Day 1 (25 March, Monday): Arrive Paro
During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon is the free time to explore Paro town. Overnight Paro.
Day 2 (26 March, Tuesday): Paro Festival
Attend full day of the Paro festival, which is performed by local people and monks. This is the only time of the year that the families get together and come out with their best dress to witness the festival. Overnight Paro.
Day 3 (27 March, Wednesday): Paro Festival
Attend full day of the Paro festival. If you get up at 3:00 a.m. and head to Paro Dzong, you will be able to see the unfurling of the Thongdrol (a giant appliqué art) with the procession by monks and lamas. It is believed that the onlookers will be relived from sins and misfortunes and accumulate good fortune and Karma. Overnigh Paro.
Day 4 (28 March, Thursday): Paro - Thimphu
After breakfast you will visit National Museum (former watchtower) and the Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there you will proceed to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 23,996 feet. After lunch, you will drive to Thimphu, tha capital city of Bhutan. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu city. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 5 (29 March, Friday): Thimphu
After breakfast, visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan); Changgangkha Monastery;mNunnery Temple; National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts); School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school); Traditional Medicine and majestic Tashichhodzong. After lunch you will catch a busy weekend market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come here to sell their farm products. You can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It's fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 6 (30 March, Saturday): Thimphu - Punakha
After breakfast, drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for lunch at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Continue drive to Punakha. On the way, you will stop at Metsina village and take a 20 minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple. Also visit the Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Zhabdrung in 1637. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 7 (31 March, Sunday): Punakha - Bumthang
After breakfast, you will proceed to Bumthang via Trongsa , the ancestral home of the royal family. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La Pass. On the way, you will stop to see a cave where the Film Travelers and Magician were shot. Stop for lunch in Trongsa. After lunch, visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then continue drive to Bumthang , the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at Yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.
Day 8 (1 April, Monday): Bumthang
After breakfast, you will visit Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley, Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. In the afternoon, you can stroll freely in Bumthang town. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.
Day 9 (2 April, Tuesday): Day excursion to Tang Valley
Today, you will make an enjoyable excursion to the Tang valley, which is the most remote valley in Bumthang. While is the Tang, you will visit 16th century Ugyen Chholing Palace or the country manor, which is now turned into a museum. The well-captioned exhibits offer insights into lifestyle of a Bhutanese noble family. You will also explore nearby villages. On the way back to town, you will see Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake), where some of Guru Rinpoche's treasures were found in the 15th century by the famous treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.
Day 10 (3 April, Wednesday): Bumthang - Wangdue
You'll begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangdue, where you can stroll through the town and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings. Overnight hotel in Wangdue.
Day 11 (4 April, Thursday): Wangdue - Paro
Drive to Paro with stop at Dochula for lunch. You will visit the new Druk Wangyel Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Paro. Evening is the free time to stroll in Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 12 (5 April, Friday): Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the monastery and hike to valley in the afternoon. In the evening visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 13 (6 April, Saturday): Depart Paro
Drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.