Hi Inbound Tour, we are a family of four visiting Bhutan next march. We have ony four days. which two cities do you recommend for an in deph tour?
Thank you so much for your question.
The two place that I can suggest would be Paro and Thimphu and you can also manage to visit Dochula pass.
Your itinerary would be something like this
The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will receive you and will drive to Thimphu with sightseeing along the way.
● Drive towards the capital city, Thimphu.
● Stop at Tachoggang and visit the temple and the bridge built by handmade iron chain.
● Visit National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (”the father of modern Bhutan “) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
● Evening visit Tashichho Dzong the impressive fortress which houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body. Witness the Flag lowering ceremony before you enter the Dzong.
● Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
(But all above sightseeing maynot be possible if your arrival time is after 14:00)
● Drive to Kuenselphodrang where world’s tallest Buddha Statue (169 feet) sits overlooking the Thimphu Valley. Enjoy the spectacular view of Thimphu city.
● Drive To Paro via Dochula Pass. Drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the 108 chortens, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road.
If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the north east will be revealed in all their glory. On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
● Visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Museum.(If time permits)
● Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.(If time permits
● Overnight at your hotel in Paro
● Hike to Taktshang Monastery, one of the holiest and the most beautiful sites of Bhutan. Taktshang, the tiger’s lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rimpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress.
● Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.
● Evening free or can visit the Paro town with a street of typical Bhutanese traditional buildings.
● Overnight at Hotel in Paro.
Day 4 Departure
Ofcourse in Bhutan most tour conducted are private tour so few activity or place of attraction can be included or removed as per your likeness