Day 1 Arrival in Paro – Thimphu; 1 hr.
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro International Airport where you will be welcomed by one of our representatives. He will take you to Thimphu on a private bus/car. Upon aching Thimphu, you will move to the hotel and rest for a few hours. In the late afternoon, you will visit the fortress of the Glorious Religion. Built-in 1641 AD, this fortress was later renovated in 1965 by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This is where the King of Bhutan, his majesty lives. On the other side of the river, you will see a modern building where the National Assembly Hall is situated.
Day 2 Thimphu to Punakha; 2 ½ hrs.
Today, you will drive to Punakha which used to be the capital of Bhutan until 1955. This place is the winter seat of the chief abbot. The temperate climate and the rich fertile valley are supplied by Pho Chu and Mo chu river. On the way to Punakha, you will cross Dochula Pass from where you will see wonderful views of the Himalayan mountains. You will see Druk Wangyal Chortens, which adds more beauty to the pass. Altogether 180 stupas were built here by eldest Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk.
After reaching Punakha, you will get refreshed and visit Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung in 1637. This dzong is located at the junction of two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu. You will then visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten built by her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. It is one of the splendid works that shows impressive Bhutanese architecture.
Day 3 Punakha to Trongsa; 4 hrs.
After a quick breakfast, you will walk to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility built-in 1499. You will then continue driving towards Trongsa crossing Pelela Pass (3,140 m). This makes black mountains that divide the country into east and west. You will be taken to a hotel in Trongsa. In the late afternoon, you will explore the watchtower where a museum is made. You will have the whole evening to relax and move around.
Day 4 Trongsa to Gangtey; 2 ½ hrs.
Today, you will visit Trongsa Dzong built-in 1648. This is used to be the ancestral home of the Royals. The country's first and second king ruled the nation from this ancient seat. Before crowned as the king, all rulers have held the post of Trongsa Penlop. You will then visit Chendebji Chorten built in the 18th century by a Tibetan Lama. It is said this chorten was made to cover an evil spirit. This chorten is made in Nepali style with painted eyes at four cardinal points. Further, you will explore Phobjikha, a glacial valley. It is the home for black-naked cranes who migrates from Tibetan plateau here in winter. Here, you will visit Gangtey Gonpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan.
Day 5 Gangtey to Thimphu via Wangdue; 4 ½ hrs.
You will walk through the snake-shaped river trail and then drive to Wangduephodrang. You will visit a dzong situated on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. From here, you will get to see amazing views both up and down the valley. Wangdue is famous for its stone carving, excellent bamboo work, and slate that gets mined from a valley. You will have lunch in Wangdue and head back to Thimphu. In the evening, you will visit Tashichho Dzong where the throne room of his majesty is situated.
Day 6 Thimphu sightseeing.
This day is set apart so that you can enjoy all the wonders of Thimphu. Located on the west bank of Thimphu Chhu, Thimphu is a beautiful wooded valley. The city is old and peaceful. It is the only capital in the world where there are no traffic lights as this place never gets traffic jams. You can buy things like basketwork, weaves in wool, silk & cotton, thangkas, silver jewelry, and other traditional crafts.
After having breakfast, you will visit Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the third king. You will then visit Buddha's point from where you can see an aerial view of Thimphu city. From here, you will head to the National Library and Painting School. Both of these places are preserving ancient manuscripts and traditional art. If you want to buy Bhutanese textiles and other crafts, you can visit Handicrafts Emporium.
There are more places to visit. After having lunch, you will explore Handmade Paper Mill, Changangkha monastery, and if the possible Weekend market (happens on Sunday).
Day 7 Thimphu to Paro; 1 hr.
You will wake up early, have breakfast, and drive back to Paro. Upon reaching Paro, you will head to the hotel and relax for a bit and go on Paro excursion. You will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's nest monastery), one of the most significant monuments of Bhutan. This monastery hangs off the cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. As per the legend, Guru Rinpoche flew on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave in Bhutan before bringing Buddhism here. After that, you will have a short lunch break and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge. You will have a free evening to enjoy your time in Paro. Later, you will enjoy a farewell dinner organized by the company.
Day 8 Departure.
You will fly back to your next destination today. Our tour guide will drop you at the Airport terminal gate and bid you our last goodbye and good wishes.