– The National Memorial & Dochula Pass
– The Punakha & Paro Dzong
– The National Museum of Bhutan
– Taktsang Monastery & Tiger’s Nest
– The Jowo Temple of Kyichu
Day 1:Arrive Phuntsholing / Thimphu
After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunch time for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch. Afternoon, you will have a choice to visit The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. The original Thimphu Dzong (the Dho-NgyenDzong) is said to have been constructed in 1216 by Lama GyalwaLhanangpa. The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “father of modern Bhutan.” The National Memorial Chorten was gifted to the nation on 28 July, 1974. Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.
Today after breakfast, we will drive to Thimphu and visit: The Changangkha Lhakhang temple is a early medieval Buddhist temple in the capital city Thimphu. The temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the city, near Mohitang on the outskirts of Thimphu. The temple is the oldest temple in Thimphu and was constructed by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo in the 12 century AD. The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory is a small paper factory located in Thimphu that produces paper using traditional Bhutanese methods. The paper products produced at the factory are made from Daphne or Mulberry plant bark. Cheri Monastery,(2850m) was first built in 1620 by Shabdrung and it was here that the central monastic body (Dratsang) was first established. Many of the important priests of Drukpa Kagyu lineage passed periods here, and so it is an important pilgrim site for Bhutanese. During the weekends, many Bhutanese are seen climbing up the hill from Dodena (2,600m), where the road ends. Cross a wooden cantilever bridge and climb up the hill with moss-laden pine, fir and rhododendron trees, that takes little over 1 hour. Return to the road. Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3:Thimpu / Punakha
Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. We will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 m), where on a sunny day; you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The ChimiLhakangor the ChimelLhakang is a Bhuddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by NgawangChoegyel, the 14thDrukpaheirarch.The PunakhaDzong or the PungtangDechenPhortangDzong is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu River, combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu which in turn is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The Dzong was constructed by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyalWangchuck in 1638.Later in the evening you will visit local market. Overnight in a hotel in Punakha.
Day 4:Punakha / Paro
After early morning breakfast, we will be driven towards Paro and before that we will visit, Visit another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzong.. The Rinpung Dzong’s names translate to the “Fortress on a heap of Jewels “. The fortress was constructed in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the foundations of an ancient monastery. The National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside the six storied circular Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong is a medieval watch tower situated above the RimpungDzong. The Ta Dzong was constructed in 1656. In evening we will visit local market of Paro. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.
After early morning breakfast, drive to Paro and we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. Later after the hike, we will visit; The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The temple was built by the Tibetan King SongtsenGampo in the 7th Century AD. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Day 6:Depart Paro
In the morning after early breakfast, we will see you off the Paro Airport for your onward destination.
– 5 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing
– English speaking guide
– Entrance fees to monuments
– Bhutan visa fee and tourism development tax
– Economy airfare Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok (subject to change at time of booking)
– Return international flight ticket (KUL/BKK/KUL)
– Travel insurance
– Tipping USD 5 per person per day
– Others no mention
– Extra cost of hiring a Pony for Takshang visit: USD 25 per person, payable on the spot