Day 1: Paro Arrival
visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. If time permits you will also visit the Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyel Dzong. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro – Haa – En Route Hike to Chele La Pass
We commence our road trip to Chele La pass. The road to the Haa Valley is a scenic drive through small and hamlets, winding through these side valleys we make our way into the Haa Valley, the road cut into the hillsides above the Haa river. Exploration of this isolated traditional settlement, situated south of Paro and only recently opened to tourism, take in the sights of the many temples and Lhakhang dotted throughout the valley.
Winding back out of the Haa Valley, ascending to Chele La Pass at 3810 meters offers views of the magnificent Mount Jhomolhari and Haa Valley. Taking in the scenery with an offering of prayer flags, a Buddhist ritual to gain merit for the next life. Overnight at a hotel in Haa.
Day 3: Haa – Thimpu
Today you will drive to the capital city – Thimphu, through traditional settlements and terraces of rice fields. The capital lies in a steep valley with alpine forests and golden topped monasteries scattered throughout. Thimphu with its bustling and colorful main street, a meeting place for many and the center of commerce for most. A leisurely walking tour in the main center of this sprawling city at 2350 meters, through alleys and laneways with its tiny shops, teahouses and handicraft emporiums.
Exploring the handcrafted artisan produce at the local farmers market with freshly churned butter, forest mushrooms and a vast array of chilies both fresh and dried. This afternoon is full of opportunities including the National Textile Museum, the Memorial Chorten with locals engaged in “Kora” – a circular pilgrimage with offerings of butter lamps.
Day 4: Thimpu – Paro – Taktsang Monastery
Day 4 begins with a hike to the magnificent Taktsang Monastery at 3140 meters. Perched cliffside, it is believed this is the meditation site of Guru Rinpoche, who flew on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. An important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Himalayas, with its stunning vistas and spectacular architecture against a backdrop of sheer granite cliff faces. After descending from Taktsang, enjoy a picnic lunch in the Paro Valley.
Day 5: Paro Departure
Time to say goodbye. Breakfast and morning at leisure until getting escorted to the airport for a flight coming back home. The trip ends. Hope you enjoyed it and wish that we could serve you next time in Bhutan.