Day 01: Arrive Paro Bhutan and drive towards Thimphu (Altitude 2,320m)
Fly to Paro by Druk Air or Bhutan Air lines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by our representative of Yellow Bhutan Travellers and drive towards Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan.
Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after lunch visit the following places:
- Bhutan Post Office Headquarters to get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo on them. You can bring along your favorite photo to put on the stamps and put these stamps on your postcard to send to your family and friends.
- Changzamtok Weaving Center to observe beautiful colorful silk and cotton textiles being woven into shawls, scarves and traditional Bhutanese dresses.
- Late third King’s Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”)
- Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. In the evening, free to relax or stroll around Thimphu town, do shopping, etc.
Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu
After breakfast drive to the following places:
- Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Since you wanted to take a short walk, you can take your walks during the early morning for a fresh clean air as a lot of people go for their morning walks to the Buddha point.
- Changangkha Lhakhang
- Centenary farmers market. Thimphu’s weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favorite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life.
- Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese living traditions.
- The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
- Then, drive to Takin Preserve. The Takin is national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and goat.
- Evening time can be spent strolling through the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy Bhutanese hand-woven textiles, paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha & Wangduephodrang (Approximately 3 hours drive) (Altitude 1,300m)
- After breakfast, drive to Punakha across Dochula. It is Located at a height of 3,088m/ 10,130 ft, Dochula is a scenic location with Chorten(Stupas), prayer walls, and prayer flags which decorate this highest point on the road. If skies are clear, it may be possible to see the Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
- Later in the day visit to Chimi Lhakhang.
The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers.
- Punakha Dzong or (Palace of Great Happiness), built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers. This majestic Dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha
Day 04: Paro (Altitude 2,280m)
After breakfast drive towards Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley.
In Paro visit the following places:
- Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
- Ta Dzong originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
- Check out a village farm house where you can see the life style of a Bhutanese family.
- Kichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism.
- Evening free time for visiting the town
- Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 05: Paro.
After breakfast, drive to Paro which takes about an hour and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ -hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. After the hike and while driving back to hotel.
If you are not too tired then you can have an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area.
In the evening relax and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 06: Fly towards your destination