Day 01: Arrive Paro International Airport
The very first day, flight to Paro Airport will bring you the most stunning view of the Himalayan Mountains which ranges from Nepal towards Bhutan. When the clock needs about twenty five minutes to enter the land of thunder dragon (Bhutan) you will be able to view the world highest peak, Mt Everest and then other mountains like Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu. As you approach quite near to Bhutan you will be greeted by mighty peaks of Bhutan like Mt. Jhomolhari, Mt. Tsrim Gang etc. proudly standing amongst the world’s highest known Himalayan peaks. Finally then, you will reach Paro Airport in 3 hrs (from Bangkok) else 2 hrs (from Kathmandu). As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down to see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it. Now you are stepping out from the Druk air into fresh and silent atmosphere of Paro, the characteristic of the last Shangri-La. The representative from 7 Brothers Tours and Travels will be waiting for you at the exit who will guide you throughout your stay in Bhutan. If your flight is early you will be served lunch at one of the lodge in Paro.
You will then drive through the lovely Paro valley to your beautiful resort or hotel.
After Lunch you can have stroll in the Paro town and experience the lifestyle of Bhutanese people.
Day 02: Paro- Thimphu:
Distance: 55 Km, Estimated time: 2 Hours
On your second day you will go for Paro Sightseeing. In the morning you will experience a small hike of 3 hrs to the Taksang monastery (The tiger’s nest). The fascinating history behind this monastery will help you to appreciate the monastery.
As believed by the Bhutanese, Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a tiger’s back in the 8th century and meditated for three months. Later in 1684 this holy place was built. When you finish your climb you will reach a cafe where you will get a very good view of the monastery. There you will be served tea and snacks. For some tourists who want to get a very close view of the monastery, they can climb further up for about 45 minutes and enjoy the 50 meter close view of the Tiger’s Nest. You can ask your guide to give you a detailed explanation. Later when you reach back then the first sightseeing will be to visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fotress) which is 10 kms further up the valley. This dzong was built in 1684 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to celebrate the victory over the Tibetans. At present too you can view this dzong in ruins since it was burned down accidentally by a candle fire in 1874. You will be served tea and snacks in one of hotel in Paro and towards evening 7 Brothers Tours and Travels escort will take to Thimphu, Capital city (2 hours drive) you will be directly taken to resort. Dinner and overnight at the Resort in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu Halt
Morning: Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School to see the live traditional paintings by the students. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and you can purchase if you like. Lunch at the hotel.Afternoonyou will be guided to base of Tango Cheri monastery which is perched in the rocky mountain. After that we will directly drive to Zoo where Bhutan’s National animal are kept. We will then drive down to town to have cup of tea and snacks. After tea you will be taken to Buddha statue (169 ft) the world 8th wonder from where you will view Thimphu city.
Day 0 4: Drive to Phobjikha Tour
Distance: 172km, Estimated time: 6 -7 hours
Visit to GangteyGoenpa is the 451 year old, the jewel of the region with its distinctive yellow roof, is nested upon a small hill overlooking the large green expanse of the Phobjikha valley.
After a mouth- watering breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdi. On the way halt at Dochula for a hot cup of tea/coffee and witness most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges on clear days. Lunch at the Punakha hotel. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong which houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers known as Pochu and Mochu which means “Male River and Female River.” It was built in 1637 AD. Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong which is 13 km from Punakha. Wangdiphodrang Dzong and its small town are perched on a hill between two rivers. This is another District Administration Office housed in a fortress. The Dzong was built in 1638AD. Overnight: Hotel
Day 05: Wandiphodrang – Thimphu:
Distance: 77km, Estimated: 3 hours
Morning sightseeing of Wandi Dzong from the far distance above wangdi valley where you can see Wandi Dzong is built on the shape of elephant. Drive to Thimphu. Lunch in town.Free time in the afternoon for strolling around town. Overnight: Hotel.
Day 06: Thimphu Halt
You can have more exposure of Bhutanese life in Thimphu and relax in the hotel. Afternoon stroll in the town for your experience of Authentic Bhutanese crafts in the hub of city. You may watch Bhutanese film in a theatre or we may arrange night club if you wish. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 07 Thimphu– Paro/sightseeing
Distance: 55km/Estimated time: 2 hours
Morning, after breakfast drive back to Paro; on the way you will have tea and sightseeing. Afternoon you can visit Ta Dzong Museum. The name implies that Ta Dzong was a watcher to safeguard the main structure of the dzong below from the Tibetan invaders.
It was strategically located on a hill above the dzong.
The Ta dzong has not only contains works of art but also handicrafted objects.
It has 6 galleries and a visit to the museum give us an idea of cultural and ecological richness of Bhutan in a very short time.
Visit ParoDzong is also known as RingpungDzong, which means “the fortress of a heap of jewels”.
It is one of Bhutan’s most impressive and well-known dzongs.
It is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture.
The inward –sloping walls forms a massive structure that towers over the town and it is visible as great white monolith from vantage points throughout the valley.
It is located on the hill to the left bank of Pa Chhu overlooking the broad valley.
The Dzong now serves as a central monastic and administrative seat of the province/district of Paro.
It was built to defend the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion.
It survived the 1897 earthquake but a fire severely damaged the dzong in 1907 and was rebuilt in the following year.
Unlike other dzongs in Bhutan, it is in a square shape with the uste in the center surrounded by outer structure usually two storied.
Day 08 : Paro- Paro International Airport:
Morning drive to Paro international Airport to catch the flight.
We wish you a very safe and pleasant journey and love to see you again in Bhutan.Thankyou!