DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO (DRUK AIR)
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the worlds highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. A tour guide from Sambara Tours & Travels, who will be your personal host throughout your stay in Bhutan, will be waiting to assist you with customs and immigration formalities, and then drive you the short distance to the Hotel.
DAY 02 PARO TSECHU AND sightseeing
Your journey into the Thunder Dragon kingdom will truly begin with a drive in the morning to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 18 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 rampart and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jumolhari (7,314 m). We return to join in the colorful celebration of the Paro Tsechu one of the years biggest festivals. Hundreds of Bhutanese, from all over the country, dressed in their finest hand-woven clothes join in the celebrations that are the essence of Bhutan¹s religious ethos. The days programme will be provided to you and to your tour guide from STT who will be with you explaining the theme behind the numerous exotic dances that take place.
DAY 03 PARO TSECHU AND sightseeing
After breakfast we continue to witness the joyous celebrations of the Tsechu. Your STT guide will be with you to answer all your queries. In the afternoon, we drive to the Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower, which now houses the National Museum. We return for an unhurried stroll through Paro town.
DAY 04 PARO EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG (Tiger's Nest) MONASTERY
A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery - a labour of devotion and faith! After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten from where we walk up to the Taktsang viewpoint. 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 refreshment at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers don¹t seem so impossible after all. Lunch at Taktsang Jakhang and then back to Satsam Chorten for the drive to the hotel
DAY 05 PARO TSECHU
Keeping in mind the importance of today's programme at the Tsechu, we will continue to witness one of the most important and sacred dances of the Tsechu.
DAY 06 PARO TSECHU
On the last day of the Tsechu you will witness the pre-dawn, annual display of the four storey tall scared Thangka (silk appliquéd painting) prized possession of Paro Dzong.
DAY 07 PARO - AIRPORT
In the morning our STT representative will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home.