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The Glimpse of Bhutan Tour package offers you an exceptional chance to visit the cultural heart of the iconic ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. Nestled between some of the mightiest Himalayas of the world, Bhutan is a lesser known travel destination that imparts its own unique and soulful vibe. The Bhutan tour is a perfect blend of astounding natural vistas, rich biodiversity, remarkable architecture, distinctive art and overwhelming culture. Enjoy a short fascinating journey of four days to the exotic vicinity located in Bhutan's western and central region; this tour takes you to the captivating Paro and Thimphu Valleys.

This short itinerary covers most of the major tourist attractions of Bhutan namely King’s Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Motithang Takin Reserve, Paro Dzong and Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Behold the traditional Buddhist culture embrace the global advancements in the magical Himalayan land of Bhutan. The Glimpse of Bhutan tour package thus provides you once in a lifetime opportunity to step into the holy world of ancient monasteries, dzongs, and prayer wheels. Moreover, you can enjoy the picturesque view of the mystic Mountains and unexplored pristine landscape.

Highlights

  • Take a flight to Paro International Airport with a picturesque bird-eye’s view of the majestic Mt. Jumolhari and its companion Mt. Jichu Drake
  • Visit the capital and largest city of Bhutan, Thimphu
  • Experience the rich and warm Vajrayana Buddhist culture
  • Interact with the welcoming Bhutanese people and discover why Bhutan is marked as the country with the highest ‘Gross happiness index’
  • Visit the acclaimed King’s Memorial Chorten and National Institute of Medicine
  • Explore the notable Bhutanese arts and crafts at  the School of Arts which is famous as the ‘Painting School’
  • Overlook the beautiful cities from the famous Buddha Point
  • Explore the local folklore of Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Visit the popular high point of Bhutanese Architecture, the Paro Dzong
  • Step into the soulful world of the sacred Kichu Monastery
  • Climb up to Paro Taktsang Monastery renowned as ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’ and relish the spectacular view of the Paro valley
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the rolling mountains of the Himalayan Kingdom
  • Explore the rich biodiversity of Bhutan

Overview

The Glimpse of Bhutan tour includes scenic flights mesmerizing sightseeing, drives and short hikes to Bhutan’s major tourist attractions. The itinerary is just the right one for those who are short of time.  The trip provides you an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the notable ancient history of the fascinating ‘Hidden Kingdom’ of Bhutan.

Bhutan is a Himalayan garden located in the easternmost side of the Great Himalayas in South Asia. A country secluded from the rest of the world for many years, Bhutan was earlier regarded as the ‘Shangri La’. It is a small landlocked country where lush green forests and rich biodiversity outnumber worldwide tourists. Bhutan is a country that has a profound belief in the philosophy of ‘High Value, Low Volume’. The governing belief system has thus preserved the pre-historic cultural heritages and natural canopies of the nation. The tranquil land of Bhutan is home to some dzongs, monasteries and fortresses that date back to the seventh century. With more than 2000 temples, Bhutan encompasses some renowned religious Buddhist sites.

The 4-Days’  Trip to bhutan begins and ends in the enthralling Paro valley. Enjoy the drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Thimphu is home to the royal residence of the King of Bhutan. Located on the western side of the country, Thimphu offers some surreal places to visit. Take an orientation walk through the city and get a real taste of the Bhutanese culture, lifestyle and food.

Visit the famous King’s Memorial Chorten, built-in memory of the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Dedicated to World Peace, the Tibetan-style stupa is one of the most visible landmarks of Thimphu. The snow-white Chorten with the shining golden finial never fails to captivate the visitors. Explore the aesthetic arts and crafts including paintings, weaving and sculptures of the aspiring artists at the School of Arts and Crafts. Famous as ‘The Painting School’, the school is the best place for learning about the distinctive thirteen art forms of Bhutan. Visit the classical Institute of Traditional Medicine located on top of a hill.

Climb up to the famous Buddha Point atop a hill in Thimphu and witness one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, the Buddha Dordenma statue. The colossal 169-foot Buddha statue residing on top of a meditation hall encompasses 125, 000 smaller Buddhas within it. Immerse in the peaceful aura of the place and overlook the beautiful Southern entrance of the Thimphu valley. Observe Takin, the national animal of Bhutan at the Motithang Takin Preserve. The flocks of Takins are held in high esteem within the lush green forest spread on 8.4 acres of land. Explore the wildlife reserve and discover the legend of the creation of animals in Bhutan by Lama Drukpa Kunley in the 15th century.

Explore the historic town of Paro with numerous sacred sites places and ancient monuments. Set off for incredible sightseeing in the beautiful rampant valley of Paro. Visit the Paro Dzong and observe one of the perfect examples of remarkable Bhutanese architecture. Popular as ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’, the historic fortress built on the side of a steep hill including the courtyards, temple and prayer hall is indeed a masterpiece.  Paro Dzong is a legendary place of Bhutan where foreign invasions were thwarted and peace persisted through the holy prayers.

