Taste Fiery Emma Datshi, a local savory cuisine
Day 01 : Arrive Paro (Bhutan) by Flight
- On arrival at Paro international airport, received by our representative and then drive to the hotel. The lovely valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples, monasteries and the National Museum.
- Evening an exploratory walk in the heart of Paro valley.
- Traditional dinner at a local restaurant.
- Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)
Day 02 : Paro
- After breakfast, excursion to famed Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries perched on 900m above Paro valley floor. Legends say that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called Tiger’s Nest’.
- Then visit Ta Dzong, one time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 it is serving as the National Museum of the country.
- Also visit Rinpung Dzong, the fortress built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.
- Evening cooking demonstration and learn the preparation of ‘Emadatshi –Bhutan’s National Dish. Emadatsi is made of chillies braised in salt, butter, onion, water and ‘datsi’ – a local cottage cheese made from buttermilk.
- Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03 : Paro (Full day excursion to Thimphu, round trip 110km, approx 2.1/2 hours drive)
- After breakfast, full day excursion to Thimphu. The capital of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a charming city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions.
- The visits in Thimphu includes, Folk Heritage Museum ; established in 2001, it provides deep insight into classical Bhutanese rural lifestyle by displaying original artifacts, Textile Museum ; which displays Bhutan’s finest woven embroidery and applique textiles along with age old production techniques like weaving, dying and spinning, the National Library ; holding vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, Institute of Zorig Chusum or Arts & Crafts School ; teaching the techniques of traditional thangkha paintings, calligraphy, embroidery, wood carving, sculpture etc.
- Post lunch drive to Kuenselphodrang, to see the largest statue of Buddha in the country.
- Then visit to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan.
- Conclude the day with visit of Trashichhoedzong, beautiful medieval fortress / monastery.
- Then drive back to Paro for overnight stay.
Day 04 : Depart Paro
- After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.