Day 1 | Arrival at Paro Airport
Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline. The great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen.
As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it.
You will be received by our guide of Bhutan All Travels who will be your Bhutan travel guide throughout your tour.
After the refreshment, Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Drive to the Changangkha temple – temple of Chenrizig known as Buddha of Compassion and offer butter lamps. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Free after Dinner and overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 | Thimphu Sightseeing.
Drive till road point for hike to Tango Monastery. It takes about an hour to arrive at the temple and it’s about 900 feet. It was built in 12th century and serves as the monastic school for study of Buddhist Philosophy, metaphysics, mathematics, poetry and many other Buddhist studies. Here you will visit monks and temple and see the life of Bhutanese monk. On return explore some of the leftover sightseeing like, National Library it is the housing an extensive of priceless Buddhist manuscripts.
The national institute of traditional medicine is just nearby outside where Bhutan’s famed traditional painting of arts and crafts- Also known as Zorig Chusum Institute, built to preserve 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Takin zoo where the national animal of Bhutan has been preserved. Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 3| Thimphu to Punakha (70km-3hours)
After breakfast, you will drive to punakha (1300m24265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 mins drive from thimphu, will reach at one of the highest pass between thimphu to punakha and the place is called “Dochula Pass” ( 3140m above sea level) where you will have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. On the way visit Chimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. As you walk up to temple, you will get to enjoy the beauty of farming at Ritsa Village. Later visit Punakha Dzong a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) rivers, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan which houses some rich Buddhist collections. Overnight at Punakha.
Day 4 | Punakha – Phobjikha (70km-3hours).
After breakfast you will drive to Phobjikha, the unique valley of Phobjikha provides the tourist with a glimpse of marshy land is the winter home of the rare endangered species i.e Black Necked Crane which migrated all the way from Tibet.
Upon arrival visit Gangtey Monastery – the only Nyingmapa Monastery in western Bhutan and later hike to crane valley which is so beautiful that takes you through beautiful atmosphere. Overnight at Gangtey.
Day 5| Phobjikha to Paro (190km-7 hours).
After breakfast you will drive back to Paro. Upon arrival visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) which was built in 1646, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre. From there you could walk downwards for 5-10 mins to explore the suspension bridge. It is a best spot for photographer. After that take a short walk or drive around Paro town to enjoy the greener vegetation and buy some gifts from local handicrafts. Overnight at Paro.
Day 6 | Hike to Takshang (Distance 3-4 hours walk round trip)
After Breakfast, Hike to Tiger’s nest “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing up to Takshang”, says by one tourist. Indeed it is true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss and truly happiness feeling once you are up on top of the mountain. It is located atop an 800 meter cliff. The climb up the viewpoint will take you around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Then walk further up the monastery which will take another 11/2 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave her for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (Monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Takshang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. You could also raise colorful prayer flags on top of the cliff. On return visit Kichu Lhakhang the most sacred temple built during 7th century AD. In the evening visit Farm House to brewed wine also known as Ara. Hot Stone Bath (optional), which can take two heads at one time. This bath will help you release muscle tension, loosen your joints and invoke a profound sense of relaxation. Overnight at Paro.
Day 7| Departure
Early morning flight from the Paro International Airport to Bangkok.