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Arrive at Paro
Arrive at Paro and travel Thimphu. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro transported by luxury 4WD, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past.
Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pachu River.
Before dinner there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide.
Overnight stay in Thimphu.
Visit to the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple and the Zilukha Nunnery. Also visit the School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library and farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum.
Other options for the day include a hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region or a hike to Phajoding Monastery providing a splendid view of the valley.
Return to Thimphu for dinner and overnight stay.
If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market.
Thimphu and Punakha
Drive by luxury 4WD over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley.
On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung.
In the morning drive or walk to Yabesa village and hike through the rice fields and up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before driving to Wangduephodrang Dzong.
Punakha to Paro
Drive back to Thimphu by luxury 4WD where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores.
Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route.
Overnight stay in Paro.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. On the return, drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang.
Afternoon is at leisure with the option of resting in the beautiful surrounding grounds, or enjoying an optional Spa Treatment (subject to availability).
Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.
After breakfast,return to the airport for your departure from Paro.
End of trip.
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