Your day-by-day itinerary

Customers in archery lesson in Bhutan

Day 1

Arrival in Paro

After your arrival in Paro, you’ll be taken straight to your charming hotel, just outside the town centre. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Paro Dzong; this large monastery fortress used to play a crucial role in protecting Paro from the invaders and now remains one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. After the tour, you can visit the archery grounds where your guide will set you up with a traditional Bhutanese bow and arrow and you’ll have a go at trying to hit the target. The Bhutanese make it look so easy! As always, your guide will arrange your dinner before driving you back to your hotel.

prayer flags and mountain scenery landscape

Day 2

Paro - Tiger's Nest – Paro

After an early morning breakfast, you’ll begin your hike to the most famous monastery in Bhutan; the Tiger’s Nest. Built on a 3000-metre high cliff above the Paro valley, it’s a must-see. You’ll reach the monastery on foot as you follow the winding path between pine trees and past the spinning prayer wheels. Around halfway you’ll find a small cafe with the views of the monastery. It’s a good place to stop for a tea break before your final climb.

The Tigers Nest building, Bhutan

Finally, you’ll reach the waterfall and hundreds of steep steps leading up to the monastery. If you like to go inside, you’ll have to leave all your belongings in a deposit box at the entrance and take your shoes off (the stone floors are very cold, make sure you have a spare pair of warm socks to put on). Your guide will share the legends about Guru Rinpoche and the tigress and tell you how this fascinating place was built. Your driver will be waiting for you at the foot of the hill, ready to take you back into town. After lunch, we’ll arrange a hot stone bath for you to help you relax. Made with fresh herbs, it’s an authentic Bhutanese spa treatment you won’t experience anywhere on earth!

Departure

Day 3

Departure

This bite-sized trip ends after breakfast. If this marks the end of your Bhutan trip then today you’ll be driven to the airport ready for your international flight. We recommend spending another night somewhere en route before catching your long-haul flight home. Alternatively, if you are continuing your trip from here your guide and driver will take you on to the next destination.

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Where to next? This trip goes together perfectly with these:

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Speak to our Bhutan specialist, Kate

“Bhutan felt like a fairy-tale to me; a land where the locals wear traditional dress and archery is practiced against a backdrop of green valleys and blue skies. Visit this country, and you’ll soon believe in legends.”

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