Our Representative from Bhutan Everest Tours & Treks will receive you at the airport and drive you to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Paro.
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Paro, Sang Choekor, Our trek will start from here to Bumdra. The trek to Bumdra for about first 1-2hrs walk will be ascent of a shady, forested ridge, brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and views down into both the Paro and Do Chhu Valleys.
The ChhoeTseLhakhang (temple) nestles on the mountainside about 2 hrs hike from Sang Chokor. The trail undulates before the last steep section up to the pretty temple, which offers commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snow-capped Himalayas.
After a final 20-minute climb through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we plunge back into ancient forest, and, after traversing for about 40 minutes, we come out onto a high wide meadow dotted with sacred chorten and prayer flags.
After lunch we will start our trek to Paro via Taktshang Monastery. After one to two hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below. The path snakes across the mountainside between these monasteries before reaching the gardens of Zangtopelri (Heaven on Earth), from here you get views of the Taktsang Monastery.
An hour later you reach Taktsang Monastery. You can have your coffee break at the view point and further walk down hill for an hour will reach the road head where your vehicle will be waiting for you.
The Taktsang Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan.
Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.
It was first built in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.
In 1998, the Paro Taktsang was almost completely burned down – and was restored to its original form by 2005. After exploring the monastery we retrace our steps and return to Paro. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
After breakfast, visit Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of the victorious Drukpas), now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. In the early 1950s, Drukgyel Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion and also visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum which in the past served as watch tower for the Paro Dzong, the Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
After Lunch, drive to Haa. On the way to Haa, halt in Che le la pass. It is one of the highest vantage points. In May month you will encounter many flowers and you can marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys while watching the famous Himalayan yaks grazing in the distant horizon. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Haa.
After breakfast, Visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo are two of the 108 monasteries built by Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan king in the 7th century. These temples are the guardians of the people of Haa Valley; they watch over them. The Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, when building the temples, is said to have released two doves from his consciousness, a black and a white one, to choose the perfect site to erect the temples in Haa Valley. At the time, King Songtsen Gampo was on a mission to build108 monasteries in one day.
Lhakhang Karpo (The White Temple)
The white pigeon perched at the foothills of the three magnificent mountains to the south of the Haa Dzong, commonly known as Rigsum Gonpo. This is the location of the Lhakhang Karpo or the White Temple. The temple’s architecture is the true depiction of Bhutanese art and culture, both on the outside and the inside. An intricately carved colossal door welcomes tourists with much grandeur to the temple.
Lhakhang Nagpo (The Black Temple)
A short drive — or a ten-minute walk — north of the Lhakhang Karpo is the Lhakhang Nagpo (the black temple). This is the spot that the black pigeon chose. Built on top of a lake, the Lhakhang Nagpo owes its name to its colour (black) in the middle of a tranquil green lush forest. The temple is nicely painted in black and exhibits deep horizontal slits of red and white. The dark and mysterious Lhakhang Nagpo is a representation of the tantric procedures prevalent in the valley. It’s where the guardian deity Da Do Chen sits. Visit Haa town and halt lunch.
After Lunch drive to Thimphu (Capital of Bhutan). Thimphu is the political, social and spiritual heart of the nation and although this is Bhutan’s most modern city, it has retained the unique character of a Bhutanese town. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast visit National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Kuensel Phodrang, where the largest statue of Sitting Buddha is located, Takin Preservation center in Motithang and Changangkha Lhakhang.
After Lunch visit Tashichho Dzong (the administrative headquarters of Bhutan), paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Painting School; famous for traditional Thangkha paintings, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum; the fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way to Punakha, halt in Dochu-La Pass (3140 m) for photography. Visit Royal Botanical Park at LamPelri. Upon reaching Lobesa, visit Chimi Lhakhang – dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Divine Madman”. We halt in Lobesa town for Lunch.
After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. Dinner and overnight halt at a hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten which is located on the ridge above the Punakha Valley. It’s a unique Buddhist monastery of Bhutan. Overlooking the beautiful country side Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten was built in 1990. Under the instruction of the Queen Mother. It was dedicated for the Dragon king and for the well-being of the scenic kingdom of Bhutan. After lunch visit Talo Monastery, which is approximately one hour drive from Punakha and situated at an elevation of 2800 m. Talo Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in the hills above Punakha, Bhutan.
Dinner and overnight halt at a hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast visit to Wangduephodrang dzong razed by fire and is under construction and drive back to Thimphu. After lunch rest in the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Paro airport for your onward flight.