Day 1: Paro Fly Paro
Fly to Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and if weather permits, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the Himalayas including the highest Mt. Everest. After visa formalities at the Paro airport, you are met by our Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel in Paro to provide you some rest.
In the evening your guide will take you to a tiny Paro town for orientation with the place and people of Bhutan and you will know and understand little bit culture and tradition of Bhutan. Overnight stay.
Day 2 : In Paro
After breakfast ready for exciting excursion to Tiger Nest Monastery
Your hike this morning is to site of Taktsang Monastery meaning Tiger nest, tragically wrecked in a fire of early 1998. The monastery, which has now been rebuilt, is perched some up on a sheer cliff overlooking the valley and was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. The hike is about 1 hours to the teahouse, from where you may either opt to go further uphill to the monastery for about 1 hour. Lunch is served at the tea house with the majestic views of Taktsang above and the Paro valley at the bottom. The return trek to the road head is downhill and takes about a little more the time it has taken you to come up.
Arrive in Paro and visit a typical Bhutanese village home. This visit will certainly provide you an insight on living style of Bhutanese villagers. Certain cooking demonstration will be performed for you to get idea on how Bhutanese delicacies like BUTTER TEA and EMA DATSI is prepared. Overnight Stay.
Or Option No. 2
Take a tour of the national museum formally the watch tower takes approximately more than an hour. Also visit the mighty Rinpung Dzong 1646 AD where the Hollywood movie the Little Buddha was shot.
Time permitting visit the oldest Buddhist temple of kyichu Lhakhang 7th century and dungtse temple 15th century. Overnight at Resort, Paro.
Day 3 : Paro to Thimphu
Thimphu After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart to the capital city of Thimphu, which is an hour drive. Thimphu the only capital city in the world without traffic lights. The total population is approximately 90,000 increased drastically in recent years. On arrival at Thimphu check in at your hotel and later on start you sightseeing tour.
In Thimphu you will certainly visit several tourist attractions such as the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Many Bhutanese people gather here to pray every day, Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. You will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts or “painting school”, where Bhutanese children can follow an eight year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. This will be followed by a visit to the Heritage Museum, Changgangkha Lhakhang temple, national Library, Traditional Hospital and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan administrative and religious centre.
Day 4: Thimphu
After breakfast you will get ready for Thimphu Local is sightseeing and visit remaining places you probably have missed yesterday. If you feel ok to hike, your guide will take to north of Thimphu 25 Kms north and hike to the temple of Cheri Goemba. This hike is short but steep. This monastery is the first where the first monk system was established in Bhutan by Shabdrung N Nangyal unifier of Bhutan in beginning of 17th century. This is quite a place and location where you will feel that you are on roof of the world. Return back to hotel and relax. Overnight at Resort, Thimphu.
Day 5: Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast at your hotel get ready to visit another most beautiful places called Punakha Valley , which known as an old winter capital of Bhutan.
En-route stop at Dochu La Pass, to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum. The road then drops down through varied changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley.
In the afternoon you will visit Punakha Dzong 1637 AD, one of the most impressive in the country situated between two mighty rivers basically known to people male and female rivers.
Time permitting visit the small town of Khuruthang in Punakha. Overnight Stay.
Day 6: Punakha
After breakfast excursion trip trip Wangdue, you will start with &lsquotemple of fertility or Chimi Lhakhang . Chimi Lhakhang was built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his magic thunderbolt of wisdom. A wooden effigy of the Lama thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a Wang blessing from the saint.
Its a 20 minute gentle walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings.
In the afternoon drive 45 minutes to another district on Wangduephordang, unique of its kind, small but cleanly maintained by the residents. Visit the fortress and the town. In the evening drive back to Punakha.
Day 7: Punakha Paro
After breakfast at your hotel depart for Paro via Thimphu, which takes about 3 hours. En-route stop at Dochula cafeteria for tea and views. Continue drive to Paro, which takes another 1 hour. Your lunch may be in Thimphu or Paro.
On arrival check in at your hotel and later on you may visit the places which you have missed earlier and your guide will advise you for options or you can visit local market. Overnight stay.
Day 8 : Departure
After early breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational takeoff and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan second highest peak.