4 Days Bhutan Retreat
Paro – Thimphu
This trip gives you a quick glimpse of the best experiences of Bhutan while based in Paro. Located at an altitude of 2200m above sea level, Paro is home to one of the oldest and most celebrated Dzongs of Bhutan. The town is full of legends, heroism and natural splendour and recorded many events which marked the beginning of great cultural heritage of the country. We also make a day trip to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, scenically situated on a hillside and on the bank of the Thimphu River.
- Please note that booking for this itinerary has to adhere to the departure day in the week as advised below due to Druk Air flight schedule.
- For this itinerary, you have to depart on a SUNDAY and return on a WEDNESDAY.
- There is a 45 minutes in-flight transit in Kolkotta both ways.
Sunday | Singapore – Paro KB 501 | 0630/0945
Thursday | Singapore – Paro KB 501 | 0630/0945
Wednesday | Paro – Singapore KB 500 | 0720/1515
Saturday | Paro – Singapore KB 500 | 0720/1515
All info are act as a guide and are correct as of time of publication.
Please check directly on airline website for latest flight schedules.
Day 1 | L, D | Hotel
Singapore – Paro – Thimpu
Check in at airport Druk Air counter with your air ticket, passport and Bhutan visa. On this flight, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalaya as you start approaching Bhutan. Arrive at Paro International Airport. You will be required to show your Bhutan visa again as part of the immigration process. After which your guide will meet and welcome you. We take a two hour scenic drive to Thimphuthe capital city of Bhutan and arrive in time to check in hotel and lunch.
From this hill top, you can see the panoramic view of Thimphu
You can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
Thimphu Dzong (only after 4pm)
The main Secretariat Building. This massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.
Explore Thimphu town at leisure.You can purchase world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value from general post office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank.
Evening back to hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 2 | B, L, D | Hotel
The full day program include visiting the following places:Memorial Chorten
A huge stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972.
This is one of the biggest Buddhist Stupa in Bhutan. From this hill top, you can see the panoramic view of Thimpu City.
The National Library of Bhutan
The National Archives is responsible for collecting and preserving important past, present and future documents on Bhutan for future generations.
Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelleries and many more.
Pangri Zampa Monastery
The Monastery is situated just beyond Dechencholing (5kms from Thimphu ). This Lhakhang was the residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. The Monastery was built during the first quarter of the 16th century by Ngawang Chogyel, the great-great- grandfather of the Shabdrung and the 14th hierarchy of the Drukpas.
Evening back to hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 3 | B, L, D | Hotel
Thimpu – Paro
After breakfast drive (2 hrs) to the hiking start point of Taktsang.
Taktsang Monastery (4 hours round hike)
The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. and overlooks the Paro Valley and river. It is believed during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. A round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. You have the option of hiring a horse or do a partial hike if you feel not up to a full hike.
Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong
This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful covered wooden bridge and guard houses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.
The charming small town of Paro lies on the banks of the Paro Chhu, just a short distance northwest of the imposing Paro Dzong. The main street is lined with colourfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants. It is nice to explore this quaint Bhutanese town leisurely at the end of a day of sightseeing.
Evening check in hotel, have dinner and rest.
Day 4 | B
Paro – Singapore
After breakfast transfer to Paro Airport for departure.
• Return Druk Air airfare with taxes
• Bhutan visa
• Private A/C transportation including airport transfer by Toyota Hiace or car
• Personal English speaking tour guide
• Hotel accommodation
• Meals as per itinerary
• Entrance fees
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic and other beverages
• Personal expenses