From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. On arrival at Paro airport and after completion of airport formalities; you will be met by your guide for the first time and then you will be transferred to Thimphu. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 ½ hours. Thimphu is the modern capital town of Bhutan and an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.
Upon arrival, settle in at the hotel for some snacks and for freshening up after the long flight. In the late afternoon, drive to Kuensel Phodrang, (Buddha Point) which is a place from where one can get a complete view of the town of Thimphu. The view point has the largest statue of the Buddha. Drive back to town and visit at National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. (Overnight at Thimphu)
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain passes of Dochu La and upon your arrival at dochula pass; you will have the Lung Dar ceremony (Prayer flag hoisting) at an astonishing view of the Himalayan peaks. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. En-route to visit the village of Lobesa where a short visit walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. Upon your arrival at Punakha and having lunch at the hotel, you will then visit the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region, rest day at leisure. Late evening will return to Thimphu(Overnight at Thimphu)
Today you will further explore Thimphu valley and it will be time for you to transfer to Paro Valley. Here, you could visit the National Museum where an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. After lunch you can visit the auspicious Kichu Lhakhang, a sacred monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress. This is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan dating back to the 7th century. (Overnight at Paro)
This morning will begin with a hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four to five hour return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. While returning from the hike, should you wish to stretch your leg further, there is an opportunity for quick strolls to the nearby Drukgyel Dzong ruins or perhaps visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. The balance of the day can be spent browsing shops in town or at your leisure. (Overnight at Paro)
Early morning transfer from Paro to Paro Airport for your international departure.
1. 60% payment to be done before Travel.
2. Booking to be done before 10 days of Travel.
P.O Box 238 Changjalu, Thimphu, Bhutan