As you start approaching Paro, Bhutan, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas on this flight. Arrive Paro where you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide from Bhutan Dragon Adventures. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. Magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountain tops. Experience the "Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom" on Earth and take precious memories back home. Overnight Thimphu, at Hotel Pedling located just next to Swiss Bakery, in the Heart of Capital City.
Purchase world's most beautiful postage stamps, collector's items and postcards at face value from general post office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank. Visit Arts and crafts school where one can see young children at work. Visit Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced. Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa (Chorten) that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism. Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory. Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan. Drive up to view point and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley. Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelleries and many more. Overnight Thimphu.
Morning, drive to Punakha Valley. Afternoon, sightseeing in and around Punakha and Wangdi Towns including visits to the Dzongs (Fortress). Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan and it is still the winter residence of Central Monastic Body. Punakha Dzong is the most Magnificent and Largest Dzong in Bhutan located beautifully in between the two largest rivers of Bhutan.
Full Day Sightseeing Excursion by Car to Haa Valley.
The drive from Paro to Haa Valley across Chelela Pass is spectacularly scenic. If the weather is clear, you can see clear view of snow capped Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake as well as other Bhutanese Himalayan Peaks. You can also encounter some wind animals and pheasants on the road. Haa Valley is very unique and totally different from other places in Bhutan. Since it is located very near to the Tibetan Chinese Border, it was opened to tourists very recently.
Enjoy your sightseeing in and around Haa Valley and Return to Paro for Overnight.
Morning, hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. Taktsang, meaning "Tiger's nest," is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava/Second Buddha) mediated, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. One can also continue the hike and visit the Monastery. Afternoon, visit the 200 year old Watch Tower which was renovated and converted into National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, gallery of Thankas, an impressive stamp gallery with three dimensional and CD stamps issued as early as 1960 that are remarkable and other galleries showcasing armor and silverware with the handsome Royal tea pots. On the top floor there is a four sided temple complex depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation.