There is a reason why Bhutan is called the ‘happiest country on earth’. Variously labeled the ‘Land of the Peaceful Dragon’, ‘The Last Shangri-La’ and ‘The Hidden Paradise’, Bhutan has a surfeit of alluring nature sights. The serenity is further enhanced by unassuming little towns and settlements, which balance themselves on towering Himalayan cliff edges. To complete this picture of harmony and mystique are the many species of flora and fauna.
Fly over surreal views of the Himalayas into Paro Airport. Arrive to a warm welcome and set off on the drive to Thimphu. Reach and check-in, spending the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Thimpu.
After breakfast, check out Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to Bhutan’s third king. The Textile Museum & Folk Heritage Museum provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture. Up next, Changangkha Lhakhang is part temple, part fort. Takin Sanctuary houses Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. At the National Library of Bhutan, discover some old Buddhist manuscripts. Lastly, visit Tashichho Dzong, the office of the King of Bhutan as well as the Chief Abbot. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
Depart for Paro after breakfast. After check-in, first port of call is the National Museum and its impressive collection of fine arts, paintings, bronzes, textiles, jewellery and handicrafts, which are national treasures. Rinpung Dzong, or the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, built in 1645, dazzles too. It demonstrates the best of Dzong architecture, with its imposing central tower surrounded by courtyards. Leave via a hike down to the cantilever bridge at its base. Overnight stay in Paro.
Day 4 is all yours to kick back and relax after breakfast. You have the option of taking a hike to Taktsang Monastery. Move on to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, which forms an odd contrast with the towering Mount Jomolhari rising in the background. The mountain is revered as a Goddess by the Bhutanese and forms a natural border with Tibet. You can even drive to Rumthangka for a better view of Taktsang. Overnight stay in Paro.
Breakfast wraps your trip to Bhutan. Soon, its time to head to Paro Airport and depart for home.