Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan
Take a flight from Kathmandu by Druk Air, the only national carrier of Bhutan to Paro international airport in Bhutan. The flight facilitates you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes, both of Nepal and Bhutan. On arrival and completing visa formalities our guest will be received by Rainbow Adventures representative who will transfer you to Kichu Resort or similar facility. In the afternoon free time, we visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors because of its strategic location. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the ear 17th century. Mount Cholohari (7,320m) can be seen, if the weather is clear. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the clock tower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. Overnight stay in Paro.
Day 02: Drive from Paro to Thimpu
We make a hike to the view point of Taktsang monastery. For an extra payment, we can hire horses for this visit. The 2/3 hours uphill hike through villages and pine forests is pleasant. The monastery clings to the huge granite cliff 800 meters above 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. The saint converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and now it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese, who desperately desire to visit this place at least once in their life time. In the late afternoon, we drive 2 hours to reach Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, which is 65 km from Paro. Overnight stay in a hotel in Thimpu.
Day 03: Thimpu – Wangduephodrang
In the morning we go sightseeing around Thimpu, including a visit to Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King JigmeDorjiWangchuck; 15th century Changangkha monastery; and the new Drupthob nunnery. In the afternoon we take a 3 hour drive to Wangduephodrang. Nice views of eastern Himalayan ranges, including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. GangarPunsun 7,520m, can be observed if the weather is clear. The drive further from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valley of Lobesa. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 04: Wangduephodrang – Bumthang
The fourth day is devoted to a 6 to 7 hours long drive. We will cross 3 passes which are over 3,000 m in altitude. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and rhododendrons and pine forests. Picnic lunch will be served at the 18th century Chendegji Chorten. We arrive at a small town known as Trongsa, which means new village. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was controlled from this fortress during the mid-17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. We drive for another 2 hours to Bumthang. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 05: Bumthang
Bumthang is situated at an altitude of 2,600m. This place has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions of Bhutan. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his reincarnation known as Tertons still linger. It is also known for its woolen material (Yathra) which can been seen hung outside of houses for sale. We make a visit to Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurgey monastery,and Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip, so it is more interesting done on foot. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 06: Bumthang – Wangduephodrang
We drive back to Wangduephodrang.
Day 07: Wangduephodrang – Punakha – Thimpu – Paro
In the morning we drive for 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as the capital of Bhutan in the past. This remarkable fortress is built between rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a process, known as the Punakha Serda, takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Now drive 3 hours to Thimpu; and proceed 2 more hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. The building now serves as Buddhist University.
Day 08: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu
Depending on our flight schedule, we drive to the Paro airport to fly to Kathmandu. You will be received at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by our representative and transferred to your hotel.