A sense of discovery begins with your first footsteps in Bhutan and grows as you travel along quiet paths through an ancient culture. You will find life as it has been for hundred of years.
Day 1: Kathmandu - Paro. Pick up at hotel in Kathmandu and transfer to airport. Flight Kathmandu – Paro with Druk Air. In Paro transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for sightseeing. Overnight in hotel on full board basis in double rooms.
Day 2: Paro - Thimpu. Morning hike/horse-ride to the legendary Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 800 meters above Paro valley. Afternoon visit the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong which was built in 1647 in commemoration of the Bhutan victory over the ancient Tibetan invasion. The dzong was burned down by tragic fire accident in 1951 and since then has been in ruins. Then on visit the 7th century Kyichu Monastery built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and finally visit the Dungtse Monastery built in 1421. Evening drive to Thimphu (1 hour and 15 minuts drive/63 km). Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing: visit the Memorial Stupa built in memory of the late third king of Bhutan, 15th century Changankha Monastery, Takins (national animal of Bhutan) zoo. Thimphu view point. From the view point, a pleasant hike to Wangtse Monastery would also be refreshing. Then visit Zilukha Nunnery, one of the very few monasteries for female monks still in existence, visit the National Library, Folk and Heritage Museum, Traditional School of Arts and Craft, Indigenous Hospital, Textile Museum, Handicraft Emporium and the Hand-made Paper factory. Evening leisurely explore Thimphu city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Punakha/Wangdi valley. Morning drive to Punakha/Wangdi valley (3 hours drive/73 km). The drive will take you via the Dochula pass (3150 meters altitude). A wide range of the east Himalayan ranges are visible from the pass on a clear day. Also on the pass, you will see the 108 Druk Wangyel Stupa built by one of the queen mothers of Bhutan. In Punakha visit the Punakha Dzong (ancient castle fortress built 1637), take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang passing through village houses and rice fields. Chimi Lhakhang is a special monastery for sterile women, a place of worship for fertility. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Punakha valley to Paro. Morning drive north of Punakha valley and hike to the Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Stupa. The stupa is located on a mountain side overlooking Punakha valley. Later drive to Wangdi to visit the Wangdi Dzong (1638) and the clustered Rinchending village, the best of stone masons comes from the village. Late afternoon drive to Paro and enjoy Traditional Hot Stone Bath. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Departure. Options to note: Your entry/exit point in Bhutan is a choice by flight or overland drive via Phuntsholing (Bhutan`s border town to India).
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