Four Days Tour is a short tour designed for busy executives. During the four days in Bhutan you will visit the towns of Thimphu and Paro. The former is the capital of Bhutan and the latter has the only international airport in Bhutan. In the four days you are in Bhutan you will be introduced to the uniqueness of our country and you will experience first hand culture and tradition of Bhutan.
Day 1. Arrive in Paro
Day 2. drive from Paro to Thimphu
Distance from Paro to Thimphu is 54 kilometers
Driving time from Paro to Thimphu is 90 minutes
Tachog lhakhang will be visited on the way to Thimphu.
Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the of Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan.
The folk heritage museum treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage.
National Textile Museum exhibits an up close and personal experience of the living national art of weaving.
National Memorial Chorten was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Day 3. drive from Thimphu to Paro (hike to Taktsang Monastery)
Taktsang Monastery perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley.
Day 4. Depart Paro for Bangkok/Kathmandu/Delhi
Four days tour itinerary
First day Arrive in Paro
On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Rimpung Dzong: Paro Dzong
The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan. The imposing Dzong is perhaps the finest example of Dzong architecture existing the world today, the massive battered walls of the fortress dominate over the valley. The Rinpung Dzong’s names translate to the ” Fortress on a heap of Jewels “.
The fortress was constructed in 1644 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the foundations of an ancient monastery. The fort played a crucial role in the history of the Paro valley as the Dzong helped keep the marauding Tibetans away from the Paro valley.
The Dzong was hit by an earthquake in 1897 but survived unharmed, but a fire in 1907 ended up causing severe damage to the Dzong.
The Dzong is built on a steep hill along the banks of the Paro Chu river. The front part of the Dzong is home to the District administration while the other courtyard towards the rare houses the district monk body.
The approach toward the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called the NemiZam. A paved stone path runs alongside the imposing outer walls of the structure. The valley’s annual springtime religious festival called the Paro Tsechu is organized each year in the courtyard of the dzong and is attended by tourists from all over the world.
Ta Dzong ( National Museum )
The National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside the six storied circular Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong is a medieval watch tower situated above the Rimpung Dzong. The Ta Dzong was constructed in 1656 with a purpose to give advance warning to the Paro Dzong in case of an approaching army, in fact the word Ta means ‘to see’ in Dzongkha. The future first king was imprisoned here for a brief period in 1872. In 1968 the Ta Dzong was converted into the National Museum of Bhutan. The Museum houses a priceless collection of textile, costumes, paintings, appliqué, wooden handicrafts, weapons, armour and jewellery. There is a small section dedicated to the natural history of Bhutan. There is a small chapel on the top of the building with icons representing Himalayan Buddhist traditions.
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Overnight in Paro
Second day drive from Paro to Thimphu (90 minutes driving time)
After breakfast you will drive to Thimphu.
Tachog lhakhag : As you drive to Thimphu from Paro on the way you will visit tachog lhakhag
The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. The Dzong was built on the western bank of the river Wang Chu, and has historically served at the seat of the Druk Desi or the Dharma Raja of Bhutan’s government. After the kings assumed power in 1907 this post was combined with that of the king and Thimphu severed as the summer capital of the kingdom before becoming the full time capital of Bhutan.
The original Thimphu Dzong (the Dho-Ngyen Dzong) is said to have been constructed in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. And was later taken over by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo before the Dzhong was conquered by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who found the Dzhong to be too small and expanded it to what is now known as theTashichho dzong is also called the “fortress of glorious religion.” It was erected in 1641 and was subsequently rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.
Folk heritage museum.
The folk heritage museum was open to the general public in 2001 upon completion. It treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage provide rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos. Try to schedule your visit during the morning hours since the museum is less crowded at that time and there is plenty of sunlight to-go around.
The folk heritage museum is housed in a replica traditional Bhutanese house learn first-hand about Bhutan’s rich cultural traditions, its deeply rooted heritage which spans thousands of years and the Bhutanese way of life. The tour of this almost living museum will also give you a glimpse onto how many rural folk of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.
National textile museums:
The second important Museum that also opened its doors in 2001 is the National Textile Museum of Bhutan. During a trip to this museum you will get an up close and personal experience of the living national art of weaving. The changing exhibitions at the museum will introduce you to the major weaving techniques that the weavers employ to make these beautiful fabrics. It also gives you a chance to see the various styles of dressing of the men and women from different parts of Bhutan. The museum’s exhibit follows 6 major themes:
- West Pattern Weaves.
- The role of textile in Buddhism.
- Historical achievements in textile.
- Textiles made from different indigenous fibers.
- The royal textile collection.
National memorial Chorten
The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “father of modern Bhutan.” He wanted to erect a monument carrying the message of world peace and prosperity. However, he was unable to give shape to his idea in his lifetime due to pressures of state and other regal responsibilities. After his untimely demise in 1972, the Royal Family and Cabinet resolved to fulfill his wishes and erect a memorial that would perpetuate his memory and also serve as a monument to eternal peace, harmony and tranquility The National Memorial Chorten was gifted to the nation on 28 July, 1974. The exquisite wall paintings and the delicately carved statues reflect deep insights into Buddhist spirituality and a rich tradition of prayer and learning.
The National Memorial Chorten is known as the ‘most visible religious landmark in Bhutan’.
The Chorten was consecrated by His Holiness, the Late Dudjorn Rinpoche. Unlike other Stupas the Chorten is not a shrine for the mortal of the late King. The Chorten on contains a photograph of the King in full ceremonial attire. The King had intend for the Choten to be “ a Chorten that represents the mind of Buddha ”
The national Memorial Chorten is located in the center of the capital city, Thimphu and is designed like a Tibetan style Chorten. The Chorten is patterned of the classical Stupa design with a pyramidal pillar crowned by a crescent moon and sun. One of the most distinct features of the Chorten is its outwards flaring rounded part that makes the Chorten look more like a vase rather than the classical dome. The interior of the Chorten has a large number of paintings of Tantric deities, in explicit sexual poses that sometimes can be a little disconcerting to visitors.
Overnight in Thimphu Feel free to explore the town on your own.
Check some good restaurants Thimphu
Check Night life in Thimphu
Third day driver from Thimphu to Paro (hike to Taktsang Monastery)
After an early breakfast you will drive to Paro. In the afternoon you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner.
Fourth day Depart Paro for Bangkok/Kathmandu/Delhi
To airport and away.