8 Days 7 Nights

DAY01: arrive Paro

(2200m/7218ft)check in hotel and begin the tour by visiting Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre. Next visit Paro Museum an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Later visit Dumtseg lhakhang a Chorten-like temple built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo. It has three floors representing hell, earth and heaven.

DAY 02: Paro to Thimphu (55km-1½Hours).

 After breakfast, we will drive to the capital city Thimphu (2400m). Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Folk heritage Museum this museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life. The artifacts which are kept inside the house remind the visitors about how the rural Bhutanese live today. Next visit National Library established in the late 1960s primarily to conserve the literary treasures which form a significant part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage and Painting Schoolthe Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.  It is a hands-on trip for you. Later visit National Post Office where you can make stamps with your own photos. In the evening visit Tashichhodzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.  Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

DAY 03: Thimphu to Punakha (70km-3Hours). 

Today after breakfast you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 minutes’ drive from Thimphu will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m) where you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on clear day. Proceed to Chhimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Upon arrival check in hotel and 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.

Day 4: Punakha to Phobjikha (70km-3Hours). 

Drive to Phobjikha (3000m/9845ft)valley a paradise for nature lovers and hikers, so one can enjoy the hike around the remote valley of Phobjikha.

Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tibet and then migrates to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend their winter – they arrive in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March. After check in hotel visit Gangtey Goempa the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Later visit Black Necked Crane Information Centre which provides all the information about birds. Then visit traditional house to get the rural life of the people. Later walk in and around to get the glimpse of Phobjikha valley.

Day 05: Phobjikha to Thimphu (140km-6Hours).

 After breakfast drive back to Thimphu, upon arrival check in hotel and visit Sangay Gang the best place for photographers. You can also have a panoramic view of the valley.  On the way back we will visit the small zoo dedicated to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Later visit Memorial Stupabuilt in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan‘s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha and Buddha point the largest statue of Buddha and walk around and take a glimpse of Thimphu valley

Day 6: Thimphu to Paro (55km-1½Hours). 

Drive to Paro and visit Farm House Visit, traditional village house Bhutanese farm houses are very colorful, decorative and traditionally built without the use of single nail. All houses follow the same architectural pattern. A visit to Farm House is very interesting and offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer. Later visit Drugyel Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Then hike to Chelela pass it is the day hike where you could have a lunch packed from the hotel. As it is at high altitude you are recommended to take a thick jacket. There’s a beautiful scene where you can take a photo.

Day 07: Hike to Taktsang (Distance 3-4 Hours walk).

 This morning, hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss

Taktsang monastery is located on a top 800 meter cliff in Paro. Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded as one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694. On return also visit Kichu lhakhang one of the oldest temples to have been built in Bhutan by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century AD

Day 08: Departure