4 night and 5 days
Day 01. Arrive Paro and drive towards Thimphu: Your Guide from Bhutan Mak Adventure Travel will receive you at the Paro International airport and drive you from airport towards Thimphu the capital of Bhutan a journey of about 60km (1 hour). On the way to Thimphu visit Tamcho Lhakhang (the oldest iron chain bridge). After reaching Thimphu visit the largest Buddha statute.
Dinner and over at Thimphu
Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing and Excursion to Dochula Pass: After breakfast, Drive towards Dochula pass. We will stop at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. After coming from Dochula we will then visit memorial chorten (1974) built in honour of our late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We will then Visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist Manuscripits.
Finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.
Dinner and over night in Thimphu
Day 03. Thimphu to Paro: Early in the morning we will visit Tshichho Dzong, seat of the national Government and the central monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).
After lunch drive towards Paro and after reaching paro visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt.Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. .
Dinner and overnight in Paro.
Day 04 Paro-Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery – After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour horse ride till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the NationalMuseum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge.
Dinner and over night in Paro
Day 05-Departure: Early morning, drive towards the airport