Day 1 : Arrive by Druk-air – Paro
During this journey via Kathmandu you will experience a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks including sacred Mt. Jomolhari & Mt. Jechudrake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by the representative of Jeroma Tours and Treks and will transfer to hotel for a brief stop and drive to town for lunch. After lunch, drive for sightseeing of Paro valley starting with the museum and Paro Dzong. Later in the afternoon drive to Drugyel Dzong (victorious fort of Bhutan) which withstood the Tibetan invasion in the 17th century but is now in ruins. From here one can have a magnificent view of the sacred mountain, Jhomolhari on a clear day. On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. Overnight stay at Rima Resort.
Day 2 : Paro – Thimphu
After breakfast start the journey to Thimphu following the winding road beside the Paro river, downstream till the confluence then along the Wang-chu up the valley to the capital.
Start the sightseeing of the Thimphu valley with the mini Zoo to visit National Animal of Bhutan Takin which has been created by Divine Madman with the head of a goat and body like a cow.
Visit the Nunnery, National Library, Painting School and Handicraft Emporium and then drive back for lunch. After lunch visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) of His Late Majesty the 3rd King of Bhutan. Visit Simthokha Dzong, the first fort built by Shabdrung who unified the kingdom in the 17th century, which now also houses the school for study of National Language – Dzongkha.
If the day falls on the weekend of your visit then visit the weekend market to see the farmer products, usually of chili, at every little store; chili is used as vegetables then spices.
If time permits stroll in town for shopping. Overnight stay at Peaceful Resort / Yeedzin Guest House.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha & back to Paro.
After breakfast leave for Punakha. The road winds through the forest to Dochula pass, alt. 3,080 m. From here on clear days one can see around 200 miles of the spectacular view of Himalayan range.
After about one and half hour from here you reach Punakha, for a tour around the famous Punakha Dzong, which is built on the confluence of the Mo Chhu (Mother) and Pho Chhu (Father) Rivers. The Punakha Dzong was the second built in Bhutan and was previously the seat of Government. Legend has it that the building of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rinpoche, who predicted that a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant and build. True to the prediction Ngawang Namgyal (the Shabdrung) arrived in the 16th century and built the Dzong at the tip of the elephant trunk, which is right on the confluence of the two rivers. The Punakha Dzong was the scene of some fine victories the Bhutanese had over the invading Tibetan forces. The mixture of administrative, religious and defensive function has been used as the model for later day Dzongs to be based upon.
En-route visit Chimi Lhakhang the temple of the Divine Madman, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the 15th century. He is the favorite Yogi who has subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”; the unfertile women take the blessing from that temple so that they may bear children.
Lunch will be served at Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria with the view of the temple and beautiful rice terraces with the village.
Later in the afternoon continue your drive to Paro. Overnight stay at Rima Resort.
Day 4 : Paro – Excursion to Taktsang.
There is a full day to explore the town, valley, and trek to the most famous monument in Bhutan, the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Paro Valley is wide and fertile and one of the most beautiful in all Bhutan, producing rice, millet, wheat and potatoes as the main crop. In the morning you drive along this valley, next to the Paro Chhu (River) to the start of a trekking trail which leads to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The trek is steady up-hill and will take about 2 – 3 hours to reach the monastery.
There is a teahouse half way up which offers refreshments and, on the way down, a well-earned lunch.
The monastery is perched at 3,140M, looking, for all intents and purposes, like it is growing out from the granite. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, in 7th century AD, flew on the back of a Tiger to the monastery’s current location, hence the name ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Rinpoche subdued the evil spirits in the region then meditated in a cave for 3 months.
As did Milarepa and Shabdrung Ngawang. It has been recognized as a holy area for many centuries.
The trek to Tiger’s Nest is a real highlight; however there are many other places to visit in Paro including the Paro Dzong and the Ta Dzong (National Museum). Overnight stay at Rima Resort.
Day 5 : Paro – departure.
After breakfast drive to the airport for your departure for your next destination.