Day 1: Arrive Paro
During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by Bhutan representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit the Paro Dzong and the national museum In the evening you can explore Paro town. Overnight in Paro.
Day 2: Paro - Thimphu (2-hour drive)
- Kyichu Lhakhang (oldest monastery)
- Drugyal Dzong (victory dzong). In the late afternoon, drive to Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu you can visit the Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). In the evening you can explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing
After breakfast you will visit the following places:
- King's Memorial Chorten
- Changgangkha Monastery
- Nunnery temple
- School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school)
- Bhutan post (send post cards to your families)
- Thimphu Dzong. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu - Wangduephodrang (3-hour drive)
After breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. After the dzong you can explore (Khuruthang) Punakha town. Overnight in Wangduephodrang.
Day 5: Wangduephodrang - Trongsa (5-hour drive)
You will begin the day by driving to Gantey. You'll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gantey village, where you'll visit Gantey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gantey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjika Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. From there you'll head to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family. You can browse through the Trongsa shops and town in the afternoon. Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 6: Trongsa - Bumthang (3-hour drive). In the morning you'll visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you'll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong. After the sightseeing drive to Bumthang. In the afternoon whole day at the festival. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 7: Bumthang sightseeing
Morning at the festival. After lunch you will visit the following places:
- Jakar Dzong (fortress)
- Jambey Lhakhang (one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan)
- Kurjey Lhakhang (temple of Guru Rinpoche's body print)
- Tamshing Lhakhang (see old Buddhist paintings)
- Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake). You can spend the afternoon exploring Bumthang town and browsing shops and handicraft stores. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 8: Bumthang - Wangduephodrang (7/8-hour drive). You'll begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangduephodrang, where you can stroll through the town and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings and bamboo work. Overnight in Wangduephodrang.
Day 9: Wangduephodrang – Thimphu – Paro (5-hour drive). Set out for Thimphu. Do rest of the sightseeing in Thimphu. visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile museum. In the afternoon, you will continue the drive to Paro. In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner. Overnight in Paro.
Day 10: Paro. After breakfast hike to Taktsang. Taktsang monastery is build on a sheer rock cliff of almost 100mts drop. It’s a good half day hike. Rest of the afternoon at your leisure. You can go around the Paro town shopping for souvenirs. Overnight in Paro.
Day 11: Depart Paro
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