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Best of Bhutan

Destinations Covered : Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey valley via Wangdi - Punakha - Paro
Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days

Day 01 Arrive Paro International Airport:
Arrive Paro International Airport from New Delhi / Kolkata / Kathmandu / Bagdogra and transfer to the capital city Thimphu. Afternoon visit Takin Zoo, National Library, Tashi Chho Dzong. Evening at leisure. O/n at Thimphu.

Day 02 Thimphu, capital of Bhutan (65 km 1 hrs drive):
After breakfast transfer to the capital city Thimphu visit Handicraft Emporium, Bhutanese traditional paper factory, National Memorial Chorten, Buddha statue and Centenary Park located very close to river and evening visit the city for shopping or at leisure. O/n at Thimphu.

Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha (77 km 2hrs 45 min hrs drive):
After breakfast drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, stop at Druk Wangyal Chorten from here you could have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range when the weather is clear. Drive further down to Lamperi stop and explore Royal Botanical Park for few minutes and proceed to Punakha. On the way stop and visit Chimmi Lhakhang temple or take a short walk. Afternoon visit the majestic Punakha Dzong and rest of the day at leisure. O/n at Punakha.

Day 04 Day excursion to Gangtey valley via Wangdi (2hrs 30 min hrs drive):
After early breakfast drive to Gangtey valley via old Wangdi town. The drive is to cooler climes of Gangtey the drive is dramatic due to range of scenic beauty that unfolds along its route.During summers the hill slopes are covered with pink, white and red rhododendrons and you may even encounter some yak the old barking deer or red panda. This valley is one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan and Gangtey is the winter home to the endangered black necked cranes (Grus Nigricllis) which migrate to this valley around mid November from Tibet. The birds fly back across the Himalayas to their summer home towards Tibet and China (Nov – March). Evening return to Wangdi. O/n at Wangdi.

Day 05 Punakha to Paro (142 km 4 hrs drive):
After breakfast drive to Paro and on the way visit Paro Dzong located on the rocky outcrop of the steep hillside overlooking both sides of the valley drive back to the town. After noon visit the old ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 17th century fortress that used to keep invaders from Tibet and in1951 the fort was destroyed by fire. Evening at leisure. O/n at Paro.

Day 06 Paro sightseeing:
After breakfast drive till the base of the world famous Tiger’s Nest, clings to a sheer, 900m above the ground which is the most popular spiritual heritage sites. There is a belief that the legend Padma Sambhava flew here from Tibet on the back of a tiger. On the way to town visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of Bhutan’s two oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 7th century. Rest of the day at leisure or visit the town for shopping. O/n at Paro.

Day 07 Departure:
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward destination.