The Seven Days Adventure
Day 1 : Arrive Bhutan
Arrive in Paro International Airport where you will be met at the airport by our representative and escorted to your hotel.
Day 2 : Paro sightseeing tour then drive to Thimpu. The sightseeing tour will include the following sites:
Drugyal Dzong — A ruined fortress which is situated 16 km away from the town of Paro. The fortress has a great historical importance, as it was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. You can see a beautiful view of Mt. Chomolhari from here.
Bhutanese farm house — On the way back, we will visit a typical Bhutanese farm house.
National Museum (Ta-Dzong) — This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong (A dzong is a distinctive type of fortress architecture found in the former and present Buddhist kingdoms of the Himalayas, most notably Bhutan.). It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro Valley and the river.
Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong –This massive fortress is located in the Paro Valley. Today the fortress is the administrative seat of the district of Paro. The central tower (Utse) of the dzong, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The dzong was built in 1645 A.D.
Evening, we drive to Thimphu, a three-hour drive. We will spend the night here.
BhutanDay 3 : Thimphu – sightseeing tour, which includes the following sites:
Memorial Chorten — This giant stupa was built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972.
National Library and Art School — Some ancient Buddhist manuscripts are preserved here. We will visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thankas (sacred Buddhist scrolls). We will also visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed.
Simtokha Dzong — This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It also houses the largest monastic school in the country, built in 1629 Ad.
Tashichho Dzong — The main Secretariat Building, this massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room.
Pangri Zampa Monastery — This is situated just beyond Dechencholing (5kms from Thimphu ). This Lhakhang was the residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D.
Day 4: Drive, Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdiphodrang (77 km)
After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdi. On the way we will top at Dochula for a hot cup of tea/coffee and to see one of the most spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan Mountain range.
The day includes visiting the Punakha Dzong. This fortress houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The fortress lies between two rivers known as Pochu and Mochu which mean “Male River and Female River” respectively, It was built in 1637 AD. We will also visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong. This Dzong is situated 13 km from Punakha. The fortress is perched on a hill between two rivers. This is another District Administration Office. It was built in 1638AD.
Day 5: Drive, Punakha to Khotokha then return to Thimpu
In the morning after breakfast, we will drive to Chuzomsa ,16 km from the Punakha Valley. From Chuzomsa, we travel by roadway to Khotokha. Here, we will visit the Drajanchu Monastery, which is one of the most sacred and important monasteries in the country. There are about six other important Lhakhangs (monasteries) in the region. The landscape is breathtaking. Picnic lunch at Khotokha and return to Thimphu. In the evening, we will visit Thimphu market.
Day 6 : Thimphu – Paro
In the morning after breakfast, we will drive back to Paro to take a short trek to the Taktsang Monastery (10 km) from Paro Town. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest.” The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge and overlooks the Paro Valley. Picnic Lunch at Taktsang. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. In the evening, we are free to stroll in Paro.
Day 7 : Departure
Transported to the Paro Airport for your next flight.