Arrive at Paro International Airport, HSA Railway Station, NJP Railway Station. Complete Immigration formalities and transfer to Thimphu.
Check in to your hotel. After lunch proceeds for a sightseeing of the capital of Bhutan which includes the following places of interest:
Memorial Chorten /– A monument, built in 1974 to honour the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928/–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. Kuensel Phodrang /– World/’s Largest Sitting Buddha Statue. Takin Reserve - A wildlife reserve area for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. BBS Tower /– Provides a vantage point view of the Thimphu Valley. Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan /– A National Centre for professional training in weaving design and production of Bhutanese Textile.
Tashichhoedzong - The seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance Folk Heritage Museum - Established in 2001 and provides with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. The Folk Heritage Museum is set inside a three storied, 19th century traditional house. Anim Dratsang(Nunnery) - A Buddhist Monastery, built in 1976 by the 16th emanation of Thangtong Gyalpo, Drubthob Rikey Jadrel. Currently, the nunnery is home to about 60 nuns Art and Crafts School Handicraft Emporium.
Thimphu /– Punakha via Dochu La (80 KM, 3.5 hours driving)
After breakfast, proceed towards Punakha, located at an elevation of 1,200 meters above sea level and by the two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu and Mo Chu.
Dochu La (30 KM, 1 hour driving time) - A mountain pass, offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges comes on the way to Punakha. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Chortens gracing the mountain pass. Halt here for some time and then proceed to visit Chimi Lakhang /– Fertility Temple and Punakha Dzong /– the marvelous Fortress, situated on the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to Paro.
The Paro valley extends from the confluence of the Paro Chhu and the Wang Chhu rivers at Chuzom upto Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North. This picturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley.
After checking into your hotel, you would proceed for a sightseeing tour of Paro which would include the following places:
Kyichu Lakhang /– Famous Monastery in Paro. Ta Dzong /– National Musuem of Bhutan. Rimpung Dzong or Paro Dzong /– Buddhist Monastery & Fortress Tiger/’s Nest View Point