Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Arrive by Druk air KB 400, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received and transfer Thimphu (65 Kms) which is the capital of Bhutan. Evening free time or walk around the market. O/N Hotel (AP)
After Breakfast drive to Thimphu visit memorial Chorten built in the memory of Lt. His Majesty the King by Royal Queen Mother, visit Cahngkha Lhakhang, Motithang mini Zoo to see the National animal The Takin. Drive down to viewpoint from where you have magnificent view of Thimphu valley; visit National Library to see the large collection of traditional books, Folk Heritage museum where you can see the typical Bhutanese house and their way lifestyle and school of arts & craft (Painting School) O/N Hotel (AP)
After breakfast leave for Gangtey. The road winds through the forest to Dochula (La means pass), where in good weather 200 miles of Himalayan summits are in view. After driving for 3 more hours you will reach Wangdi. Stop for lunch at Wangdi. After a further 3 hours drive you will reach Gangtey. Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Explore the valley and return to the hotel. O/N Hotel (AP)
Early morning drive back to Punakha. Visit Punakha town and visit the Punakha Dzong, which is the summer residence of Central Monastic body. Later visit chimi Lhakhang. O/N Hotel (AP)
After breakfast drive to Paro, on the visit Dochula pass Chorten and again drive to onward to Paro. After lunch do the sightseeing of Dungtse Lhakhang and the drive to Ta Dzong, the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has a fine collection of ancient Thangka painting, textiles, weapons and artifacts. walk around the Ugyen Pelri Palace and the traditional wooden bridge. Later visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. O/N Hotel (AP)
After Breakfast drive to base of Taktsang then start hike to the Taktsang Monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. After noon if time permitted visit Kyichu Lhakang then return back to hotel. O/N Hotel (AP)
Morning transfer to Airport for flight to onward destination