Approved By: Tourism council of Bhutan
Under Ministry of Economic Affairs of Bhutan
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. This beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples, and the country’s only International airport. After being welcomed with “Khadar” (traditional scarf).
After the arrival in paro & being received by BFA Representative & drive towards to Thimphu – capital city of Bhutan in a luxury 4WD car
Checked into hotel, get refreshed and take a power nap of an hour or two. Towards evening explore the Thimphu city.Overnight in Thimphu.
In the morning hrs after breakfast, visit to following places
Mini Zoo. This Zoo houses the National Animal of Bhutan – the “Takin “. It’s worthwhile taking the time to see these strange, quite unique animals.
Folk Heritage Museum & the Textile Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life and is a ‘must see’ when in Thimphu.
Buddha point: where the largest sitting Buddha in the hill South west, of Thimphu was built for the wellbeing of the country and its neighboring nation.
National Library: The National Library was established in the late 1960s and it houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature mostly in block-printed format and some works are several hundred years old. There is also a small collection of books in English on the ground floor mainly on Buddhism, Bhutan, the Himalayan region and neighboring countries
Visit to simply Bhutan –The living museum. Later in the evening drive to paro and overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast, leave Thimphu and begin your journey east to Punakha. The journey takes you on mountain roads, with spectacular alpine scenery. The drive will go over the Dochu La Pass at 3, 050 m where on a clear day you can see Eastern western Himalayas of Bhutan.
Stop in the high pass and visit druk wangyel temple and have leisure time out there. Drive further will take you to Punakha valley and later afternoon visit fertility temple which is very famous for young married couple. Have wonderful evening in the hotel.
after breakfast, Visit Punakha fort (Dzong) which was old capital of Bhutan and observe the stunning view and beauty of the fort followed by visit to suspension bridge which is one of the longest bridge in Bhutan. Start your journey to Phobjika through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms.
Continue on through the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang, and up winding mountain roads through mixed forests and over high passes before descending down into the wide and picturesque Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau.
Visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), dating back to the 16th century
Overnight in phobjika.
After the breaksfast,Visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), dating back to the 16th century and start the journey to Paro.
Later in the after upon reaching paro visit the Paro Dzong known as the Rinpung Dzong. This Dzong was built in 1644 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and today houses a Monastic school, the office of the local governor and few government offices. If you like, you can take a short walk down hill crossing a traditional cantilever bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River) will take you to the base of the hill. Also visit Museum and 7th century temple known as Kichu Lhakhang.
Also experience wearing Bhutanese dresses and taking a picture for beautiful memories in future.
After breakfast embark on a driving excursion to Chelela pass. At an elevation of 3,988 meters, it is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour’s drive along a thickly-forested road, this pass is a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Later in the afternoon drive to DrukgyelDzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. In the early 1954, the DrukgyelDzong was completely destroyed by fire and today only the ruins remains. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “mountain of goddess” can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.
After breakfast, drive to the north of the valley to the base of a hill and hike to the famous Taktsang monastery (Alt.3100m). Taktsang literally means –“Tiger’s nest”. This monastery was built in the 1600s and clings to a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m above the valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, in the form of Dorji Drolo(Guru’s 8th manifestation) arrived at this site on the back of a flying tigress believed to be his consort, to subdue the eight evil spirits who were preventing the propagation on Buddhism in the area. This is must visit place and should not missed it.
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.