Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Route:- Paro - Thimphu(1N) - Punakha(1N) - Paro(2N).
Summarized Itinerary :-
Day-1 Paro Airport – Thimphu Sightseeing (Distance: 65 kms. / Driving Time: 2 hrs).
Day-2 Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue - Sightseeing (Distance: 77 kms. / Driving Time: 3 hrs).
Day-3 Punakha/Wangdue – Paro Sightseeing (Distance: 140 kms. / Driving Time: 5 hrs).
Day-4 Paro Sightseeing - Post breakfast, see Drukgyel Dzong.
Day-5 Departure towards Paro Airport.
Paro to Thimphu -65 kms (1 hrs).
Thimphu to Punakha -80 kms (3 hrs).
Punakha to Paro -145 kms (4 hrs).
Destination Overview :-
Thimphu - Thimphu is capital city of Bhutan and one of the most visited destinations of Bhutan. Thimphu is a city offering an old world charm of a Himalayan Kingdom alongwith Monasteries, museums and a distinct heritage character.
Punakha - Punakha Valley is a riverside town and rice bowl of Bhutan and is renowned for the countryside character it offers.
Paro - The beautiful Paro valley provides a visitor with all the essential elements of Bhutan in general. Ancient temples, massive forts, monasteries, picturesque villages, scenic hikes, and drives. Zhiwa Ling is in close proximity to the many attractions the Paro valley has to offer.
Arrive at Paro Airport and proceed to Thimpu – The capital city of Bhutan. Afternoon, cover Thimphu sightseeing such as Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue) a place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang, King's (National) Memorial Chorten - This Chorten was built in 1974 in a typical Tibetan style. It is also a center of worship for the people living in Thimphu. Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion) - The Dzong is the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) at present & Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Drive to Punakha / Wangdue, via Dochu-La-Pass (3150 mts.) where you can take pictures of the amazing Himalayas. After noon visit Punakha Dzong - built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang - The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. Evening is free to explore on your own. Overnight stay at Punakha / Wangdue.
Proceed to Paro via Lamperi - to visit Royal Botanical Park - The park contains a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and features a huge species of plants. Visit Ta Dzong - National Museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha, etc in afternoon. Rinpung Dzong - Meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". The dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro. Overnight stay at Paro.
Also visit famous Taktsang Monastery - called “Tiger's Nest” (2hrs hike from the base camp) & Kyichu Monastery. Overnight stay at Paro.
Leave for Paro Airport for your onward journey back home. Trip ends with sweet memories.