Fly to Bhutan Paro from Bangkok or Kathmandu.
If you are making your destination through road then our guide meets you at the border Phuntsoling in southern Bhutan. Then drive north side climbing uphill through ever changing forests with views of the cascading waterfalls, mountains and valley as we pass several villages and towns. On the way we stop at Rinchending temple and other places for photos and lunch. It takes approximately 6 hours to cover the distance. Upon arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. Or if you are taking flight then upon your arrival in Paro airport you will meet our guide in the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: lunch & Dinner)
Morning after breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with a view of the colorful weekend market, here people from different places near or far distances come to sell or buy the fresh produce. This is the place where the village folks jostle with the well heeled resident of Thimphu for the best and cheapest vegetables and other food stuffs. Weekend also provides opportunity to see the traditional of archery played in the nearby grounds.
During these days in the Thimphu, we will also visit the school of traditional arts and painting. The indigenous hospital, the heritage museum, textile museum, Tashicho Dzong, the nunnery at Zilukha, handicrafts workshops and shops, handmade paper factory, gold and silver smiths, memorial chorten, zangdopelri temple and mini zoo to see. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Thimphu to Punakha
Early in the morning, we will walk from the hotel to the memorial chorten, where we can see many Bhutanese circumambulate the temple as they chant prayers. After breakfast we will drive east to Punakha. On the way we stop at Dochu La pass 10000ft to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum(24,770ft), then road drop down through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated, sub tropical Punakha valley; sightseeing and lunch in Wangdue and transfer to the hotel in Punakha. At evening time we will walk through the fields and village to visit Chimi Lhakhang temple dedicated to Bhutan’s popular saint Drukpa kunley, also known as the “divine madman”. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Punakha & Wangdue valley
These two valleys are at lower elevation of approximately 1400m so it is the warmer and has semi- tropical vegetation with cactuses, bananas and orange groves. In the morning, drive to the idyllic countryside, north of Punakha Dzong and walk uphill for 20 minutes to Khamsum yuelley Namgyal chorten, which is perched high on the hill, then we visit the temple which has some beautiful and incredibly complex Buddhist paintings. Then we keep continue drive towards to Punakha. After arriving there we visit Punakha Dzong and the areas around Punakha. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Drive to Paro
After breakfast we drive down towards to valley the town of Wanddiphodrang. Here we can see a very large fortress (Dzong) built in the shape of a sleeping bull. After visiting Wangdiphodrang, we retrace our drive back to west across Dochula pass, providing one more opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern mountains, at the pass there is a mini restaurant, where we can take a sip of tea and enjoy with the views. On the way to Paro, we will stop to visit farm houses and maybe even a nunnery. Stay night at Paro. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Paro valley tours
Today we will stay one more day in Paro valley. We will provide you an option whether you want to hike to Taktsang monastery or to stay in the valley. If you want to stay in the valley then you will transfer to visit the festival grounds to spend the morning, and if you want to hike to Taktsang monastery. This monastery was perched on a cliff 2,700m above the floor of the Paro valley. This hike is a steep and the trail passes through the villages and pine forest. En route there is a tea house where we can take a tea and cookies and if you feel some energetic then continue another thirty minutes or so to a closer viewpoint to the valley floor and upon available time, visit the festival.
In the afternoon, visit national museum, housed in the Ta Dzong, a former watch tower above Paro Dzong. This museum has wide varieties of collections, from fine arts, handicrafts, arms, bamboo crafts, stuffed animals, display of stamps, bronze statues and also a fine chapel. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Today is our departure time so we will transfer you to the airport to take your flight. (Meal Included: Breakfast)