General

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Paro
Arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and drive to Thimphu. On arrival in Thimphu, check-into the hotel. Later enjoy the unique experience of a  tour of Thimphu to see the marvels of the city illuminated to show a different glimpse of the city. In this tour, you would get a glimpse of the beautiful city and the monuments such as the Memorial Chorten, Buddha View Point, BBS tower and Tashichoe Dzong and Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimpu Sightseeing
In the morning we will visit the handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (closed on Sundays, government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Later visit the national library and Simply Bhutan museum. Also, experience Archery at the Museum Itself. Later drive pass by memorial Chorten built-in memory of the 3rd King. Visit Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley. Also, visit of Trashichhoedzong; “fortress of the glorious religion”. Built-in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in the traditional Bhutanese manner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimpu – Punakha
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Punakha across Dochula pass at 3, 080 m. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Enroute take a short excursion to Chimi Lakhang situated on a hillock in the center of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humor, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about a 30-minute walk across the field from the road to the temple After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, which was strategically built at the confluence of the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers by the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, Ngawang Namgyel in 1637. Overnight stay at Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha to Paro
Check out and drive to Paro. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, This dzong built-in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. After check-in at the hotel, proceeds to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”). Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 5: Paro (Taktsang Lhakang/Tiger Nest)
After breakfast drive to Satsam Chorten and from there walk or take a pony ride (4.5 hrs Round hike) to reach the Monastery. Walkers can enjoy a rest at the Taktsang Teahouse situated at a wonderful vantage point overlooking the monastery. On clear days you can get a clear view of Mt. Chomolhari the sacred peak of Bhutan. After sightseeing return back to Paro. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 6: Full day city tour
Visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 18 km. from Paro town on the north side of the valley, Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom. After Lunch visit National Museum which used to be a watchtower for Paro Rimpong Dzong (Fortress). It was converted into Museum in 1968. Visit Paro Rimpong Dzong, the Dzong was built in 1646 AD. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 7: Paro Departure 
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Airport to board flight to onward destination.

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