Receive at Paro Airport, meet our English speaking Heavenly Bhutan Guide who will accompany with you throughout the tour & transfer to Thimphu (65 km / 2 hrs) - the capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government, religion and commerce. It is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Overnight in Thimphu.
Full day Thimphu sightseeing, after breakfast visit Memorial Chorten (from outside) - this stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Afterwards visit Mothinthang Zoo, Viewpoint, Handicraft Emporium - There are various Handicraft Emporiums in town displaying a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. The National Handicrafts Emporium across the road is a government owned emporium. The handicraft emporiums are closed on Sundays, National Library - Bhutan's history imprinted in archaic texts are preserved in the National Library. Besides thousands of ancient Buddhist manuscript, it also has modern academic books & printing blocks for prayer flags. Then proceed to Tashicho Dzong (This Dzong can visit only after 5 pm in summer) - also known as "fortress of the glorious religion" was built in 1641 and later rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses main secretariat building and it also has the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast drive via scenic Dochu La Pass to Wangduephodrang (70 km / 3 hrs) - this is the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. The town is not more than an enlarged village with a few well-provided shops. The higher side of Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pasture land for cattle and it is famous for fine bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Afternoon visit Punakha Valley & Punakha Dzong. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it is the winter seat of Chief Abbot. Pho Chhu & Mo Chhu Rivers, splendid views of the Himalayas, product of crops & fruits are blessed to this warm valley. Overnight in Punakha.
Early breakfast and drive to Paro (150 km / 5 hrs) - The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is the home of many of Bhutan's oldest temples, monasteries, National Museum and countries only airport. Afternoon Paro sightseeing covering Rinpung Dzong - built in 1646 by Zhabdrung 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. National Museum (Ta Dzong) - On a ridge immediately above Rinpung Dzong is Ta Dzong, built as a watch tower to protect Rinpung Dzong. ("Ta" means "to see" in Dzongkha, so the watch tower of a dzong is always called a "Ta Dzong"). On account of their function, watch towers are always round in shape. In 1968 Paro's Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection. Dungtse Lhakhang - The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that it is in the form of a chorten, one of the very few that exists in Bhutan. The Lhakhang was built in 1421 by the famous Tibetan Lama, Thongten Gyelpo (1385-1465) who was also known as Changzampa or the builder of iron bridges. It is believed that a demoness was terrorizing the Paro valley and the very hill that the temple is built on turned out to be the demoness's head. So he built a Chorten shaped temple over the demoness's head or the hills to overpower her, as Chortens most of the time play the part of a nail that immobilizes a demon. Overnigh in Paro.
Today, be firm to hike to Taktsang View Point / Taktsang Lhakhang / also called "Tiger's Nest Monastery" - one of the most famous monastery in Bhutan, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley. It is said that Guru Rimpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, so it is called "Tiger's Nest". This site is recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visit by all Bhutanese at least once in their life time. OR (If client do not ready to hike Taktsang Monastery, then we will provide alternative sightseeing covering: Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest and most sacred shrine of the Kingdom dating back to 7th Century, Drukyul Dzong - with a delightful village nestling at its foothill, was built in 1646 by Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. The glory of Drukyul Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear weather one can see the commanding view of Mount Jhomolhari from the village, below the Dzong and afterward visit Bhutanese Farm House - Bhutanese farm houses are very colourful and traditionally built without the use of a single nail. The house looks very big from outside but is quite simple inside. It has normally three storey. The ground floor is always used for cattle while the attic is used to store hay. The families live in the middle floor. The best room is always kept for the family chapel. A visit to a Farm House is very interesting and offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.
Day excursion tour to beautiful Chele La Pass with picnic lunch / Haa Valley - this beautiful valley opened to visitors only in the past few years and remains a seldom visited destination. The route begins with a slow climb up to Chele La Pass through mixed forest of blue pine, cypress, larch, fir and rhododendron. Slowly the landscape changes to one of alpine pastures with carpets of mountain flowers including Bhutan's national flower - the Blue Poppy. On a clear day at Chele La Pass (3900 m) can have a panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas. Reroute, the winding road descends through pasture land dotted with yaks, to Haa itself where fields of millet, barley, potatoes and wheat cover the valley floor. Unique architecture is reflected in the large farmhouses beautifully adorned with intricately painted cornices, frames and three-tiered windows. Prayer flag hoisting at the pass and walk around, back to hotel in the evening. Overnight in Paro.
Breakfast and transfer to airport for departure flight.
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