The Glimpse of Bhutan Short 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.
Short Bhutan tour 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 to 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.
|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|
The Short 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 on 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’ short 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.
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.
Have your breakfast and set off for 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.
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.
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.