Day 01 – 04/10/2022
In the morning, transfer to Bangkok International Airport. As per the Bhutan Airlines & Durkair timings, you will transfer to Bhutan.
On the same day – Arrival at Paro International Airport and then transfer to Thimphu.
Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 meters and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom. The Traveller Trails Team will receive, and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres.
You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder.
Overnight in Thimphu
Day 02 – 05/10/2022: Thimphu Festival & Thimphu sightseeing
In the morning, we shall witness one of the country’s biggest festivals. Details of the festival are attached below. Later in the afternoon, we will proceed with the sightseeing.
We will visit the revered Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point – the statue of Buddha Dordenma, which commands a tremendous view of Thimphu valley. The huge 3-storey throne holds several chapels and the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha.
And then Takin Reserve – showcasing the unique national animal and National Library and the School of Traditional Arts
In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD).
And, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum
If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely home made articles with no imports. Tell your guide what takes your interest.
Overnight in Thimphu
Day 03 – 06/10/2022: Thimphu- Punakha
In the morning drive approximately 3 hours to the old capital, Punakha, via Dochu La pass at 3050 meters, where we will stop for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. You will notice the change in climate and vegetation as we approach low-lying Punakha at 1250 meters.
Take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across the terraced fields of Sopsokha village to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).
Then we will visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. Built-in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu.
Overnight in Punakha
Day 04 –07/10/2022: Punakha – Paro
Today we return to Paro, a drive of approximately 4 hours. In the afternoon you can start your culture tour of Paro valley by visiting the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture.
And, then the National Museum, it has a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts – costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles, and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps.
Overnight in Paro
Day 05 – 08/10/2022: Paro – Tiger Nest hike
Take a day’s walk to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress.
He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighboring Buddhist countries.
You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.
Overnight in Paro
Day 06 -9/10/2022: Departure
Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck).
- Morning flights to Bangkok, later in the afternoon fly to your country.