Crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning fortress of the heap of jewels”. Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Our next visit would be the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight hotel in Paro.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery – Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, hike down to the valley floor. In the evening, drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Morning visit to the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. Then we visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichho dzong. In the evening, you may enjoy strolling through Thimphu town and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu
Morning scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From 108 chortens the trail gradually climbs into red, white and pink rhododendron forest with some steep sections before branching left to Lungchutse Monastery. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Traverse through rice field and driving along the bank of the Punakha River, we arrive at Punakha. On the way, stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama`s wooden phallus! Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Morning drive to north of Punakha for about 12 km. From the road point you will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang. It contains elaborate paintings dedicated to old sect of Buddhism. Hike back to Punakha. On the way back, visit the Punakha Dzong, stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. In the afternoon, drive back to Paro. Check into your hotel on arrival. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Drive to airport for departure. Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell..
Mr Cheki Dorji
Yelha Bhutan Tours and Travels, Norzin Lam, Opposite to Druk Punjab Bank Ltd., Thimphu, Bhutan - 11001