Day01: Arrive in Paro.
After landing at Paro airport and immigration and custom formalities, we proceed to Thimpu (one hour drive), the capital city of Bhutan. After lunch proceed to visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley. Also visit the enclosure where Bhutan’s national animal, Takins are kept. Thereafter, drive to visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. You further visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the king.
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (2.5 Hrs)
We visit the School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. We drive to Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200m.). If the weather is clear we can enjoy a spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the the highest mountains of Bhutan that stretches almost 180 degrees.
Day 03: Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
We visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. Visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the second highest road pass on your trip at 3140m.We visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan.
Day 04: Phobjikha – Jakar
We drive to Jakar, the valley of white bird. En-route we will stop at Pelela pass, Chendipji and Trongsa to visit Trongsa Dzong. We will stop at Chumey to explore the yatha factory, place where woolen products are famous in the region.
Day 05: Jakar sightseeing
We visit Jampay Lakhang, one of the first Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually. Visit Kurjey temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated. We cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing, we can drive there as well. We visit Swiss farm and walk around Jakar town.
Day 06: Cultural Trek (4hours)
Trek from the Tokto Zampa through the villages and fields, it is gradual and almost flat land, the trail is all stony, you can’t escape the stones. We arrive at Ngala Thang for camping.
Day 07: Ngalathang – Takhung (7/8hours)
Initially the trail is through the field and villages, over the small hill and down the stream through the forest of Pine, Cider and Oak, the trail starts climbing through the dwarf bamboos, tall bamboos, old trees with spanish mosses (lichen) hanging down making the environment cold and sunless and it is muddy in some of the places finally through the rhododendron forest with a steep climb to the Phephela Pass (3360m), from here the trail is all down through the more thicker forest and finally a white gate of chorten welcome us for a flatter trial with dwarf bamboos and Pine forest. Pack lunch will be served on the way. We arrive at Takhung for camping.
Day 08: Takhung – Tang – onward destination
We visit the Ugyenchholing Palace, which is converted into a museum and is located on the hill top, it is an hour of walk.
Day 09: Tang – Trongsa (5 Hrs)
We walk back to the road and continue driving back passing by the wool weaving center which Bumthang Valley is famous for.
Day 10: Trongsa – Wangdue (3 ½ Hrs)
In the morning, we visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), the home of the royals and the watch tower which houses a museum now. Continue to Wangdi. We stroll in Wangdi town and view the Wangdi Dzong (Fortress) which happens to be the only fortress with the original roof.
Day 11: Wangdue – Paro (3 ½ Hrs)
We retrace and drive back to Paro crossing over the Dochula. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.
Day 12: Paro Sightseeing
We visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the two oldest Buddhist temples in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. E
Day 13: Airport Departure
We transfer you to Paro airport for your onward journeys.