Bhutan which is a tiny landlocked nation in East Asia is situated completely within the Himalayan range. Nepal lies to the west of Bhutan and its other close neighbours are Bangladesh and Myanmar. The country of Bhutan is also fondly called ‘The Land of Happiness’ because according to a recent survey, it was concluded that the people of Bhutan are the happiest people living on earth. Bhutan is a truly vibrant, hospitable, colourful and a mesmerising country to visit.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Paro Airport And Transfer To Thimphu
On arrival at Paro Airport and after completing your Visa / Permit formalities you will be received by our representative who will assist you in boarding your vehicle for transfer to Thimphu. On arrival check in to the hotel.
Evening explore the Thimpu town by walk. Overnight stay at Thimphu hotel.
Day 2: Transfer From Thimphu To Punakha/wangdue & Punakha/wangdue Sightseeing
After breakfast, drive towards Punakha / Wangdue. On the way stop at Dochu-La-Pass to view the higher Himalayas.
Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival.
Arrival at Punakha & check in to the hotel. Afterwards, proceed for Punaka/Wangdue sightseeing visiting:
Punakha Dzong is built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.
Take a short break and easy hike to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang also known as “The Temple of Fertility”
Chimi Lhakhang situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as "Divine Madman". This temple 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.
Check in to the Hotel, Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Punakha / Wangdue hotel.
Charges for all activities and entry to monuments & memorials need to be paid by the customer on direct payment basis.
Travel from Thimphu to Punakha
Day 3: Transfer From Punakha/wangdue To Paro With Visit To Royal Botanical Garden
After breakfast transfer to Paro. Enroute Stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical Garden.
The Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri is the first botanic park in Asian country and forms the scenery of the Dochula Pass. The park has a lake referred to as Baritsho Lake which has spiritual quality because the native folks provide dedicated offerings. There are trekking routes or trails such as the shrub walk (1 km), Serchu Nature Trail (1 km), Dochula Nature Trail (1.5 km), Lumitsawa Ancient path (4.7 km), Lungchu Tshey Pilgrimage (3.5 km), and the Thadna Jungle Walk (125 km).
On arrival at Paro, check in to the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight stay at Paro hotel.
Travel from Punakha to Paro
Day 4: Paro Full Day Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing visiting:
Ta Dzong is a one time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors.
Rinpung Dzong was Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.
Drukgyel Dzong is a Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and was featured in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when its was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Chomolhari from the village, below the Dzong.
Later drive back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Paro hotel.
Day 5: Departure From Paro To Paro Airport
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drop at Paro Airport for your onward journey.