Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and drive to Thimphu. En route, visit Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple devoted to 14th-century Tibetan saint and engineer Thangtong Gyalpo. Upon arrival at Thimphu, hotel check-in. Later visit Buddha Dordenma, a huge statue of Shakyamuni Buddha that is situated on a hilltop overlooking Thimphu Valley. Subsequently, Visit Memorial Chorten, a major milestone of the city. Built in the memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this stupa is a significant site of worship for locals. One can also visit the weekend market in Thimphu. Finish your day schedule by visiting glorious Tashichhoe Dzong, the seat of the Bhutan Government and the monastic body.
Overnight stay in the hotel at Thimphu.
In the morning after breakfast, we will set out for the hike to Tango Monastery and enjoy the stunning views from the trail. Visit Motithang Takin Preserve to see Takin (the best time to visit here early in the morning when they all gather near the fencing for being fed). Later visit all the main museums of Bhutan: National Institute of Zorig Chusum that offers training in 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan; National Textile Museum that imparts information on Thagzo (weaving); Postal Museum exhibits the development of Bhutanese postal system. Visit Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory and learn about the traditional Bhutanese craft of Dezo (paper -making). Visit Authentic Crafts Bazaar where a wide variety of traditional Bhutanese handicrafts are on exhibition. Stroll in the main market of the city and relax at Thimphu Clock Tower Square.
Overnight in Thimphu at the hotel.
In the morning, after the breakfast at hotel, we will drive to Punakha. En route stop at Dochu La Pass which offers panoramic views of Bhutan Himalayas. The highlights of the area are 108 chortens that are built as a tribute to the martyred soldiers and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. Upon arrival in Punakha, hotel check-in. Later, visit Chimi Lhakhang (The Temple of Fertility), the monastery honours an eccentric lama, Drukpa Kunley, who received the establishment’s wrath for his unconventional preaching methods. Afterwards visit glorious Punakha Dzong, an important historical site and the storehouse of the holiest religious treasures of Bhutan. Also, visit the longest suspension bridge of the country behind the fortress. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Have a breakfast at the hotel and later, hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The trail passes attractive paddy fields and offers breathtaking views of the valley. You get remarkable views of Punakha Valley and Mo Chhu river from the trail. Later drive to Talo Village and stroll amid Himalayan cedars. On your way back, visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery. It houses a prominent Nepali-style stupa and a stunning Lhakhang.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.
In the morning after the breakfast, we will drive directly to Paro and visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest shrines in Bhutan. Stroll around the market to shoot street scenes and portraits of locals in traditional dresses. In the evening, visit Rinpung Dzong to photograph it and the Paro Valley.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
After an early breakfast, we will drive to the trekking base for Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Our guide will take the ticket and start your trekking towards the well-known Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The trail breezes through a beautiful forest and culminates at a viewpoint. Conferring to the myth, Guru Rinpoche appeared here as a furious Dorje Drolo to tame a tigress demon. Once you reach at Tiger’s Nest, the guide will describe you more about the folklore of the place.
After exploring the area, trek back to roadhead and visit the farmhouse in the gorge to witness the day-to-day life in a rustic Bhutanese household. One can have a chance to dress up in Bhutanese outfit and pose for pictures. Return to the hotel by evening, one can have a massage or hot stone bath (prior booking required) at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning, after the breakfast, transfer to Paro airport to catch a flight.
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