Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night Paro
- 1 night Thimpu
- 1 night Punakha
- 1 night Paro
Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Enjoy your flight into Bhutan as you gaze over the stunning mountain passes of the Himalayas and head down into the lush valley of Paro. You’ll be met and transferred into the town for lunch before visiting the National Museum of Paro, where you can explore the history of Bhutan through various historic artefacts. In the afternoon you’ll drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, where you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights and visit the Tashichho Dzong fortress in the evening.
Day 2: Thimpu Sightseeing
After a delicious breakfast you’ll visit the National Memorial Chorten (Buddhist shrine) with its golden spines shining in the sun. One of the most visited religious sites in Bhutan , this stupa provides a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Outdoor market where locals buy their rice, vegetables and chillies. Stroll amongst the bustling stalls selling tiny butter teacups and pretty Nepalese turquoise before heading to the Motithang Zoo and exploring the Bhutanese Handmade Paper Factory.
Day 3: Thimpu – Punakha
This morning you’ll be driven to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimpu the road winds through forests of pine and cedar, before getting near to the Dochula Pass where you’ll have panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Continuing down the hairpin bends towards the Punakha valley, you’ll visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple and Punakha Dzong, spanning the Pho Chu River.
Day 4: Punakha – Wangdue – Paro
Start the day with the drive to Wangdue, one of the major towns in Western Bhutan. Explore the ruins of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong before continuing back to Thimpu for lunch. In the afternoon discover the capital a little more, taking in the National Library, packed with ancient and traditional books, as well as the Folk Heritage Museum. Later you’ll be driven to Paro to enjoy dinner and a cultural show of mask dances and folk songs on your final evening in Bhutan.
Day 5: Paro
As your time in Bhutan draws to an end you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onwards flight.