VIP Bhutan Tour
Day 1 - Delhi - Paro – Thimphu (B/L/D)
Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Paro. During the flight you will be having the beautiful panoramic view of Himalayan Mountains. Druk Air is the only airline connecting Paro with different cities like Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka and Bangkok. On arrival you will be meet and greet by ADI Voyages representative. Proceed to have your first impression of this majestic country while driving from Paro to Thimpu which is the capital of Bhutan. Later on the day visit Tashichho Dzong built in 1641 and than rebuilt in 1960. Dzong means fortress. It houses the different ministries, King's room and facility for Monk bodies. Main courtyard of the Dzong also witness three days Autumn festival every year.
Day 2 - Morning Hiking to Tango Monastery (B/L/D)
On the second day of Bhutan we will get to know about the oldest monastery in Bhutan which was founded in the 12th century by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa. Tango monastery is situated at a height of 2400 m from the sea level and was one of the center for learning for monks with utmost importance. The monastery was also associated with Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Return back to Thimpu after the visit to monastery and visit National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 to honor the third King of Bhutan, further visit Post Office, Indigenous hospital, Painting school and handicrafts emporium.
Day 3 - Thimphu - Punakha via Dochula Pass (B/L/D)
On this day of our Bhutan tour we will visit the former capital city of Punakha (72 km from Thimphu). After breakfast, we will drive and cross over some of high mountain pass of Dochula with stunning height of 3150m. Punakha Dzong monastery built in a remarkably picturesque place, at the confluence of two rivers - the Pho (male) and Mo (female), which form the deep river Sankosh. Punakha Dzong - is an elegant complex, built on the initiative of the king and the monk Shabdrung (XVII century), he is buried also in the mausoleum. Within the walls of the monastery remains 108 Stupas of Kanjur - an ancient Buddhist canon, written in gold letters, and many other sacred relics belonging to the kings of Bhutan. Today, Punakha Dzong is the winter residence of the king and the 300 Buddhist monks who reside here in winter season. In and around the city of Punakha monastery, you will be able to take unique photographs against the backdrop of the Great Himalayas covered with dense pine forests, as well as small and compact mountain villages. Thereafter climb to Khamsum Yuele Namgyal Chorten or Segnana village. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 4 - Punakha - Phobjikha (B/L/D)
Early morning we will depart for Gantey Valley . On the way we will visit Gantey Goenpa old monastery which lies east of Wangdiphodrang. The monastery dates back to 17th century. Only a little far away from Gompa you can see the village of Phobjikha on the valley floor. Phobjikha is the winter home for black cranes that migrates from norht from arid plains to spend the winter in a mild climate. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5 - Phobjikha – Paro (B/L/D)
This will be the longest day of our tour during the entire journey of Bhutan. We will drive back to Paro in approximately 5 hours. We will visit the temple Kyichu Lhakhang (659) - one of the 108 temples, which were built by King Songtsen Gampo. According to an ancient legend, in ancient times, the entire territory of Tibet and the Himalayas covered by giant female demon, who prevented the further spread of Buddhism. Later we visit the monastery, Rinchen Pung Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), means "the fortress on the hill of jewelry". Return to the city by crossing the bridge (Nyamai Zam) decorated in a traditional Bhutanese style. Evening free to explore the Paro city.
Day 6 - Paro (B/L/D)
Your full day tour start with visiting the Drugyal Dzong which is located 16 km from Paro. This is a half ruined Dzong and also known as Victory Fort. This monastery was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and had a great strategic position due to which brave Bhutanese soldiers had repelled many attempts of Tibet's invasion from the wall of Drugyal Dzong. There is a clear and beautiful view of mountain Jumolhari from the village situated nearby Dzong. Thereafter return back to Paro and climb to Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger Nest. It is built on a cliff and is so beautiful that it can hardly not amaze you. Monastery is also considered as visiting card of Bhutan by attributing nation's pride with itself. It is a great work of Bhutanese ancestors. It takes around 3 - 4 hours to climb to the monastery with a normal walking speed. You can climb on horses also but coming back is only by walking. You can have a extraordinary view of Paro valley from the Taktsang monastery. You can also climb till cafeteria in 1 hour to have the view of Taktsang Monastery and can return than back. There is a legend associated with Taktsang monastery that an Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, come to Paro region from Eastern Bhutan on a tiger to overpower the demons who were against the rise of Buddhism in the region.
Day 7 - Paro – Delhi (B)
Morning after early breakfast you will be transferred to Paro airport for your onward flight to next destination.