Arrive Paro from New Delhi / Kolkata / Guwahati / Mumbai / Bagodgra& transfer to Thimphu 65 km 1hrs drive
The most spectacular mountain flights you will ever experience in a life time. Flying in from the heat of the plains of India one can witness from the left side of the aircrafts window a series of the world’s highest peaks. Your pilot will announce the names of the peaks if the weather is clear. You will descend into the high mountains and as the plane lowers you will not find any airstrip or any city but instead you will enjoy the view of the approaching valley of Paro, the alpine forests, little monasteries, temples and farm houses. Before the plane touches the runaway you will get a glimpse of the fertile valley of Paro, the Paro Dzong and Paro chu(river). Our representative will be at the airport to assist you, meet and greet and transfer to the capital city Thimphu and rest of the day at leisure. O/n at Thimphu.
Thimphu – capital city
When in Thimphu you got to prepare for surprises where this unique capital has no traffic lights but adopted its own version of the British – Indian colonial times traffic policemen who can startle you and memorize others with his elaborate hand gestures, sometimes he may be signaling stop when it looks like go but don’t worry you can observe the flow and notice his smile as you stare at him. Sightseeing includes visit to the National Memorial Chorten a stupa dedicated to the third king of Bhutan and Buddha statue, Takin Zoo where you will find national animal of Bhutan and drive downhill stop at the junction to take a glimpse of Trashichho Dzong. Proceed towards National Library and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon take a short walk to Handicraft Bazaar to view the traditional arts. Afternoon at leisure or take a walk to the main city from Clock tower square for shopping.. O/n at Thimphu.
Thimphu – Dochula pass 10,000ft - 25 km 45 min drive
After breakfast transfer to Dochula pass 10,000 ft on the way stop at Hongtsho village and at the immigration check point please get a stamp in your permit. Next to the check point you will find small local stalls selling fresh juicy local apples available for sale in plastic bags you could try some. You will be driving through the first mountain pass in the western part of Bhutan. Stop at 108 DrukWangyal chortens on the top of the pass where the ridges are draped in colorful prayer flags greet you. You could take three rounds and offer prayers, take some best photo shots. If the weather is clear during the day or in the morning you will be able to see the highest peaks towards the north, GangarPunsum among others is the highest unclimbed peak (24,000 ft) in the world. Check in the hotel and later visit to Royal Botanical Park, Lamperi and explore the park falls under the corridor of Jigme Dorji National Park. Evening return to the resort. O/n at Dochula (optional – O/n at Thimphu).
Dochula - Paro valley 90 km 1 hr 45 min drive
Morning drive to Paro valley and later visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum housed in a round fortress called as the Ta Dzong considered being one of the best natural history museums in Asia where it has a fine collection of natural and historic artifacts. Kyichu Lhakhang the monastery dates back to 7th century and is one of the oldest and most sacred. Afternoon visit Paro Penlop Heritage Farm house, the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a 17th century fortress that used to keep invadersfrom Tibet and in 1951 the fort was destroyed by fire. Evening at leisure. O/n at Paro.
Morning transfer to Paro International Airport for your next destination.