Arrive from to Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu 1 Hours 65 km
During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives from Bhutan Festival Tours and then drive to Thimphu Capital City of Bhutan, visit Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Zilukha Nunnery is housed in Drubthob Goemba (monastery). There are about 70 nuns who live and pray every day in the monastery. There are good views of Tashicho Dzong, Golf course and upper Thimphu. Visit Mini Zoo to see the Takin (Budorcas taxi color) has been chosen as the national animal of Bhutan is based both on its uniqueness and its association with country’s history and mythology. It is said that Devine Madman, a popular saint is said to have created it with his magical power at a large congregation of devotees. It resembles a cow from back, a goat in the front, and it continues to befuddle taxonomists, who cannot quite relate to other animal. Visit Buddha Point evening walk around Thimphu Town. Overnight at hotel Ariya or Similar Hotel
Early breakfast and drive to Punakha (3hrs.drive), the old winter capital Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu la Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m. On a clear day panoramic view a can be had of the eastern Himalaya, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkha Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging-into-the-highly-cultivated-Punakha-valley. After reaching Punakha visit one of the most impressive Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang “Palace of Great Happiness” is located on the confluence of two rivers (Phochu and Mochu). It was built in 1637 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal and following the ancient traditions, it serves as winter residence for chief abbot (Je-khenpo) and the monks of Central Monastic Body, who returns to Thimphu in the summer. The building was
damaged and rebuilt several times, due to flooding, fire and earth quake. It is one exemplary masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Visit Chimi lhakhang, the divine mad monk’s temple. It is a beautiful walk through a lovely village. The temple can be visited and there is a tree outside which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley to kill some evil spirits who had gathered at the site. After that drive back to Thimphu Overnight at hotel Ariya or Similar Hotel.
Thimphu To Paro 1 and ½ Hours 80 Km Excursion to Taktsang Monastery
Early breakfast drive to Paro and hike to Taksang Monastery, This most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley, It is said the Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigree, and meditated at this place, hence the monastery is also called “Tiger’s Nest” This site, which has long been recognized as a most sacred place, was visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646, It is place of pilgrimage which Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime. The excursion up to the monastery takes about 5 hours round trip. And if time permit Visit Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Evening walk around Paro Town Overnight at hotel Tashi Namgay or similar hotel.