After arriving Paro airport you will get assistance from the hotel authorities. You will be traveling Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. En route you will stop for visiting the confluence of two rivers Thimpu and Paro at Chuzom. This confluence is surrounded by the stupas of three different styles- Tibetan, Bhutanese and Nepalese. After check into spend the evening taking a walk around the market place, and explore street foods.
After the breakfast, you will start with the Pangrizampa monastery for getting an astrology session. Later you will be visiting the handmade paper mill, School of Arts and Crafts. Here the students come from different countries to learn art forms that are used predominantly in the land. Later you can visit the Bhutan Museum. Within the museum you can experience archery. Post lunch take a visit to the memorial built in the memory of 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang temple considered to be the oldest one in the valley.
After the breakfast start the day with a drive to Punakha through the pass of Dochula. It is one of the beautiful passes in Bhutan. 108 DrukWangyel Chortens was built in the year 2003 over the pass by Queen Mother. If you are lucky enough with the weather then you can witness a beautiful sight of Bhutan’s highest mountains that stretched around 180 degrees. You can stop there for some spectacular photo shoot. After photo session you can start you journey again for the Punakha valley. On route to the valley you can visit Po Chhu suspended bridge. It is considered to be the longest suspended bridge built on Po Churiver. This bridge connects with the nearby village. After the visit take a drive back to the hotel. Enjoy your rest of the evening by visiting the local market.
Post breakfast start your day with visiting the Punakha Dzong, beautiful temple of the country. This visit to the temple will indulge you in the spiritual nature of the country. Dzong showcases some of the best arts and craft artefacts styles used mostly in Bhutan. You next destination is Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery. Your day will be incomplete without taking an excursion of 20minutes walk to Chimi Lhakhang, this dusty and muddy path along the fields of rice and mustards will give you a spectacular sight to enjoy. This path leads to a beautiful hillock where the chorten and monastery are located. This hillock of Chimi Lhakhang is also known as the temple of fertility. The walk along the village gives you the glimpse of the routine life of the valley.
After taking delicious local breakfast, take a visit to Pele La Pass, boundary between west and east. This pass is remarkable due to its white chorten flags used for prayer purposes. From here you can notice the beauty of dwarf bamboo. On the route at Chendbji Chorten, there is a stupa built a stupa in the model of Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa. It was built by Lama Shida in 18th century to make the place sanctified from the effects of evilness. Take a visit to Trongsa Dzong. The architecture of Dzong dominated the Trongsa horizon, given the building surrounding a dwarfing effects. During 16th century it was the seat of governing power over eastern and central Bhutan. The first and second King ruled from this place. Drive to Bumthang further, which is around 68 kms from Trongsa. It takes around 3 hours through Yutong-la pass. The steep hilly roads along with coniferous forests on both side give a picturesque view to treasure. This valley is also known as Chumey valley.
It is the name given to the integration of four valleys- Tang, Chumey, Ura, and Choekhor. This valley will make you spellbound with its beauty. It is the home of some of the oldest monasteries and Buddhist temples. The gentle slopes of the hills allow you to take a long walk. The valley is the production house of best quality cheese honey apples and yathra- woolen material used in winter wear. You must visit the temple of Kurje Lhakhang, Padmasambhava, the saint subdued the demon and put his body on the rock as imprinted. The JambeyLhakhang,, TamshingLhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and JakarDzong (administrative center of the region) are other major tourist attraction. You can roam around the village to get handicraft things for your dear ones.
Start your day after the breakfast for Punakha
On descending to Paro from Dochu La, take a route of Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys. On the road you will be visiting the place called Simtokha Dzong, house of Tantric practices. You can get an extensive range of collection of antique handicrafts as well as art like thangkha paintings, weapons, armor, textiles, as well as historical artefacts. You can also visit RimpungDzong, known as the fortress of heap of jewels. The inner wall of the fortress is full of fascinating paintings taken from the Buddhist folklore.
Start your journey in the early morning for the excursion to a beautiful monastery of Taktshang. It is considered to be one of the famous Bhutan’s monasteries built on the Paro valley. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche has arrived here with his tiger for the purpose of meditation, therefore it is known as Tiger’s nest. Post lunch drive to a ruined fortress of DrukgyeDzong, where the Bhutanese soldiers fought against the Tibetans. The dome of Chomolhari, Mountain of Goddess is also another place to go for glory. You must also visit the 108 temples of KyuchuLhakhang built on 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building is considered the mark of Buddhism in Bhutan. Spend the evening in the beautiful valley of Paro to enjoy the serenity around you.
After breakfast you will be travelling to the airport for taking the return flight back to home. This 10 days itinerary of Bhutan trip will give you to treasure the memories of lifetime.