Day 01 : Arrive Paro by Druk Air
The flight into Bhutan takes you over the lofty and majestic Himalayas, offering the scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley. On arrival, you will be received by our representative and transfered to Thimphu ( 55 km, 2 hours ) , the capital of Bhutan.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02 : Thimphu sightseeing
Full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to;
National Library; it holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts, modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.
Painting School; famous for traditional thangkha paintings.
Traditional Medicine Institute; the rich medicines are prepared here. The institute also imparts the art of herbal medicines to students.
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum; the place of Bhutanese culture and living traditions.
Memorial Chorten; the beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King.
Trashichhodzong; the beautiful fortress which houses Secretariat building, King’s Throne room and other government’s offices. It is also the s ummer residence of Chief Abbot.
Handicrafts Emporium; it displays wide range of artifacts.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03 : Thimphu / Trongsa ( 200 Km, 6 Hours )
After early breakfast, drive to Dochula pass (3,050m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the north east. Following peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day ;
Terigang (7,060m )
Jejegangphugang (7,158 m )
Kangphugang (7,170 m )
Zongphugang (7, 060 m ) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana
Finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
Drive onwards, arriving Wangduephodrang town for lunch. The descent from Dochula into Wangduephodrang valley is quite long as the altitude is lower by 1700 meters. Proceed to Tongsa across Pelela pass (3,300 m ), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida.
Arrive Trongsa and check into the lodge.
Day 04 : Trongsa / Bumthang ( 68 Km, 3 Hours )
After breakfast walk by Trongsa Dzong built by Shabdrung in 1647 and visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of ling.
Then drive to Bumthang which is about 3 hours. 29 km from Trongsa road reaches the Yutong La pass (3,400m). Further 13 km ahead, the road leads you to a wide open cultivated valley known as Chumey valley.
On arrival in Bumthang, check into the lodge. After lunch, visit to Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock., the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools), the Jakar Dzong and Swiss Farm House.
Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 05 : Bumthang / Punakha ( 205 Km, 6 Hours )
After breakfast explore fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Trongsa where lunch would be served in local restaurant, famous for its Bhutanese cuisine.
Before arriving Punakha visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town en route.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 06 : Punakha / Paro ( 125 Km, 4.1/2 Hours )
Morning visit Punakha Dzong, at the confluence of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages of natural elements of fire, earthquake and flood. The latest flood of Oct’ 1994 caused great damages to the Dzong but the statue of Buddha Jojampa remained undamaged.
After lunch, proceed to Paro en route visit traditional Bhutanese farm house which gives you the opportunity to see the lifestyle of local people and their culture. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Full day sightseeing in Paro valley includes, visit to Ta Dzong, the National Museum, the Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. Also enroute visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 08 : Paro Depart
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
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