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 to the capital Thimphu (54 km).
DAY 02 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA
We set in the morning for Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and clear, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. From Dochula the road descends along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Lunch at the hotel in Punakha. In the afternoon we take a stroll through the small town and view the Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu. The dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
DAY 03 PUNAKHA - WANGDUE - THIMPHU
After breakfast a short drive takes us to Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. We make a short stop to view the Wangdue Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu. We return to Thimphu and on the way stop at Dochula (3,050 m) for refreshment and view the Himalayan ranges. Lunch at the hotel in Thimphu. We then visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of our Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thereafter to Lungtenzampa where we observe traditional gold and silver smiths at work. We then explore the capital city and pick up handicraft souvenirs their variety and artistry are amazing. Overnight at Thimphu.
DAY 04 THIMPHU TSECHU
Today you will witness the Thimphu Tsechu, grand festival of mask dances and religious performances depicting the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan. The afternoon is spent sightseeing in the valley and if time permits we can take a stroll through the streets of Thimphu.
DAY 05 THIMPHU TSECHU
Another day the Dzong to witness the Thimphu Tsechu. Free-time in the afternoon can be used for shopping and other activities in the market.
DAY 06 THIMPHU - PARO
We leave for Paro in the morning and drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, 18 kms up the Paro 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. We drive back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we drive to the Ta Dzong, and ancient watch-tower, which now houses the National Museum and return for an unhurried stroll through Paro town. A relaxed evening at hotel, sumptuous meal including (for the adventurous!) authentic fiery hot local cuisine, and a warm bed.
DAY 07 PARO - AIRPORT
In the morning our STT representative will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home.