Fly from Kathmandu to Paro.
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro by Druk Air
flight. Drive to Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an
ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum. Below the
museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of
Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre
of civil and religious authority in this valley. Here you can see
finest example of Bhutanese architecture.
Drive to see the Kichu Lhakhang, built
in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. Visit the Drukgyal
Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father
and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by an accidental
incident. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable
view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). Stay overnight at hotel in Paro.
Paro – Thimphu, Drive about 1 hr.
After an early
breakfast a short drive takes you to Satsam Chorten. You stop for
a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria)
and then walk a short distance until you see, clearly and seemingly
within reach, Taktsang monastery. This incredible monastery clings
to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the
drive to Thimphu. Check into hotel. Visit the National Memorial Chorten
(1974) built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, “The
Father of Modern Bhutan”. Then visit the Dupthop Lhakhang one
of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Visit Changangkha Monastery
(This monastery was built in 15th century by the lama Phajo Drugom
Zhipo). Drive to Mini Zoo where Takin, the national animal of Bhutan
can be seen. Stay overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Sightseeing in Thimphu.
visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts,
and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive
through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist
religious scrolls). Next you visit Traditional Medicine Institute
where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. Visit
Handicraft Emporium for shopping Bhutanese Various Arts and Textiles.
Then you visit Bhutanese traditional paper making factory.
After lunch you will hike to Tango Monastery.
The trail Tango is a climb of 280 meters and it takes an hour to reach
the monastery. Stay overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu - Punakha, Drive about 3 hrs.
After an early breakfast, you drive
to Punakha via Dochula Pass, where you can see 108 Bhutanese Stupas.
If the weather is clear you can see all Himalayan Ranges with all
snow covered. Further drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. You
have to walk through the suspension bridge to reach the Dzong. Punakha
is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo.
In the evening you take a short hike
to Chimi Lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. Stay
overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Punakha–Gangtay–Punakha, Drive about 5 hrs.
After an early
breakfast, you drive to Wangdue and visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong built
in 1638. You further drive to Gangtey valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa
monastery. Explore Phobjikha valley, which is famous for the black
necked cranes during winter. These cranes are very rare and endangered
and highly protected by the Government. En route you will stop in
different places for the photography and have the view of different
valleys. In the evening drive back to Wangduephodrang. Stay overnight
at hotel in Punakha.
Punakha - Paro Drive, about 4 hrs.
After breakfast, you drive back to Paro.
On the way visit Simtokha Dzong. It is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan.
Stay overnight at hotel in Paro.
Paro to Kathmandu by flight.