Day 1: Fly at Paro Airport, Bhutan.
Drive to Thimphu, which is 65 kilometers and takes about 1 hour.
You would be stopping for picturesque scene along the way with the first stop at the ruins of one old traditional house in Shaba. With stop at Tachog Lhakhang which is famously known for its iron bridge build by one of the saint around 12th Century. Further you will stop at the confluence of Thimphu-Paro River, this river flows to Chukkha where 1800 MU of electricity is generated.
Sightseeing in Thimphu would include; The Memorial Chorten build in memory of 3rd King of Bhutan, Buddha Doerdema (is one of the largest Buddha made of Bronze). By evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, fortress of the glorious religion.
Later you can visit Handicrafts and local crafts shops to buy souvenirs.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning visit Changangkha Monastery which is the oldest monastery in around Thimphu valley, The National Library. The folk heritage museum houses variety and volume of books both History and religion, The School of Zorig Chhusum- a school of traditional crafts and, The Institute of Traditional Medicine.
Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha
After breakfast drive to Punakha, which is 75 kilometer away and will take approximately 4 hours to reach. On the way to Punakha you will drive by Dochula Pass with picturesque landscape and visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works.
Later driving downhill and towards Punakha visit Chimmi Lhakhang, the famous monastery of the famous saint known as the Drukpa Kinley (also called the devine madman). This fertility monastery is known to bless couple with child.
Day 4: PUNKHA SIGHTSEEING
Morning visit Pungtang Dechen Phodrang Dzong or commonly known as Punakha Dzong. It was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637-38. It is the winter home of Bhutan's Central Monastic Body. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa. It’s also known for the coronation of the kings of Bhutan. You may take your time inside the Dzong to see the beautiful and unique architect of Bhutan.
Later drive towards north and gentle hike towards the Khamsum Yulled Namgyel Chhorten. The trail will lead through paddy filed and if you interested in taking pictures, this is the right time to capture splendid moments. You can take almost entire days around here appreciating the tranquil and scenic environment all around.
Or you may opt to hike a little longer and tougher route towards the Choorten Nyingpo Monastery which lies about few hours hike from the road point.
Day 5: PHOBJIKA VALLEY (60 km; 4 hrs);
Visit Nunnery on the top of the ridge and spend few hours there with beautiful surrounding and peaceful air. Later drive towards east of Bhutan and on the way to you will come by several village and picturesque landscape. Phobjikha or Gangtey is famously known for the roosting ground of endangered Black Nacked Crane.
After reaching Gangtey visit the only Pedling tradition Monastery in Bhutan Morning visit the Crane Center to learn more about these rare birds. Though there will be no birds around this time of year you can visit the conservation office there.
Later drive to Phobjikha valley.
Day 6: Gangtey to Bumthang (188 Kilometers, takes 6 hours)
Later drive to Bumthang crossing 3300 meter high Pelela Pass, its little narrow highway ahead, but don’t worry you will get use to with the road after few hours. Along the way you will drive vai Trongsa district and stop to visit the Trongsa Dzong, another masterpiece of Bhutan architecture. It also have very rich cultural heritage history associated with this Dzong.
Later on the war stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.
Day 7: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING;
Sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places of Bhutan and it is the place where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave while meditating. Later after lunch you will be taken for light hike to experience the culture of central Bhutan and you will also have a chance to tour Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings.
Or you may opt for Tharpaling Monastery Hike;
This excursion begins with 30minute drive to Lamigompa. The hike starts with gradual climb through the chirpine forest. Through this hike we will see the entire Chumey Valley. Walk down to the Chumey Village and our car and driver will wait for us here to take us back to the hotel. The hike will take about 5hours. We strongly recommend this hike as it give you an insight of traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) finishing with a wonderful view of Jakar Dzong.
Day 8: BUMTHANG - PARO: Fly from Paro at 10:40 hrs and will take 35 minutes to reach to Paro.
The domestic flight is an opportunity for you to view the overall picture of the green lush valley of Bhutan, the Himalayan at its grandest. Please do not forget to take a camera onboard and just click as much as you can, it’s an opportunity of a life time.
Sightseeing in Paro includes visiting Museum (though the original structure is damaged by the earth quake important artifacts and items can be seen in the newly build museum), Kyichu Temple and Paro Dzong and later walk around Paro Town.
You may opt to stay at the Palace turned farm house or we just opt to have dinner there.
Day 9: EXERCUSION AT TAKTSHANG. After breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang or the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above Paro valley. It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche, the 8th century spiritual master is said to have flown on the back of 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. Explore the monastery, and if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before you hike down to the valley floor.
Day 10: DEPARTURE FROM BHUTAN. Bid farewell from Paro Airport.
- All meals
- Tours and admission charges as per itinerary
- Guide Service and Tour Managers
- Two bottles of mineral water along the tour per head
- Royalty Fees of US$ 65, Visa, taxes and permits.
- All transfers and transportation.
- Accommodation in twin sharing basis.
- All activities as noted in the itinerary;
- Tourism Development Fund charges;
- Lunch and evening tea at local restaurants;
- Traditional Dress;
- GNH Session.
- Flights in and out of Bhutan
- Ponies and horses
- Hot Stone Bath
- Travel/Medical Insurance – optional
- Personal expenses such as Tips and gratuities (optional), bar/beverages, laundry, telephone and others not listed in the included section
- Airfare to Bhutan
- Bicycle ride per day is US$ 20- 30 – you can opt to take a bicycle on any of the journey
- Kayak per trip is US$ 90
- Rafting is US$ 50 per head per trip but min person required is 5
- Besides the hotels we offer, you may also upgrade to 4- 5 star recommended hotels
- Single supplement is US$ 40