Kindly be at the check-in counter at least 2 hours ahead of your flight departure time. Your check-in luggage limit is 20kg on Economy Class / 30kg on Business Class, and hand luggage must not exceed 5kg.
DAY 1 PARO ARRIVAL-THIMPHU (65km, about 1 hour)(-L/D)
The Flight to Paro; Bhutan is one of the world’s most spectacular landing which gives you the views of highest mountain ranges in the World. After safely landing in breathe taking tiny Paro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed into Bhutan by the Representative of Pemaling Bhutan Tours and Treks at exit doors after you finish your custom formalities.
Then drive to Thimphu valley, at an elevation of 2,350 m / 7700 ft. Urbanization began here when Thimphu was proclaimed as a national capital in 1952 and the Dechenchoeling Palace was built at this time. Even today the city retains its ethnic architectural style and is the only capital in the world with no traffic lights. Yet unlike other capital cities in the world, Thimphu remains essentially pastoral in character and changes its demeanor with the seasons.
On arrival, check into the hotel.
Begin local sightseeing of the following places:
- Visit the Bhutan Post known for its world famous stamps where you can buy postcards and stamps. The Bhutan Post is definitely a place of significance where an extensive collection of exotic stamps made from metal and silk to three dimensional images and even stamps with mini-phonograph records are produced. Many major events of the world are recorded and made into stamps in Bhutan.
- Walk to the Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles. Bhutan’s textiles are an integral part of its cultural heritage and are unique for their diversity and sophistication. Textile Museum at Thimphu has given a new platform to Bhutanese weavers and boasts of an invaluable collection of antique textile artifacts of Bhutan. Some of the museum’s gems are the pearl robe from Tsamdrak Goenpa, crowns of Bhutan’s Kings, Namzas (dresses) and other accessories worn by the Royal Family, personal bedding of His Holiness Zhabdrung Jigme Dorji and the first version of the Raven Crown.
- Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The National Library of Bhutan (NLB) was established in 1967 with the primary objective of collecting and preserving mainly ancient Bhutanese written and printed resources. The multi-functional library can now pride itself on being a modern library with a number of service and research facilities. It accommodates a large and steadily growing collection of manuscripts, books, scriptures and written documents as well as a large number of hand carved wooden blocks for printing traditional religious books.
- Then move to The National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. Folk Heritage Museum at Thimphu provides you a glimpse of the lifestyle, items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households. Besides the display, the museum also organizes demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs, educational programs for children and research and documentation on the rural life of Bhutan. The museum building itself is one of the star exhibits of the library. It is a restored three-storey traditional
- Visit Buddha point known popularly known as Kuensel Phodrang which has a 160 feet statue of The Present Buddha- Buddha Sakya Muni (Sha cha Thupa). This is one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the World. From here on can get a beautiful view of the Capital city, Thimphu.
Overnight at hotel – Thimphu.
DAY 2 THIMPHU DAY EXCRUSSION (B/L/D)
After breakfast the following tours will be conducted:
- Morning at first hour you will be taken to Changangkha Lhakhang.
- Hike to Tango Monastery, about 7 miles from Thimphu, the Tango Monastery is a lovely place for an excursion. The drive or walk to reach it offers beautiful views of the countryside and the Thimphu valley. The monastery dates back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century by the “Divine mad man. (Drukpa Kinley)
- On the way back visit Pangri Zampa Lhakhang now used as a school for Buddhist Astrology. It was built during the first quarter of 16th century and it is the first residence of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who unified Bhutan during 17th
After Lunch continue local sightseeing’s of the following places:
- Visit Centenary Market one of the biggest structures in Bhutan, Centenarary Farmers market was built in 2008 to mark the coronation of fifth King of Bhutan and 100 years of monarchy. The two storied building has 458 stalls for sale of vegetables, fruits, meats and other farm products. It also houses cafeteria and separate stalls for non wood forest products. Vendors from throughout the country come here to sell their farm produces. The market is open six days in a week except Wednesday. Across the Wangchu, over a traditional Bazam, cantilever bridge, few old sheds still remains people sell handicraft items here.
Evening visit Memorial Chhorten in Thimphu built in 1974 in memory of the Third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who passed away in 1972. The Memorial Chhorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many people it is the focus of their daily worship. Evening free time to scroll around Thimphu town.
- Visit the Nunnery (Drubthob Goemba) and enjoy the view of Thimphu valley. From there you have very nice view of Trashichodzong and the Parliament house.
- Drive to see the Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal of Bhutan seen only in Bhutan at high Altitude.
- Further, drive up to BBS tower to get a view of capital City of Thimphu.
- Overnight at hotel – Thimphu
DAY 3 THIMPHU-PUNAKHA (77km, about 3 hours) (B/L/D)
Drive toward Punakha valley (the old capital of the country) via the Dochula Mountain pass (3,140 m). On a clear day Dochu La offers a stunning view of the snow capped Himalayan ranges:
Kang Bum 6,526 m Gangchhenta 6,840 m
Masang Gang 7,165 m Tsenda Gang 7,100 m
Teri Gang 7,300 m Jejekangphu Gang 7,100 m
Zongophu Gang 7,100 m Gangkhar Puensum 7,541 m
There is a powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria from where these peaks can be viewed and contains information on their elevation.
- Visit Druk Wangyel Chhorten, built by the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the country. The 108 Khangzang Namgyal Chhortens are a new landmark for travelers as they cross Dochula, the first Mountain pass into the interior of the country. “The Buddha himself taught that reverence to the Chhorten, the mind stupa, is as meritorious as prostrating before the Buddha in person,” said the Dorji Lopon who performed the tagyen sungchoe.
