Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 Depart to Paro, transfer to Thimphu:
The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains. Landing in the Paro Valley, surrounded by 4000 meter high mountains stretching across the west of Bhutan, enables you to have a visible landing which is indispensable and makes your day an unforgettable one.Your Bhutanese representative from Incredible Mountains will welcome you on arrival and drive you through the beautiful valley of Paro to the capital city Thimphu. (2 hrs drive)
On the way to Thimphu visit:
- Tamchhog Lhakhang (1 hour drive) which is located on the opposite side of the river. This is a temple built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet.
- Thangtong Dewachen (nunnery): It was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel, who is considered as emanation of Thangthong Gyalpo (1363-1485), the builder of numerous iron chain bridges across the Himalayas.Tashichho Dzong: The names means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King.
- Mini zoo: Here you can see just one animal, National animal of Bhutan theTakin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family.
- Sangaygang View Point: As well as being the location of the transmitter tower of the only national television tower in the country (BBS), the view point is also the perfect place to take in some truly breathtaking views of the entire city of Thimphu
Day 02 Thimphu - Punakha :
Morning take a hike to Cheri Monastery (includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): Hike about 2hrs leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). The trail starts by crossing a lovely covered bridge that spans the Wang Chu, and then climbs to the monastery. …
- Zorig Chusum Institute (Thirteen Crafts): It was established in 1971 by the Royal Government in order to preserve the invaluable heritage and promote the arts of Bhutan….
Later driving towards Punakha(2 hrs 30 min), we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft).
- Dochula: Dochula from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days…
One the way to Punakha visit,
- Chimi Lhakhang: This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road – a welcome chance to stretch your legs after the drive…
Later stroll around the town and see how locals live.
Day 03 Punakha - Paro:
Morning hike to, Kham Sum Yule Lhakhang (Monastery): It was built by HRH Azhi (Queen) Tshering Pem Wangchuck for a successful rule of the present King.
- Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu.
Later drive to Paro and time allowed visit the National Museum at Ta Dzong.
- National Museum at Ta Dzong: Ta Dzong means watchtower and it actually served as a watchtower in the 17th century to guard to region from a possible Tibetan invasion. The interesting museum houses a fine collection of for example Bhutanese art, relics, religious Thangka’s. After Ta Dzong we also take you to:
- Paro Rimpung Dzong: Rimpung Dzong means fortress in the heap of jewels. It was build in 1644 by Zhabdrung, who till today is deeply revered by the Bhutanese people as a dynamical political and spiritual leader. Especially from the other side of the river very nice pictures can be taken of the majestic Paro Dzong with Ta Dzong at the background.
Day 04 Paro:
Take a hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger`s nest).
- Taktsang Monastery (Tiger`s nest): This is Bhutan`s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff . Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory.
- Visit Farmhouse: Bhutan is justly NOT famous for its cuisine, which is somewhat predictable…..
Later stroll around the town and see how locals live
Day 05 Depart from Paro:
Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport to board the flight.