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Thimpu Cultural Tour

 
it is Bhutan Tripa fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. On completion of airport formalities, there will be an interesting drive of about 1.1/2 hours duration to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan's Royal family, the civil servants, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

Day 01 : Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)
As our flight nears Bhutan, we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02 : Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour, hike to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. This afternoon, we will drive to Thimphu, and spend the night
Day 03 : Sightseeing in Thimphu
In the morning, we visit Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Today, we also visit other landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimphu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04 :
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave Thimpu for Paro airport which will take us around 1 hour. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.

What is Included :

Bhutanese visa fee
Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
All meals, tea and snacks
Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

What is Excluded :

 
Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
Tips for staff (guide and driver)
Travel insurance

 

 
Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour, hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 04: Final Departure

Trip Facts

Activities
Tour
Duration
4 Days(s)
Max. Altitude
2350 meters
Trip Grade
Easy  
Trip Type
Top Seller
Service Level
Basic