DAY 1: ARRIVE AT PARO - THIMPHU
The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. The representative will receive you and will drive you to Thimphu with sightseeing en route and check into your hotel. Drive to Kuenselphodrang where world's tallest Buddha (Dhordenma) Statue (169 feet) sits overlooking the Thimphu Valley. Enjoy the spectacular view of Thimphu city. Visit the memorial chorten (Stupa) located in the center of the City which was built in the memory of our beloved Third King, JigmeDorjiWangchuk. Evening visit TashichhoDzong the impressive fortress which houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body. Witness the Flag lowering ceremony before you enter the Dzong. Evening free Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 2: THIMPHU
Visit "Chang GangkhaLhakhang" one of the oldest Monasteries in the country. Visit the zoo at Motithang to gaze upon Takin, the National animal of Bhutan. Drive upward towards BBS tower to view the Thimphu city opposite to Kuenselphodrang. Drive down to the view point of TashichhoDzong, the impressive fortress which houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King and various government offices.Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.Visit Royal Textile Academy to see for Bhutanese women weaving intricate Bhutanese textiles. Visit craft bazaar where one can find all kinds of authentic handmade Bhutanese handicrafts including the national dress of Bhutan, Gho and Kira. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 3: THIMPHU-DOCHULA EXCURSION-PARO
Drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the 108 chortens, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the north east will be revealed in all their glory. On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Drive back towards Paro with picnic lunch at Botanical Garden in Thimphu. (Picnic lunch complimentary with 4 star and 5 star packages only) Evening visit Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Museum. ParoDzong (RinpungDzong), built in 1646 by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal. Overnight at your Hotel in Paro.
DAY 4: PARO TAKTSHANG HIKE
Drive early to Ramthangka, Paro till the road end and hike to Taktshang Monastery, one of the holiest and the most beautiful sites of Bhutan. Taktshang, the tiger's lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress.Visit KichuLhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king SongtshenGyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon. Evening free for shopping Overnight at your Hotel in Paro.
DAY 5: DEPART PARO
End of your travel to Bhutan. Our team will drive you to the Airport and bid farewell.