Day 1: Paro
Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight. During
this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt.
Everest, Kanchen junga and other Himalayan peaks, including
the sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drakey in Bhutan.
On arrival at Paro our representative
will receive you. The drive to the hotel through the Paro
valley is enchanting. After lunch you will be taken to Ta-Dzong
(museum). Visit to Paro Dzong and walk over the bridge
crossing the (Pa- Chu) River of Paro. Overnight hotel.
Day 2: Paro
Drive up to Ramthangkha (10 Km from Paro
Town) and walk to Taktsang Goemba. The name Taktsang means “
Tiger’s Nest’’ The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge
with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. And overlooks the Paro
valley. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrimage
sites in the Himalayan world.
However, most people can only visit the
main site called Taktsang Pel-phu. According to legend
Padmasambhava founded Taktsang Monastery in the eighth
century. It is believed that the Guru came to this place on
the back of a tigress from Khengpajong in the Kurtoe region
and meditated here for three months in a cave at Taktsang
and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism.
Day 3: Paro - Thimphu. Distance: 65 KM.
Driving: 2 Hours.
This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa-Chu (Chu
means water) downstream to its confluence and then up the
Wangchu River to Thimphu, the capital. Afternoon. Visit the
Memorial Chorten. Built in 1974 by the Royal Grand Mother.
The shrine is dedicated to the late king
Jigme Dorji Wangchuk You will see a lot people
circumambulating to atone their present sins and receive
merit for the next life. Overnight hotel.
Day 4: Thimphu -
Punakha. Distance: 77 Km. Driving: 3 Hours.
Early rise and drive to the Dochula
(3150m pass) for breakfast. If the weather is clear, the
Dochu- la offers the most spectacular views of the eastern
Himalayan mountain ranges. We then drive to Punakha for
lunch at the hotel. After lunch we visit Punakha Dzong, the
most beautiful in Bhutan. Built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang
Namgyel. The Dzong is located at the confluence of two
rivers, the Pho-Chu & Mo-Chu. We then drive to Nyzergang to
visit the Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Temple. Night Punakha
Day 5: Punakha -
Limukha. Distance 12 km, about 4 -5 hours.
Drive to Punakha Dzong. The trek begins
with the gradual climb through Chirpine forests. A stop to
visit the village of Dompo-la can be organized depending on
the group's choice. Overnight Camp.
Day 6: Limukha -
Chungsakha. Distance -14 km, about 5 -6 hours.
The trail today takes you through
rhododendron and oak forested areas. En route pass the
famous Drukpa Kunley Lhakhang. Overnight Camp.
Day 7: Chungsakha -
Samtengang. Distance -13 km, about 4- 5 hours.
The trail now takes you through the
village of Sha Wangdue district. Camping at Samtengang
Day 8: Samtengang-
Chhuzomsa - Wangdue. 10Km. about 1-2 hours.
The trail now drops down to the main
road. Drive to Wangduephodrang. Lunch at the hotel. Rest day
or you can visit Wangdue Dzong or take a hike to the Divine
Mad Man Monastery (Chimi Lhakhang). Overnight hotel.
Day 9: Wangdue –
Thimphu – Paro.
Early morning drive to Thimphu for lunch.
Some last day shopping and sightseeing if you have some part
of Thimphu you would like to see. Late evening drive to Paro.
Day 10: Departure.
In morning drive to Airport for your
departure back home.