The flight offers you a beautiful view of mountain and landscape. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by Y Not Bhutan members. Sight seeing if time permits. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Overnight Tenziling Resort or similar
AM – visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong.
PM – . Traverse across to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutan’s National Museum and on to Rinpung Dzong. The trail then leads across Paro Chhu River via a traditional covered bridge and into Paro town. Overnight Tenziling Resort.
After breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Haa which has remained secluded until quite recently. Stopovers in Chele La Pass, Bondey town, Dzong Drakka village. After another 30 minute drive from here, on the right is a Monastery clinging to the cliff. This is Kelly Gompa, which houses about 50 nuns living there in seclusion. Slowly ascend about 3990 m to reach Chelela Pass marked with prayers Flags. This is the highest mountain pass accessible by car. If the weather is clear, we can have wonderful views of the mountains to the west which mark the border with Tibet. As we descend further we can see the square yellow roof of the main monastery/fortress, Namgyal Dzong which is now used as a military base. Haa town lies few kms further to the north-west and is really quite attractive with traditional two story shops lined in 2 rows. Visit Lhakhang and Karpo. They now serve as seat for monastic community in Haa. Overnight Haatoe Farmhouse (2955 meters).
Today we follow an old trading trail that leads to the some of the temples ,and we serve you a light lunch or may be we return to the resort for lunch.PM free walk inside the village and even you can step inside the house to see the day to day life,dinner at the farmhouse. Overnight same.
After breakfast we shall take the lower road along first the Haa Chhu and after the confluence with the Wang Chhu, along the latter towards the capital at Thimphu, 115kms to the East a drive of about 3-4 hrs. Enroute stop at Dogar Dobji Dzong, a 16th century structure, built by the brother of the Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley. Legend has it that the statue of the Guru Landrachen housed here, complained when the apostate Tibetan monarch Langdharma tried to smash it with a hammer. This dzong became Bhutan’s first jail in 1976 but has since returned to its monastic origins.
visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further up for a good view of the Thimphu valley. Evening stroll around Thimphu town. Overnight Hotel River View or similar.
Tango Monastery – The trail to the Goemba is a climb of 280m & takes about half an hour if you follow the steeper shortcut, or about an hour if you take the longer, more gradual trail. Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa founded the goemba in the 12th century. The present building was built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’, Lama Drukpa Kunley.
Afternoon visit Handicraft centers and free time in the market for shopping. Overnight same.
rive 45 minutes to Dochu La pass (3000m). From here we walk about an hour downhill to Lamperi (2700m). During spring season the forest is covered with lots of rhododendrons, Magnolia & Daphne flowers. We visit the Royal Botanical Park at Lamperi before driving 1 and half hours to Punakha. Overnight Damchen Resort or similar.
After early breakfast drive 2 hours to Gangtey via Wangdue, Visit Gangtey monastery, the only Ningmapa monastery in Bhutan. Then start Gangtey nature trail walk (Duration: Half day- two hours at a quicker pace) The most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails. From Gangtey monstery the walk heads south and ends over the meandering chhu Nap ( Black river) near Khewang village. Afternoon visit the Black necked crane observation center & then drive back to Punakha. Overnight Damchen Resort or similar.
Drive to Lobesa and take a short walk through farm houses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15 century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and his temple is visited mostly by childless couples. Proceed to the Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the Junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers in 1637 to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. Then drive to Paro for overnight Tenziling Resort or similar.
Day hike to the Taktsang monastery (4-5 hours) The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Resort. Evening at leisure.
After breakfast drive to the airport for departure.