As soon as you land at the Paro international Airport, you will be cordially received by a good speaking tour guide from Dragon Leisure, who will be your personal tour host & facilitator throughout your stay in the country. Once you complete the customs & immigration procedures, you will be driven in a private car to your well-appointed hotel. Relax at the hotel & unwind from your long journey for a little while.
Arrive Paro through the only flight to Bhutan i.e. Druk Air. During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jhumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. Once we reach Thimphu we will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the textile museum, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the mini-zoo, which has the national animal of Bhutan: the Takin. From there we will visit the Zilukha nunnery temple, a traditional paper factory, the Tashichodzong (Fortress of Thimphu).
After breakfast drive to from Thimphu (hotel).Enrooted sightseeing in the valley of Wangdue Phodrang, it includes: visit to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (from Outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass.
The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo chu & Tang Chu rivers .Drive further to Gangtey. While in gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson & reincarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery & is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. After lunch, explore the valley.
Visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan's capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan's first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the newly built stupa.
The Bumthang region encom- passes four major valleys: Choskhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. The Dzongs and the most important temples are in the large Choskhor valley, commonly referred to as Bumthang valley. There are two versions of the origin of the name Bumthang. The valley is supposed to be shaped like a Bumpa, a vessel that contains holy water, and Thang meaning flat place. The religious connotation of the name aptly applies to the sacred character of the region. It would be difficult to find so many important temples and monasteries in such a small area anywhere else in Bhutan.
Places to visit in Bhumthang:
Jakar Dzong [Castle of the White Bird]
Kurje Lhakhang [Ku means "body", Je means"imprint"]
Tamshing Lhakhang [Temple of Good Message]
Kencho Sum Lhakhang [known for its broken bell]
Peling Sermon Chorten [Stupa]
Drive to Thimphu from Bumthang
Drive to Haa valley, Visit the small town in Haa which was recently open for tourism. It is located to the extreme western part of the kingdom and drive back from Chellela Pass where you can see beautiful snow capped mountains ranges and rhododendron flowers in bloom. A picnic lunch at Chellela passes. On the way back walk to Chellela Nunnery
Miss. Yamuna Adhikari