Day 01| Arrival-Paro
On your arrival at Paro International our local representative will meet you and transfer Thimphu Amankora Resorts for your night stay. Post visit National Memorial Chorten, National Museum and Folk Heritage Museum and National Library. Overnight stay at Amankora Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu Vicinity Visits
After breakfast in the morning, visit the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan government and Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town, visit a few of the capital cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. Overnight stay at Amankora Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha
An early departure brings you on a dramatic drive over the 3,050m mountain pass of Dochu La and on to Punakha Valley. In midst of the journey, you will stop at Dochula Pass (3,080m) from where almost six high mountains, including Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m), Zongphugang (7, 060 m), provides a breathtaking view. You will visit Punakha Dzong from which the city gets its name from, constructed strategically at the intersection of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu streams in 1637 From Punakha. Later in the afternoon hike to village behind the lodge. Overnight stay at Amankora Punakha.
Day 04: Khamsum Yuelly Hike
Begin the day with a hike from Punakha Lodge through terraces of rice, chilies and cabbage to the Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten a monument built by the Queen of Bhutan. It was built in accordance with the instructions of Lopon Sonam Zangpo, with the intention of bringing peace in the world in general, and to clear obstacles for the country of Bhutan in particular. Its exterior is in the form of a pagoda like stupa while the interior consists of four stories containing images of the deities of mandalas of Vajarakilaya. Afterwards, drive back to impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic body of Bhutan and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. Overnight Stay at Amankora Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha-Paro
After descending from Dochu La Pass, the road will lead back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys before crossing through Paro towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, is the Amankora Paro lodge and spa. In the afternoon, stroll to the nearby ruins, visit some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or amble down Paro main street. Evenings at Amankora Paro may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region, or a film on the Himalayas. Overnight stay Amankora Paro.
Day 6 : – Paro
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong watchtower. Here, a collection of arte facts provides a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. From the Dzong, cross Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilevered bridge, to reach the town temple built in 1525. Enjoy a
Picturesque picnic or a visit to a traditional farmhouse for lunch with a local family. The afternoon brings a choice of excursions visitors interested in further immersion in Bhutan culture and religion must experience the Kyichu Lhakhang, Dumtse Lhakhang and the Drukgyel Dzong altar room. Hikers can follow a beautiful trail behind the lodge which passes Drukgyel Dzong and winds along the Paro Chhu, crossing a suspension bridge and ambling through terraced farmland and forests before looping back down the river to a second bridge and returning to the lodge. Overnight stay at Amankora Paro.
Day 7 : – Paro
Spend the morning hiking to one of Bhutan most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly known as the Tiger Nest. The 4-5 hrs return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face almost 1,000m above the valley floor. The rest of the day can be spent browsing through shops in town, enjoying the spa or exploring the rich forests that rise behind the lodge. Overnight Stay at Amankora.
Day 8 : – Paro
Early morning transfer to airport with a lots of wonderful experience