Day 1: ARRIVAL PARO
Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan’s national Airline is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now National Museum, above it. On arrival Bokar Tours will greet you, and drive to Thimphu.
The first stop will allow you to view the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder and further drive you will reach to Chuzom marks by the confluence of Paro Chu (river) and the Wang chu. Opposite of you, at the confluence, are three protecting chortens each built in a different style. Evening stroll through the market and mingle with the local people and visit shops. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.
Day 2: THIMPHU EXPLORATION
Today’s exploration of Thimphu begins visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s richest culture at the National Library. Visit simply Bhutan, which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.
After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu.
Textile museum, Changzamtok weaving center and Handicraft emporium where you can also see the different textile’s display. Visit to Buddha point – the Buddha Dordenma 138.6-foot-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) seated on a 62-foot-tall throne in the Kingdom of Bhutan, symbolizes peerless virility to bestow blessings, peace, and happiness on the whole world. From there you will get the stunning view of Thimphu valley. Visit to weekend market.
A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.
Day 3:THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (1300m) 77KM/APPROX 2 ½HR
Your journey continues with travels to the east onwards to Punakha through some of the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys.
The first stop will allow you over Dochu La, 3050meters pass; snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Prayer flags will flutter you over the pass deeper into the essence of Bhutan. The Druk Wangyal Chorten – 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother, further enhances the beauty.
Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley. The beauty is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chorten 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother.
You will start hiking (3-4hours) to Lungchutse Goenpa (temple) through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons and large meadow, where yak hearders camp in winter. On arrive – if clear days the view from the goenpa are fantastic. All major mountains of Bhutan can be seen; summits of Jhomolhari (7314m), Kang Bum (6500m), Gangchhenta (6840m: shape of Tiger), Masang Gang (7165m: the peak shaped like a trident) tower over Gasa Dzong (2700m), a tiny white speak in a sea of green, Tsenda Kang (7100m), Teri Kang (7300m), Jejekangphu Gang (7300m),Kangphu Gang (7212m), and Zongpgu Gang (Table Mountain, 7100m, the very long flat mountain).
On the way you will stop at Mitsina village and visit Chimi Lhakhang the auspicious fertility monastery dedicated to Divine Madman, you will take 20minutes walk through the rice fields.
After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, which stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers- Pho Chu, and Mo chu. The Dzong is said to be the most beautiful of Dzong in Bhutan; it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork, and the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot). Also this is the second Dzong built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the year 1637. Overnight Stay at hotel, Punakha.
Day 4 : PUNAKHA – THIMPHU – PARO
Today you will drive north of Punakha Valley following the Mo Chu and you will hike up 1 hour to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art. In the evening you will travel back to Thimphu.
You will also stop over Dochu La pass again for lunch and visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang.
The past and future appear to merge in the details tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future, and visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom stands on a lofty ridge in Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.
Day 5: PARO
Today’s day will begin driving back to the Paro valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well-maintained path, which is quite uphill, and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.
This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort. You will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a scared monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtshen Gampo.
This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries; Drugyel Dzong the imposing fortress which was the strategic vantage point for numerous defeat of invading Tibetan armies and here in clear weather can view the spectacular view of mount Jomolhar 7314m.
In the afternoon will drive to the beautiful valley to the watchtower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven-floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong, which serves as the administrative center, and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.
Day 6: HAA DAY EXCURSSION
Today day excursion to Haa Valley with picnic lunch, you will drive over Cheley Laa, 3822 meters pass through the forest of blue pines, fir, and oak. On the clear day you will see mountain Jhomolhari 7314 meters, other snow capped and beautiful valley below the pass. Explore nearby mountains dotted with the colourful prayer flags and blanked with dwarf rhododendrons.
After a picnic lunch, you will drive further down and arrive at Haa Valley which is blessed by the presence of Meri Piensum, three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Gonpo: Jampelyang (manjushri), Chana Dorji (vajrapani) and Chenrizi (avaloketeshvara). You can explore the remote village, which will take 30 minutes walk and stroll in town later. You will also visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo. Evening drive back to Paro and stroll in town and visit shops. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.
Day 7: PARO DEPARTURE
Early morning, drive to the airport for your onward journey.