Experience a breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan on your journey to Bhutan. Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, our tour representative will receive you and take you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Visit Drukgyal Dzong (a ruined fortress - 14 km away from the Paro Town). It is in ruins since 1951, but now being rebuilt to its original grandeur. The fortress marks the victory of the Bhutanese forces against the Tibetan invaders in the 17th century. On a clear weather you can see the peak of Mount Jumolhari ‘Mountain of the Goddess’ alt. 7329 m (24029 ft.) from the site. En route, visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. Afternoon, take a leisurely walk to prepare for the next day's Tiger's Nest hike.
The hike to the Tiger's Nest will take about five hours, round trip. The monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3000 ft above the Paro Valley. As per legend, the patron saint of Bhutan, Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress to meditate in the cave and the tiger is believed to be his favourite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed to a flying tigress for the purpose of this journey. After taking tea and snacks in the only Taktsang Cafeteria halfway, we hike further to the monastery.
Today is a short trek. It is a gradual climb till the camp. On clear weather, Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped as its background.
You begin with about an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilangtso Lake. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout.
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkota Lake which is famous for trout fishing!
The trek begins with a gradual climb. Weather permitting, can enjoy a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, on the Tibetan side and other Himalayan mountain ranges from Dochula pass. From this pass, the trek takes you down hill to Phajodhing for a nights halt.
The trek to Thimphu is all downhill through a mostly blue pine forest. It is a leisurely walk for about three hours. After shower and lunch at the hotel, take a stroll around Thimphu town.
Start the day with a visit to the Painting School, where children learn and undergo a six years course on 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan. Right below is located the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Next, visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972.
After lunch, visit the Simtokha Dzong (6Km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1629 AD. Then visit Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Late afternoon, visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King, Throne Room, the office and living quarters of the monk body and its Chief Abbot are housed.
Today, take a day excursion to Punakha Valley. It is the old capital city of Bhutan and the dzong houses the winter residence of the monastic body and the Chief Abbot. and located between two rivers known as ‘Phochu Mochu’ (Male Female River) The drive takes about three hours one way. Travel back to Thimphu for the night halt.
Early morning, drive to the airport for onward journey to destination.