Day 01: Arrive at Paro
Upon arrival in the morning, you will be received by our guides. After completion of arrival formalities, you will be taken to your hotel where you will plan to utilize your afternoon free hours. If required, you will be taken around the local markets in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Paro
After early breakfast, you will visit Paro Taksang, which is about two and half hours journey. Paro Taktsang or Tigers Nest, is a prominent Buddhist sacred site and temple with fascinating stories and myth. On the way back to Paro after having lunch at Cafeteria at Taktshang, you will visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. Ta Dzong holds unique and varied collections, ranging from ancient armor to textiles, thangkha and paintings. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro
After breakfat you will visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) which is built in 1646. It is also the venue for the famous Paro Tshechu, held annually in the spring. After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong. Then head back towards Paro town by visiting Kyichu Lhakhang on the way which is established in 7th century and one of the two oldest shrines in the kingdom. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 04: Paro – Thimphu
After breakfast, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It is a little more than an hour drive. On the way you will visit Semtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses in the country, which now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. You will then visit Tashichhodzong, the seat of the government; the National Memorial Chorten; and the Handicrafts Emporium. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha
In the morning, you will visit Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) ; the National Library; Takin preserve (Motithan); and Coronation Park. After lunch, you will proceed to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft). From this spot, you will get a breathtaking view of the snow-capped eastern Himalayas. Punakha served as the capital town of Bhutan until 1955, and it is still the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Then you will visit Punakha Dzong, built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 06: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey (Phobjikha)
After breakfast you will visit Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is under renovation after it is being destroyed by fire in 2012. You will the drive up towards mountain to Phopbjikha, which is one of the most beautiful highland valleys in Bhutan and winter home of black-necked cranes. After exploring Phobjikha valley you will visit Gangtey Gompa. Dinner and overnight at Gangtay Palace.
Day 07: Gangtey (Phobjikha) – Trongsa
After exploring Phobjikha valley in the morning, you will drive to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830ft), which is a boundary between western and central Bhutan. On the way, you will stop to visit Chendebji Chorten, build in 18th century. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Trongsa.
Day 08:Trongsa – Bumthang (Jakar)
After visiting Trongsa Dzong, built in 1647, you will also visit Ta Dzong on the hillside above the town, built as a watchtower to guard Trongsa. After lunch you will proceed to Bumthang, one of the loveliest valleys in Bhutan and also the holy heartland of Buddhism. The 68km journey takes about 3 hours. The road continue upto Yutong-la pass (3,400m/11,155ft). Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 09: Bumthang
Bumthang valley is located at an altitude varying from 2,600 to 4,000m/8,530 to 13,125ft. In the morning you will visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. You will then visit Jambey Lhakhang, built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. After lunch, you will visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. Later you will visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, then take a walk through Bumthang’s local market area before returning to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 10: Bumthang – Thimphu
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive back to Thimphu, stopping for lunch at cafeteria in Trongsa town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro
Drive to Paro in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 12: Depart Paro
Early breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.