Day 01: Arrive at Paro International Airport
The flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks like Gangkar Puensum, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Jamtsho Bhutan Tours – For Your Bhutan Experience! will warmly welcome & greet you on arrival. Then we will drive to Thimphu into the country site which is of 1 hour drive. After check into Hotel, we will dine for lunch. Afternoon visit National Institute for Zorig Chusum. ‘the painting school’, Students specialise in painting (furniture, thangkas – painted religious pictures, usually on canvas), woodcarving (masks, statues, bowls), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or statue-making (clay).
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast visit Buddha Dordenma Statue. Memorial Chorten and Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong) the largest religious building in Thimphu as well as the central administrative center. Evening Shopping of your choice into the local Handicraft shops in Thimphu. Dinner and overnight stay in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha/Travel time: 03 hours
After our breakfast, we will drive to Punakha/Wangdi.The road climbs steeply through forests of pine, hemlock spruce and rhododendrons. Stop at Dochula for Coffee break, At Dochula Pass (3150m) you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges. The pass is adorned with 108 small stupas and many kinds of prayer flags. Then the road descends through lush forests to the fertile valley of Punakha & Wangdi Phodrang. On reaching Lobesa, we will visit Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. The temple is known as ‘the temple of fertility’.
Day 04: Punakha Sightseeing
Visit the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong, After lunch travel through upper Punakha valley through the village of Kabjisa and walk through farmhouses to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel temple which was built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hillock overlooking the valley below. Later visit longest suspension bridge of Bhutan located beside Punakha Dzong. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha – Phobjikha Valley
Transfer to Phobjikha Valley (3 hrs) via the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. After lunch visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), dating back to the 16th century. Overnight stay at your hotel in Phobjikha.
Day 06: Phobjikha Valley – Paro
After an early breakfast drive back to Paro. Afternoon leisure to explore downtown Paro, Overnight stay at your hotel in Paro.
Day 07: Hike to Paro Taktshang
Toady we will make a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery, the most famous and scared monastery in Buddhism world. Taksang means “TigerNest” named after Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress late in the 9th century. We have to walk about 2hours 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. On our way back, drive to the village of Drukgyel and visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invasion and 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 over night stay at Paro.
Day 08: Paro Sightseeing
Drive back to Chelela Pass and afternoon visit Paro Kichu Lhakhang, Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Next visit local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine. The farmhouse visit brings an opportunity to learn and experience the true culture, the living style of Bhutanese people in a Bhutanese way, why & how the Bhutanese people are ‘happy’. Known for its un-touched ancient culture and tradition, Bhutan still has its past in its present, where almost all the countries in the world have lost. You will have a greater experience in your lifetime and you will rightly say that Bhutan is the right place to see the past lives of this world.
Day 09: Depart from Paro
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to Paro International Airport for flight to your onward destination.
Note: Numerous factors such as weather, tour conditions, group options and the physical condition of participants, may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of our guests, safety, comfort and general well being. Driving time in the program is approximate and may subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.