Bhutan Escape (4 Days 3 Nights)

Trip Overview

If you are short on time, or just looking for a taste without an extended trip then come for a Bhutan Getaway (4 days 3 nights)! Luckily for us, the iconic Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery is in Paro, where the international airport is located so you can literally hop off the plane and hike up to this incredible place. A short drive away is the capital city of Thimphu, a city without traffic lights and an unusual mix of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Just slightly further afield is Dochula Pass where you can get an expansive view of the Bhutanese Himalayan ranges.

Trip Summary

Day1 – Paro, Thimphu;  Day 2 – Thimphu, Dochula Pass;  Day 3 – Paro; Day 4 – Paro.

Bhutan Getaway Map
Bhutan Getaway Map

Price

USD 789 (approx. AUD 1,341)

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Single supplement: USD 122

All prices based on twin share.

Inclusions: accommodation, meals, dedicated transport, entry fees to museums and attractions, licensed guide and driver, visa processing fees, all administrative costs.

Exclusions: international airfares (contact us to arrange), comprehensive travel insurance, personal expenses and tips.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Paro, Thimphu

Arrive into Paro International Airport. During the flight to Paro, look out for the breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. Paro, a beautiful valley encapsulating a rich vibrant culture, scenic beauty is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries. The fertile soil in the valley produces a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields. Mout Jomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunges through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). You’ll be picked up at the airport and transferred to the capital city of Thimphu. Spend the afternoon seeing some of the cultural sites in Thimphu such as the National Memorial ChortenFolk Heritage MuseumNational Textile MuseumChangangkha Lhakhang, and Centenary Weekend Market. For hikers, head to the trails of Buddha Point and Sangaygang. As the sun sets, you will gain entrance into the magnificent Tashichoe Dzong ( ‘the Fortress of the Glorious Religion’) – the 500 years old fortress in the grandeur of traditional Bhutanese architecture that houses the office of the King, ministers and various government organisations, as well as headquarters for the central monastic body of Bhutan. Bhutan’s spiritual leader Je-Khenpo and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha reside here during summer. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 02 –  Thimphu, Dochula Pass

From Thimphu, head East to Dochula Pass (3,100 meters), a beautiful mountain pass (alt 3,140 m) framed by fluttering prayer flags and a spectacular set of 108 miniature chortens (stupas). On a clear day, you will get glimpses of the stretch of towering, awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks. Enjoy the view with morning tea then head back to Thimphu to explore the rest of the city before driving to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 03 – Paro

Today you’ll hike up Bhutan’s iconic Tiger’s Nest (Taktshang) Monastery. Perched seemingly perilously on the edge of a sheer cliff face, Taktshang is one of Bhutan’s most venerated pilgrimage sites. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche miraculously flew here on the back of a tigress, meditated in a cave here for three months and converted the whole of Paro valley to Buddhism. Resting at an altitude of 900 meters above the valley,  Taktshang is an architectural wonder and the spectacular four-hour walk will be sure to be one of your most overwhelming and unforgettable experiences. If there’s time in the afternoon, visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong) which contains displays of Bhutanese art, relics, religious thangka paintings, natural history artefacts, and Bhutan’s exquisite stamps, coins, and handicrafts collection. Then see the 16th century Rinpung Dzong, ‘Fortress of the Heap of Jewels’, where some of the scenes from the film ‘Little Buddha’ by Bernardo Bertolucci in 1995 was filmed, or the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang was built by the famous Buddhist Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, the house next to the museum contains photographs and artifacts belonging to the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – the Vajrayana master, scholar, poet, teacher, and head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Relax in the evening with a traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath. Spend your last evening mingling with the locals in town at the local bars and restaurants. Overnight in Paro.

Day 04 – Paro (Departure)

After breakfast, you’ll be transported to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.