Day 01 : Arrive Paro by Flight & transfer to Thimphu (55km, approx. 1.1/2 hour drive)

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu
or over the foothills from Kolkatta, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.         

On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel.

Afternoon visit to King's Memorial Chorten, continuously circumambubhutanlated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Later drive to Buddha Point (Kuenselphodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around. The area also provide excellent view of the Thimphu valley from the west.

Evening take an exploratory leisure walk around Thimphu main street.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2320m).

Day 02 : Thimphu

After breakfast, Thimphu valley tour, visiting :

National Library : It holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion (Closed on Weekends & Govt Holidays)


Institute for Zorig Chusum
: Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School (Closed on Sun & Govt Holidays), the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Textile  Museum : The Museum is operated by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs of Bhutan. It was established in the year 2001 and has a good collection of exclusive and antique Bhutanese textile artifacts. The museum was set up with an objective to promote encourage weavers to continue the weaving of traditional Bhutanese textile, Promote Bhutan in the field of textile art and to preserve and promote the history and tradition of Bhutan.(Closed on Sun & Govt Holidays)

Simply Bhutan : It is an exclusive project under the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), built to offer a unique experience to its visitors. Simply Bhutan is a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. (Closed on Sun & Govt Holidays)

After lunch, visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet.

Then drive to Takin Preserve. Popularly known as Motithang Zoo, the preserve houses takin, the national animal of Bhutan. It is an extremely rare bovid mammal of the ovine-carpine family.

Later in the evening visit to Trashichhoedzong : This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Evening explore Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2320m).

Day 03 : Thimphu – Punakha / Wangdue (75 km, approx. 3 hours drive)

After breakfast, embark on a fascinating journey to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m),  stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,554m.

On arrival in Punakha, check into the hotel.

Later in the afternoon visit the Punakha Dzong. Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the Fourth King.

Later a short interesting walking excursion to Chimi Lhakhang :  Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, this temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon.

Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of river.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangdue (Altitude 1,300m).

Day 04 : Punakha / Wangdue – Paro (125 km, approx. 4 hours drive)

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and ParoChhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley.

En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.

Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong (Closed on Govt Holidays) originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount  Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro (Altitude 2,280m).

Day 05 : Paro

After breakfast excursion to Taktsang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is also called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

On the way back to town stop below Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Nearby visit a traditional farm houbhutanse.  Picturesque farm houses dot Paro valley amongst fields and hillsides.  Bhutanese farm houses are very colorful, decorative and traditionally built without the use of single nail. A visit to Farm House is very interesting and offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming community.

Afterwards, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Evening explore Paro local market and city centre.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro (Altitude 2,280m).

Day 06 : Depart Paro

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you

Tashi Delek !