Day 1: Arrival at
Your flight to Paro can be from any of
these entry points Calcutta/Bangkok/Kathmandu/Dhaka/Delhi or
depending on one’s international flight connection. Via road
from India and enter the southern part of Bhutan. When you
are about to land at Paro you will be introduced to the
spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, views
of Chomolhari (Mountain Goddess), and other magnificent
Himalayan snow peaks, before you see the beautiful Paro
valley as you land.
The representative from Bhutan Footprints
*Travel will escort you to the hotel. After lunch, visit the
National Museum (watch Tower). This museum has a very
interesting assortment of costumes, treasures and
world-renowned stamps, and will bring alive the history of
Bhutan since the 6th century. Visit Paro Dzong (Fort),
Headquarter of Paro District. Altitude: 2250 meters.
Day 2 : Hike to Tiger
Nest and drive to Thimphu. (Alternative for old person)
Built on the seemingly impossible cliff
at a height of 400 meters above the lush valley floor of
Paro is one of the most sacred places in Bhutan. Guru
Rinpoche, the second Buddha, flew here on a flaming Tigress
for the second visit to Bhutan and meditated here in the 8th
century. Here he propagated Vajrayana- Mahayana Buddhism
(Bigger Wheel) that was prophesied by the Buddha at the time
of attaining Nirvana.
In April 1998, a fire destroyed the main
structure of the buildings and the religious contents. A
complete restoration was done and resulted in a carbon copy
of the original. This place beholds the history of The
Hidden Land. The return walking time is approximately five
hours (if you have a permit to the site). Otherwise, around
3- 4 hours is enough to make round trip to the viewpoint.
In the evening drive to Thimphu, 2 hours
through winding roads following the Pa-Chu (Paro River) down
stream to its confluence with the Wang-Chu (Thimphu River).
There are good views of the forests, Rocky Mountains &
scattered village on our route. As we enter the Thimphu
valley we will pass through Semtokha Dzong built in 1629 by
Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (The man who unified Bhutan).
Now Semtokha houses the language and cultural school where
scholars of all the ages study Dzongkha (National Language).
Thimphu altitude 2350 m, Driving time: 2
Day 3 : Full day
sightseeing (lots of hike depends on one’s interest)
In morning visit to Changangkha monastery
(Temple), which was built in 12th century, the viewpoint
where we can get a birds eye view of the capital Thimphu.
Visit the animal sanctuary home of the Takin our National
animal, and then visit the Nunnery, which is NGO in the
After lunch, some highlight visits will
be the Textile Museum, Folk heritage museum and Bhutanese
traditional handmade paper factory. Visit Dechen Phordrang
monastic School; visit General Post Office, where you will
see the finest stamps of Bhutan and the capital building of
Bhutan (Tashi Chhodzong) except after 5 p.m. & holidays.
Day 4 : Morning
sightseeing and drive back to Paro.
After breakfast, drive to the memorial
Chorten (Stupa) built in the memory of His Majesty King
Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. He is regarded as the father of modern
Bhutan. Visit the National Library, which holds ancient
Buddhist texts, historical books, and some very famous
manuscripts written with gold ink.
A three-minute drive to the Traditional
Medicine Institute will show you where medicines are
prepared from plants, flowers and animal’s bones according
to ancient practices. Acupuncture is its main discipline.
Visit the Art & Painting School, where the students learn
the 13 different kinds of Bhutanese Arts.
Afternoon free for the last day shopping
at Thimphu and evening drive back to Paro for tomorrow’s
Day 5 : Departure.
In the morning your representative will
bid you farewell at Paro airport.