The arrival flight into Bhutan, past the peak of the Himalayan ranges offering spectacular Ariel view land at Paro, your gateway to the kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. On arrival at the only international airport at Paro, you will transfer to Thimpu which will take about an hour. You can visit magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang on your way to Thimpu. Upon your arrival at Thimpu, at an elevation of 2320 meters, you will impress by the clean and pure atmosphere of this magical capital city along with busy shops and bazaars, architectural buildings, and welcoming people wearing traditional clothing called “Go”. Getting the unique impression of people and surroundings your journey now leads you to Trashichhoedzong a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimpu. Built-in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was later reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional Bhutanese manner, without a nail and architectural plan. With this visit to the center of government and religion, your day ends with staying at a Luxury hotel in Thimpu.
Day 1 Arrival in Paro and drive to Thimpu
Day 2 Drive from Thimpu to Punakha via Dochula Pass
After marvelous sightseeing around Thimpu, today you will spend 2.5 hours driving to Punakha via Dochula Pass. Your journey takes you through a forest of waving prayer flags, commemorative cliffs, and a picturesque view of Himalayan ranges at the top of this mountain pass to have a spectacular view of mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Chortens, built-in memory of Bhutanese soldiers. You will continue to drive to Punakha, which was once served as the capital of Bhutan. It is still the winter residence of Je Khenpo (The chief abbot). Here in Punakha, you will explore Punakhadzong (Palace of Great Happiness) which is situated at the junction of the Pochu and Mochu rivers. Not only that, but you will also visit ChimiLhakhang, known as the temple of fertility in Punakha. You are going to stay overnight in a luxury hotel in Punakha.
Day 3 From Punakha to Back to Paro
Today you will visit Paro, a beautiful valley rich in culture which is also home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries. Producing locally famous red rice in abundance, Paro is also home to Mt. Chomolhari (7,314 m). Walking down the ten min trail you will reach Rinpungdzong (fortress of the heap of jewels). This is going to be a great experience of walking through a traditional covered bridge called NamiZam. The last place you will visit in Paro today will be the National Museum, originally built as a watchtower called TaDzong. You will overnight stay in Paro.
Day 4 Day Excursion to Tiger Nest Monastery
You are going to start your day with breakfast. This is going to be a special day for you. Today you are going to visit one of the most famous Buddhist sacred sites in Bhutan called Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. The Taktsang monastery buildings have four main temples that are interconnected through steps and stairways made of rocks. There are eight caves in Taktsang monasteries; the main cave is entered through a narrow passage. Once you visit a religious relic of Bhutan you head for KyichuLhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, SongtsenGampo. The incredible views and sweet gestures of the kind people of Bhutan will surely help you to keep moving forward throughout the journey.
Day 5 Depart Paro
There is no doubt, that the tiny kingdom of Bhutan has a lot to offer for any kind of traveler, and it is also true that your 5 days Luxury Bhutan tour afforded unexpected incredible views in these last few days. Today with a heavy heart you bid farewell to this country. After Checking out of the hotel, you will transfer to Paro Airport for your flight. Nepal Adventure Team will help you with exit formalities.