5-Day Highlights of Bhutan with Tiger's Nest

Tour route:
Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro
Highlights:
  • Hike up to Tiger's Nest
  • Visit Bhutan's most beautiful Punakha Dzong

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Tour code: ODY-BT-002

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Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Bhutan. Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide and escorted to the capital Thimphu, passing by Tamchog Lhakang iron bridge en route. Hotel check-in, and then head for Buddha Dordenma Statue and Takin Sanctuary, where you'll see Bhutan's unique national animal Takin.

Continue to meet the nuns at Zilukha Nunnery, before going to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD 4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). Later, visit Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu as well as the central administrative center (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday).

Tips:
1. It is suggested to store photos in SD card/ USB device for stamp printing, or else you may need to line up for taking photos.
2. Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

On your way to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If in good weather, feel the gentle breeze from the grand Mt. Himalaya. Proceed to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Next embrace the highlight - Punakha Dzong, a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, with rich Buddhist collections. You will also visit Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan). 

Overnight: Punakha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Monks in the Punakha Dzong Monks in the Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong Punakha Dzong
Day 3

Drive back to Paro and start today's tour with Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative centre. Later, visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. After that, go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and ends at a local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine.

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro Dzong Paro Dzong
Inside the Paro Dzong Inside the Paro Dzong
Day 4

This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. If in good weather, you'll see a great distant view of Mt. Chomolhari.

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tiger's Nest Tiger's Nest
Take Photos with Tiger's Nest Take Photos with Tiger's Nest
Day 5

Say goodbye to Bhutan today. After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

Meal: Breakfast

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