HIGHLIGHT: TRASHICHO DZONG
Once you land in Paro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed in Bhutanese traditional style by an English/Chinese speaking tour guide. Proceed to visit Paro Dzong, a monument built in 1646 AD. It is a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist Monastery and houses the district Monastic Body, and government administrative offices of Paro. Lunch is followed by a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Thimphu, the largest city and the modern Capital of Bhutan. Sightseeing stops include National Memorial Chorten, Traditional Medicine Institute, National Library, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum and School of 13 Arts & Crafts. Visit Trashicho Dzong which houses the main Secretariat of the Government, offices of the King, Ministries of Home Affairs and Finance, and also the Throne of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. It is an impressive large structure surrounded by well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens. Overnight Stay.
HIGHLIGHT: EMA DATSHI & ARA
Today sightseeing starts with Takin mini zoo, Zilukha Nunnery, General Post Office, and traditional paper factory. After lunch, proceed to Paro which is 1.30 hours away from Thimphu. Visit Kyichu temple which dates back to the 7th century. The Kyichu temple is one of the last three surviving temples built by a Tibetan King. Out of three, two are in Bhutan and one in Tibet, known as the Jokhang. Explore the main street where there is a vintage-looking complex with richly decorated buildings, housing small shops, institutions, and restaurants. In the evening visit the local farm house where you can experience the making of the famous local dish “ema datshi” (Chilli & Cheese) and taste “Ara” – the local wine. Overnight Stay.
HIGHLIGHT: TIGER NEST MONASTERY
Today, visit the Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger Nest Monastery. It is perched precariously on a side of a cliff. Guru Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha, arrived on a flying tigress and meditated at this shrine in the second half of the 8th century. As a result, it is the dream destination for Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.
Evening you can enjoy hot stone bath (Dotsho or Menchu), and exclusive dinner at Beer Factory to get taste of the country’s best.
Your exploration of Bhutan will end today. Have a safe trip back home.