Day 1: Arrive Paro
On a clear day, the flight to Paro is breathtaking, with views of major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and on the final approach Bhutan`s own snowy peaks, the sacred Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. A representative of Sukhata Tours and the Tour Guide will receive and take you on a drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan`s capital.
You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan's iron bridge builder. Take an afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress.
Day 2: Thimhpu Sightseeing
- Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972.
- Visit the National Library (Optional) where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
- Visit the Zorig Chusum - 13 Arts & Crafts Institute where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. The visitors can see students of different trades at work like: Sculpting, Thanka Painting, Wood Carving and other skills.
- Visit the Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Crafts Bazaar where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased.
Evening: Free for a leisure walk to explore Thimphu city - the world's smallest capital and the only capital city where Traffic Lights are absent. The walk around the city is easy and would be enjoyable to experience the Bhutanese way of life. For obvious reasons, the life style in Thimphu is more influenced by urban culture and therefore different from other parts of the country. Night at Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu - Punkha
In the morning drive to Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan (77 Km) from Thimphu. Enjoy panoramic view of Black Mountain range at Dochu La, Visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang, and Royal Botanical Garden on the way. Dochu La is a paradise for photographers.
On arrival to Punakha we will visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, "the unifier of Bhutan" to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. It is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho chu and Mo chu rivers. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in recent years by the present monarch and displays some of the best works of Bhutanese arts and crafts.
After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility, blessed by the Divine Mad Man in the 1500s. The walk to the temple will take about 45 minutes one way through rice paddy fields. Night at Punakha
Day 4: Punakha Festival
Today you will witness the Punakha Festival held inside PunakhaDzong which is said to be the palace of great Happiness, build in 1637 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel in between river of male and female. People walk for festival from miles and miles with their finest and colorful dress. The festivities give them an opportunity to feast and relax from their daily works. The festival is unusual than any other festival in Bhutan because it depicts how Zhabdrung played a trick against the Tibetan invaders about the RangungKhazherpane, a self-created image of Chenresig by throwing into the river.Night at Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha - Paro
On the fifth day you can visit the festivities in the morning Depart for Paro after Lunch.
Evening: Take a stroll through Paro town. The town is flooded with handicraft shops catering to tourist interest. There also fake jewelry shops. Bargaining is accepted and part of business deals.
Day 6: Hike to Paro Taktshang
Hike to Tiger`s Nest, one of the most sacred Taktshang monasteries in Bhutan. It is perched on the cliff where Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. Night Paro
Farewell Dinner: Sukhata Tours will organize a Cultural Evening to entertain guests by a Cultural Dance Troupe followed by a Farewell Dinner.
Day 7: Paro - Internatioanl Airport
Morning: Breakfast timing may depend on the return Flight time. All hotels serve early morning Breakfast by 6.00 am.
Airport Drop: The guests will be Seen Off by a Representative of Sukhata Tours and the Tour Guide at the Exit Gate. Wish Bon Voyage!!!