Designed for those travelers who have a week
to spend in Bhutan, this tour takes you across
the Dochula Pass (3100m) to the old capital
of Bhutan. Built in 1637, picturesque Punakha
was the capital until 1958. Situated between
two rivers, the Mo-Chu & Pho-Chu (Male &
Female River), Punakha is now the winter residence
for the monks of Bhutan.
Day 01 : Arrival Paro
Your flight to Paro will be either from Calcutta
/ Bangkok / Kathmandu / Dhaka / Delhi or depending
on one’s international flight connection
via Road from Phuentsholing southern part of
Bhutan. Druk Air flies from these destinations.
When you are about to land Paro you will see
the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear
weather, views of the world’s highest
peaks, including Chhomolhari (mountain Goddess)
and other magnificent Himalayan snow peaks to
the beautiful Paro valley as you land. The representative
from our travel agent will escort you to the
After lunch we will visit National Museum
(watch Tower) this museum has the very interesting
assortment costumes and different treasures
and world-renowned stamps, it will bring the
history of Bhutan from the 6th century onwards.
Visit Paro Dzong (Fort), Headquarter of Paro
District and walk down to the cantilever bridge
over the Pa-chu River. Paro altitude: 2250 meters.
Day 02 : Full day Paro Sightseeing
and hike to Tiger Nest.
Based on the mirror- like cliff at a height
of 900 meters above the lush valley of Paro
is one of the most sacred places in Bhutan.
Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha, flew here
on a flying Tigress and meditated here for three
months in the 8th century. Here he propagated
Vajrayana- Mahayana Buddhism (Larger Wheel)
that was prophesied by the Buddha at the time
of attaining Nirvana.
In April 1998, a fire destroyed the main structure
of the buildings and its religious contents.
A complete restoration was done and resulted
in a carbon copy of the original. This place
beholds the history of The Hidden Land. The
return walking time is approximately five hours.
Then we proceed further to visit the ruins of
Drukgyel Dzong. Which it was by built Shabdrung
Ngawang Namgyal in 1649. It was caught fire
On the way back you will have the pleasure
to visit one of the oldest monasteries we have
in Bhutan, The first King of Tibet Songtsen
Gampo built Kyichu Lhakhang in 7th century to
introduce Buddhism into our country, while our
country was still influenced by the Bon beliefs.
Day 03 : Drive to Thimphu and sightseeing.
After breakfast drive to Thimphu is 2 hours
through winding roads following the Pa-Chu (Paro
River) down stream to its confluence with the
Wang-Chu (Thimphu River) and with good views
of the forests, Rocky Mountains & scattered
villages. As we enter the Thimphu valley we
will pass through Semtokha Dzong built in 1629
by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (The man who unified
Bhutan) Semtokha now houses a language and cultural
schools where scholars of all the ages study
Dzongkha (National Language).
In afternoon drive to the memorial Chorten
(Stupa) built in the memory of His Majesty King
Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. He is regarded as the
father of modern Bhutan. Visit the National
Library, which holds ancient Buddhist texts,
historical books, and some very famous manuscripts
written with gold ink and see the world’s
biggest picture book.
A three-minute drive to the Traditional Medicine
Institute will show you where medicines are
prepared from plants, flowers and animal’s
bones according to ancient practices and acupuncture
is its main discipline. Visit the Art &
Painting School, where the students learn the
13 different kinds of Bhutanese Arts. Thimphu
altitude 2350 m. Driving time: 2 hours.
Day 04 : Fullday Sightseeing Thimphu.
(Lot of hikes depends on one’s interests)
In the morning visit Changangkha monastery (Temple),
which was built in 12th century, visit the viewpoint
where we can get a birds eye view of the capital
Thimphu, visit Takin our National animal, visit
Nunnery, which is NGO in the Kingdom.
Afternoon some of the highlight visits will
be, Textile Museum, Folk heritage museum and
Bhutanese traditional handmade paper factory.
Visit Dechen Phodrang monastic School; visit
General Post Office, where you will see the
finest stamps of Bhutan and capital building
of Bhutan (Tashi Chhodzong) except after 5 p.m.
Day 05 : Drive Thimphu to Punakha.
Drive to Punakha via Dochula -Pass 3150m above
sea level overlooking the high Himalayas and
the lush green valleys of Talo and Mendigang,
lunch at Punakha and sightseeing including a
visit to the exquisite Punakha Dzong, which
it was the old capital of Bhutan. On the 17th
December 1907, the first king of Bhutan was
crowned here and every consecutive year on this
date we celebrate national day in Bhutan. After
visiting the Dzong drive further to do a mini
hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten and
once you reach the top you will see the winding
view of the Mo-Chu River and villages below.
If you look towards the north you will see the
snow capped mountains. Punakha altitude: 1350M,
Driving time: 3 hours.
Day 06 : Punakha to Paro via Thimphu.
In the morning, after break fast drive towards
Wangdue Phodrang another district that is half
an hours drive from your hotel. Before you reach
there, take little hike to the Divine Madman
Monastery and this is the only monastery we
have in Bhutan belonging to him and by visiting
this you will know about his unorthodox teachings.
This Saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in
15th century to introduce the Drukpa Kagyugpa
sect of Buddhism to our country built this monastery;
he is known as the Lama Drukpa kuenley and called
the divine mad man. His sexual nature and jokes
were to be a very unique of spreading the religion
to the local communities.
Wangdue Phodrang is another district and the
Dzong was built in 1638 a year after Puankha
Dzong. The fourth temporal ruler of Bhutan,
Gyse Tenzin Rabgye, enlarged it in 1683. His
reincarnation is now 15 years old and lives
in Thimphu Tango Monastery.
Just before you cross the Punatsangchu checkpoint,
here they check the passes of passengers and
vehicles. You will see the Wangdue Phodrang
Dzong believed to built on the back of sleeping
giant an elephant as the legend says. After
crossing the bridge if you happen to look back
you will see the beautiful village of Rinchengang,
nestled on a vertical hillside and famous for
its stonemasons. Buffeted by afternoon winds,
Wangdue Phodrang is an important stop off point.
Drive back to Paro for tomorrow’s departure.
Day 07 : Departure.
In the morning your Tour guide will bid you
farewell at Paro Airport.