6 Days / 5 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Paro and later drive to Thimphu (02 hrs)
Today arrive to Paro and drive to Thimphu- Capital to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu is one of the smallest capitals in the world. For most part of its history, Bhutan has tried consciously to save its culture from the blunt influences of the western world. It is not that modernity has not reached this region, but they are being introduced in a phased and balanced manner that is unheard of at any place in the world. All these make Thimphu and other parts of the country a unique destination. Later visit to TrashiChhoeDzong: Also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion situated on north of the city on west bank of the Wang Chhu. National Library: housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for ZorigChusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan 13 traditional arts and crafts. Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu tour
After breakfast later proceed to Thimphu sightseeing visit Simtokha Dzong - monastery was built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. The carvings behind the prayer wheel in the courtyard are a major attraction of this temple. Memorial Chorten - also known as the ThimphuChorten, is a chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital.Textile Museum - is worth a visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men.Takin Mini Zoo - The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, DrupaKunley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Evening return back to hotel, overnight stay at Thimphu.
Day 03: Day trip to Punakha (02 hrs)
After breakfast proceed to day excursion to Punakha - Dochula view point stop: The first stop after leaving Thimphu is Dochula pass at 3100m. It offers visitors their first glimpse of the Himalayan range. The road to Punakha branches left and curls its way down to the relatively low lands of the Punakha valley. Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple): Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley is the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after he subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his magic thunderbolt of wisdom. The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley. Evening return to hotel overnight stay at Thimphu.
Day 04: Drive from Thimphu to Paro (02 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Paro, arrive & check in at hotel and later proceed to Paro sightseeing Drukgyal Ruin Dzong - This was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of Paro valley. The Dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. KyichuLhakhang - Built in 659 by the Tibetan King SongtsenGampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalyas and is also one of the oldest Temples in Bhutan. National Museum of Paro - Housed inside the revamped Ta-dzong building in Paro, National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum that has put on display the antique items gathered from different parts of the country. Rinpung Dzong - is a fortress-monastery that serves both as a civil administrative center and as a monastic home for a community of monks. Most dzongs were built in the mid-1600s to protect the inhabited valleys from invasion by Tibet. The Paro Dzong was started in 1644 on the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern day Bhutan. Unlike most of the Dzongs in Bhutan, it survived the massive 1897 earthquake mostly unscathed, though it was damaged by fire in 1907. Evening back to hotel, overnight stay at Paro.
Day 05: Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed to balance sightseeing visit Taksang Monastery (Tigers Nest Temple): The most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called Tigers Nest. Precariously perched on the edge of 1,200 meter cliff, this monastery creates an impressive sight, and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. It is about 2 hour up-hill hike or ride a horse from the parking lot to the monastery. If the full hike sounds a bit tough you can hike for 1 hour to the cafeteria, a wooden tea-house restaurant which offers a good view of the monastery. After visit to the monastery spend the evening at leisure in Paro town for some souvenir shopping and get a feel of local Paro town. Overnight stay at Paro.
Day 06: Departure
After breakfast transfer to Paro airport for onward destination.