Day 01: Arrive Paro
Fly into Paro by Drukair flight (Royal Bhutan Airline) or Bhutan Airlines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by a Bhutan tour guide from Adventure Trekking Club and driven to your hotel in Paro.
After checking into your hotel and refreshment visit the following:
In the evening stroll around Paro town and you may visit local handicraft stores.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
- • Farm houses in Paro Valley and a visit to a farm house offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer and where you can enjoy authentic Bhutanese lunch.
- • Kyichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
- • Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditonal Bridge),oldest bridge in Bhutan.
Day 02: Paro –Thimphu and Thimphu sightseeing
Distance: 54 km & estimated driving time: 1 hour
After breakfast, you will travel to Thimphu valley. On the way, visit Tachog Lhakhang built by the great master architect Thangtong Gyalpo.
After checking into your hotel, you will visit the following:
- • Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory. The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th
century of Bhutanese history. National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and
preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs.
- • School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
- • Simply Bhutan– A living museum of rural life which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating
insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
After lunch drive to the base camp of Tango Monastery and hike up to the Monastery. Monastery is the center for higher studies for monks.
In the evening visit Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts.Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue
After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens.
You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan)
as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. On the way visit to Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang,
famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. Then visit the Punakha Dzong,
located on the island of the Pho - Chu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Day 04: Punakha Rafting Tours Day 1 along the Pho Chu (Male River) in Punakha Valley
After breakfast, an exciting rafting tour awaits you. Following a short drive you arrive at the river and,
after a fully safety briefing, you take to your raft for a ‘soft’ rafting experience down the Pho-Chu (Male River).
You will need to do a little paddling and you may get a little we but it will all be worthwhile as this journey
takes you through a wonderland of secluded scenic beauty. You drift along to Punakha Dzong, built in 1637.
After a picnic lunch on the river side, you drive through the upper Punakha Valley passing through
traditional villages and farmlands you will take a short hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum
Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan).Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha Rafting tour Day 2 along the Mochu (Female River) in Punakha Valley
After breakfast, yet another exciting day awaits you. This good stretch is for those who are apprehensive about
going on a whitewater trip. Start your day by taking an hour or so hiking up to the temple at Nyezengong and then
floating down the scenic Mo Chhu past the Punahka Dzong and to the take out at the high school.
In the evening you may visit Rinchengang village in Wangduephodrang where you will take a short hike through
the village and have free interaction with the villagers. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Day 06: Punakha-Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Thimphu and after lunch at Thimphu visit the following:
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and after lunch visit the following:
- • Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan.
- • Witness Archery game which is National sport of Bhutan.
- • Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
- • Centenary Farmers’ Market
- • Tashichhoe Dzong, It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.
- • National Memorial Chorten Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third King of Bhutan
- Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 07: Thimphu-Paro and A Hike to Paro Taktsang Ghoempa(Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
After breakfast drive to Paro and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Stop for the refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria.
After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road.In the evening you may relax in the traditional hot stone bath.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 08: Departure from Paro
After breakfast, drive to the Paro airport and your Bhutan tour guide from Adventure Trekking Club will see you off at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
End of the tour