DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
During the journey, one can experience from the plane a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, and other famous Himalayan Mountains including Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by your Bhutanese friend from Makalu Adventure. Lunch at the Hotel. Discuss the tour Guide. Afternoon free. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
DAY 02: PARO – SIGHT SEEING
In the morning visit Druhyal Dzong (a ruined fortress), 16km away from Paro town. Although it has been in ruin but this Dzong has its great historical importance for the people of Bhutan. This was the place where the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetan invasion and drove them back. On a clear day one can see Mt. Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) - its altitude is 7,329m. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means temple), built by Tibetan King Songten Gompo in 659AD, which is one of his 108, such monasteries over various places to spread Buddhism. It one of the holiest place in the country, which marks the as a Buddhist country.
Lunch in Paro town. Then visit National Museum which is used to be a watch tower for Paaro Rimpong Dzong and was converted as a museum Museum in 1646 AD. You can see the traditional wood bridge of ancient style. Visit a typical Bhutanese farm house and sightseeing trip to the Paro town. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
DAY 03: PARO – A DAY EXCURSION TO TAKTSHANG
Drive to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) from there walk up to Taktsng Monastery (Tiger's Nest). The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditation on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsng cafeteria. The round hike takes about 4 Hr. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
DAY 04: PARO - A EXCURSION TO HAA VALLEY AND DRIVE BACK VIA CHELLELA PASS
Drive to haa valley, then visit the small town in haa which was recently open for tourism and is located extreme part of the kingdom. Drive back from Chellela Pass where you can see beautiful snow capped mountains ranges and rhododendron flowers in bloom. A picnic lunch at Chellela passes. On the way back walk to Chellela Nunnery. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
DAY 05: PARO – THIMPHU
On the way visit the Simtokha Dzong, which is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan? It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the monistic schools in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, the part of the Government Ministries, office of King and the Throne Room. It also houses the Central Monastic Body and the living quarters of the chief abbot and the senior monks.
Lunch hotel in Thimphu Afternoon: Visit Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reined the Kingdom from 1952-1972 .Visit mini Zoo in which national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimpu valley. Visit the wood craft and painting schools where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the structure of painting and curving also Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Also Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 06: THIMPHU - WANGDUE PHODRANG
Drive about 3150m to Punakha through Dochula pass. On the way you can take photo at Dochula Pass which is 26km away from Thimphu valley. Take tea and snacks. Enjoy spectacular view of eastern Himalayan snow capped Mountains and also view of Gasa Dzong at a distance if the weather is clear.
Journey continues through various scene of green all the way to Punakha which lies between two great rivers with wonderful view of Punkha Dzong. Phochu (Male river) Mochu (Female river). The Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo,Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body and also the office of the district Administration. Lunch at hotel in Punakha. Afternoon: drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Over night: Hotel in Wangdue Phodrang.
DAY 07: WANGDUE PHODRANG – PHUBJIKHA
Then drive to Wangdue Phodrang, visit small town and Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Lunch in Hotel in Wangdue Phodrang. Afternoon: Drive to Phubjikha (Gangdue) valley, where you can see the endangered bird black naked crane. Overnight: Hotel in Phubjikha.
DAY 09: THIMPHU – PARO
In the morning drive to Tango Monastery, a day hike. A picnic lunch at foothill of Tango Monastery and afternoon drive to Paro. Over night: Hotel in Paro.
DAY 10: PARO – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE
Then early in the morning drive to Paro International Airport and your Bhutanese friends from Makalu Adventure will accompany you to bid farewell as you embark onward journey to back home.