Golden Throne
4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1: Arrival, Transfer to Paro Valley
On the flight into Paro you will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan Peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake. On your arrival at the Paro International Airport your Smile Bhutan guide will welcome you. To begin the journey we will visit the Rinpung dzong, Ta –dzong, Kichu lakhang and explore the charming town of Paro -visiting small shops that sell everything from betel nut to exquisite traditional fabric. In the evening you will get the chance to watch locals practice the national sport of archery. During dinner at the hotel your guide will provide a brief introduction to Bhutanese history and culture.

Altitude: 2200m
1 night stay in Paro in Le meridian

Day 2: Paro Valley Exploration
This morning, you will head towards the north end of the valley to visit the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower), and was built to defend Rinpung/Paro Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture built in 1646 during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration. Rinpung Dzong is the venue for the famous Paro Tsechu, held annually in the spring. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall. After lunch, head up towards Kyichu Lhakhang, established in the 7th century and one of the two oldest shrines in the kingdom (the other is in Bumthang), marking the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening at leisure.

Altitude: 2200m
1 night stay in Paro in Le meridian

Day 3. Taktshang Hike/Valley Exploration
In the morning, take an excursion to Taktshang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory. After Taktsang hike, drive up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong on the north side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Evenings at Leisure. Altitude: 2200m

1 night stay in Paro in Le meridian

Day 04: Depart Paro to onward Destination
After breakfast in the hotel, we will head to the airport in time to catch your departing flight. Your guide from the Smile Bhutan family will bid you farewell and the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom will again disappear behind its guardian mountain.