Dochula Pass, Punakha
Gompa monasteries, Gangtey
Wangdiphodrang Ruin Dzong
Phobjikha Nature Hike
Ta Dzong National Museum, Gangtey
Arrive Paro International Airport, The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. Clear your immigration, collect your baggage and proceed to arrival lounge where our executive will be waiting with the placard in your name. Assisted and directly drive to the beautiful valley of Punakha. Enroute stop at Dochula Pass and view point giving you a thrilling views of Himalayan Ranges. Arrive Punakha to check in at the hotel. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
After a brief rest visit, 17th century Punakha Dzong - “The Palace of Great Happiness”. Majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the city's dzong is one of the most photogenic of all Bhutan's ancient fortresses. The second oldest dzong of Bhutan is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley.
Stay overnight at Punakha.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Gangtey Gompa (at 3500 metres). Enroute enjoy the views of the immense and remote Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges. Visit Gangtey Gompa (one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries), the villagers here still continues to live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle. This is the site where black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds in November each year after spending the summer in Tibet. To ensure that the habitat of these visiting cranes are not disturbed, the entire valley is cut off from electricity for the entire month. Stay overnight at Gangtey.
Overnight in Gangtey.
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Bumthang, the gateway to Central Bhutan. Arrive and check in at the hotel. After a brief rest, visit Jamba Lakhang and Kurjey Lakhang – one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. Evening free to explore Chamkhar town on own.
Stay for two nights at Bumthang.
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, enjoy an excursion to the remote Tang valley. Stop to visit Membar Tsho (the burning lake), which is one of Bhutan’s most important pilgrimage sites. Then on to Drangchel, Pema Lingpa’s birthplace. You will also see some picturesque villages and temples and Ugyencholing Palace, which is now a museum and gives an interesting insight into life in an aristocratic family in the last century. Return to Bumthang and visit Jakar Dzong (Bhutan’s largest) Dzong.
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive to Trongsa. Arrive and check in at the hotel. After a brief rest visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong which commands the eye from miles away. Visit the new museum in the watchtower dedicated to the Royal Wangchuk dynasty, which tells the stories of the Dzong and features personal belongings of the Kings and Queens of Bhutan. Evening free to soak in the serene surroundings.
Stay overnight in Trongsa.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Paro. Arrive and check in at the hotel. After a brief rest, proceed to explore Paro. Drive through the beautiful valley to the watch tower locally known as Ta-Dzong. Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) (Opening Hours – whole week - 0900HRS TO 1600HRS & Closed on National Holidays,) which was built in 1651 as a watchtower. Since 1951 the Dzong has been re-established as the National museum and holds fascinating collections of art and religious Thankha paintings. Take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks and is one of the finest example of Bhutanese Architecture. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town.
Stay for next two nights in Paro.
Note: Kindly note that after September 2011 Earth quake, Ta Dzong (Paro Museum) had been closed and shifted to exhibition hall just above the museum. Now the present exhibition hall will be open throughout the week except for government holidays. All tourists visiting Dzongs and temples must be dressed appropriately. No half pant, sleeve less shirts, floaters, etc are allowed
After an early breakfast, take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. You can also view Kyichu Lakhang –the historical temple is one of the most sacred shrines of Bhutan
After breakfast transfer to the airport for onward connection.