Specialty Categories:Art/Architecture, History, Museum
Season:Round the year. Best season Oct – Dec. and Feb - May
Tour Starts at:Paro
Tour Ends at:Paro
This fantastic and very special monastery lies at a steep climb up the hill (900 meters). For people who want, a pony can be arranged for the ride up to the cafeteria still then there are few more steps that a person has to walk by self to be at the monastery. Your guide will organize a permit to enter the monastery. The view is great and the atmosphere very holy, a place where every Bhutanese will want to come at least once in their lifetime. This is the place where Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism into Bhutan, arriving on the back of a tigress and thats how the name was given to the Monastery.
Day 01 :Arrival Paro International airport / transfer to Thimpu (2300m) – 2 hrs. Drive
Day 02 :Thimpu sightseeing / Late afternoon transfer to Punakha (1250m.) – 3-4 hrs. Drive
Day 03 :Excursion Punakha Dzong / Drive to Paro (1460m.) – 4 hrs. Drive
Day 04 :Paro - hike to Taksang (Tinger’s Nest Monastery)
Day 05 :Departue
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Day 01 :Arrival Paro International airport / transfer to Thimpu (2300m) – 2 hrs. Drive During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.If time permits, you can visit Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro Dzong and in the evening you will drive to Thimpu.
Day 02 :Thimpu sightseeing / Late afternoon transfer to Punakha (1250m.) – 3-4 hrs. Drive There are many good attractions to visit in Thimpu which will make you wow in a moment you walk out. Thimpu is relatively small having a population of approximately 45,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined. You will almost certainly visit the Late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thanka paintings, masks, jewelers and more. After sightseeing in Thimpu you will drive to Punakha with the great view on the way.
Day 03 :Excursion Punakha Dzong / Drive to Paro (1460m.) – 4 hrs. Drive Early morning you will visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1636. After the visit you will drive to Paro then in the afternoon Bhutan has many more to show you including Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armour to textiles and thanka paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet.
Day 04 :Paro - hike to Taksang (Tinger’s Nest Monastery) After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, one of the famous monastery of Bhutan which perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion.
Day 05 :Departue After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to connect the flight for onward destination.