Arrival at Paro in Druk Air. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fort), the national museum and the Paro town. Your representative from ER Tours will welcome you at the airport and drive you through the fascinating valley of Paro to Thimphu, the capital. The distance from airport to Thimphu is 55kms and takes about 2 hours in car along the Pachu River and Wangchu river and through paddy fields, orchards and farms. O/N at Thimphu
Sightseeing of Thimphu valley: After breakfast, visits to the Memorial Chhorten (stupa), the most impressive stupa built in 1974 by the grand Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden in the memory the Third King of Bhutan; National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and also modern academic books; Handicrafts Emporiums that displays wide range of beautifully woven fabrics for man & women, crafted products & other decorative items; Painting School, famous for traditional thangka paintings, Institute of Traditional Medicine where rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared; Tashichhodzong, the fort that houses the King’s Throne Room and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Monk Body. O/N at Thimphu
Thimphu – Punakha: The drive passes through the Dochula pass at an altitude of 3050M. The pass offers the most spectacular view of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Druk Wangyal Chhoeten (108 stupas) and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) enchant the Dochula pass with the spectacular view that they offer. The road then descends down to Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in mid-March till May. After your lunch at the hotel in Punakha, visit the Punakha Dzong situated in the confluence of two rivers. O/N at Punakha
Punakha – Paro: After your breakfast, drive back to Paro via the same road, Ta Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel, currently the National Museum that once served as the watchtower for Paro Dzong; Drukgyel Dzong (the Fortress of the Victorious Drukpas) built in 1647 by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 which is now in ruins; Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan built in 636 AD by a Tibetan King
Hike to Tiger’s nest: After your breakfast, hike to Taktshang which means the Tiger’s lair, a Buddhist Monastery perched on a steep cliff is another awe striking place to visit. O/N at Paro
Departure: Drive to Airport for onward destination.