Activities for today: National Memorial Chorten , Takin Sanctuary (Motithang Mini Zoo) , Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong)
Welcome to Bhutan! Upon arriving in Paro, you will be greeted by your local guide and escorted to Thimphu. En route, you will see the Tamchog Lhakhang iron bridge and get the first glimpse of Bhutanese architecture. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.This afternoon, you will visit National Memorial Chorten, Great Buddha Dordenma, Takin Sanctuary, and Thimphu Dzong. Thimphu Dzong, also named Tashichho Dzong, is the largest religious building in Thimphu as well as the seat of the central government.
Activities for today: Chimi Lhakhang , Punakha Dzong
Today, you will head to Punakha. En route, stop at Dochula Pass to admire the grand 108 stupas. In a bright day, you will have the chance to take in the enchanting views of the Himalaya. Upon arrival, have lunch at a local restaurant and then start the 1.5-hour walk to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the “Divine Madman”, the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley, and a sacred place where childless people pray for offspring. Continue to visit Punakha Dzong, a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture boasting rich Buddhist collections. You will also visit the Suspension Bridge nearby, the longest bridge in Bhutan, which offers a different angle of seeing the elegant Punakha Dzong.
Activities for today: Paro Dzong (the Rinpung Dzong) , Ta Dzong National Museum , Kyichu Lhakhang , Farm House
Drive about 4 hours back to Paro and start today's tour at Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. Later, visit Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and boasts rich cultural relics. After that, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, and a farm house to see the local lifestyle.
Activities for today: Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) , The Ruin of Drugyal Dzong
After breakfast, you will visit the landmark of Bhutan—Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest). It sits on the cliffside of the upper Paro Valley and requires you to walk through a strenuous hiking trail, but all of the effort is worth it. Hike 1.5 hours to the viewpoint, where you can enjoy an incredible view of this cliff-clinging monastery. After refreshments, hike another 1.5 hours to the monastery. After the tour, walk back downhill to enjoy lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria. Continue to walk down and move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan's victory over the Tibetan invaders. You'll capture a distant view of Mt. Chomolhari if the weather permits.
*Horse ride ascending to the hills when visiting to Tiger's Nest Temple is also available, but it is not recommendable as it is dangerous due to small and acclive walking path.
Say goodbye to Bhutan. After breakfast, your tour guide will escort you to the airport for your departure flight.