This trip covers Thimpu-the capital city of Bhutan, Paro, Punakha-the old capital of Bhutan, Wangdiphrodang and Phubjika. Phubjika is the winterhome the rare black-necked cranes that fly over from Tibet. Phubjika has one of the only two Ngimgma monasteries of Bhutan.
Note: B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
Meet our representative at the airport and drive to Thimpu
Morning visit to: colorful vegetable market; the Memorial Chorten and the National Library. After lunch visit the Handmade Paper Factory & the School of Thangka Painting; stroll about town.
Early morning scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan passing through the Dochula 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.
Excursion to serene Gangtey valley, home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly over Tibet in the winter; visit the Gangtey monastery
Retrace the way via the Simtokha Dzong the oldest one in Bhutan, after lunch visit hospital for Traditional Medicine; National Library. Continue to Paro. O/n in hotel.
In the morning visit the fortified tower Ta Dzong, now a natural history museum- one of finest in Asia, the impressive Drukgyel Dzong ruins (monastery fortress) and Kyichu Temple of 7th century, o/n in a hotel.
Today you will hike up o Takstang monastery situated in a cliff overlooking the valley. This is the highlight of your trip