Phuentsholing to Thimphu Night Halt (172 kms / 6 hrs)
Meet & Greet on time of Arrival & forward to the Immigration Formalities with our Tour Representative & drive to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at Thimphu
Thimphu Local S/Seeing & Night Halt
After Breakfast Morning Drive for Local Sight Seeing of Thimphu the Capital Town of Bhutan is a home of Royal family & visit Tashichhodzong ,the main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King . View of the Thimphu valley from BBS Tower is very captivating and will prove to be the perfect introduction to Thimphu. Some of the sites of religious nature are National Memorial Chorten; built in 1974 it was raised in the memory of third King. Next visit one of the oldest monasteries in the valley- Chang Gangkha Monastery. The nature and wildlife lovers should not miss a visit to National Zoo which also houses National animal takin. National Library (collections of holy scripts).Overnight at Thimphu.
Thimphu to Phunakha via Dochula Pass S/Seeing Night Halt at Punakha (77 kms / 3 hrs)
After Breakfast Morning Drive from Thimphu to Punakha Phodrang (4,300 ft.), via Dochu-La-Pass (10,170 ft.). Continue towards Punakha visit Chimi Lhakhang - The Temple of Fertility built in 15th century. Also visit Punakha Dzong. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Punakha.
PUNAKHA TO BUMTHANG (Aprox 212 kms/ 8 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Bumthang,Switzerland of Bhutan one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism.
Bumthang is the general name given to a complex of 4 valleys viz: Chumey, Choekor, Tang & Ura with altitude varies from 2600m to 4000m. After your breakfast, visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche came here in the 8th century and meditated for several days until his body got imprinted on the back of a rock. He then manifested into different forms and subdued Sheiling Karpo, the local deity of Bumthang valley and converted him into Buddhism. On your return, visit Jambay Lhakhang built in 7th century AD by King Songtsen Gompo of Tibet. It is one of the 108 temples built by him all over NEPAL, Tibet & Bhutan. After lunch, visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa, the treasure discoverer. It contains interesting Buddhist paintings and also visits Koncho Sum lhakhang, which is close to Tamshing. Overnightstay in Bumthang.
BUMTHANG TO PHOBJIKHA VALLEY/GANGTEY (190 kms/7 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Phobjikha Valley – The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black-necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century. Transfer to Wangdue / Punakha After Breakfast transfer to Wangdue or Punakha and overnightstay.
Transfer to Paro Night Halt (62 KM / 2 Hrs)
After Breakfast transfer to Paro Valley – The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro. Paro Dzong- Also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag. Ta Dzong – Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Evening at your own leisure. Overnight in Paro
Today, you will visit National Museum, Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) and Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Overnight hotel, Paro. National Museum: Established in 1967, the museum is housed inside a circular Ta Dzong, an ancient Watch Tower. It holds fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha paintings, households stuffs, arms, handicrafts, stuffed animals and Bhutan's famous Stamps among others. (open 10-4pm – closed on Monday). Rinpung Dzong: meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". Built in mid 17th century, it now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro district and residence for the 200 monks of Paro. It is also the venue for Paro festival held in the spring. Several years ago, the colourful movie Little Buddha was filmed here. Kyichu Lhakhang: Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century miraculously built 108 temples, along with Jorkhang in Lhasa. Kyichu is considered to be one of them and is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong: Ruins of Drukgyel dzong stands 14 km north of Paro town at the end of the road. It was built in 1644 to commemorate the victory f Bhutan over Tibet. It served as the administrative and religious center for Paro until 1951 when fire broke out and damaged this huge structure. Now it stands in complete ruin.
Paro Taktsang hiking . A visitor should not miss this place.
After Breakfast Morning way to Taktsang Hike (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (the great spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Overnight at Paro.
CHELALA PASS AND HAA VALLEY
After Breakfast: Excursion To PARO Extra Point: Chele La (Pass) & Haa Valley Only (Border of the Bhutan and China): At an elevation 3,988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour's drive along a thickly-forested road, is this Pass-a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Here, visitors can see cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow primulas; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colors-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet. In Evening: Stroll Through the Market of Paro& Overnight Stay at Paro.
Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early morning back to Phuentsholing/ Jaigaon. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!