Trip Overview

Highlights

Day 01: Flight Kathmandu-Paro. L (✔) D (✔)

The flight over the Himalayas reveals breathtaking views of great peaks. You fly right into the Dragon Kingdom's cloud scraping airstrip at Paro (Altitude 7000 ft.). A Bhutanese agent will greet you on arrival and drive you through the beautiful Paro valley to your hotel situated on a breezy, pine scented hillside.

After refreshment take a stroll around the little town at Paro.

Day 02: Paro-Thimphu. B (✔) L (✔) D (✔)

After breakfast a 2-hour drive through the Paro and Thimpu valleys to Thimpu the capital of Bhutan (Altitude 7500- ft.). Enroute visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of its kind. This fortress built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1627 once guarded the Thimpu valley.It is now a religious University. Drive to hotel for lunch, then visit the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the School of Thangkha painting and the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Visit the Memorial Chorten to His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and take a 15 minute drive to Decheachholing to witness the gold and silver smiths at work. Then, the Tashichhodzong ("Fortress of the Glorious religion"), built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namkgyel. and reconstructed in 1961, using traditional methods. Without the use of any nails or plans the reconstruction was completed under the rule of late King Jigme Dorje Wangchuck, the father of modern Bhutan.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha.  B (✔) L (✔) D (✔)

Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit to the visit National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch visit the School of Arts and Crafts where the 13 Crafts are taught to the Young Children which was established in 1971 with two objectives in mind, a) to preserve and promote  the traditional arts and crafts and b) to create more job opportunities. Later in the afternoon depart to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m).This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha – Wangdue - Paro. B (✔) L (✔) D (✔)

In the morning visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. A short drive from Punakha will take you into the valley of Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a stop to view the Wangdiphodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers and then drive to Paro over the Dochola pass to Paro.

Day 05 Paro-Kathmandu.  B (✔)

Breakfast at the hotel. Then drive to the airport to board the flight. 

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