Day 1 ARRIVE IN PARO; ONTO THIMPHU (55 kms / 1 hour)
Welcome on arrival in Paro International
Airport. You will witness the exotic scenery of the great Himalayas on board in
your flight to Bhutan. The Paro valley along the Pa-chu river, the Paro Dzong
and the Ta Dzong from your flight makes it an amazing view. On arrival,
transfer to Thimphu and check into your hotel. Rest free at leisure to discover
the Capital on your own. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 2 THIMPHU
After breakfast take a tour of Thimphu covering
the Memorable Chorten (dedicated to the 03rd King of Bhutan) and the Textile
Museum & Folk Heritage Museum ( providing a fascinating insight into the
Bhutanese material culture and way of life). Later drive to the 15th century
Changakha Lhakhang and the Takin Sanctuary near the lhakhang. You will see the National
animal of Bhutan, Takin at the Sanctuary. Also visit the school of Arts and
Crafts and the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient
Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well
as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.
Evening visit the Tashichho Dzong; the main secretarial building which
houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and also the head seat
of Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA ( 70 kms / 3 hour)
After breakfast depart for Punakha and check
into the hotel. Enroute witness the Himalayan panoply at Dorchula Pass at
10,500 feet, the most spectacular sights in all Bhutan. The 108 chortens (small
stupas) makes it a visual delight. Continue the drive towards Punakha and visit
Chimi Lhakhang. Take a walk through the paddy field to reach the Chhimi
Lhakhang, the Temple of the Devine Mad Man, Drukpa Kuenley. Further drive to
Punakha, and visit the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan built in 1637 by
Shabdrung, the spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan prior to the present
dynasty. It is the old capital, which still serves as the winter residence of
the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. Overnight
Day 4 PUNAKHA - PARO ( 55 kms 01 hour)
After breakfast depart for Paro and check into
the hotel. Enjoy a local tour covering
the National Museum which houses and impressive collection of fine arts,
paintings, bronzes, textiles, jewellery
and handicrafts sections as well as galleries of stamps for which the Country
is very popular.
Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, built
in 1645 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It is an imposing square fortress,
representative of typical Dzong architecture, with a central tower and
courtyards housing the
administrative (Dzongkhag) and has a community of about 200 monks. A
hike down the moderate slope to the cantilever bridge, one of the finest
specimens in Bhutan with its shingle roof and two guard-houses at each end.
Overnight in Paro.
Day 5 Hike to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast drive to Drukgyel Dzong (20 minutes) from where one can see the towering peak of Jomolhari (7,316m, 24,003 ft). This mountain, also revered as a powerful goddess, forms the border with Tibet and provides magnificent background to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong and village. Drive to Rumthangka and have the glorious view of Taktsang.
You may take an optional hike tour to the
Taktsang Monastery (5-6 hours return hike). Taktsang Monastery, clinging on the
steep rock, is one of the holiest temple in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru
Rinpoche flew on the Tigress back and meditated here. The trek to the temple
through the pine tree and sweet aroma of the air is indeed a very special and
Later visit Kyichu Temple (built by the Tibetan
King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century). Rest of the time free for souvenir
shopping in the small town of Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 6 DEPARTURE
time transfer to Paro Airport for onward journey.