- Chimi Lhakhang: The temple is located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina and is a 20 minute walk through the village of Sopsokha. It was built by Ngawang Chogyel in the 15th century after the ‘divine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. The temple is believed to bless couples unable to have children and many people from around the world visit this holly site to seek its blessings.
- Visit Sangchen Dorji Lhendrup Nunnery Punakha Located on top of a hill with view of Punakha and Wangdue Dzongkhag. Village known as (Wolakha)
- The nunnery is established for the sustainability of the Nuns tradition in Bhutan and also propagation of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.It was built by Father of Queen mother (Yap Ugyen Dorji).It also resides the residence of nuns and also Buddhist school Facility same like Monks.
- Talo Village If u drive further up we have the village called Talo which is the village of our Royal Queen mothers and we can also see nice view of Wangdue Phodrang District as well as Punakha. Couples of monasteries build up by different saints but out of that Talo Gemba/Dratshang is one of the important where some of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namyagl’s reincarnation Stayed Whereby we can see all the different Forms and reincarnation of Zhabdrung Rinpoche (Founder of Bhutan).They also have annual festival performed from 7th to 9th of April every year for the wellbeing of all the saintaint beings in the World. In Future they may also have some festival performed by the nuns.
Check into hotel
Overnight at hotel – Punakha.
Day 4 PUNAKHA – PARO (B/L/D) (142km, about 4 hours)
The day in Punakha valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the banks of the Mo Chu River, passing the Phuntsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the Royal Family. At the upper end of the valley, a hike across a footbridge through terraces of rice, chillies and cabbage.
- Then walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten (50 minutes) – a three-storey chhorten built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in 1999 for the protection of the country, stands on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang, and is located about 6 miles from Punakha. It presents an incredibly complex iconography, which belongs to the Nyingmapa tradition.
Later drive back to Paro passing through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural forests.
Check into hotel.
- Visit Mani Dungkhor in Paro. It is believed that spinning a prayer wheel has the same benefits of chanting a prayer. Prayer wheels or Mani Dungkors come in different sizes and can be most commonly seen around religious structures. But how are these wheels made. In Paro, a 64-year-old man Samdrup has been doing this for over 30 years and plans to keep going for as long as he can. When he was around 30 years old, he started learning the craft of making prayer wheel from his late uncle. Since then he has been engaged in making prayer wheels for both religious bodies and individuals.
Evening free time to relax.
Overnight at hotel – Paro
Day 5 PARO DAY HIKE (B/L/D)
Today’s day excursion is to Haa valley. Take a packed lunch.
On arrival in Haa begin local sightseeing as follows:
- Haa Dratshang the 70-strong monk body is housed not in the dzong but in the Haa Dratshang, also known as the Lhakhang Kharpo (White Chapel), at the southern entrance to town. An annual tsechu is held here on the eighth and ninth day of the eighth lunar month and on the 10th day a large thangka displayed at Wangchulo Dzong. A 10-minute walk behind the dratshang is the Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Chapel), from where trails lead to the Buddhist retreat of Shek Drak. Currently the Lhakhang is under renovation and visitors are not allowed to go inside.
- Shek Drak a short excursion up the valley behind the Haa Dratshang is Shek Drak, a tiny retreat centre perched on the hillside. Take the side road just south of the Haa Dratshang, by Domcho – village, and continue halfway (3.5km) up the hillside towards Takchu Goemba. From here, a 10- minute walk climbs to the small and charming chapel attended by one lama and one monk.
Overnight at hotel –Paro
Day 6 PARO SIGHTSEEING (B/L/D)
Morning you will have breakfast at cafeteria just below tiger’s nest, where pure vegetable are served.
The day begins with a short drive towards the road point for start of hike to see the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) which clings precariously to a cliff 800 m / 2,600 ft above the Paro valley. The climb up to the view point will take around three hours (depending on one’s fitness). In the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, alighted here upon the back of a tigress, and upon meditating for three months in a cave, assumed the form of Dorje Droloe, the Terrifying Thunderbolt and subjugated the Eight Evil Spirits who hindered the propagation of Buddhism. Thereafter, the Buddhist Dharma was introduced to Paro valley and soon spread to the rest of Bhutan. Taktsang is one of the holiest sites in the country and one of the most venerated Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.
- Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.
- visit The National Museum rated as one of the finest natural history museums in South Asia which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, armor and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country. Of special interest is the gallery of thangkhas which exhibits exquisite pieces of different vintages – those depicting Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi are of particular significance.
- Then visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders and is now used as an administration center and school for monks. Exhibits exquisite pieces of different vintages – those depicting Zhabdung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi are of particular significance.
- Dungtse Lhakhang, that lies just out of town, across the river. Dungtse Lhakhang is possibly the only ancient temple built in the shape of a chhorten. The lhakhang is literally chained down since local belief holds that it will otherwise fly off to heaven! It was constructed in 1421 by Thangtong Gyelpo who came to Bhutan in search of iron ore to be used for constructing bridges in his homeland Tibet.
- Farmhouse: The visit to a Farmhouse is very interesting to get an idea of how Bhutanese people live. The Farmhouses are very decorative, built and painted in a classical style. The houses are normally three stories; the ground floor is used for cattle, the top floor is used for drying hay while the family live in middle one.
Evening you will have free time to walk around Paro Town.
Overnight at hotel – Paro
Day 7 DEPATURE (B/L/D)
After breakfast your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onward.