Upon arrival in Paro, you are met by our Guide & driver and transferred to Thimphu, which takes around 1hr from the airport. This afternoon visit attraction of Thimphu according to your interests and available time. This may include Tashicho Dzong, which is the main Govt. center with kings’ throne room. Visit Farmer’s market, which is more vibrant during the weekends. Overnight in Thimphu.
The capital of Bhutan also has most things to see for visitors. A full day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments may include Memorial Chorten, traditional Art school or Painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Nunnery at Zilukha, a short drive up to a view point for aerial view of the capital and its suburbs. Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan. Also visit giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, Textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests. Overnight in Thimphu.
Drive across the spectacular Dochula La Pass to Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley (5 hr.). The scenery is stunning and ever-changing, as the road climbs and descends. Along the way, you can stop at several places. Upon arrival, visit ancient Gangtey Gompa Monastery and take a short walk to visit local homes. Overnight at Dewachen Resort (standard) or at Aman Resort (for luxury). Overnight in Gangtey.
In the morning, take a short easy walk in the valley and also visit the Nature information centre. One of the main attractions of the valley is the endangered black-necked crane, which reside in Phobjikha from late October till March. Later drive back and descend into sub-tropical valley of Punakha – Wangdue (2-3 hrs). Visit the township of Wangdue and its massive fortress. In the evening, take a short easy walk to see Chimi Lhakhang temple, which is through a small village. Overnight in Punakha.
In the morning, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho and Mochu rivers. If you wish, you can also take a short (40 minute each way) walk to visit Khamsum Yuelley Chorten. On the return drive to Thimphu, we spend some time below Dochula pass to explore the botanical park and nearby surrounding for birds for diverse flora. Lunch could be planned at Dochula pass. After descending into Thimphu, continue short drive to Paro. The popular attractions within Paro include visiting Rinphung Dzong, National Museum, temples of Kichu and Dungtse, visiting local home and the stroll around the township. Overnight in Paro.
Drive for about hour to Paro and hike to famous Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery (3120m/10,200ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason, you are not able to hike, your Guide can arrange other interesting alternatives. You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, however it is worth even to try getting till the first view point. Return to Paro, where we may have more time for stroll around the town. Overnight in Paro
After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.
This tour is the curtain raiser to the places of interest in western and central Bhutan. This seemingly leisure paced odyssey take you to the road of discovery of well-preserved tradition and culture, medieval Dzongs, pristine environments, monasteries and ever friendly people. This introductory tour starts from capital city Thimphu, which stole the limelight for being only capital in the world without traffic lights. After visiting sights and attraction in Thimphu valley, we then drive east across spectacular Dochula, offering grand vista of eastern Himalayan peaks on a clear day to the glacial valley of Phobjika, where electricity is still a novelty, an initiative undertaken in conversation programme of sacred Black Neck Crane. On the way back, we stop at semi tropical agrarian valley of Punakha & Wangdi, that houses one of most beautiful Dzong (Punakha Dzong) in the country on the confluence of Po and Mo Chhu river, after visiting these attraction, crossing again Dochula pass, take you to verdant valley of Paro, culminating into hike to the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, a quintessential Bhutan travel experience.