Walk through the streets of Paro and explore the local markets. Hike through the beautiful Pine forests to the sacred Paro Taktsang Monastery residing 3000 meters above the Paro valley. Famous as ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’, the monastery is a major landmark and religious heritage site of its home nation Bhutan. Enjoy a breathtaking view and feel the magic of the holiest temple of the country. Bhutan trip is incomplete without a visit to the stunning Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Finally, the short tour ends as you depart back to your destination from Paro International Airport on the fourth day.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrive in Paro and Drive to Thimphu (55km/1hour and 30mins)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Thimphu, drive to Paro (55km/1hr and 30mins) and Sightseeing in Paro
Day 3 Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest’s) (3180m/1043ft, 5 to 6hrs)
Day 4 Final Departure from Paro

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro and Drive to Thimphu (55km/1hour and 30mins)

Arrive at Paro International Airport, Paro. Upon arrival, our Bhutanese guide will welcome you and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, drive to Thimphu, the capital and largest city of Bhutan. Check in to the hotel and embrace the warm welcome by the hospitable hotel staff. Take a quick orientation walk through the lively streets of the city. Feel the fresh air and calming vibe of the town away from the chaos of other cities around the world. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu, drive to Paro (55km/1hr and 30mins) and Sightseeing in Paro

budha-dordenma Buddha Dordenma Statue - The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold which symbolizes indestructibility

Have your breakfast and set off for an exciting sightseeing in the beautiful city of Thimphu. Visit the famous King’s Memorial Chorten and feel the holy vibe imparted by the place.

Explore the traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts at the School of Arts. Learn about the medicinal herbs and plants at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Visit the famous Buddha Point and Motithang Takin Preserve.

Return to the hotel and enjoy a relishing lunch. After lunch, you can return to the beautiful town of Paro. Enjoy incredible sightseeing in Paro. Visit the acclaimed Paro Dzong and Kichu Monastery. Also known as ‘Rinpung Dzong’, the fortress was built on the foundation which was laid by the acclaimed Guru Rinpoche under the command of Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The fortress was actually constructed to keep an eye on the invasion activities of Tibet.

Take a quick walk through the streets of the town in the evening and grab some authentic Bhutanese souvenirs. Overnight in Paro.

Day 3: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest’s) (3180m/1043ft, 5 to 6hrs)

This day marks the most exciting part of the trip as you will hike to the iconic tourist hub of Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is built on the side of a rocky cliff about 900m above the Paro valley. Famous as the ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’, the Taktsang monastery falls under the top 20 must visit places in the world.

Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding lofty mountains and the Paro valley from the peak point of the monastery. Explore the beautiful paintings depicting the stories of the eternal deities. Discover the great Bhutanese history and the famous belief of the formation of the monastery by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).            

The hike to the Taktsang Monastery is a moderate graded hike. Anyone with a good health condition and average fitness can easily do this hike. The trail is quite steep at some places but does not require any technical climbing. The entire hike can be completed within 5 to 6 hours. Make sure that you walk at your own pace and bringing hiking poles can be helpful. Wear sturdy hiking boots and keep yourself hydrated.

The climb up to the Taktsang Monastery starts on a dirt trail at the foot of a mountain with gravel and rocky patches along the way. The trail is uphill the entire way. You can rest and eat some snacks at the cafeteria at the halfway mark. The trail thereof levels up making the second half of the hike quite easier than the first. The final part of the hike includes a series of 700 stone steps and a bridge.

The visit to the famous Tiger Nest’s Monastery is a perfect end to your short stay in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.

Day 4: Final Departure from Paro

Paro International Airport Bhutan Paro International Airport Bhutan and Druk Air

Our Bhutanese guide will transfer you from the hotel to Paro International Airport according to your departure flight schedule. Fly back to your destination with a bunch of memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

If necessary, Third Rock Adventures is always prepared for tour extension in Bhutan and other neighboring countries; Nepal, Tibet and India.

Also, if you are not satisfied with the given itinerary, you may go for check other popular Bhutan Tour packages such as Bhutan Cultural Tour - 5 days and Bhutan Heritage Tour-8 days.






Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
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Based on 3 reviews

Vaibhav Banerjee
flagsIndia
Dec 17, 2019
Great experience of Bhutan
Trip to Bhutan was a wonderful experience for me and my family. I have visited places like Paro and Thimpu where we have seen many monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes. Taktsang Monastery and Tiger Nest were most attractive to see. Third Rock Adventure's team was thoroughly helpful for every instance that we had.
Matt Morin
flagsCanada
Nov 24, 2019
Wonderful trip to Bhutan
It is my good fortune to see Bhutan in such short time of just 4 Days. We visited Paro and Thimpu with the major highlights like Tiger's nest and cultural sites in Thimpu and Paro. We had the most amazing Guide and Driver; they were kind, attentive and professional. They absolutely made this a great trip. Our guide helped us a lot to make this trip a memorable experience. Special thanks to Third Rock Adventures and team who executed the pre-planned trip the way we want. Highly recommended.
Sean Davidson
flagsUnited Kingdom
Oct 12, 2019
Short and sweet tour of Bhutan
At first we would like to thank Third Rock Adventures for their wonderful attention to the details and for taking care of us very well throughout the trip. Both driver and guide had very good sense of humor..Travelling to Tigers Nest was not so easy as it snowed heavily but they were very experienced in taking care of the travellers and made sure that we were safe at all times. I liked their customer focused approaches. Thank you all.
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