Routes & Places: Paro & Thimphu
Day 1: Arrival – Paro – Thimphu
Fly to Paro, Bhutan in one of the national airlines. If you get a seat on the window side of the plane and if weather permits, you would be able to get spectacular views of the high mountain Himalayan ranges. At the exit point, you will be greeted by a team from Bhutan Myway, your trip companion for the tour. Soon you would be catching the glimpse of the sites as per your scheduled tour itinerary.
Kyichu Lhakhang (Temple) – the temple is one among the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The temple was built mainly to subdue the demon that has prevented the spread of Buddhism in the Himalayan region.
Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress) which is loosely translated as the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal which is beautifully perched on a hill top overlooking the valley.
National Museum – it is situated on the ridge overlooking the Rinpung Dzong (Fortress) which was long ago known as Ta Dzong (watchtower). Now it is a museum which holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps and artifacts which provide a wonderful insight to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. For now you would be able to see only few things kept in the exhibition hall above the main structure as the museum itself is under renovation.
Then at evening, drive to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu which takes approximately one and half hour covering the distance of 55 km. Thimphu is in fact the only capital in the world where the traffic is regulated by the traffic personals and the rhythms of the zebra crossing is maintained on the mutual understanding between the Vehicle drivers and the pedestrians. Explore Thimphu at night and the following morning, and feel the difference. Evening is a leisure time.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu – Paro
Wake up as the dawn break through the silent Thimphu town. Walk around with camera to get some of the early photo shoot for day as the town would be still sleeping. Thimphu is the power base, where civil administration is exercised, military forces are mobilized and the wheel of Dharma is turned and propagated in the hustling and bustling city of 700,000 populations.
Momorial Chorten (Stupa) – your days starts with the blessing from the mind representation of the Buddha, the stupa which is a prominent place where the people from all walks of life gather there to pay their respect. The memorial stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the Third king of Bhutan.
Takin Enclosure – you would have seen almost all the wild animals, but it’s unlikely of you to have seen such a unique creature whose distributions are confined to only few pockets of the world. Spent some time to listen to the story of the existence of such a good looking animal, Takin in Bhutan and feel the moment with takins, which is the national symbol of Bhutan in the animal category.
Bhutan Post Office – Bhutan in its 1960s and 70s was known widely to the outside world through the colourful postal stamps. The post office has one of the finest collections of the postal stamps of Bhutan. Bhutan post now offers an exclusive photo print of your pictures on the postage stamp or you can bring along your favorite photo to get print on the stamps. And get your stamps stamped on your postcard and send to your family and friends back home.
Buddha Point – the tall staute of Buddha Dorderma is one of the biggest sitting Buddha in the world. And, the Buddha statue is facing the city in his promising gaze in the hope for the liberation of the sentient beings. Everything is subject to change, there is nothing in the world that stands still, so it is time you to leave for Paro and bid goodbye to Thimphu until your next journey.
Overnight at Paro
Day 3: Paro
It is very visitor’s dream and the urge of the people who get to see the photo of the magnificent Tiger Nest to visit the site once in their life time. You are one of the fortunate visitors to visit and seek the blessings from such a renowned spiritual site known to the Buddhist world.
Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro is the most amazing structure ever built in Bhutan. Hanging in middle of the rocky cliff was first built in 1692 by Gäse Tenzin Rabgay. Historical accounts say that the place was founded by Guru Rinpoche alias Padmasambhava in 8th century when he flew on a tigress from eastern Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche was believed to have meditated there for three years in that cave. It is a 3 hours walk uphill from the nearest motor road head and located at an altitude of 3,120 metres above sea level. Back at Paro town, spent rest of the day in buying gifts for your loved ones back at home
Overnight at Paro
Day 4: Departure
Nothing is permanent, the world itself is an illusionary imitation, and everything withers in its due course of time. So departing is one of its elementary features of impermanence. It is time for you to bid farewell to Bhutan with the joyful memories. Bhutan Myway would like to wish you a happy flight and safe journey. Tashidelek (Good Luck).
Travel Advise: To save travel cost, travel with group and get exemption from supplementary cost and surcharges.