BHUTAN: Glimpse of Bhutan - 5 days
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Paro
Number of Days: 5 days / 4 nights
Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe
Leaders: Professional expert local guides
Tour Concludes In: Paro
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe
Meals: Breakfasts; 4: Lunches; 3: Dinners; 3:
Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Our Glimpse of Bhutan Tour is one of the most popular short holidays for visitors. It offers a brief insight into the unique aspects of Bhutanese culture and history of a land which remains the most unspoiled and the most beautiful example of the Himalayan way of life in existence today. The Kingdom of Bhutan is also known as the last Shangri La on earth to be explored by visitors.
- National Museum (fortfied tower of Ta Dzong) Watch Tower of Paro Rinpung Dzong.
- Kyichu Temple (Buddhist TempleTiger Nest Monastery ("TAKTSANG" Monastery)
- Drugyal Dzong Ancient Ruins
- Taktsan retreat 9th & 7th century
- Boutique Small Group Tour - up to 14 guests
- Entrance Fees to all the amazing “Must See” Boutique Special Highlights Unique cultural experiences
- Visits to numerous World Heritage-listed sites
- Exclusive and private International airport arrival and departure transfers for the first and last day of the tour for all tour guests
- Centrally located 5 & 4/3 star modern & boutique Hotels as per your choice
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Chauffeur driven luxury air-conditioned private luxury/deluxe vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
- Fully escorted by our passionate experienced professional tour guide
- Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
- An exclusive BT&T information travel booklet
- Day 1: Arrive Paro
- Day 2: Paro - Thimpu
- Day 3: Thimpu
- Day 4: Thimpu - Paro
- Day 5: Depart Paro
- Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (2012)
- Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (2012)
- Tamzhing Monastery (2012)
Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Namaste & welcome to Paro; Bhutan. You will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your Hotel. After check in, lunch served at the hotel. Following lunch, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest Monasteries in Bhutan and have a tour around Paro.
Day 2: Paro - Drive to Thimpu:
Following breakfast, drive to Thimpu visiting Drukgyel Dzong, the fort of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, this fort is renowned as the stand from which several Tibetan invasions were repulsed. To the north can be seen in all its majesty, the dome of sacred Mt. Chomolhari or the abode of the "mountain of goddess.” En route, see one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan. The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is revered as one of the most holy shrines in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of Buddhism here. After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong, originally the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted into the National Museum of the country and boasts a wide range of antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and natural and historic artifacts. Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or the 'fortress of the heap of jewels' which is the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monastic school. The dzong is famous for its wall murals depicting Buddhist parables, symbols and the lives of prominent saints. Contiue driving to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The road meanders alongside the Paro Chu (river) and terraced fields until the conflunce of two rivers at Chuzom. Here, one can see three stupas, representing the different styles of the different sects. Later check into your hotel. Perhaps continue to explore the town before dinner.
Day 3: Sightseeing visit in Thimpu:
After breakfast, visit the weekend market for a brief stop over before beginning your sightseeing tour of Thimphu valley. Visit the the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Traditional Institute of Medicine, where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced; the Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkha painting; the workshops for mask making and fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper and; the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. We can also visit the late King's Memorial Chorten where one can observe prayers and ceremonies that are performed throughout the year. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops for souvenirs ranging from Bhutan's fine traditional arts, textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewellers to other interesting items made from local materials.
Day 4: Thimpu - Paro:
This morning is at your leisure, you may wish to visit the weekend market before driving to Paro. On arrival visit Tigers Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.
Day 5: Depart Bhutan:
Our small group tour concludes after breakfast and for most guests today it is time to say farewell to acquaintances, new-found friends and Bhutan.
At your leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward or home-bound journey.
Some guests may wish to stay another day or more in this amazing city; please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further travel arrangements.
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You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.
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