Fly Delhi to Paro
Bordered by forested mountain peaks, Paro Valley is the entry point for all travel to Bhutan. The small town of Paro, which was established in the 1980s, sits at an elevation of 2,250 metres and consists of just one main street.
One of the most beautiful arrival points for any country, this quiet town consists of just a handful of colourful buildings and captures the essence of provincial Bhutanese life. The surrounding valley is a mix of small villages, historic buildings, monuments and wonderfully terraced fields.
Drive from Paro to Thimphu
A journey of approximately 30 minutes.
Little over half a century old, Bhutan's young capital was barely more than a small village before its meteoric rise to prominence in 1961. Chosen by the King to be the new face of a reformed Bhutan, and to replace the ancient capital of Punakha, the city is still developing at a rapid pace.
Despite its relatively large size by Bhutanese standards, the city retains a friendly feel and relaxed small town vibe. Little shops and colourful marketplaces fill the city, squeezed between growing signs of modernity and constant reminders of Bhutan's steadfastly traditional way of life.
Half Day Visit to the National Memorial Chorten, Folk Museums and Emporium
Explore Thimphu and visit a number of its fascinating sites. These include the eye-catching National Memorial Chorten, the apprentice-packed School of Traditional Arts and the fascinating Traditional Medicine Institute.
The latter of these is famous for its use of mummified caterpillars, which sell for up to £15,000 per kilogram in China. Known as 'Himalayan Viagra', these magical bugs are renowned for their powerful restorative properties.
Later, visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which is a government-run enterprise that displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products.
You will be staying at Druk Hotel Thimphu, Full board