Day 01. Arrive to Paro –Thimphu
On the arrival at Paro International Airport, Our representative will warmly welcome & greet you and we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes along a river valley, past small villages and traditional farmhouses, through the sound of peaceful river flowing of Paa-chu and Thim-chu. It’s a small & charming capital city located in the heart of the Himalayas. On reaching at Thimphu, we can have a lunch in one of the restaurant. After lunch, visit Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in the memory of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the temple inside gives good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. Big Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Thimphu valley. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Druk Desi. Upon completion, it will be one of the largest Buddha in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Evening, stroll around Thimphu city, visit to Tashichho Dzong, seat of the National Government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu hotel.
Day 02. Thimphu Halt
After having breakfast, visit to Paper Factory, the Bhutanese Desho paper factory in Bhutan, weaving center, the hand woven clothes. Then, visit to Changgangkha temple, founded in 12th century by great Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhipo and visit to Drupthop nunnery, the place which was founded in 15th century and later built in the year 1976 by Reki Jigdrel. Lunch will be serving in one of the restaurants in Thimphu. After having lunch, drive to Mothithang mini-zoo to see the National Animal of Bhutan (Takin). The Takin(Budorcas Taxicolor) as a National Animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley. Then hike to Sangyegang Cross hike, the hike will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes through the beautiful pine forest. Through this hike, we can see the beautiful valley Thimphu city. Evening at leisure, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03. Thimphu – Wangdi Phodrang/Punakha
After having breakfast, we will drive to Wangdi/Punakha, over Dochula, 3150m above the sea level. While reaching at Dochula, if the weather is clear you can see the Himalayan Mountains of Bhutan including the highest mountain of Bhutan, the Gankar Puensum (7554m), which is the unclimbed mountain in Bhutan. The drive will take around 3hours and 30minutes and lunch will be serving on the way to Wangdi. On reaching at Lobesa, hike to Chimme Lhakhang, which was founded in 15th century by Devin madman Drukpa Kuenley. The hike will take around 1hour and 30minutes for too and forth. Then, we will continue our journey to Punakha, on reaching at Punakha, visit to Punakha Dzong, the seat of the administrative system and the Central Monastic Body, including the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Evening at leisure, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04. Wangdi Phodrang/Punakha Halt
After having breakfast, we will drive to Punakha, on reaching at Punakha, visit to Punakha Dzong and we will drive to till Khamsum Yuley Namgyel Chorten, the drive will take around 30 minutes and the hike will take around 2 hours. The lunch will be serving at one of the restaurant in Punakha. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05. Wangdi Phodrang/Punakha - Bumthang
After having breakfast, we will drive to Bumthang over Pelela(3420m) and Yotongla(3425m) above the sea level and passes through Trongsa valley. Trongsa is a town and capital of Trongsa District in central Bhutan. The name means "new village" in Dzongkha. The drive will take around 9hours to reach at Bumthang. Lunch will be on the way to Bumthang. On reaching at Trongsa, visit to Trongsa Ta-Dzong, the national museum of Bhutan, which means “watchtower”, built by Choeje Minjur Tenpa, the first governor of Trongsa, in the year 1652. The tower stood guard over the Trongsa Dzong to protect the main stronghold of the town from any external threats. The museum was opened in 2008, in celebration of three auspicious occasions: enthronement of the fifth King, recognition of 100 years of Monarchy and introduction of democracy in the country. The museum showcases some of the rare and priceless artifacts belonging to the monarchy.Then we will continue our drive to Bumthang and on reaching at Chumey, visit to Chumey Yathra factory, the woolen cloth production in Bhutan. Again we will continue our drive to Bumthang through Korela Pass 3280m, above the sea level. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06. Bumthang Halt
Today, morning drive to Burning Lake (Membar Tsho), which was founded by great treasure Pema Lingpa in 15th century. The drive will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes for too and forth. On reaching back, visit to Jakar Dzong, the administrative and religious site of Bumthang district. The Jakar Dzong or the “Castle of the White Bird” dominates the Chamkhar valley and overlooks the town. Constructed in 1549, by the Tibetan Lam Nagi Wangchuk, the Dzong played an important role as the fortress of defense of the whole eastern Dzongkhags. Lunch will be one of the restaurants in Bumthang. After lunch, visit to Tamshing Monastery, built in 15th century by a great treasure Pema Lingpa and it is the most important Nyingmapa temple in central part of the Bhutan, Kurjey Temple, the place founded by Guru Rinpochhe in 8th century and it consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru's body and is therefore considered the most holy. The third temple was built in 1990s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall then visit to Jambay Lhakhang , this monastery was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits n the Himalayan region, therefore this is the oldest temple in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 07. Bumthang – Wangdi/Punakha
Today, after having breakfast, drive back to Punakha over Yotongla(3425m) and Pelela(3420m) passes through Trongsa valley. The drive will take around 9hours to reach back to Punakha. Lunch will be on the way to Punakha. On reaching at Trongsa, visit to Trongsa Dzong, built on a spur overlooking the gorge of the Mangde River, a temple was first established at the location in 1543 by the lama, Ngagi Wangchuk son of Ngawang Chhojey. In 1647, his great-grandson Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal constructed the first dzong to replace it, called Chökhor Rabtentse Dzong with a shorter version of Choetse Dzong. Then, we will continue our drive to Punakha via Pelela Pass. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 08. Wangdi Phodrang/Punakha - Paro
After having breakfast, we will drive back to Paro over Dochula passes, 3150m above the sea level. When the weather is clear, we can see the Himalayan Mountains of Bhutan and the highest mountain of Bhutan Gangkar Puensum (7554m), above the sea level. The unclimbed mountain in the world. The drive will take around 4hours to reach at Paro and lunch will be on the way to Paro. On reaching at Paro, visit to Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region. The original structure was built in the year 1646 by the great unifier of Bhutan Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Evening stroll around Paro town. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09. Paro Halt
Today after having breakfast, we will make a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery, the most famous and sacred monastery in Bhutan. Taktshang means “TigerNest” named after Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress in the 8th century. We have to walk about 2hours and 30minutes up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Lunch will be served at Taktshang cafeteria. While coming back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of avoloketeshivara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize). Evening at leisure, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10. Paro - Airport
After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.