Day 1: Fly into 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 Down
Town of Paro for Special Warm Welcome Lunch
by your host Namgay Dorji. Enjoy lunch in quaint
Paro village and we then proceed to visit the
National Museum (Ta-Dzong) once the watchtower
for Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into the
National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on
a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in
all its glory. On the way back visit the Paro
Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually
from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle
roofing and abutted by two guardhouses, to the
dzong. Today the Dzong is the seat of the district
administration as well as home for the monastic
school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong,
displays superb woodwork. A 2-hour drive brings
us to Thimphu, Capital of Bhutan.
Check into Hotel and go over itinerary with
your guide. Tomorrow attend Thimphu Festival;
Load your camera!
Day 2: Thimphu Tshechu
Today we attend our first day of Thimphu Festival.
Enchanting in its spiritual ritual, Tshechu
blessings are received. Bhutanese from many
different areas will gather to pay respect and
to be blessed at this social gathering. Locals
dressed in their finest cloth and jewelry attend
this celebration of purification. Here we can
truly appreciate the essence of Bhutanese people
and a preserved steadfast culture. Enjoy a refreshing
lunch nearby and a stop to exchange money at
the bank. Visit the post office to purchase
collector item Bhutanese stamps, a must for
any collector. Return to Thimphu Festival for
Departing the Festival we will now visit the
Royal Textile Museum of Bhutan; Visit the exceptional
Textile Museum, featuring masterpieces from
the Royal Family of Bhutan and splendid fabric
and exquisite Thangkas. Overnight hotel.
Day 3: Thimphu Tshechu
Returning to the Thimphu Festival we again are
captivated by clanging cymbal, drum, horns and
the unforgettable chanting of Buddhist monks
who perform religious dance of purification.
Arrays of colorful brocades whirl through the
air as the dancers spin and dance the “thunderbolt
step”. This afternoon after lunch at our
hotel we will enjoy sight-seeing Thimphu city,
a visit to the Takin Zoo, the National Animal
of Bhutan, and Memorial Chorten of the Third
King. Along the way perhaps an archery match!
Bhutan holds gold in the Olympic Games for Archery,
an ancient art in Bhutan still preserved and
enjoyed. The National Library will interest
you with ancient and medieval documents and
scripts. The hand made paper factory and house
of incense are Bhutanese handicraft specialties
worth visiting. Relax and enjoy dinner with
your fellow travelers your hotel.
Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha
Departing Thimphu today we begin our journey
towards central Bhutan. We pass over 10,000ft
Dochula Pass. We enjoy a photo stop here and
view the high Eastern Himalayan mountains. We
are encircled by many prayer flags, fluttering
their prayer of peace and serenity . Here we
will enjoy tea and a snack. We continue onwards
Wangduephodrang, our destination tonight. After
lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong, the former
winter capital and present administrative seat
of the district. Also the winter residence of
the central monastic body and its Chief Abbot.
The Dzong lies between two rivers, the Pochu
and Mochu, male and female rivers. It was built
in 1637 AD. Many feel Punakha is the most beautiful
of all dzongs in Bhutan. We visit as well Chimi
Lakhang , the Fertility Monastery. Overnight
Day 5: Punakha – Bumthang (7Hours)
Departing Punakha we journey deeper into Bhutan
with our destination tonight in Bumthang, central
Bhutan. A long drive (7 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. Overnight Guest house in Bumthang.
Day 6: Bumthang: Thangbi Mani Festival
Today we attend a very unique village festival:
Tangbi Mani Festival. 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 Guest House.
Day 7: Bumthang: Thangbi Mani Festival
Returning to Tangbi Mani Festival 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 in Guest House
Day 8: Bumthang – Gangtey (6Hours)
Drive to Phobjikha Valley. October is the time
of year best to view Black Neck Cranes. These
large beautiful and graceful birds migrate each
year from Tibet and Siberia to Phobjikha glacial
valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains.
No electricity or telephones are here to keep
the valley pristine. Punishment imposed on anyone
injuring a Black Neck Crane is life imprisonment.
We visit the Khebethang Nature Study Center
to observe and learn more about the cranes.
Overnight: Farm House
Day 9: Gangtey - Wangdue (3Hours)
Drive to Wangdue with scenic stops for photo
opportunity along the way. Look for Yaks along
our route. Retracing our route. Visit the Wangdue
Dzong after lunch and Wangdue town stalling.
Over Night Hotel in Wangdue.
Day 10: Wangdue – Thimphu (3Hours)
After breakfast we continue onto Thimphu and
arrive at our hotel in Thimphu. Check in hotel,
relax and refresh. After a hearty lunch we depart
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. Overnight Hotel
Day 11: Thimphu - Thimphu
Day Hike to Phajoding Monastery. The round trip
takes about 5 Hours. Phajoding is a very secret
place for the monks as they go for long term
meditations. Picnic Lunch at Phajoding. After
the Hike your host Namgay Dorji will arrange
a Steam or Sauna Bath in the town. If time permits
visit a local bookshop and handicraft shops.
There is much in Thimphu to explore. Overnight
Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 12: Thimphu – Paro (2Hours)
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. 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. Overnight
Hotel in Paro.
Day 13: Paro - Paro
Day excursion to Haa Valley situated in the
north-west of Bhutan bordering Tibet. It was
closed to tourism until 2002. On arrival in
the picturesque Haa Valley, stroll through attractive
town. Return to Paro and stop at Chelela Pass
at 3990mts. That’s the Highest pass in
the motor road where one can see the Mount Jhomolhari
7314mts. The round trip takes about 5hours.
Overnight Hotel in Paro.
Day 14: Drive to Paro international
Airport where your Guide and Driver
would bid farewell and safe journey back home.