“On the Wings of a Prayer”
Day – 1 Early morning check in and flight to Paro. Arrive Paro by Druk-Air. The flight to Paro offers breath taking views of the eastern Himalayan Range, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, representatives of Xplore Bhutan will escort you to the hotel. After check in and lunch and maybe a little rest, visit the unique Paro Museum. Overnight at hotel
Day – 2 After a fairly early breakfast drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass (10000 ft). Weather permitting, the views of the majestic eastern Himalayas are quite spectacular and breathtaking. Upon arrival at Punakha, check in at hotel and after lunch sightseeing of the Punakha Valley. (Hike to either Khamsum Yulley Monastery or Chhimi Lhakhang; the monastery of Lama Drukpa Kuenley – “The Divine Mad Man”. Overnight at hotel
Day – 3 Punakha – Bumthang . A day of driving. The drive to Bumthang (also known as Jakar and what used to be the summer capital of Bhutan in medieval times) goes over the Pele La Pass (12000 ft) with lunch at the Chendebji Chorten. After a brief stop for tea at Trongsa the drive once again goes up over the Yotungla Pass (11000 ft) before dropping down into the spectacular Bumthang Valley. Over night at Hotel in Bumthang.
Day – 4 Bumthang valley sightseeing. Bumthang is at times referred to as the cultural heartland of the country. The hillsides are dotted with monasteries and pilgrimage sites. Visiting Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Menbar Tsho (Burning Lake) and Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird) will be the days agenda. Overnight at the hotel.
Day – 5 After breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gonpa in the Phobjikha Valley. 174kms from Bumthang. Overnight in Gangtey. Phobjikha is a beautiful little valley situated at an altitude of 3000m. and is home to the endangered Black Necked Cranes from the month of November to March. Overnight at hotel/guest house.
Day – 6 After breakfast hike around the villages of Phobjikha. After lunch visit the Gangtey Gonpa. Later part of the afternoon drive back to Thimphu over the Dochula Pass. Overnight at Hotel.
Day – 7 Morning visit the local weekend farmers market, The Folk Heritage Museum and the Zilukha Nunnery. After Lunch visit the Textile Museum, The National memorial Chorten and the Tashichho Dzong. Evening Dinner and drinks and overnight at the hotel.
Day – 8 Morning at leisure to shop for souvenirs. After an early lunch drive to Paro valley. Visit the National Museum (Ta Dzong) and the Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at hotel
Day – 9 Day excursion to Taktsang Monastery also know as “Tiger’s Nest” – Taktsang Monastery is located on the face of a cliff about 3000 feet above and overlooking the Paro valley. The round trip takes about 4 hrs with lunch at the View Point Cafeteria. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche arrived here sometime in the 7th century on the back of one of his consort’s who was in the guise of a flying tigress, hence the name “Taktsang” or “Tiger’s nest). Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day – 10 Depart for Bangkok.