Today you’ll fly to Paro. Upon arrival you will meet your driver for your transfer to Timphu, and meet your guide, who will accompany you all along the trip.
In Timphu, you can either rest or start visiting on your own: reach the 12th century Changangkha Lhakhang monastery, the Buddha Point for a beautiful view over the city, or just take a stroll through Timphu town.
Today discover Timphu with your guide: see the imposing National Memorial Chorten built in honour of the Father of modern Bhutan, visit Simothka Dzong, the oldest fortress in Bhutan, museums to discover the art of folk textiles and traditional heritage, as well as the actual seat of government, the Tashichhoe Dzong.
Today you will drive to Punakha (3.5hrs drive). On the way you’ll stop at Dochu La Pass, for a stunning view on the Himalayan mountain range on clear days. In Lobesa village, you’ll stop for a 30mn walk to Chimi Lhakhang Temple, before reaching Punakha, which used to be Bhutan’s capital until 1955. You’ll visit its magnificent Dzong, mix of a fortress, government siege and palace.
After breakfast you will drive to the serene valley of Phobjikha (3hrs drive), where you’ll visit the 17th century Gangtey Monastery, but also learn about the Black Necked Cranes, an endangered migratory species of birds who nest in this valley in winter. Enjoy a walk on the valley’s Nature Trail and get spectacular views on the surrounding landscapes.
Today your driver will bring you back to Paro. On the way, cross an iron chain bridge to reach Tamchog Lhakhang temple, quite an experience! In Paro you’ll visit Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan, rich in collections of the medieval era. Then you’ll relax meandering through the streets of Paro town.
This morning you’ll get a sight of the stunning Taktsang Monastery, standing on a steep cliff and accessible only after 2 hours walk. A tea stall will help you gain energy in the middle. Then you’ll visit Drukgyal Dzong, whose particularity in to be in ruins now, and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and holiest temples in the country.
For this last day, you’ll drive to Chelela Pass at 3800m, which is the highest motorable paved road in Bhutan, crossing the tree-line altitude. Then you’ll drive down to Haa Valley, open only recently to tourism, a small and peaceful hidden land. Walk through the village and visit its Black and White Temples.
Back to Paro, enjoy a hot stone bath for its healing and relaxing benefits (optional).
Today is the end of your trip to Bhutan, your driver will take you to the airport, where you’ll take your flight to your next destination.