Day 1 (14 February, Thursday): Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646, and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2 (15 February, Friday): Paro - Punakha
After breakfast you will drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch at Dochula Pass, you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way to Punakha, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, dedicated to Devine Madman, a man who was known for earthly sense of humour. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 3 (16 February, Saturday): Punakha - attend full day festival
After breakfast, you will attend the festival in Punakha. Enjoy the celebration of the mask dances by the local people and the monks. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 4 (17 February, Sunday): Punakha - Thimphu
Today you will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Check into your hotel on arrival. Later in the afternoon, you can stroll through the Weekend Market and mingle with the local people-- this is perhaps a wonderful opportunity for the photography. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 5 (18 February, Monday): Thimphu
After breakfast, you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, Nunnery Temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), Textile Museum and Folk Heritage Museum. After lunch, visit the Ntional Institute of Traditional Medicine and the Majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu city and absorb the lifestyle of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 6 (19 February, Tuesday): Thimphu - Paro
Morning will be spent hiking to Wangditse Monastery. It is one hour walk from Radio Tower on a leveled trail amidst pine forests with great view of north Thimphu Valley. On the way, you will also have an opportunity see Takins -- unique national animal that is found only in the Himalayas. After having explored the monastery, you will hike back to Thimphu town. After lunch, you will drive back to Paro. Later in the afternoon, visit the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the Dzong. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 7 (20 February, Wednesday): Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (great spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse, in eastern Bhutan, to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 8 (21 February, Thursday): Depart Paro
Your guide and driver will see you off at the Paro airport.