This unique group holiday package is customized to immerse you among the tranquil settings and rare flora and fauna of an unexplored mystical country hidden in the folds of the eastern Himalayas. Natural landscape and beautiful scenery, awe-inspiring monasteries and stupas, spectacular mountain ranges and innocent happy people, Bhutan awaits to charm you in more ways than you expect. Welcome to a spree of explorations in Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan’s finest tourist destinations and go back with fond life-long memories…
Enjoy one of the two biggest annual festivals in Paro. Festival is the time, where people come dressed in their finest cloths, beautiful jewels, and take out picnic lunches rich in meat, chilies and alcohol with their friends and families. Men and women joke and flirt during the occasion. You will be joining hundreds of local people to witness sacred and mystical dances performed by laymen and monks. These mask dances illustrates Buddhist moral tales and the lives of various Buddhist masters. The trip will also cover all important and sacred sites of western Bhutan. And, drive through high passes located over 10,000 ft and meet with local people with their dazzling smile and always full of warmth to any visitor. The tours will also include walking and hiking besides festivals and cultural tours.
Trip price is all inclusive and will cover nights halts in a 3 Star hotel on twins sharing basis, all meals, land transports including airport pick up and drop, entire day-long vehicle with a driver and licensed tour guide, special route permits/clearances, museums/monuments entrance fees, royalties and other levies/taxes (as applicable)
You will be received at the Paro International Airport by our professional representative/government licensed guide with a Bhutanese traditional welcome.
After checking into hotel and a refreshing tea or cold drinks, proceed to witness the Paro Festival, held near the Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong). It was built in 1646 and currently houses district administrative offices and the central monk body. The name of the fortress stands for “heave of jewels.” It was destroyed by earthquake in 1897 but was restored to its original shape. An annual festival dedicated to the protecting deity of the area is held at the fortress from 23-27 March this year (timing varies as per the Lunar Calendar). It is the time when a big Thangka painting (Throngdrol) is unfurled to the public for viewing and blessings. The Film ‘Little Buddha’ was short in 1992 within the premises of the fortress.
Ta Dzong, which houses the national museum of Bhutan since 1967 is located above the Rinpung Dzong, but it is under renovation as of this writing. A short distance walk from the fortress lies the archery ground (archery is the national sport of Bhutan). If you are lucky, you might catch it in session.
Morning, travel to Thimphu. The road passes through the red rice fields and traditional village houses which are built without using nails. Pass over the confluence of Wangchhu and Pachhu (chhu stands for river) and arrive to Thimphu, the big apple of Bhutan.
Visit the Folk Heritage Museum, a living memory of life style of ancient Bhutan. It was opened in 2001 is located in the heart of Thimphu City. It has a rare collection of ancient arts and crafts, which is a testimony of the Bhutan’s material culture and living tradition.
Memorial Chorten (stupa) was built in 1974 in memory of the third king of Bhutan, who is the father of modern Bhutan, as well as a monument for world peace and prosperity. Its paintings and statues, intricately designed, provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. It is one of the busiest places in the capital city, as people from all walks of life come for circumambulation, especially in the mornings and evenings. Besides, it is also one of the popular places for holding religious ceremonies, almost on a daily basis.
Painting School- It show cases the 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan. Students at the school receive training for six years on thangka painting, slate curving, tailoring, stone carving, embroidery, etc., Upon completion of their training, they either find employment in the government or the private sector. Some even start their own art and craft businesses. School receives its funding from the government. If you are interested to take home some of the products as souvenirs, they are available for sale.
Traditional Handmade Paper making factory- the art of traditional paper making is one form of art and crafts practiced in Bhutan. The paper is made out of inner pulp of daphne and edgeworthia plants. Before it is processed as paper, the pulp is soaked, boiled, and grinded to a fine pulp and then laid into a layer of sheets, before it is processed into sheets. The processed paper is mainly for printing Buddhist Holy Scriptures, souvenirs, and exported to international markets. Observe how the paper is being made. Products are available for sale if you are interested.
Textile Museum serves as the living art of Bhutanese weaving culture. Located at the heart of Thimphu town, you can feel and experience the unique techniques and styles of how to intricately design local dress of Bhutanese men and women. A small group of women work on looms in the museum to showcase the artistic works of weavers in rural Bhutan, especially Khoma village in the east, the ancestral home of His Majesty the King. A gho or kira piece can easily cost over 1000 dollars.
Then, visit the National Library, which has rare collections of books, especially holy-scriptures on Buddhism. Mini Zoo, which houses the national animal-Takin- will be a place of interest to visit. The fourth His Majesty, at one point wanted the animals to be released, but they kept on wandering in Thimphu town and ultimately they had to be rounded off and put into the enclosure. Further, travel to Sanjaygang to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Thimphu valley and take pictures of the big apple of Bhutan. Continue travel to the Buddha Point, where the tallest Buddha statue is under construction will be another interesting viewpoint to have a closer look over southern part of Thimphu town.
Overnight stay in Thimphu.
Early morning, drive to Chelela Pass (highest motorable pass over 12,000 ftto see the distant view of Mt. Jumolhari (7,314 m) Bhutan’s highest mountain. Continue journey to Haa Valley, the western most district of Bhutan.
Haa Valley has been recently open to tourists as it is located at the western most corner of Bhutan. It remains lesser developed compared to other districts in western Bhutan.
Travel back to Paro to witness the festival, as it is the last day of your tour. In the late evening, take a leisurely walk around Paro Town.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.