Day 1 Arrival
Depart Bangkok International Airport by our Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines. On arrival at Paro International airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted to your hotel. After an early lunch, there will be a visit to Ta-Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. Ta-Dzong was the watch tower of Paro valley from 1616 A.D to 1907 and it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley. Also there’s a visit to the Paro Rinpung dzong (fortress of the heap of Jewels) which is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (utse) of the dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. The dzong was built in 1645 A.D by Shebdrung Nawang Namgyel. Then we’ll walk through the Nemi Zam, a traditional covered bridge.
Overnight – hotel base in Paro.
Day 2 Taksang (Tiger’s Nest) hike and journey to Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan
Right after the breakfast you’ll be driven towards Taktsang, where you’ll see Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest,” so named because in the late centuries of the first millennium Guru Rimpoche reportedly flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a flying tiger. The monastery is perched on a cliff nearly 3,000 ft above the Paro valley floor.
This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about two hours to reach the refreshment spot, a cafeteria which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. If you still feel like hiking then you can take another hour to reach the temple. Then return and drive to Thimphu (about 2 hours drive). Overnight – hotel base in Thimphu.
Day 3 Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit Bhutan National Bank for currency exchange and there’ll be an opportunity to purchase exquisite, collectable Bhutanese stamps. Then visit the National Library where ancient texts and manuscripts are preserved; the Indigenous Hospital where traditional medicines are still practiced; the Woodcraft and Painting School where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive; and the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles are displayed and can be purchased.
In the evening you can explore the busy Thimphu town with your guide or on your own. You can walk in the town and then take Dinner at Bhutan Orchard Restaurant to taste Bhutanese specialties.
Overnight – hotel base in Thimphu.
Day 4 Thimphu to Punakha
Rise early and drive to the DochuLa Pass (3150m) for breakfast. If the weather is clear, the DochuLa offers the most spectacular views of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Then drive to Punakha for lunch at the hotel.
After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, considered to be the most beautiful in Bhutan. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The Dzong is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Pho-Chu & Mo-Chu. We then drive to Nyzergang and take a short hike to Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal stupa.
Overnight – hotel/resort base in Wangdue.
Day 5 Wangdue to Paro
In the morning, take a short hike to Chimey Lhakhang, the fertility temple of Lama Drukpa Kuenley the Divine Madman. Then drive to the DochuLa for lunch. The road begins a long climb back up to the DochuLa, where a stunning field of white chortens and colorful prayer flags send blessings up to the Himalayan sky; snow peaks line the horizon. Then transfer to Paro which is about two and a half hours drive . Check into the hotel, relax and get refreshed.
Overnight – Hotel/Resort base in Paro.
Day 6 Departure from Paro International airport
After breakfast in your hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch your onward flight. Your escort from Your Tour Guide will bid you farewell and soon you will see the legendary Dragon Kingdom disappear behind you as your plane flies high above its guardian mountains.