Day 01 Arrive Paro International Airport
During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of Bhutan Travellers and escort you to the hotel.
Day 02 Paro – Thimphu
Morning: Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 14 km away from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. The peak of Mount Jumolhari (Abode of the Goddess Jomo) can be seen on a clear day. On the way back our guests will visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon: Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river. Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful covered wooden bridge and guardhouses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Evening: Tea at the hotel and drive to Thimphu (Capital). This two-hour drive snakes along the Paro and Thimphu rivers offering gorgeous scenic views at every turn. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 03 Thimphu
Morning: Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist scrolls). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon: Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, which was built in 629 A.D by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Visit Tashichho Dzong which is the main Secretariat Building. This massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot. Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, which is situated just beyond Dechencholing (5 km from Thimphu). This Lhakhang was the residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. The Monastery was built during the first quarter of the 16th century by Ngawang Chogyel, the great-great- grandfather of the Shabdrung and the 14th hierarchy of the Drukpas.
Day 04 Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang (77 km)
After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdue. On the way halt at Dochula for a hot cup of tea/coffee and witness a most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Hotel arrangements at Zangdo Pelri in Punakha/Government Guest House in Wangdue. Lunch at the hotel/guest house. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers known as Pochu and Mochu, which mean “Male River” and “Female River.” It was built in 1637 AD. Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong, which is 13 km from Punakha. Wangdiphodrang Dzong and its small town are perched on a hill between two rivers. This is another District Administration Office housed in a fortress. The Dzong was built in 1638 AD. Halt at Zangdo Pelri Hotel/Wangdue Guest House.
Day 05 Punakha – Khotokha
After an early breakfast, drive to Chuzomsa – 16kms. distance. From Chuzomsa, travel by roadway to Khotokha (5.5 km) At Khotokha, visit Drajanchu monastery which is one of the most sacred and important Lhakhang of Tongdey Phajo’s lineage. There are about six other important Lhakhang including several sacred and holy pilgrimage spots of Guru Rimpoche and Drukpa Kuenlay. There is a Drupchu (holy water) believed to be a gift from the Khandoma (angel). The waters are supposed to have healing powers. Khotokha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and the view of the surrounding mountains and landscape is breathtaking. Picnic lunch at Khotokha and return to Thimphu. Evening: Visit Thimphu for shopping. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, visit the weekend vegetable market.
Day 06 Thimphu – Paro
After an early breakfast, drive back to Paro to take a short trek to Taktsang Monastery (10 km) from Paro Town. The name Taktsang means -Tiger’s Nest’. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m and overlooks the Paro Valley and river. It is believed during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padmasambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about four hours. Evening: Free to stroll in Paro to shop or to visit some village homes.
Day 07 Paro – International Airport
Seen off by our representatives.