This Singapore Bhutan Tour gives visitors a deep insight into a unique Himalayan culture, one that is finding a precarious balance between the ancient world and the global village.
Bhutan’s architecture is the best remaining example of an ancient living architecture – from the mighty ancient fortresses to the humble farm house – the stunning and strategic locations of the grand fortresses housing both monks and civil administrations.
Catch a flight at Singapore Changi Airport to Paro. Upon arrival, proceed to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy your 1st-ever authentic Bhutanese cuisine before paying a visit to The Centenary Farmer’s Market, a weekend market famous for its agricultural products. Next, visit Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the King of Bhutan. After that, head to Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where you are rewarded with a panoramic view of Thimphu Valley and admire the 169-foot tall bronze Buddha Dordenma Statue, the largest statue in the country. Overnight in Thimphu.
The Centenary Farmer’s Market, Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, Tashichho Dzong
- Gyelsa Boutique Inn
- Hotel Thimphu Towers
The second day is spent to visit the highlights of this capital city. Head to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum where you can catch a glimpse of apprentices honing their skills and knowledge in 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Next, visit Folk Heritage Museum to discover the traditional lifestyle of Bhutanese in the olden days. Then, make a stop at the local post office where you can get personalized stamps at your own expense. Continue on to Royal Textile Academy to witness the traditional art of weaving. Proceed to visit National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built to honour the late 3rd King Dorji Wangchuck. Thereafter, visit Changangkha Lhakhang which was built in the 12th century and is the oldest temple in Thimphu. Proceed to an authentic Bhutanese craft bazaar and Norzin Lam where you can purchase handicrafts, garments and accessories at your own expense.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum, National Memorial Chorten, Royal Textile Academy
Depart Thimphu for Punakha. On the way, we cross Dochula pass and visit Druk Wangyal Chortens where the construction of 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Enjoy spectacular views of The Himalayas if the weather is clear. Along the way, stop at Sopsokha village and take a stroll through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Thereafter, visit Punakha Dzong, situated at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers. Overnight in Punakha.
Dochu La pass, Druk Wangyal Chortens, Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong
- Lobesa Hotel Punakha
- Damchen Punakha Resort
In this morning, we make your way back to Paro, home to many old Bhutanese monasteries. Visit Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor Heritage Farmhouse, an 18th-century farmhouse inaugurated as a heritage farmhouse with various historical and religious artefacts. Thereafter, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. End your day with a visit to Drugyel Dzong, the victory fortress built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian warlord, Gushri Khan in 1644.
Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor Heritage Farmhouse, Kyichu Lhakhang, Drugyel Dzong
- Bhutan Mandala Hotel
- Metta Resort & Spa
Embark on a scenic drive up to Chelela pass, the highest pass in Bhutan at 3,988 metres above sea level to catch a glimpse of Paro Valley on one side and Haa Valley on the other. Visit Ta Dzong which houses a fascinating collection of costumes, art, religious paintings, relics, national stamps and handicrafts. After that, visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders and has now been transformed to serve as an administration centre, a school for monks and a venue for the annual spring festival.
Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong
This day, embark on a hike to Bhutan’s most iconic landmark, Taktsang Lhakhang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Clinging precariously to a granite cliff 800 metres above Paro Valley, legend has it that the great Guru Rinpoche flew to this spot on the back of a tigress. The monastery was 1st built in 1692 at a cave where the guru meditated in the 7th century. Thereafter, spend the rest of your day at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a relaxing hot stone bath or head to the main street of Paro to pick up some souvenirs at your own expense.
All travelers are recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes for your hike to Taktsang Lhakhang. The hike is not recommended for pregnant women and travellers with pre-existing health conditions.
After breakfast, being transferred to the airport for your flight home. End tours.
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