Day 01 – ARRIVAL AT PHUNTSHOLING
Meet & greet upon arrival at Phuntsholing (298Mts / 977Fts), a small town at the Indo-Bhutan border. Proceed for the permits and walk around the busy town of Phuntsholing.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 02: – PHUNTSHOLING – THIMPHU
In the morning check out from the hotel drive to Thimphu (178 KMS / 06 HRS, 2134Mts /7000Fts), the modern capital of Bhutan which lies at an elevation of 2300m in a valley traversed by the Wang Chu (river). Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and the monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. It is also an ideal spot for day walks. After 5 PM visit Tashichhodzong which houses the kings throne.
Day 03: – THIMPHU
After breakfast go for morning sightseeing – visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. Afternoon visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market. After noon visit the vegetable market where local comes to sell and buy the vegetables.
Day 04: – THIMPHU – WANGDI
After breakfast drive for 3 HRS to Wangduephodrang via Punakha crossing the Dochu la pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa. Visit Punakha Dzong (The Punakha Dzong is closed in winter months when the monk body is in Punakha. All visit to Dzong and Monasteries limited till courtyard only) built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. En route visit Chimi Lhakang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
Day 05| Punakha – Paro (3 ½ hrs)
Morning check out from the hotel and drive to Paro. Afternoon in Paro visit National Museum, which is at the the top of the hill above Paro Dzong is an old watchtower that was renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. The unusual round building is said to be in the shape of a conch shell, with 2.5m-thick walls; it was completed in 1656 and was originally the Ta dzong (watchtower) of Paro Dzong, which lies undefended below. Visit Paro Dzong Paro Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro. The Paro Dzong was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Paro Dzong full name is Rinpung Dzong, which means ’the fortress of the heap of jewels.” Gyelchock founded Paro Dzong.
Day 06| Paro Sightseeing
Perched on a cliff-top, Bhutan’s Taktsang monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, is one of the most breathtaking temples in the world.The Buddhist place of worship is built on a rock around 3,000m (10,000ft) above sea level. On the way back visit the Kichu Lhakhang which is one of the 2 oldest temples in the country.
Early morning after breakfast slowly drive to Phuntsholing. Evening relax in the hotel
Early morning the Indian vehicle will come and receive you for the onward destination