Day 01:Arrive Paro – Thimphu
After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan.
Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunch time for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch. Afternoon, you may choose to visit any or all of following places:- The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan. The original Thimphu Dzong (the Dho-Ngyen Dzong) is said to have been constructed in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. After that we will visit Folk Heritage Museum opened to the general public in 2001 upon completion. It treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage provide rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos. After that we will visitNational memorial chortenbuilt by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “father of modern Bhutan.” The National Memorial Chorten was gifted to the nation on 28 July, 1974.
- Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.
Post breakfast you will be going for a hike/ excursion towards Tango and Cheri Monastery:The Tango Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located about 14 kilometer away from Thimphu-the capital of Bhutan. The monastery was established in the 13th century AD by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa. You will also take pack lunch. The hike will take about 1hour 30minutes. Visit the monastery and walk back. We will take our lunch near the Doedena Bridge. After lunch we will hike to Cheri, which will take about 1hour up steep. The Cheri Monastery or the Chagri Dorjeden Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in the northern end of the Thimphu. The monastery is about 15 kilometers away from the city of Thimphu. valley. Later after your visit to these monasteries you will visit some other places like:-
The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high. The Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimphu Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but it was converted in a preserve later on as the Takin. And then you can explore Thimphu local market.
- Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.
Day03: Thimphu to Punakha
Early morning after your breakfast you will be driven to Punakha but before that you will visit first Dzong of Bhutan known as Simtokha Dzong located approximately 5 kilometers south of Thimphu. The Dzong is officially called the Sangak Zabhon Phodrang which roughly translates to the Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras. We will stop over for tea at Dochula Pass(3,100 m), where on a sunny day, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. On a clear day the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges. Then we will drive towards Punakha and visitPunakha Dzong or the Pungtang Dechen Phortang Dzong is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu River, combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu which in turn is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The Chimi Lhakang or the Chimel Lhakang is a Bhuddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel, the 14thDrukpaheirarch. The monastery is also known as the temple of fertility and is visited not only by the Bhutanese but women from countries as far as Japan and United States to receive a special blessing that can help these women conceive children.Later in the evening you can explore local market of punakha.
- Overnight in a hotel in Punakha
Day04: Punkaha to Gangtey
After breakfast we will drive to Gangtey and visit there you will visit The Gangtey Monasteryis an important monastery / temple associate with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. The Monastery is Located in the Wandue Phodrang Dzongkhag in central Bhutan. The monastery was established in 1613 by Peling Gyalse Rinpoche, the grandson of Trenton Pema Lingpa the great treasurer discoverer. While visiting the Phobjikha Valley, one must take time out to visit the Black Necked Crane Information Centre, the centre is located at the edge of the main forest are along the road and can be easily accessed. The centre has an observation deck that is equipped with a high power telescope that gives visitors a chance to spot some cranes. The Information Center has a display that offers an insight in to the natural and cultural history of the valley. Overnight in a hotel in Gangtey
Day 05: Gangtey-Paro
Early morning you will be driven towards Paro and on the way to Paro you will be heading towards Paro and there you will be visiting various places in and around Paro.
Ta Dzong (National Museum of Bhutan) housed inside the six storied circular Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong is a medieval watch tower situated above the Rimpung Dzong.
The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan.
- Overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Today morning after your breakfast you will go for a hike / excursion towards Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold.
Day 7: Paro Departure
In the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.