7 Days & 6 Nights (Cultural)
DAY 1: Paro to Thimphu
You would be transferred to Thimphu. This journey from Paro to Thimphu would be an amazingly scenic drive with views of mesmerizing mountains and flowing rivers. The distance between Paro and Thimphu is 70 km and would take approximately 1.5 hours to cover.
Followed by you would proceed to the Takin Mini Zoo. The Zoo houses the Takin - the national animal of Bhutan that looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that it was created by the great Buddhist yogi – Drukpa Kinley. The animal is indigenous to Bhutan and its surrounding regions.
Later After the zoo, a visit to the Arts & Craft School- the Institute for Zorig Chusum or the Painting School- where students are taught and trained in the 13 traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.
In the evening, you would be taken to Trashichhoedzong -a strikingly large structure, surrounded by manicured lawns and beautiful gardens, which houses the throne room, offices of the secretariat and the King.
DAY 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
On reaching Thimphu, you would go for the local sightseeing to the Memorial Chorten which is the most visible religious structure in Thimphu followed by the Buddha Point View to see the huge of Buddha Dordenma (8th tallest statue of Buddha in the world). The view of the valley from this point is as magnificent as the statue of Lord Buddha that resides on the premises.
DAY 3: Thimphu to Punakha
Today after enjoying a lovely breakfast, you will visit The General Post Office where one can buy one of the most beautiful stamps in the world and post cards too. You can print your own stamps with your own picture
You would be transferred to Punakha. The tentative pick-up time would be at 8.30 am. The distance between Thimphu and Punakha is 75 km and would take approximately 3 hours to cover. Later you would make stops to do some sightseeing at the Dochula view point. The Dochula pass is 45-minutes from Thimphu and perched at 3100m, offering a glimpse of the Himalayan range.
As you come closer to Punakha valley, you would stop at Chimi Lhakhang or the Fertility Temple. This sacred temple was made in honor of Lama Drukpa Kinley. Childless women go to the temple to receive a blessing or empowerment from the saint. It is a 20-minutes long pleasant walk from road at Sopsokha to the temple. En route, you would also cross an archery ground.
Then, you would visit the Punakha Dzong. It stands majestically on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers and is one of the most photogenic of all of Bhutan's ancient fortresses. The dzong joins the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and houses many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley.
DAY 4: Punakha Sightseeing
Next day after breakfast drive to Punakha, the capital of Bhutan in the past and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Unlike Thimphu it is quite warm in winter and hot in summer. Dzongkha is widely spoken in this district.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten sits high above Punakha Valley, affording panoramic views of the verdant hillsides below. The four-storey temple remains a worthy example of the country's traditional architecture and artistic techniques. You'll have to hike for roughly an hour from the parking at the base of the hill, so be sure to bring plenty of water and a picnic to enjoy in the temple's picturesque hilltop garden.
DAY 5: Thimphu to Paro
you would visit the National Museum of Paro which displays the antique items gathered from different parts of the country, in a revamped Ta-dzong building. Then, you will visit to Rinpung Dzong, the “Fortress of the Heap of Jewels“. It is also an architectural wonder, setting the tone for official dzongs throughout the Kingdom and inviting the visitor to wonder at the cultural strength of the Kingdom’s heritage. The dzong was built in 1646. The town of Paro is small with most of the inhabitants living in the valley that surrounds the town. Paro has the highest yielding farmlands in the kingdom. Apart from commanding a slightly elevated strategic point overlooking the longest stretch of the Paro valley, Rinpung Dzong is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs in the valley. Later you will also have time to play the countries local sport like Archery with the locals.
In the evening, you would be dropped to the hotel in Paro; enjoy a warm and comforting dinner before you retire for the night.
DAY 6: Sightseeing Paro
Get set for exploring Paro after a delicious breakfast at the hotel; you would be picked up from your hotel at approximately 8.30 am for a hike to the famous Tiger’s nest temple. The Temple or Taktsang Monastery is the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at the monastery. Perched precariously on the edge of a 1200m cliff, this monastery is an impressive sight and the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. The up-hill hike would take around 2 hours. You could also choose to ride a horse from the parking lot to the monastery. If the full hike sounds a bit tough, you can hike for 1 hour to the cafeteria- a wooden tea-house restaurant which offers a good view of the monastery.
By afternoon, you would be taken to the Kyichu Lhakhang. This temple built in 1659 is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and is believed to have been built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalayas.
Day 7: Departure from Paro
After breakfast, you would check out from the hotel.