7 Days Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive at Paro valley known for Paddy (rice).Check in hoteland visit Paro Museuman ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next visit Paro Dzongbuilt in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre. Later visit Dumtseg lhakhang a Chorten-like temple built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo. It has three floors representing hell, earth and heaven.

DAY 02: Paro to Thimphu(55km-1½Hours). After breakfast drive to capital city Thimphu (2400m/7875ft) check in hotel and visit Folk heritage Museumwhich provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life. The artifacts which are kept inside the house remind the visitors about how the rural Bhutanese live today. Next visit will be National Library established in the late 1960s primarily to conserve the literary treasures which form a significant part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. Later visit Memorial Stupa built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan‘s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha. Also visit Handicrafts Shops a wide assortment of colorful, hand woven textiles and other craft products is available for sell. In the Evening, visit Trashi chhodzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.  Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

DAY 03: Thimphu to Punakha(70km-3Hours). Today after breakfast you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 minutes’ drive from Thimphu will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m) where you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on clear day. Proceed to Chhimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Punakha Dzonga very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) rivers, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan which houses some rich Buddhist collections.

Day 04: Punakha to Paro via Thimphu(125km-4½Hours). After breakfast we will drive back to Paro via Thimphu, if time permits see the left over sightseeing at Thimphu. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang situated at a top small hound overlooking the Thimphu valley was built in the 13th century by the illustrious Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo and also visit Sangay Gangthe best place for photographers and one could capture the superb view of Thimphu valley on clear sky. On the way back we will visit the small zoo dedicated to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. In the Evening drive to Paro.

Day 05: Taktshang (Distance 3-4Hours walk round trip). This morning you will hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest.Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss.

Tiger’s Nestis located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro.
Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694.

Day 06: Paro Sightseeing. After breakfastyou will visitKichu lhakhang one of the oldest temples to have been built in Bhutan by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century AD. Later visit Drugyel Dzong now the old ruinsbuilt by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. And also hike to Chele la Passes It is the day hike where you could have a lunch packed from the hotel. As it is at high altitude you are recommended to take a thick jacket. There’s a beautiful scene where you can take a photo.

Day 07: Departure 

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