Bhutan Detour (4 Days 3 Nights from Phuntsholing)

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 – Phunsholing to Paro;  Day 2 – Thimphu;  Day 3 – Paro; Day 4 – Paro to Phunsholing

Map from Bhutan from Phunsholing
Map from Bhutan from Phunsholing

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 – Phunsholing to Paro

Be greeted by your guide and driver inPhunsholing and drive to Paro (6-7 hours). Paro is a beautiful scenic valley with a rich vibrant culture and 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). 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. Overnight in Paro.

Day 02 –  Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to the capital city of Thimphu – a city without traffic lights. Spend the day soaking up the sights and atmosphere at the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, and Centenary Weekend Market. Museum lovers can visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the National Textile Museum. Take a walk along the trails of Buddha Point for a panoramic view of Thimphu valley. As the sun sets, visit 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 03 – Paro

After an early breakfast, drive back to Paro and 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. In the afternoon, 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. You can chosose to relax in the evening with a traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath at a farmstay or spend your last evening mingling with the locals in Paro town at the local bars and restaurants. Overnight in Paro.

Day 04 – Paro (Departure)

After breakfast, you’ll be transported to Phunsholing for your onward journey.