Bhutan, also known as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon", is a small landlocked country in South Asia that offers an unforgettable cultural, natural, and spiritual experience. With its ancient monasteries, towering peaks, pristine forests, and pristine landscapes, Bhutan is truly a unique destination.
Thimpu and Paro are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Bhutan. Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan and is known for its traditional architecture, cultural heritage, and stunning natural beauty. Visitors to Thimpu can explore the Tashichho Dzong, the largest and oldest dzong in Bhutan, visit the National Memorial Chorten, or take a stroll through the Centenary Farmer's Market.
Paro is another popular destination, located in the Paro Valley. The valley is known for its beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage, and is home to many of Bhutan's most important cultural and historical sites. Visitors to Paro can explore the Paro Dzong, the Paro Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, or take a scenic hike to the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Both Thimpu and Paro offer unique experiences and breathtaking scenery, making them must-visit destinations for anyone traveling to Bhutan. Whether you're interested in exploring the cultural heritage of Bhutan, admiring the natural beauty of the region, or simply relaxing and taking in the peaceful surroundings, a tour of Thimpu and Paro is a perfect way to experience the best of Bhutan.
Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest): A stunning Buddhist temple complex perched on a cliff and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.
Rinpung Dzong: A fortified monastery in Paro with intricate carvings, paintings and stunning architecture.
National Museum of Bhutan: Located in Paro, this museum showcases Bhutan's rich history, culture and traditions.
Tashicho Dzong: A fortress in Thimphu that houses the secretariat and offices of the King and the government.
Memorial Chorten: A large stupa in Thimphu that serves as a place of worship and a memorial to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Buddha Dordenma Statue: A massive statue of Buddha in Thimphu overlooking the city and surrounded by stunning scenery.
Traditional Textile Museum: Located in Thimphu, this museum showcases Bhutan's rich weaving traditions and textiles.
Royal Botanical Park: A beautiful park in Thimphu with a variety of flora and fauna, including the national flower of Bhutan, the blue poppy.
Royal Folk Heritage Museum: Located in Thimphu, this museum showcases traditional Bhutanese living spaces and showcases the country's cultural heritage.
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift, as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with enroute stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left TschogangLhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse”.
It is a private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang).
Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Later visit to Trashichhoedzong: 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. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area.
Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2400m).
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Later visit Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form. Also visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. Later continue drive to Paro along scenic highway, enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel.
After lunch, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Ta Dzong visit immediately followed by a short walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (ParoDzong), meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history.
Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx. 5 hours walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.
Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Jhomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. Evening, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.
The tour typically includes transportation, accommodation, meals, guide, and sightseeing activities in both Paro and Thimphu.
The tour can range from 4 to 7 days, depending on the itinerary and activities included.
In Paro, popular attractions include the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro Dzong, and the National Museum of Bhutan. In Thimphu, the Tashichho Dzong, Buddha Point, and the National Memorial Chorten are popular sights.
The best time to visit Bhutan is from September to November and from March to May, when the weather is pleasant and there are clear views of the Himalayas.
The main entry point to Bhutan is Paro International Airport, which is connected to major cities in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
A tourist visa is required for a Paro and Thimphu Tour in Bhutan, which can be obtained through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or travel agent.
Yes, the tour is suitable for families with children. However, it is important to note that some of the activities and sights may be physically demanding, especially for younger children.
Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Paro and Thimphu in Bhutan as the weather is warm, and the flowers are in full bloom. This is the perfect time for trekking, cultural tours, and sightseeing.
Summer (June to August): Summer is the monsoon season in Bhutan and can be quite damp, making it a bit challenging to travel. However, this is the perfect time to witness the lush green landscapes, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the rare black-necked cranes in Paro.
Autumn (September to November): Autumn is one of the most popular seasons to visit Paro and Thimphu. This is when the weather is dry and sunny, and the leaves of the trees start to change color. This is the ideal time to go on treks, visit temples and monasteries, and experience Bhutan's rich cultural heritage.
Winter (December to February): Winter is the coldest season in Bhutan, and it can get quite chilly, especially in the evenings. However, this is the perfect time to go on cultural tours, enjoy scenic walks, and visit local festivals. The clear skies offer stunning views of the snow-capped mountains.
For a Paro and Thimphu tour in Bhutan, two types of permits are required:
Tourist Visa: All visitors to Bhutan must obtain a Tourist Visa, which can be obtained through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.
Area Permit: Visitors need to obtain an Area Permit for the specific regions they plan to visit. For a Paro and Thimphu tour, visitors need to obtain the Paro and Thimphu Area Permits.
It is important to note that visitors cannot travel to Bhutan independently and must be part of a pre-booked and guided tour. The tour operator will arrange for the necessary permits and visas for their clients.
Respect the local culture: Bhutan has a rich cultural heritage that is deeply rooted in the Buddhist tradition. Visitors are expected to dress modestly, remove shoes before entering temples and dzongs, and avoid loud or disrespectful behavior.
Respect nature: Bhutan is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and visitors should take care not to damage the environment. Littering, smoking, and any other forms of pollution are strictly prohibited.
Respect local customs: Bhutanese people have their own unique customs and traditions that visitors should be mindful of. For example, pointing feet towards a statue of the Buddha is considered disrespectful.
Get a local guide: Having a local guide will not only help visitors get the most out of their experience, but it also helps support the local economy.
Try the local cuisine: Bhutanese cuisine is hearty and delicious, with an emphasis on red rice, dumplings, and spicy stews. Visitors should be adventurous and try as many local dishes as possible.
Respect the pace of life: Bhutanese people live a slower, more relaxed pace of life, and visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly. They should not expect the same level of efficiency as they would in a developed country.
Get enough rest: The altitude in Bhutan can be challenging for some visitors, so it's important to get enough rest and drink plenty of water. Don't forget to pack appropriately: Bhutan's climate can vary greatly, with hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Visitors should pack accordingly and bring warm clothing, sturdy footwear, and a rain jacket.