Long Weekend in Bhutan
When you have limited time and want to see what all the fuss is about, this short but sweet itinerary will get you direct access to the culture and charms of Bhutan with a minimum of travelling. We focus on life in Bhutan through museums, markets and farmhouses. You will definitely want to come back and see more, but this itinerary will help you to appreciate what makes Bhutan such a unique travel destination.
As always we can tailor this sample itinerary to suit your exact needs. See below for a price guide as well.
Day 1 / Paro to Thimphu
The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some world’s highest peaks. Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes and vegetable growing.
Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, which is about 90mins drive.
Day 2 / Thimphu
Sightseeing in Thimphu valley
National Library: It holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.
Institute for Zorig Chusum (Painting School): Here, students undertake a six year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.
Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
Bhutan Posts: Bhutan is much known for its colorful stamps on varying themes. The display gallery offers a good opportunity to pick up postcards and stamps.
In the evening explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar.
Visit Thimphu weekend market where farmers from all over Bhutan come to this market place to sell their products. It’s an interesting place to visit, where village people jostle with well-heeled Thimphu residents for the best bargains on vegetables and foodstuffs.
Day 3 / Thimpu to Paro
Early morning drive towards Paro. Then visit Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro Rimpung Dzong. On the way down cross the 16th century cantilever bridge.
Drugyel Dzong (victory fortress), built in 1647 is 18 kilometres away from Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, (7314m) from the northern battlements.
Visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living.
Day 4 / Paro to Airport
Most of our Paro hotels are within 15 minutes drive to the airport. Transfer to Paro Airport. Check in two hours prior to flight departure to ensure the best seats on board.
PRICE GUIDE AND INCLUSIONS
High season touring for 4 days will typically cost USD$1000pp for a group of two or more people. The following are included in that price guide:
- All Meals
- Tour Guide
- Visa for entry into Bhutan
- Transportation from the moment you arrive
What's not included:
- International flights into and out of Paro
- Drinks and Alcohol
- Tipping for your guides