Breakfast you will enjoy the sights of Thimphu in the morning. As the only true “city” in Bhutan, it is unique mix Himalayan and western sensibilities. Well, you can visit hospital and also visit National Indigenous hospital. You can also visit the following places:
Textile Museum: this museum was inaugurated under the patronage of Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuk in June 2001. Many intricate designs of Bhutanese textiles are displayed here. It will also serve as center for conservation, restoration and documentation of Bhutanese textiles.
National Folk Heritage Museum: one of the oldest house in the capital Thimphu, having been restored and transformed into Folk Heritage Museum in the year 2001 under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk and this museum is meant to serve an account of everyday rural life for the young urbanized generations and as a place for preserving objects related to this life, in case this way of life disappears as time passes. Drupthob Goempa: it was built at the beginning of the 1980s. This monastery, situated just above the Dzong and surrounded by prayer flags, has the role of protecting the Dzong from fire. Its other name, “Drupthob Lhakhang”, is derived from the incarnation of Saint Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo who lived there and had the idea of constructing it. Today, the monastery is a nunnery and there are around 55 nuns. From this spot the view of the Dzong is superb, especially in the afternoon.
Paper Factory: Visit a handmade paper workshop where artisans create beautiful and unusual handmade papers, the handmade paper industry in Bhutan stems from the age old handicraft tradition and its history can be traced back to the 8th century. Handmade papers are made out of Daphne papyri era sieb, Edge worthia papyri era sieb and Pine apple plants. And a weaving workshop where the looms are filled with traditional and updated versions of the world-renowned Bhutanese textile arts. National Institute for Zorig. Chusum (Thirteen Arts & Crafts): the Royal Government of Bhutan has sponsored and established this national institute in the year 1971 to preserve and promote culture and to contribute to the country’s economy through quality products and services. In the course of the history Bhutan has developed a unique artistic tradition, which has played a vital role in modeling its distinct cultural heritage and this tradition is reflected in thirteen traditional arts & crafts.
This afternoon you can explore the capital town and if you are shopper, the handicrafts Emporium is a good place to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts and crafts. Here you can buy textiles, Thangkas, scenic painting, mask, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, musical instruments, jewelry, butter-tea cups, yak tail dusters and all kinds of exotic and fascinating objects. Well, while drive to Paro, en route visit the Simtokha Dzong, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the year 1629. Officially known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras). It is often said to be the first Dzong built in Bhutan. In fact, there were Dzongs in Bhutan as early as 1153, but this is the first Dzong built by Shabdrung. Until 2012, it was the home of the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies.
Paro, driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural forests to Paro. Tonight you will have a farewell dinner celebration as you enjoy your last evening in Bhutan. If you are interested, we may be able to arrange Bhutanese “hot stone bath” this evening.
Overnight in Olathang Hotel