General

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a land of monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are a destination for serious trekkers. Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, a sacred site, clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

Itinerary Details

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO – TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (55KMS)

Welcome to Bhutan, Land of Thunder Dagon. Your journey begins flying on Druk Air and arriving Paro valley before noon. Try and get the left hand seat for better view of Himalayas). Descending into Paro Valley is an awe- inspiring beginning to an adventure of a lifetime with its transparent purity of the air and its absorbing serenity. Paro retains its bucolic nature in spite of the existence of development projects. Fields of green covers most of the valley floor while hamlets and isolated farms dot the landscape. At Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide on exiting the arrival hall. You will take a leisurely drive for 2 hours towards the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchuk River and overshadowed by high peaks. En-route you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) before reaching to Chunzom (confluence). You will visit the Iron Chain Bridge which is one of the most visible ancient craft work in the middle Ages. You will continue our drive passing through several villages. Upon reaching Thimphu, you will be taken to the hotel located in the heart of the Thimphu City, which offers easy access to the commercial establishment You will check in at the hotel and have some lunch. Afternoon you will visit some cultural site and walk through the main street of Thimphu. Evening at leisure. Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

DAY 2: THIMPHU VALLEY EXPLORATION

Today you will participate in a wide variety of interesting activities, which represent many diverse aspects of Bhutanese culture. Drive to visit Kuensel Kuensel Phodrang, the Buddha Statue, 169ft, symbolising indestructibility and one of the most religious monuments built in recent times. The view of Thimphu valley from the Kuenselphodrang is spectacular..Visit National Memorial Chorten, built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling around it. Drive to visit Simply Bhutan, an interactive 'living' museum developed for and by the youth of Bhutan through the Bhutan Youth Development Fund. Visitors learn about Bhutanese traditions and witness some of the live demonstrations. Lunch at one of the popular restaurant in Thimphu. Afternoon drive to visit Art and Craft School, vocational training Institute where the art of painting, woodcraft are taught to preserving the rich heritage and producing a skilled manpower. You will drive to visit Takin enclosure to see the National Animal of Bhutan followed by walk through the main street of Thimphu. Drive back to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

DAY 3: THIMPHU – VALLEY EXPLORATION

Morning drive towards north of Thimphu valley to Dodeyna, where you will see the stunning view of Cheri Monastery also called as the Chari Dorjeden monastery built in 1620 by Shabdrung. This monastery has been a major teaching and main retreat center for the monks. You will walk over the traditional bridge covered with the prayers and hike to Cheri Monastery. After visiting the monastery, descend to the base and drive back to hotel. Afternoon, drive to visit Textile Museum, which houses old Bhutanese Textiles and artifacts from the various regions and tribes of Bhutan. Late afternoon about 5pm, drive to visit Tashicho Dzong, the main secretariat which houses the summer residence of the central monk body and main seat of government. Its majestic architecture in finely balanced proportions is complemented by artistic decorations and paintings. Drive back to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

DAY 4: PUNAKHA – PARO (132MKS)

Transfer to Paro Depart to Paro and drive takes less than 2 hours. On arrival, you will have some lunch. Afternoon you will walk down to base and drive to visit Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a heap of Jewels), which houses the administrative center of Paro valley and religious institute for monks. After visiting the Dzong, you will take the route that leads across Paro Chhu via a traditional covered bridge Nymezampa and pass several chorten towards the Paro town. Before reaching to town, you will have the opportunity to witness the archery; the national sport of Bhutan followed a short stroll in Paro town. Drive back to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

DAY 5: PARO VALLEY EXPLORATION

OPTION 1:
Drive to the north of Paro valley to Ramthangkha and hike to visit Taktsang monastery, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayers flags. This monastery is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world, the legend has it that Guru Rimpoche( founding saint of Buddhism) flew from eastern Bhutan on a tigress and meditated for three months. After visiting the monastery, walk down to cafeteria for lunch. Afternoon walk down to the base and drive to Paro town. Evening at leisure Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

OPTION 2:
Morning depart for a nature excursion drive to Chele pass (3988meters),highest motorable road in Bhutan, drive takes about 3 hours drive through the blue pine and rhododendrons forest. You will have breathtaking views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey on a clear day. Take a short hike along the ridge of Chelea pass to see the stunning views of Himalayan peaks and views of Ha and Paro Valleys. Picnic lunch on the pass. Afternoon drive back to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

DAY 6: PARO AIRPORT

Transfer to Paro Airport for your onward flight.