Day 01: Arrive Paro
On arrival at Paro International Airport and after completion of airport formalities, there will be an interesting drive of about 2 hours’ duration to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Visit Tachog Lhakhang on the way to Thimphu. Local sightseeing to Buddha point and Takin Preserve. Relax for the day.
Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast in the hotel, visit to the National Library, followed by Institute for Zorig Chusum, the school of 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also visit (outside only) the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are processed.
After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten, Traditional paper factory and Centennial vegetable market. After that, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. visit Tashi Chhodzong in the evening.
Halt at Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha.
After breakfast, proceed to Punakha. After one and half hour drive stop briefly at Dochu-la pass (3,088m), which offers visitors their first glimpse of the eastern and central Himalayan ranges. Sights on the way include one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong. Before visiting the Punakha Dzong, make a trip to Chimmi Lhakhang, the monastery of the divine mad man lama Drukpa Kuenley. After lunch, visit to Punakha Dzong, the old capital of Bhutan. The Dzong is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu (Male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha district.
Overnight at Punakha
Day 04: Travel to Phobjikha.
After breakfast, proceed to Phobjikha. The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of black necked cranes. Visit the crane centre in the afternoon followed by visit to Gangtey monastery. Overnight stay at the farmhouse accommodation in Gangtey village.
Overnight at Phobjikha
Day 05: Gangtey to Paro with enroute visit to Lamperi park.
After breakfast, drive to Paro with en-route visit to Royal Botanical Park, lamperi.
Overnight at Paro.
Day 06: Paro Taktsang Excursion.
Day excursion on foot to the renowned Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. Perched on the cliff edge, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The walk takes 2-3 hours, and you could get riding ponnies if required. Afternoon visit to National museum at Paro.
Overnight at Paro.
Day 07: Fly to onward destination
Leave hotel to Airport for onward destination.