Cultural sightseeing Tour 5D/4N Daily Itinerary Day 1 (Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu) Travel Duration: 1 Hour. Your Bhutan experience begins with a panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range as you fly to Paro International Airport. Descending over Paro valley is yet another exciting and mysterious experience that is unparalled and ineffable. At the exit point of the airport our representatives will be waiting for you who will drive you to Thimphu. In Thimphu we will check you into your hotel, have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and then head off for light sightseeing in Thimphu. What to see in Thimphu? 1.
Memorial Chorten: Big stupa built in 1974 in memory third hereditary King of Bhutan.
Takin Zoo: See the national animal of Bhutan
Changangkha Temple: 12th century temple which houses the statue of Chenrizig (God of Compassion) as the central statue.
Kuensel Phodrang: Recently built 169 ft. tall Buddha is the tallest Buddha statue in the world that fulfills the 8th century prophecy that a large statue of Buddha would be built in the region to bestow blessings, peace and happiness on the whole world.
Day 2 (Drive From Thimphu to Punakha) Travel Duration: 2.5 Hours After a good breakfast in Thimphu your guide and driver will drive you to Punakha. Punakha is located around 72 kms away from Thimphu at an elevation of about 1,200 meters above sea level making it much warmer than Thimphu and other northern regions. It was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Punakha valley is famous in Bhutan for rice farming, especially the red rice. Journey to Punakha will take you via Dochula Pass (3100 meters), one of the favorite landmarks to take a break and enjoy the panoramic view of Himalayas. Later arrive at Punakha, check into your hotel and then head for sightseeing in Punakha. What to see in Punakha? 1.
Punakha Dzong: Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal this marvelous structure sits at the juncture of two rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu. This ancient fortress played very important role in the history of Bhutan and it is perfect example of spectacular architecture of ancient Bhutan.
Khamsum Yulle Namgyel Chorten: Located north of Punakha dzong is another spectacular temple sitting atop of a hill surrounded by rice fields and traditional Bhutanese village.
Day 3 (Drive from Punakha to Thimphu to Paro ) On our way back to Thimphu from Punakha we will stop by a small village called Metsina. Just below half an hour walk from there is the famous Chimi Lhakhang (Temple). It was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the "Divine
Madman" the maverick saint Drukpa Kinley (1455â€“1529) who built a Chorten on the site. This temple is said to bless barren couples with children.After a good lunch you will visit some of the best handicraft shops in Thimphu where you can look for souvenirs for your family and friends back home. Towards evening you will be driven to Paro where you will have a relaxed evening in a hotel. Day 4 (Paro Taktsang) Paro Taktsang Monastery or the Tigerâ€™s Nest as it is widely known is a magnificent structure located towards north of Paro perched on a hill at an elevation of about 7500 meters above sea level. It was built in 1692 where Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) arrived on a back of flying tigress and subdued a demon in 8th century. Guru Rinpoche meditated in a cave around this place and later the monastery was built around the cave. Taktsang has been featured as one of the most prominent landmarks of Bhutan in many travel media and it is rated as one of the must visit places for all. Besides its historic importance and mysterious location, visiting Taktsang has always given a unique sense of peace and happiness to both tourists and locals. Moreover hike to Taktsang through a beautiful and mystical route in itself is a rewarding experience for the visitors. Day 5 (Departure) After breakfast your travel escort will drive you to Paro International Airport and bid you farewell.
Cultural tour itinerary is specially designed for visitors with very less time to spend. Although the duration may be short but this itiner...