Overview The Paro and Thimphu Insight tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the cultural and natural wonders of Bhutan, a small Himalayan kingdom known for its untouched landscapes and rich Buddhist heritage. This immersive trip spans over several days and provides a comprehensive overview of the highlights of Paro and Thimpu, two of the country's most significant cities. The journey begins in Paro, where participants are greeted by breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and the iconic Paro Taktsang, also known as Tiger's Nest. This sacred monastery, perched on a cliffside, is a must-visit destination for spiritual seekers and nature…
The Paro and Thimphu Insight tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the cultural and natural wonders of Bhutan, a small Himalayan kingdom known for its untouched landscapes and rich Buddhist heritage. This immersive trip spans over several days and provides a comprehensive overview of the highlights of Paro and Thimpu, two of the country’s most significant cities.
The journey begins in Paro, where participants are greeted by breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and the iconic Paro Taktsang, also known as Tiger’s Nest. This sacred monastery, perched on a cliffside, is a must-visit destination for spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Exploring the nearby ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a fortress that once defended against Tibetan invasions, adds a historical dimension to the tour.
From Paro, the itinerary moves to Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital city. Thimpu is a vibrant blend of traditional and modern elements, where ancient monasteries stand alongside contemporary infrastructure. The tour provides opportunities to visit iconic landmarks such as the majestic Tashichho Dzong, a fortress-monastery that houses government offices and religious institutions. The National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, is another highlight that offers insight into the country’s reverence for its leaders.
The Paro Thimpu Insight tour also immerses participants in Bhutanese culture. Through visits to local markets, participants can experience the vibrant atmosphere, interact with friendly locals, and browse traditional handicrafts and textiles. Engaging with Bhutanese artisans, observing the art of weaving, and trying traditional Bhutanese cuisine provide a deeper understanding of the country’s unique heritage.
Additionally, the tour includes opportunities for scenic drives through picturesque valleys, where participants can appreciate the country’s pristine natural beauty. Stops at scenic viewpoints and serene monastic sites dotted along the way offer moments of tranquility and reflection.
Throughout the trip, knowledgeable guides share their insights into Bhutan’s history, religion, and way of life, allowing participants to gain a deeper appreciation for this enchanting kingdom.
In summary, the Paro and Thimphu Insight tour offers a captivating journey through Bhutan’s cultural and natural treasures, combining visits to iconic landmarks, immersive cultural experiences, and breathtaking landscapes. It is a transformative adventure that provides an unforgettable glimpse into the soul of Bhutan.
Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch.
Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) which is about an hour’s drive. In Thimphu, visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound: One the way to the Viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose. The Bhutanese have their own story to narrate about how the Takin was created by the Master Drukpa Kuenley (the divine madman).
Later on, visit Tashi Choe Dzong: The fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. (Both open Mon-Fri). Brush shoulders with the everyday Bhutanese grocery shopping for local produce at the Centenary Farmers Market (Open Fri – Sun). Also see the new authentic craft bazaar (Close on Tue) of 80 stalls showcasing works by artisans from rural areas will showcase. Overnight at Hotel (Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast drive back to Paro and further drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Also visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan; the Dzong continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. The southern approach to the Dzong has a traditional roofed cantilever bridge called Nemi Zam. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains. (Breakfast only included)
Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• Accommodation in 3, 4 or 5 stars accommodation as per your requirements.
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $200 per person per night. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
Monuments entrance fees where applicable (Entrance fees)
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.