Start/ End: Paro/ Paro
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Tour route: Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages depends on your Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.
Day 01: Paro Arrival – Transfer Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu – Tango, Hiking & Cheri Monastery(B)
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha, Sightseeing & Hiking (B)
Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey, Punakha Sightseeing & Hiking(B)
Day 05: Gangtey – Paro, Gangtey Hiking (B)
Day 06: Paro Sightseeing(B)
Day 07: Paro, Hiking to Kila Goempa (B)
Day 08: Para Departure
Day 1: Arrival, Paro – Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs)
Welcome to Bhutan! Upon arrival, be greeted and transferred to Paro to visit Paro Dzong which was built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. After that, transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, which has a population of about 100,000 and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and have some free time.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Day 2: Thimphu – Tango, Hiking & Cheri Monastery(B)
After having a delicious breakfast, have a 45-minute drive towards the north of Thimphu valley and hike to Tango Monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and now the national institute for higher studies of meditation and Buddhist Philosophy. Afterward, have an amazing picnic lunch and continue your hiking to Cheri Monastery.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha, Sightseeing & Hiking(B)
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy breakfast to get ready for a new day of exploration. Start with a visit to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass to have a warm coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If in good weather, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya. You can also do a Dochula Natural trail hike (1.5 hours). Upon arrival in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, the beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, serving as the religious and administrative center of Bhutan until the mid-1950s.
Day 4: Punakha – Gangtey, Punakha Sightseeing & Hiking(B)
After breakfast, we head for a suspension bridge and start hiking up to Khamsum Yuelley Chorten, passing by nice rice terraces and pine forests en route. When reaching the stupa atop, we have a great time to enjoy the superb views. Later, drive to Lobyesa and continue another 20 minutes’ hiking to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and now a sacred place where women pray for children. After that, drive to Gangtey.
Day 5: Gangtey – Paro, Gangtey Hiking (B)
This morning, transfer to visit Gangtey Goempo, which holds the most sacred relics of all monasteries in Bhutan and is famed for its amazing design. Later, do short hiking along the Gangtey Nature Trail (1.5 hrs) down to Khewa Lhakhang. En-route visit the Semchubara Village and a square Chorten, then drive to Paro.
Day 6: Paro Sightseeing(B)
This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. You’ll have a great chance to see a distant view of Mt. Chomolhari.
Day 7: Paro, Hiking to Kila Goempa (B)
Enjoy breakfast and then drive up to the hiking point for amazinh hiking to Kila Goempa (Kila Nunnery). It takes about 2 hours. Later, go through a forest of chir pine trees, fir trees and spruces that offers a chance to overlook the Paro valley and get back to the motorable road for a drive back to Paro.
Day 8: Para Departure (By Druk Air)
Have some leisure time before being transferred to the airport for the flight to your next destination.