Days 1: Fly into the Paro international
During the journey, one will experience from
the left hand side of the plane breath taking
view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other
famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred
Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan.
On arrival at Paro International Airport, you
will be received by representative from Bhutan
Majestic Travel who will escort you to Hotel
Afternoon: Free. Overnight Hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro - Thimphu
Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Dzong
means fortress. This was actually the watch
Tower of the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was converted
into the National Museum in 1968. Paro Rinpung
Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the
Paro valley and houses the District Administration
office and the Monk Body. It was built in 1646
AD. If time permits, visit Drugyal Dzong (Ruin
Fortress), 15km from Paro Town. The name Drugyal
means “Victorious “. The Dzong was
built in 1649 AD by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel,
the founder of Bhutan, to commemorate his victory
over the Tibetan army and it formed one of the
chains of defensive fortresses against Tibetan
invasion. The Dzong was burnt down by accident
in 1950. Tea at Hotel and leave for Thimphu
(Capital). Thimphu is 65 km from Paro and takes
about 2 hours to drive. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day3: Thimphu – Thimphu
Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge Stupa built
in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned
the Kingdom from 1952-1972. National Library
where ancient manuscripts are preserved. The
Painting school where traditional art is still
kept alive through instruction in the art of
painting Thankas (Sacred Buddhist scroll). The
Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles
and other arts are displayed and can be purchased.
Lunch at Hotel
Afternoon: Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one
of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It also
houses the largest Monastic schools in the country.
It was built in 1629 AD. Visit Tashichho Dzong.
This massive structure houses part of the Government
Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne
Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body
and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.
Tashichho Dzong is the main Secretariat building.
Overnight Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha
On the way, halt at Dochula pass (26 km) for
tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular
view of the eastern Himalayan mountains. Afternoon:
Visit Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan.
Punakha Dzong lies between the rivers Phochu
and Mochu, “Male River and Female River.”
The Dzong now houses the District Administration
office and the winter residence of the state
monastic body and its chief abbot. It was built
in 1637 AD. Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong which
is 13 km. from Punakha. Wangdiphodrang Dzong
and its small town is perched on a hill between
two rivers. This is another District Administration
office housed in a fortress ( Dzong ). It was
built in 1638 AD. Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha – Bumthang
Departing Punakha we journey deeper into Bhutan
with our destination tonight in Bumthang, central
Bhutan. A long drive (8 hours) on a scenic and
breathtaking highway rewarded by a stop at the
Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the royal
family. Winding down the steep mountain road
you begin to glimpse Trongsa Dzong from afar,
and you wonder at this architectural wonder.
Built by Chogyel Minjur Tempa, the Third Desi,
in 1648 it is presently the administrative seat
of the district and home of the monastic school.
Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the
Dzong is an architectural wonder. Views from
here are extensive creating strategic location
of this Dzong. Over the Dzong is the medieval
Watchtower. This ancient structure gives unobstructed
views of the valley, and it’s winding
river and roads. The Watch Tower is located
strategically above the Trongsa Dzong. Climb
the ancient ladders to the top, as you view
warrior armor and aging altars, immersing yourself
in the presence unchanged within its walls.
We will lunch in Trongsa town and continue to
Bumthang. Enjoy Bhutanese hospitality Family
Day 6: Bumthang – Bumthang
Today we attend a very unique village festival:
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Tshechu. Masks of glorious
demonic demons and animals arouse your senses
as you watch the purification take place. The
intensity goes on. Your spirit will fly, Your
camera will snap away, and you will again be
transported. We will join the local people for
picnic lunch. Watch for the Atsara (clown) This
dancer, unique in his own style, mimics dancers
and entertains onlookers. Festival deities are
invoked through benediction and luck is increased
and misfortune gone. Overnight Farm House in
Day 7: Bumthang – Bumthang
Returning to Prakar Tshechu in the morning and
enjoy our last hours of Festival. After lunch
we visit Jakar Dzong, Tamshing Monasteries and
Jambay Lakhang. A stop for refreshment at the
Cheese and Beer Factory and village handicraft
shops. Here in Bumthang are some of the best
weavers of the Bhutanese famous style of textile.
Weavers weave their magic on ancient back strap
and toe looms. Textile fabric can be purchased
here at a good price. Unique and wonderful gifts.
Overnight Farm House.
Day 8: Bumthang – Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa. On the way stop at Prakar
village to witness the last day of Prakar Festival.
Picnic Lunch at Prakar Teshechu.
After Lunch Drive to Trongsa. Overnight hotel
Day9: Trongsa – Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu via Pelela at 3350mts and Dochula
Pass at 3150mts. The Drive would take 7hours.
Overnight hotel in thimphu.
Day10: Thimphu – Thimphu
After breakfast we continue for an exhilarating
afternoon hike to Tango Monastery. We drive
to our path and embark on a vigorous hike up
the mountain to Tango Goemba Monastery. Tango
is one of Bhutanese’ most important Buddhist
colleges. Its name, meaning ‘horse’s
head’, is derived from the horse-head
shaped rock at the top. It is a beautiful dzong
built in the 18h century by the 8th Desi, Druk
Rabgye. Today Tango is home to the eight-year-old
reincarnate Lama, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgye. Meet
with senior monks for discussions. Overnight
Hotel in Thimphu.
Day11: Thimphu – Paro
After breakfast we visit the famous weekend
market, a must in Bhutan. The marketplace is
alive with fresh and organic fruits, rice, chilies,
wonderful textiles, handicrafts, art and jewelry
and so much fun! One of my very favorites…Bring
the camera, there are many Kodak moments here.
Lunch and check out of hotel. Departing Thimphu
toward Paro, we visit the famous Tigers Nest
Monastery along our way. Hike or ride a pony
to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s
Nest). The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge
with a sheer drop of nearly 4,000 feet. It is
said that in the second half of the 8th century,
Guru Padma Sambhava, the saint who converted
Bhutan to Buddhism, alighted here upon the back
of a tigress. Here we enjoy snacks and tea at
the cafeteria viewpoint. Enjoy dinner in quaint
Paro Town. Visit locals and shop.Overnight hotel
Day12: Paro –Paro
Day excursion to Haa Valley situated in the
north-west of Bhutan bordering Tibet. It was
closed to tourism until 2001. On arrival in
the picturesque Haa Valley, stroll through quaint
town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 13: Drive to Paro International
and your Guide and Driver will bid farewell
and wish you a safe journey.