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Paro is a district in Western Bhutan and one of the most fertile land and reaches cultural heritage sites in the kingdom. Also, the largest international airport which is considered to be one of the challenging airports in the world owing to the short runway distance.
This tour will lead you to the excitement and spectacle of the Paro Tshechu festival. Dressed in traditional finery, devotees flock to the Paro Dzong to proclaim their faith and receive blessings. Monks and laypeople, dressed in elaborate silk brocade costumes perform festive dances of good triumphing over evil to the haunting sounds of trumpets, cymbals, and flutes. The dances and costumes have survived unchanged for thousands of years, each dance is an exact re-enactment of visions seen by Bhutan’s great Buddhist saints and any changes would be seen as sacrilege.
Your trip may include a visit to the western part of Bhutan and its unique sights such as a visit to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, and Punakha valley, the old capital of Bhutan.
This tour will lead you to the excitement and spectacle of the Paro festival. Dressed in traditional finery, devotees flock to the Paro Dzong to proclaim their faith and receive blessings.
Date : April 12, 2022
Once you arrive in Paro, we will take you straight to your hotel for rest. If time permits, we will have an opportunity to visit the Paro Dzong, or the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, Kychu Temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Overnight at Paro in Hotel.
Date : April 13, 2022
Today you will experience the color, excitement, and spectacle of the Paro Tshechu for the entire day. Enjoy the immersion of Bhutanese culture as locals attend the festival dressed in their finest Kira’s and Gho’s. The day will be filled with fantastic masked dances – don’t forget your camera! Overnight at Paro in Hotel
Date : April 14, 2022
Hike to Taktsang Goempa
After breakfast, we will hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest. The highlight of the Bhutan travel experience. Later in the afternoon, we will visit some other attractions in Paro such as the Dungtse Lhakhang and other sites if time permits. Overnight at Paro in Hotel
Date : April 15, 2022
Paro Tshechu and Paro-Thimphu
Following an early breakfast, you make your way to the early morning blessing from Thangka of Guru Rinpoche. Later we will visit the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Later in the evening, we will travel to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight at Thimphu in Hotel
Date : April 16, 2022
In Thimphu, we will visit the Centenary Farmers Market, Zilukha Nunnery, the Memorial Chorten, Tashichoe Dzong, and Keuselphodrang to see the Bhutanese largest Buddha statue. Overnight at Thimphu in Hotel
Date : April 17, 2022
After breakfast, we will depart for Punakha via the Dochula Pass to 3088m and you can delight in the spectacular views across the Himalayan Mountain ranges. Along the way, we will stop at the beautiful 108 Chorten's (Buddhist monuments). Later we will visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). Overnight at Punakha/Wangdue in Hotel
Date : April 18, 2022
Punakha & Wangdue Tour
This morning we will embark on a pleasant short trek to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and, later in the day, walk to the Divine Madman’s Monastery, Chhimi Lhakang, famously known for its fertility shrine. The final visit of the day is to the ruins of Wangdue Dzong (destroyed by fire in 2012). Overnight at Punakha/Wangdue in Hotel
Date : April 19, 2022
After breakfast, we will travel back to Thimphu through the Dochula pass and visit the Simtokha Dzong Takin Preserve, Handicraft Emporium, and Craft Bazaar. Overnight at Thimphu in Hotel
Date : April 20, 2022
Thimphu Tour & Thimphu-Paro
Today we will explore more of Thimphu. We have visits planned to the National Textile Museum, traditional arts, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the outdoor National Folk Heritage Museum, the Changzamtok Weaving Centre, and a Bhutanese paper factory. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Paro. Overnight at Paro in Hotel
Date : April 21, 2022
After breakfast, you will drive to the Paro Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
- Accommodations in Six Sense
- All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
- All land transfers and transportation
- English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
- Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
- Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
- Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Flights into and out of Bhutan
- Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
- Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
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Yes, if you do not wish to join a group, we can arrange for a private tour (for either a solo traveler or for a family). Just talk to one of our travel specialists and we can customize any tour.
Yes, you can! We suggest if you want to take a shorter tour, that you request a private tour. If you want to extend your tour, we can work with you to make that happen too!
The daily tariff that you pay, pays for your tour guide, driver, hotels and all your meals. The only money you need to budget for is for alcohol, souvenirs, and tips. It is best to bring cash and exchange it for local currency at the airport in Paro. There are ATMs available in some locations, but they work sporadically.
It depends on what time of year you go. The fall or the spring are the best times to travel to Bhutan. Typically, the days are cool and sunny, and the nights are cold. Some places, like Punakha are sub-tropical and you can expect warmer temperatures.
Druk Experience provides vehicles based on tour size. For small tours we provide 4 door SUV type cars, for larger tours, we provide smaller tour buses that can accommodate 8-10 individuals. Our cars are in excellent shape and our drivers are always safe and careful. All vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning or heaters.
Pack light for all of our tours, soft suitcases/duffel bags are best. Dressing up will not be necessary, dress for comfort. Layer, layer, layer. Wear sturdy shoes for walking/hiking. When we visit holy sites, you will be asked to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
Yes, please feel free to take as many pictures as you would like. However, you will be asked to not take pictures in our temples. If you have any questions about when you can take pictures, please ask your guide.
If you would like to have a snack (protein bar, etc.) while hiking/trekking, or if you just think you might miss your favorite snack - then yes, please bring some snacks with you. However, they are not necessary. Druk Experience will make sure that you are well fed on your tour.