Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimphu
Arrive at Paro International Airport. Your tour guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 meters. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. If time permits visit the Trashichhodzong – the 17th-century fort is presently the seat of the government. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: In Thimphu
Today full day Thimphu sightseeing includes Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese culture and way of life. Later visit Changangkha Monastery, Zhilukha Nunnery, Zhorig Chusum also known as Painting School, Buddha Dordenma Statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, visit Takin zoo, Zilukha Nunnery, handicraft emporium. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Thimphu to Paro
Morning proceeds for a complete Thimphu sightseeing tour including post office memorial Stupa and after lunch transfer to Paro. Visit Museum and Paro Dzong. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: In Paro
This morning we will take the famous moderate hike to Taktsang Monastery (approx. 5 hours, 10Kms), also known as the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff, 3,000 ft above the valley floor. The primary monastery was built around Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by Gyaltshe Tenzin Rabgay. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747, flew here on the back of a flying tigress. This is a 4-hour hike with steep gradients, but your guide will always be on hand for any difficulties and riding pony can be hired if needed. Those not wanting to go all the way to the top can wait at a pleasant cafe about halfway up that offers a stunning view of the monastery. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Departure Paro
Morning transfer to the airport to board flight for your onward destination.