Heart of Bhutan
Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called "The Last Shangrila." Internal peace is valued here more than a craving for worldly pleasures, and harmony with nature is the supreme principle.
Few travelers have ever heard of Bhutan and much less have travelled here. We operate short and sweet trip ‘Heart of Bhutan’ that provides a unique opportunity to experience a deeply spiritual world of elaborate temple-fortresses, ancient customs, and mind-boggling scenery.
Day 01: Fly to Paro - Drive Thimpu (55 kms / 1 hour):
On arrival you will be welcomed by your guide with Khadda (white scarf), conveying good will. Drive to Thimphu, the world’s smallest capital city, to settle into your hotel. Relax, enjoy lunch and afterward explore the city. Visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument to world peace and prosperity. The finely executed wall paintings and delicately constructed statues within the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Travel to Tashichhodzong, home to Bhutan’s royal government. Join fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimpu:
Visit Buddha Park on a hilltop to see the biggest statue of Buddha in the world. The view of Thimpu valley from the park is just amazing. Then visit Textile museum, Painting school, Folk Heritage Museum and National Library which give you an insight of Bhutanese culture, tradition and arts.
Day 03 Thimphu - Punakha (70 kms / 3 hours):
Today, make your way to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, enjoying the views from Dochu La Pass over 10,000 feet. There are many historic sites to explore in Punakha, including the island fortress Punakha Dzong and the Chime Lhakhang also known as the Temple of the Divine Madman, a uniquely-adorned 15th century temple said to bless visiting couples with fertility. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 04 Punakha - Paro (125 kms / 5 hours):
Return to Paro by road. Stop at Thimpu for lunch, and then continue drive to Paro. On the way to Paro, stop at 15 century Iron Bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464) - a great yogi, physician, blacksmith, architect, and a pioneering civil engineer. He is said to have built many iron chain suspension bridges around Tibet and Bhutan, several of which are still in use today.
Day 05 Paro:
Visit Kyichu Lhakhang - an important Himalayan Buddhist temple dates back to 7th century. Then visit National Museum of Bhutan which display the Bhutanese way of life, art, artifacts and natural history. Followed by Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery overlooking the Paro valley has a long history. Built on 1644 by Ngawang Namgyal, the fortress-monastery served as an effective defense against numerous invasion attempts by the Tibetans. Walk down to Downtown Paro, explore the town after lunch.
Day 06 Paro:
Rise early to make the hike to the magnificent Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The hike is about two miles and takes about 3 hours to reach the picturesque Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery that clings to a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Tiger’s Nest is a sacred pilgrimage site, where the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) is believed to have flown on the back of the tiger to bring the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan.
Day 07 Depart Paro:
After breakfast, depart Paro for your onward journey.
- Explore the natural beauty of Bhutan
- Extensive insight into Bhutanese customs and culture
- Experience peaceful Thimphu - the world's only capital city without traffic lights
- Visit Bhutan's quirky 'Temple of the Divine Madman'
- Hike to cliff-clinging Tiger’s Nest Monastery