3 Days Culture of Western Bhutan
Flight from Bangkok / Delhi / Kathmandu / Dhaka / Guwahati / Singapore / Bagdogra or Kolkata to Paro International Airport and drive to Thimphu
After arrival in Paro, your guide will receive you and you will start the one-hour drive to Thimphu Town. On the way you will visit Tachogang Lhakhang. Tachogang means “temple on the hill of the excellent horse”, build by the great master architect and yogi Thangtong Gyalpo.
Thimphu still has no traffic lights but is a vibrant town with many attractions. After refreshing and lunch at your hotel, we will show you Trashi Chhoe Dzong. This magnificent Dzong, located on the north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu River, housed the original National Assembly and now houses the secretariat, the throne room and offices of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.
The National Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 to honour and in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma (Vajra Throne) Buddha is symbolising indestructibility. This is a wonderful place to end the day with great views of Thimphu valley next to Buddha Dordenma.
You will enjoy the evening with a visit and traditional dinner at the Folk Heritage Museum. The museum replicates a traditional farmhouse and is designed and furnished how many rural Bhutanese still live today.
You will start the day with a visit to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, which means the “13 traditional arts” of Bhutan and which is commonly known as the Painting School.
The National Institute of Traditional Medicine, established in 1978, has a day care facility and clinic where traditional doctors diagnose patients and prescribe appropriate medicines or treatments. The traditional herbal medicines, ointments and medicinal teas consist of plants, minerals and animal parts, are manufactured in the production facility and distributed to regional health-care units within the country.
The Royal Textile Academy is worth a visit to experience Bhutan’s living national art of weaving. Techniques and styles of the local costumes and textiles made by man and women across Bhutan are on display.
The National Library collection ranges from traditional books and manuscripts, modern books about any kind of topic, an old printing press and wooden blocks for printing books and prayer flags to a the largest published book in the world, entitled “Bhutan”.
Changangkha Lhakhang is located in Motithang above Thimphu town. It was established in the 12th century and the central statue is Chenresig in an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation.
For the remaining day you can explore Thimphu town, shop some souvenirs and mingle with the people. Travel to Paro late afternoon.
An early start is necessary today to climb to Taktsang Monastery, known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, which is one of the most famous and venerated places of pilgrimage in the country. It is perched on the side of a steep cliff about 900 metres above the floor of Paro valley. It is said that in 8th century Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuentse to meditate in the cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Taktsang Monastery was built in 1692 by Gylse Tenzin Rabgye, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Guru Padmasambhava.
After Taktsang you will see Drukgyel Dzong. The Dzong was named ‘Druk’ (Bhutan) ‘Gyel’ (victory) to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders in 1644. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built Drukgyel Dzong in 1649.
Today you will also visit Paro Dzong, also known as Rinchen Pung or Rinpung Dzong, which means “fortress on a heap of jewels”, is one of the most impressive and well-known Dzongs in Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, built it in 1644. Today the Dzong houses the monk body and the district government offices. Dzong was built as a watchtower to Paro Dzong. It was renovated in 1968 and converted into the National Museum.
Ta Dzong was built as a watchtower to Paro Dzong. It was renovated in 1968 and converted into the National Museum. The museum houses a collection of antique textiles, art and artefacts from all over Bhutan.
Departure from Paro to Bangkok and onward to your next destination
Departure from Paro to Bangkok or Delhi / Kathmandu / Dhaka / Guwahati / Singapore / Bagdogra or Kolkata and onwards to your next destination.
The following services are included:
- 3 nights in double room occupancy in minimum 3 star hotels in Bhutan.
- One night double room occupancy in Bangkok.
- All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes lunch will be pack lunch or a picnic.
- Full time English speaking licensed Bhutanese guide during your travel in Bhutan.
- All internal road transport in comfortable vehicle.
- Return flight from Bangkok to Paro/Bhutan in economy class. There are also flights to Bhutan from Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati and Singapore. The trip cost will change accordingly.
- Visa fee and services for Bhutan.
- All internal taxes.
- A sustainable tourism Royalty of US$ 65 per person per night. This Royalty goes towards free education and free healthcare and poverty alleviation.
The following services are not included :
- Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, tips, laundry,
- International flights from your home destination to Bangkok and back. We are happy to assist you in arranging this flight.
- Insurances, Travel insurance, health insurance.
- Meals and drinks in Bangkok.
- Taxi from Airport to Hotel and back in Bangkok.
- Visa fee for Thailand.