Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Explore the best of Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Paro/transfer to hotel
Day 04: Guided sightseeing in Paro to explore Drugyal Dzong Rinpung Dzong and Ta Zong, the National Museum
Day 05: Excursion to Taktsang cave monastery built on the cliff of the hill
Day 06: Drive to Thimpu/visit Memorial Chhorten, Tashichho Dzong, Painting School and National Library
Day 07: Day drive to visit Punakha dzong/return to Thimpu
Day 08: Drive to Paro
Day 09: Fly to Kathmandu/transfer to hotel
Day 10: Rest day/farewell dinner
Day 11: Trip concludes
Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport. O/N at a hotel.
After a magnificent flight in Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier, you arrive at Paro Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan. You will greeted by our Bhutanese Guide upon arrival. We take some time exploring the markets in Paro.
Day 02 - Sightseeing around Paro. O/N at a hotel.
After breakfast we head to Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum and then we visit RimpungDzong in Paro. There is a cantilever bridge that we’ll cross – it was built almost 500 years ago and is located 18 kms from Paro. The fortress at Paro is quite a remarkable monument. We will explore the fortress and on a clear day we can also see Mount Chomolhari from here. We’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore and learn about the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle.
Day 03 –Drive to Thimpu and Sightseeing in and around Thimphu. O/N at a hotel.
From Paro we take a one-hour drive to Thimpu, where we spend the day sightseeing. Some of the places we visit include the National Memorial Chorten, National Library and the Takin Reserve. The taste of Bhutan and its culture take you to another world altogether. After a hearty lunch, we drop by the Arts and Crafts School, the Textile Museum, the House of Incense and House of paper. We get to observe the lifestyle of the Bhutanese people as well.
Day 04 - Drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha. O/N at a hotel.
Drive to the glacial valley of Phobjikha via Dochula which pass offers the panoramic view of Bhutan’s Himalayan Ranges. Along the slopes is the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. This quiet and remote valley is the winter home of the black necked cranes. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. The unique black necked crane festival is held on the valley floor every November.
Day 05 - Drive from Gangtey to Bumthang. O/N at a hotel.
We ride to Tongsa via Pele La Pass, which has a chorten festooned in prayer flags. The change in terrain is very marked as we gain higher altitude. We then pay a visit to ChendebjiChorten, which has eyes painted at four points. As we approach Trongsa, we can view the stunning TrongsaDzong farther afield. Located about 70 kms from Trongsa, Bhumthang is a three-hour drive. The roads are wider here and then it passes through coniferous forest into Chumey valley. Bhumthang is known for its vibrant fabric which is created through traditional processes and techniques. We ride up till the center of the valley, i.e. Bhumthang.
Day 06 - Sightseeing in and around Bumthang. O/N at a hotel.
Made up of four valleys, namely Tang, Chumey, Choekhor and Ura, Bhumtang houses many a holy Buddhist temples and monasteries. We’ll visit JakarDzong (built in the 17th century), JambayLhakhang (built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king SongsenGampo), Tamshing (16th century) and other popular monasteries. We’ll stop by traditional farms for rest and refreshments. There is also a Swiss farm which produces Swiss cheese along with other products like honey and juice. We’ll take smaller excursions to markets and other points of interest.
Day 07 - Drive through Trongsa to Punakha. O/N at a hotel.
We head to Trongsa from Bhumthang, and visit the 17th century fortress by the name of TrongsaDzong. It is the largest fortress in Bhutan and is therefore revered by the locals. We drive through Wangdiphodrang then off to Punaka. We take a walk through the market at Wangdi.
Day 08 - Sightseeing in Punkha . O/N at a hotel.
A drive to the north takes us to PunakhaDzong. Built in 1637, the Dzong is located strategically between Rivers Pochu and Mochu. The fortress serves as the administrative center for judiciary officers as well as the winter shelter for Je Khenpo, a religious Bhutanese figure. We ride back to Thimpu in the evening.Next we head to Lobsea and hike to ChimiLhakhang Temple, believed to bless women with fertility. The temple is also popularly known as “Divine Madman”.
Day 09 - Sightseeing in and around Paro. O/N at a hotel.
Today we hike to Taktsang Monastery, which is arguably the most notable structure in Bhutan. We climb through a gorgeous pine and rhododendron forest along the trails to the Tiger’s Nest. We take a few stops for rest along the way, which give us amazing views of the surrounding as well. The monastery, built in the 17th century, is perched on a cliff wall with a 900m drop to the valley below. This monastery holds a special significance for Buddhists in Bhutan.
Day 10 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
After having breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your flight to onward destination.