- Destinations: Thimphu, Paro,
- Max Altitude: 3,120 m / 10,240 ft
- Best Season: March to May and September to November
- Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars hotels and above
- Transportation: 4 wheel drive – suvs, tour vans & mini buses
Note: Use this as a general guide to get an idea of the tour. Do keep in mind that there will be further customization on the given itinerary, depending on the season, your interests, group size and your preferred duration of the tour.
The Taktsang Express is a package for those who just wants to visit Bhutan to hike up to the Tiger’s Nest and get a brief glimpse of the natural beauty of Bhutan that is very unique from the rest of the world. In Thimphu, we will visit historical, cultural and spiritual sites. If you are up for it, we may witness and indulge in the night life activities in Thimphu, the most urbanized dwelling in Bhutan. The tour will end with the hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most famous travel attraction of Bhutan.
- Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
- Explore Paro valley.
- Guided city tour of Thimphu.
- Visit the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous Buddhist sites in Bhutan.
- Trip to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong.
- Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
- Experience Bhutanese culture, tradition and food
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival at Paro – drive to Thimphu
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize you to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine. After which, you will visit the National Memorial Chorten which is built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thimphu Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the Thimphu river where the Weekend Centenary Farmers’ Market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products. Thereafter, we will drive up to Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is located. It one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world. You can enjoy the night walking around Thimphu Town after dinner and may be walk into a bar for some local beer.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu and drive to Paro
After breakfast, our first stop will be at the National Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to preserving Bhutanese folk arts. This renovated 19th-century building is laid out like a traditional, rural household with three stories of traditional arts Es, cultural relics, and artifacts. Demonstrations are performed throughout the day to show how the Bhutanese people have lived over the centuries.
At the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, you will see the ancient practice of natural papermaking. Using the bark of two local tree species (Daphne and Dhekap), craftsmen demonstrate how to make the traditional paper Deh-sho. You can even try making your own paper for a special souvenir. Handmade papers were used by monks for writing prayers and woodblock printing.
Weaving is considered the national art of Bhutan, so at The National Textile Museum, you will learn all about the brightly colored and beautifully designed fabrics that are worn by the Bhutanese people. Thanks in part to our Queen Jetsun Pema, the fabrics of Bhutan are widely considered high fashion around the world. Due to the importance of this living art form, the Royal Government of Bhutan works to preserve and promote these traditional weaving methods.
We then take a drive to Motithang Takin Preserve, home to one of the strangest looking creatures on earth. The takin is a gentle moose-like animal that is described as looking like is was stung by a bee. Originally a small zoo, the king decreed that it was not in alignment with Buddhist practices to pen up animals, and they were released into the wild. The takin; however, refused to leave and began wandering the city streets in search of food. The preserve was established, and Bhutan’s national animal is now taken care of by royal decree.
We end the day with a visit to Simtokha Dzong. Built in 1629, it was the first fortress of its kind in Bhutan and features beautifully painted Buddhist murals and carvings inside. Simtokha means “demon stone” and legend has it that the fortress was used to contain a demon inside a rock which was terrorizing the region. Today, it is home to one of the premier monk-taught Dzongkha learning centers, the national language of Bhutan.
Day 03: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Are you ready? We will be making the hike up to one of the key highlights in Bhutan today! Tiger’s Nest aka Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang Monastery – A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Kyichu Lhakhang – After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
Day 04: Paro – Depart
Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back home or to your next travel destination. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!
Spring & Autumn: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ 290 per day
2 person: US$ 280 Per person per day
3 person and more: US$ 250 per person per day
Winter & Summer: January, February, June, July, August & December
Single traveler: US$ 240 per day
2 person: US$ 230 Per person per day
3 person and more: US$ 200 per person per day
Note: On the above rates there will be a one time extra payment as follows:
01: Visa Fee: US $ 40 per person
02: TDF (Tourism Development Fund): US $ 10 per person