiting hours: (Closing based on owner’s discretion, in such an event we will replace with another site)

Memorial Chorten: the construction of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. He wanted to erect the monument to spread an aura of peace and prosperity in the world. The construction was completed in 1974 after his untimely death. The stupa serves as a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”), and a monument dedicated to peace. The place gets swamped during the mornings and evenings with people of all ages circumambulating the Chorten/stupa, praying and prostrating at the shrine. Turning the big prayer wheels, offering butter lamps, basking in the sun as they socialize and mingle, is a must observe activity.

Visiting hours: (Closes Daily Nov-Feb at 4pm & Mar-Oct at 5pm)

Zorig Chosum: Widely known as known as the painting school, the center offers a six year course in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. The students follow a comprehensive course that starts with drawing and progresses through painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue-making. This is a great opportunity to interact and photograph the students while they practice their skills in the classroom.

Visiting hours :( Closed on Sat 1pm, Sun, Govt. Holidays, School Break Jul, Jan-Feb).

Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery: Popularly known as Zilukha Anim Dratshang, it is the only nunnery in the Capital. The nuns dedicate their lives to religion and provide social services to the local communities. They live within the premise of the temple in a close community of 50-100 nuns and like a family each one of them are assigned to daily chores and responsibilities.

(Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu)

Day 03:Transfer to Paro (1 hr drive/54km)

After breakfast drive to Paro.

En route to Paro, a quick stop at the Tachog Lhakhang to visit the Iron Chain Bridge built in the early 15th century by the great iron bridge builder and Poet – Yogi Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464). He also built the Dungtse Lhakhang in Paro and many iron bridges throughout Bhutan and Tibet. The iron bridge was carried away by flood in 1969 and a traditional style bridge with the original iron chains was built in 2005. After which you will continue to drive towards Paro.

This beautiful valley encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends.  The valley is dotted with countless of ancient temple and monasteries. Known as the gateway to the world, it is also home to the country’s only international airport. The valley offers a plethora of attractions including the National Museum.  Mt. Jomolhari (7,300m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley, its glacial waters plunging through deep gorges to form the Pa Chu (Paro River). The Paro valley is one of the kingdom’s most fertile, producing the bulk of Bhutan’s famous red rice from its terraced fields.

On arrival visit:

National Museum: Originally built as a watch tower to protect the Paro Dzong, the museum has circular body structure like most of the watch towers. Later it was refurbished as a national museum to exhibit history to the visitors. The museum flaunts some of the rarest ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps and a small natural history collection.

Visiting hours 🙁 Closed on Govt. Holidays)

After visiting the national Museum then walk down a hillside trail to visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong.

Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. Dzong were built as a defense fort in ancient times but now the Dzong houses the district’s central monk body and the offices of the district administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley. Walk down a paved stone path running alongside the imposing outer walls and across a traditional cantilever bridge adorned with colorful prayer flags. If you drive a little further down along the river, there is a good spot where you can capture all three sites – the Cantilever Bridge, Paro Dzong and the National Museum.

Later, visit to a Farmhouse to share a cup of traditional butter tea with the family.

You will also visit:

Kichu Lhakhang: one of the oldest temples in the country. The temple is one of the 108 temples built in one day throughout the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, SongtsenGampo to subdue a demoness in the 7th century. The construction of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Evening explore the quaint Paro town.

(Overnight at Hotel in Paro)

Day 04: Tiger’s Nest Hike (Total hike time 4-5 hrs)

The Tiger’s Nest monastery is the most famous attraction in the whole of the country. The marvelous structure is spectacularly suspended on the side of a cliff at 900m above the valley floor. Legend has it that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche rode on the back of a flying tigress from eastern Bhutan to the current monastery site and meditated in a cave here for several years, hence the name, “Tiger’s Nest”. The principal temple of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. The main structure was relentlessly damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory. A pilgrimage to Taktsang is the dream of a lifetime for any visitor. 

The hikers can hire Ponies with a little extra charge to carry the stuffs or even ride one to the monastery. They are available from the base point.

(Overnight at Hotel in Paro).

Day 05: Depart Bhutan

Transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward flight.

We cannot change the night halt at designated places but our sightseeing programs are completely flexible and upon arrival the guide can speak with the guests about any special interests they may have. Running day to day, the program remains open to what the guests would like to experience (hiking, Mt. biking, rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, etc.)We only offer a recommended program as a guideline and not a mandatory list to follow sternly.

The driving and hiking times mentioned are approximate times and do not include breaks in the journey for sightseeing, photo/tea/meal/rest or stops. During the treks/hikes, there may be delays or diversion of hiking trails due to trail conditions, inclement weather and other unforeseen natural circumstances.

Places of Interest

These are the most popular ones there plenty more to discover,hidden places but we can t put them all here