Arrival at Paro in Druk Air, Bhutan National Airline: The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most beautiful scenery of the world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fort), the national museum and the Paro town. Your representative from Pristine Druk-Yul will welcome you at the airport and drive you through the fascinating valley of Paro to Thimphu, the capital. The distance from airport to Thimphu is 55kms and takes about 2 hours in car along the Pachu river and Wangchu river and through paddy fields, orchards and farms. Overnight at Thimphu.
Sightseeing of Thimphu valley: After breakfast, it is time for you to enjoy a full day sightseeing that includes visits to the: Memorial Chhorten (stupa), the most impressive stupa built in 1974 by the grand Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden in the memory the Third King of Bhutan; National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and also modern academic books; Handicrafts Emporiums that displays wide range of beautifully woven fabrics for men & women, crafted products & other decorative items; Painting School, famous for traditional thangka paintings from where you can also buy if you like them; Institute of Traditional Medicine where rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared; Tashichhodzong, the fort that houses the Kings Throne Room and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Monk Body.
Drive to Punakha, the winter residence of Monk Body: The drive passes through the Dochula pass at an altitude of, 3050M. The pass offers the most spectacular view of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Druk Wangyal Chhoeten (108 stupas) and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) enchant the Dochula pass with the spectacular view that they offer. The road then descends a long way to Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in mid-March till May. Then you will enter into a semi-tropical zone where orange trees, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance. After your lunch at the hotel in Punakha, visit the outskirt of Punakha Dzong situated in the confluence of two rivers. Entering inside the courtyard of the Dzong can be permitted only if the Chief Abbot has moved to his summer residence in Thimphu. Overnight at Punakha.
Drive to Wangdue Phodrang and back to Paro: After your breakfast, 35 minutes drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Visit the town and the Dzong area and drive back to Paro via the same road to Thimphu until the road bifurcates at Simtokha checkpoint. Overnight at Paro.
Sightseeing at Paro: After your breakfast visits to: Ta Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel, currently the National Museum that once served as the watchtower for Paro Dzong; Drukgyel Dzong (the Fortress of the Victorious Drukpas) built in 1647 by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 which is now in ruins; Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan built in 636 AD by a Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo. It houses the Crowned Buddha (Jowo) and Padmasambhava. Taktshang which means the Tiger's lair, a Buddhist Monastery perched on a steep cliff is another awe striking place to visit, but it requires an extra day. Drive to hotel. Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Departure: Drive to Airport for onward destination.