Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas between China and India, the small Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan opened itself to the outside world only in 1960s. Hithertho, it had been largely mysterious even to its neighbours but abandoning its self-imposed policy of isolation had it grappling to find a precarious balance between modernization and the preservation of its culture and traditions.However, it does seem that Bhutan has found the perfect balance between the two and now though it is making tremendous developments in all sectors, it also manages to hold onto its unique identity that makes it unlike any other country in the world with a population of just over 0.7 million.
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (Shyambhu, Pashupati ,Boudhha and patan Durbar square and transfer to Nagarkot.Over night at Hotel
Day 3 ARRIVE PARO.
Nagarkot to Airport transfer to catch flgiht to Bhutan. Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received by tour representative. Drive to Thimphu (the capital) which takes about 2 hours, distance 60 kms. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4 THIMPHU.
After breakfast visit the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of The Third King of Bhutan His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Then visit the Handicrafts Emporium. After lunch visit the Painting School where three arts namely painting, carving and free hand arts are taught. Then visit the National Library. Towards late afternoon visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the Kingdom, built in 1629. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 5 THIMPHU – PUNAKHA.
74 kms, 3 hours.Today, you will be driven to Punakha across Dochula pass ( 3050M) from where one can see the northern Himalayan ranges if the weather permits. Punakha was once the old Capital of Bhutan till 1955 and is still the winter residence for the Je-khenpo (chief abbot) and the Monastic body. Punakha Dzong is the 2nd oldest Dzong built in 1937 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 6 PUNAKHA – PARO.
120 kms ( 4 Hours)After early breakfast drive to Paro for sightseeing. Visit DrukGyal, now in ruins recalls the day when Bhutan was frequently and unsuccessfully, attacked by armies from the north. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate an early military victory, the Dzongs name means indeed ” Victorious Druk”. Then visit Kyichu lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the eight century. Then visit the Ta-Dzong, an ancient watch tower which has been, since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan. overnight at Hotel, Paro.
Day 7 PARO – KATHMANDU at eveningfarewell dinner with cultural program .
Day 8 Transfer to airport for your departure.