Day 01. Phuentsholing – Paro
Arrive Phuentsholing, upon arrival meet with HA representative, complete immigration formalities and transfer to Paro. Experience jig jack drive from the foothill of south the pine forest mountain. O/N Mandalla Resort at Paro
Day 02. Paro – Sightseeing
Morning to hike to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 4000 ft. above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress – hence the name – to meditate. The tigress was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed to a flying tigress for the purpose of this journey. The Guru finished his meditation; he instructed that a monastery be built. The hike to Taktsang Monastery takes about 4 hours. Have lunch at cafeteria and on the way back drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 Kms away from the Paro Town). Although now in ruins, this Dzong is of historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetans and drove them back. From here too the peak of Chomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess”, alt. 7329 m (24,029ft.) can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back, you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. O/N Same
Day 03. Paro – Jele Dzong
Morning visit National Museum and later start your trek. This is a short trekking day. The trek trail is rather gradual till the camp and if the weather is clear, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains behind the valley. Distance approx. 7 Kms. Alt. 2576m. O/N Camp
Day 04. Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
You begin with about an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may seek yaks and yak herders around your campsite. Distance – 10 Kms. Alt. 2879m.
Day 05. Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley is beautiful. The campsite is close to the Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy a well-prepared lake trout for dinner. Distance – 11 Kms.
Day 06. Jimilangtso – Simkota
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkota Lake and if you are lucky, you can do some trout fishing! Distance – 11 Km Alt – 3,485 m
Day 07. Simkota – Phajoding
The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount “Gangkhar Punsum”, the highest mountain in Bhutan as well other Himalayan mountain ranges from Dochula pass. From this pass, the trek takes you down hill to Phajoding Cafeteria for a nights halt. Distance – 10 Km, Altitude – 2,879m
Day 08. Phajoding – Thimphu
The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Back to hotel for a hot shower and delicious lunch. Distance – 8Km, Altitude – 2,439m
Evening: Relax in Thimphu’s modern health club and beauty parlor “Sakten Health Club and Salon” where sauna, steam, gymnasium facilities are available as well as full beauty treatment, including hair dressing, skin care (with pure herbal products) and body massage services. For our guests, Sakten Health Club facilities (steam, sauna and gym) are free and beauty services are also available for confessional rates.
Day 09. Thimphu – Sightseeing
Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972
Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the school’s of painting and woodcraft where the traditional art and painting are kept alive and folk heritage museum and the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Evening visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room, and the office and living quarters of the monk body and its Chief Abbot are housed.
Day 10. Thimphu – Excursion to Punakha/Wangdi – Paro
A days trip to Punakha and Wangdi Valley. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan (77Km) from Thimphu and Wangdi is 16 Km away from Punakha. The Punakha Dzong houses the winter residence of the monastic body and its Chief Abbot. The massive fortress is situated between two rivers known as “Phochu Mochu” (Male Female River) The drive takes about three hours one way. Evening: Drive back to Thimphu for the night.
Day 11. Paro –Delhi.