Day 1: Arrival
Thimphu is probably the only capital city in the world without streetlights and an airport of its own. This small city is home to some 100,000 local residents including the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Like any other capital city, it is the political and economic center for the country. The city has a 17th century fortress, which houses the Office of His Majesty the King and The House of Parliament.
Day 2: Drive from Thimphu to Dochula (1 hour).
Dochula is one of the many mountain passes in Bhutan accessible by motor road. The pass has an elevation of 3100 meters. It offers a panoramic view of the Eastern Himalaya mountain range.
- Hike to Lungchutse from Dochula (2 ways and 1 hour at the spot- 4 hours).
- Lungchutse hike is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hike. The trail will take you through a diverse forest until you reach the ridge. From the Lungchutse temple, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the Himalayas and the valley below.
- Cultural Sightseeing at Punakha after lunch.
Travelling to Punakha is like getting in a time machine and going back to the 17th century. Punakha offers tourists a unique medieval experience. The region still holds many traditional houses, built decades ago with people leading a simple farming lifestyle. The valley is especially beautiful during spring and autumn, adorned by the produce in the paddy fields.
Drive back to Paro (3 hours) and cultural sightseeing at Paro.
Hike to Taktsang.
Taktsang which translates to The Tiger’s Nest is a Buddhist monastery in Paro valley. According to the legend, Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche flew to the current monastery site riding atop a tigress in the 7th century.
Today, it has become the most visited site by tourists. Approached by a two hour hike through the pine forest, the majestic architecture perched on a cliff 900 meters above Paro valley greets the hikers. Once at the top, tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the valley below.
It’s time to depart from Bhutan.