It is known as the “Last Shangri-La”: a small mountainous paradise steeped in tradition. Long isolated from the world, Bhutan tourism has been allowed for less than 40 years, and the country remains a sparklingly pristine land virtually untouched by the outside world. Set in peaceful seclusion amidst the mighty Himalayas, this cloud-caressing kingdom’s scenery is reason enough to visit: the snow-capped peaks, verdant rice paddies and crystalline streams leave those lucky enough to visit in awe.
Meet & Greet on arrival at Paro Airport and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon start for half day Thimphu sightseeing consist of Kuensel Phodrang where now a giant statue of a meditating Buddha sits, then visit King's (National) Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in a typical Tibetan style. It is also a center of worship for the people living in Thimphu. Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion) which is the seat of the National Government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) at present. & Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
After breakfast drive to Punakha / Wangdue, on the way stop at Dochu-La-Pass (3150 mts.) to view the higher Himalayas. Arrive at Punakha and check in at hotel. Later in the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. After that take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang the Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay will be at Punakha / Wangdue.
After a good breakfast drive to Paro (7,483 ft.). On the way, stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical Park which contains a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and features a huge species of plants and animals including endangered species. On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong - National Museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha, etc. Rinpung Dzong - Meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". The dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.
After breakfast visit Drukgyel Dzong. Also visit famous Taktsang Monastery - called “Tiger's Nest” (2hrs hike from the base camp) & Kitchu Monastery. Overnight stay will be at Paro.
Transfer to airport for departure.