First Day: Arrival Phuentshoeling. On arrival you will be received by our representatives. After lunch visit King Palace, Monastery & Crocodile Project. Night stay over at Hotel at Phuentshoeling.
Second Day: After Breakfast proceed to Thimpu (185 Km. approx 7 hours journey via Sarchu, Chukha & Chujung). Enter Bhutan experiencing breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks during the journey. After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu is through farm houses, paddy fields and apple orchards. Lunch enroute. Transfer to Hotel. Evening free. Night stay at Thimpu.
Third Day: Full day Thimpu Sightseeing. Visit the Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan located about 6 Kms. from Thimphu. Check in at the hotel. After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where a vast collection of ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting and woodcraft school where children are taught the traditional art of woodcraft and painting. Visit Tashichho Dzong the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room and the office and the living quarters of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. Night stay over at Thimpu.
Fourth Day: After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, halt at Dochula Pass (26kms). Dochula is marked by the Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens a unique cluster of 108 chortens and prayer flags. This spot offers a magnificent view of the endless ridges that roll into the distance towards the majestic snow-capped peaks of Gangker-phuentsum mountain ranges. It has become a favourite spot for picnics. Proceed to Punakha. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu, which means ” Male River and Female River “. It is one of the most important Dzongs in Bhutan and now houses the district administration office of the Punakha district and the winter residence of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. It was built in 1637 A.D. Return to Lobyesa. Visit the Chhimi Lhakhang.This temple is dedicated to the divine madman, Lam Drukpa Kinley who is believed to bless barren women with children. Drive to Wangduephodrang. Wandiphodrang lies 13kms south of Punakha. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong and its small town is perched on a hill between two rivers. This Dzong also houses the District Administration office of the Wangdi district and the office and the living quarters of the district monk body. The Dzong was built in 1638 A.D. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Thimpu.
Fifth Day: After B/F start for Paro. The winding road follows the Thimpu River till Chhuzomsa (meaning confluence in Dzongkha) and for the rest of the journey is along ParoChu. It takes about 2 hours to cover the distance of 65 Kms. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Paro.
Sixth Day:After B/F drive up to Drugyal Dzong, which is about 15 Kms from town. This ruined fortress is of great historical importance. It was built to mark the Bhutanese victory over the hordes of invading Tibetans and Mongol army. Enroute to Drugyel Dzong, view the Taktsang Monastry from the road head. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest.” The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. Legend says that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Paro.
Seventh Day: After breakfast, take a short drive to Chelela. One can get an excellent view of Haa valley and Mt. Jhomolhari . Lunch. Afternoon : visit the Ta-Dzong , a watchtower in the olden times, now converted to a museum. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river. The museum has a fine collection of ancient Thankas (religious paintings on fabric), rare artifacts, pottery, weapons and objects of daily use. Then visit Rinchen Pong Dzong. Today, the Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro and the residence of state monks. The central tower (“Utse”) of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Complete the downhill walk with a crossing of the traditional cantilever bridge spanning across the Paro Chhu ( meaning river in Dzongkha ). Your pick up vehicle will be awaiting for you at this spot. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Paro.
Eighth Day: After B/F start for Phuentshoeling (171 Km. approx. 6 hours drive). Night stay at Phuentshoeling.
Reservation: Khorlo Tours & Travels (Private) Ltd