Day 01: Arrival Paro International Airport.
During the journey to Paro, one will experience from the left hand side of the plane, breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On the arrival at Paro International Airport, your tour guide will receive you and escort you to the hotel. After brief rest, tea/coffee drives to the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located on a hill top above the Pachu (Paro River) of Paro Valley. You have to walk about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden bridge built in typical Bhutanese architect. The Dzong houses the District Administration Office and the District Monk Body. It was built in 1645 A.D.
Day 02: In Paro
Drive for 15kms and reach the base of Famous Tiger’s Nest “TAKTSANG” Monastery and hike up which would take Two Hours up and approximately One Hour down. Stop at Taktsang Tea House “Cafeteria” for refreshment of Tea & Coffee and on your return back from monastery you will have your Lunch here.
Taktsang is at 2900mts. Hike for another half an hour and you reach the Great and Magnificent Taktsang. Visit the most important monastery were the Guru Rimpoche was flying on a Flaming Tigress from SingyeDzong in Eastern Bhutan to here and meditated for Three Months and flourishment of Buddhism in Paro started from 8th Century. Walk down to the Tea House for Vegetarian Lunch. After Lunch walk down hill and drive to Drugyal Dzong and on the way enjoys the view of the Taktsang Monastery, also known as “Tiger’s Nest temple”. Near the Drugyal Dzong, if the sky is clear we can see the Mt. Chomolhari on the background. Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means Monastery). Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 659 A.D. by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. It is considered one of the holiest places in Bhutan as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country. It is one of the 108 such temples built by him for spreading Buddhism in this region. Drive to the Paro village town and explore the town. Altitude of Paro is 2260m.
Day 03: Paro to Jele Dzong
Jele Dzong is 10 km.away from Paro town at an altitude of 11,600 ft. This is a short trekking day. The trek trail is a gradual climb till the camp and if the weather is clear, Paro valley can be seen canvassed by the Mount Jhomolhari and other Snowcapped Mountains in the serene azure blue sky.
Day 04: Jele to Tshaluna
The days trail will be all the way downhill till you reach Tshaluna. Trail leads through the olden day's trail through the rhododendron forest. You will visit a typical farmhouse at Tshaluna. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest. The day's camp will be at the side of the river at Tshaluna. (Distance 10 km)
Day 05: Tshaluna to Thimpu
The trail leads to climb up. The view of the valleys can be seen. The climb will take you till Pumla where lunch will be served at the Pumla monastery. After lunch the trail leads towards Phajoding and on clear days the views of "Gangkhar Punsum "the highest mountains in Bhutan can be seen. The climb becomes much easier as the trail leads down till Motithang where you will be received and refreshment will be served before you are driven to you hotel.
Day 06: Thimpu
After breakfast drive to Thimphu Mini Zoo where you can see our National Animal “TAKIN” which has a head of a goat and body of a cow, believed to be made by great Devine Madman in the 16th Century. Visit to Thimphu Tashi Cho Dzong, the office of the King and the Throne Room and also the Summer Capital of Monastic Body lead by His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) who spend six months here during summer and move to Punakha for winter for another six months. Visit national Library, School of Thirteen Arts and Crafts, National institute of Traditional Medicines. Visit the SimtokhaDzong (Dzong means Fortress). Simtokha Dzong is one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel the founder of Bhutan, and was the first Dzong to be built by him.
Day 07: Thimpu-Punakha
After breakfast drive to Winter Capital for the Monastic Body, Punakha at 1300m. One hour drive reach you to Dochula Pass at 3150mts where you can see and enjoy the Eastern Himalayas in a Panoramic View and best picture time for group of Bhutanese Style of Stupas, as there are 108 Stupas built by Her Majesty for the well being of the Nation and Love Live His Majesty. It descends to Punakha and Wangdue at 1300 mts which will take another two hours. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu which means “Male River and Female river “. It is one of the most important Dzongs in Bhutan and now houses the District Administration office of the Punakha district and the winter residence of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. It was built in 1637 A.D.
Day 08: Punakha-Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro enroute hike to lunchuzhe .
Day 09: International Departure
After breakfast, drive to airport. Trip ends.