Day 1 Arrive Paro
On arrival in Paro you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Tiger Nest resort, set in pine trees in direct view of the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas (Tiger's Nest).
Day 2 In Paro
Today you will visit the northern parts of Paro valley; the impressive Drukgyel Dzong ruins (monastery fortress). Hike up to the Taktsang retreat (the Tiger's Nest) with lunch en route. Return to Paro and visit the market.
Day 3 By car from Paro to Thimphu
Morning in Paro to visit the fortified tower Ta Dzong, now a natural history museum- one of the finest in Asia. After lunch drive to Thimphu (2hrs) and visit the handicrafts centre. After this you will be transferred to your Thimphu Hotel.
Day 4 In Thimphu
Morning visits to the Memorial Chorten and the National Library. After lunch visit the handmade paper factory & the school of Thanka painting; stroll about town.
Day 5 By car from Thimphu to Punakha & Wangdi Phodrang
Early morning scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan passing through the Dochu La pass (alt. 10,000 feet); stunning scenery of Himalayan ranges. Descend to Punakha & tour the town. After picnic lunch by the Wangdi river continue to Wangdiphodrang Dzong, the most picturesque in Bhutan; overnight at the Hotel
Day 6 By car from Punakha to Gantey Gonpa
Excursion to the serene Gangtey valley, home of the rare black-necked cranes that winter over from Tibet (Oct-march); visit the Gangtey Gonpa monastery- one of only two Nyingma (old sect) monasteries in Bhutan. Overnight at a farm house or lodge.
Day 7 Gangtey/Thimphu/Paro
Return to Thimphu via the Simtokha Dzong the oldest in Bhutan. After lunch drive to Paro & transfer to the Hotel
Day 8 Depart Paro
You will be transferred to Paro airport for your exit flight.