ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
In the journey the travel is from the left side of the plane seeing different adventurers view of Mt. Everest, and other famous Himalayan Mountains incuding Mt.Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutatn.To arrive Makalu Adventure lunch at the Hotel. Discuss the Tour Programme with the Tour Guide. In after noon sight seeing. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
PARO - SIGHT SEEING
In The morning visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined forest), which is 16 kilometers away from Paro town. Though it is in ruin but Dzong has its historical importance for Bhutan, where Bhutanese people finally defeated the Tibetan invasion and Drop them back.In a clear day person can see Mt. Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) - its altitude is 7,329m. Also visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means temple) which was built in 659AD by the King Songtsen Gompo of Tibet and is one of his 108, such monasteries over various places to spread Buddhism. It exists in between the Paro town and Drugyal Dzong. It is also one of the holiest places in the country, which marks as a Buddhist country. After visit National Museum which is used to be a watch tower for Paro Rimpong Dzong (Fortress) and was converted in museum in 1968. Visit Paro Rimpong Dzong, the Dzong was built in 1646AD; you can see a traditional bridge of ancient style within some walk down the town. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
PARO – A DAY EXCURSION TO TAKTSHANG MONASTERY
Drive abut 10 km from Paro town (Satsam Chorten) from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery ("tiger's Nest). The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padam Sambhaya is known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditation on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress.Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round hike takes about 4 Hr.Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
PARO - A EXCURSION TO HAA VALLEY AND DRIVE BACK VIA CHELLELA PASS
After drive to Haa valley, you will visit the small town in Haa which was recently open for tourism, and is located to the extreme western part of the kingdom. Then drive back from Chellela Pass where you can see eye catchy snow capped mountain ranges and rhododendron flower in bloom.A picnic lunch at Chellela passes. On the way back walk to Chellela Nunnery. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
PARO – THIMPHU
On the way visit the Simtokha Dzong, which is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan? It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the monistic schools in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, the part of the Government Ministries, office of King and the Throne Room. It also houses the Central Monastic Body and the living quarters of the chief abbot and the senior monks. Lunch hotel in Thimphu Afternoon: Visit Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reined the Kingdom from 1952-1972 .Visit mini Zoo in which national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimpu valley. Visit the wood craft and painting schools where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the structure of painting and curving also Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Also Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.
THIMPHU – TRONGSA
Drive about 6 hours to Trongsa (200km) through Dochula Pass (3150m). On the way you can take photo at Dochula Pass which is 26km away from Thimpu valley. Take tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of eastern Himalayan snow capped Mountains and also the great view of Gasa Dzong at a distance (if weather is clear). From there descend down to subtropical area Wangdue Phodrang and again ascend up to the Pelela Pass which is 3340m from where you can see wonderful view of Himalayan Mountain. This Pass separates the western part from other regions of the country. Lunch in Chendebji. Overnight: Hotel in Trongsa.
TRONGSA – BUMTHANG
Visit the Trong Dzon, largest in the country, which is the ancestral home of Bhutanese Royal family which was build by Chogyel minjur Tenpa, the third Desi, in 1648. Now Dzong is the office of the district Administration and central monastic body. Also visit the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) and stroll through the small Trongsa town. Lunch in Trongsa. Then Drive to bumthang Valley across the Yutla Pass. The journey takes about 3 hrs and is one of the most beautiful journeys to Bhutan. Enjoy the hospitality in form house or in guest house in Bumthang. Overnight: Guest house in Bumthan.
BUMTHANG - SIGHT SEEING
Visit the village and see the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang and visit Jambay Lhakhang Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, and Kuenshu Lhakhang. Lunch in Guest house. Afternoon, Visit Jakar Dzong, built by Minjur Tempa, third Desi in 1646 AD (Desi means temporary ruler appointed by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal) and to Member (Tsho) the burning. Overnight: Hotel in Bumthang.
BUMTHANG – MONGAR
After breakfast, drive to Mongar. Packed Lunch will be on the way. You cab pass through the Bumthang and enroute explore Ura Valley, one of the most beautiful valley of Bhutan. There you can see the typical Bhutanese farm houses. Overnight: Hotel in Mongar.
MONGAR – TRASHIGANG
After breakfast, visit Mongar Dzong. This Dzong was rebuilt in 1953 and is quit small. There are about 50-60 monks in the Dzong, many of them young boys eight to ten years old. The image in the Dzong is Buddha of long as well as Guru Rimpoche (One who brought Buddhism in Bhutan) and drive further to Trashigang. On the way to Trashigang, you have to cross over korila Pass. Visit Trashigang Dzong which is one of the high Promontory that over looks the confluence of the Drangme Chu (River) and Gamrichu, which was built in 1667 by Mingyru Tenpa, Bhutan's third Desi (Governer).Their you can see many Nomadic hersmen (Brokps) of Higher Himalayas. The day will be perfect for Photography with Nomadic Herdsmen. In the evening, visit to a near by village. Overnight: Camp or farm houses.
TRASHIGANG – A DAY EXCURSION TO KHALING
Drive early morning to Khaling, visit Khaling women weaving centre. Over night: Camp or farm houses.
TRASHIGANG – MONGAR
Early in the morning drive to Gom Kora. It is the small temple in the east and its name is Gophu Kora. Gomphu means the sacred meditation site of Guru Padmasamca and Kora means circumambulation. The Guru meditated here and left a body impression on the rock, similarly to that Kurjey Lhakhang in Bumthang. Visit the Chorten and drive to Mongar. Overnight: Hotel in Mongar.
MONGAR – BUMTHANG
After breakfast, drive to Bumthang. Packed lunch will be served on the way. If you have time in the evening visit the Wangdicholing Place (The old ruins Palace), where the residence for the 1st and 2nd Kings. In the evening, stroll in the town. Dinner and over night in a Bhutanese Farm House to see the Bhutanese way Life. Overnight: Guest house in Bumthang.
BUMTHANG – GANGTEY VALLEY
Drive to Gangtey valley which takes about 5 hours, it a beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3000m, this valley opened its route very recently. During winter one can see the endangered species of bird (Black Naked Crane). Lunch in Phubjikha. Overnight: Hotel in Gangtey valley.
GANGTEY VALLEY – PARO
Drive to paro via Punakha and Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong lies between two great rivers with the wonderful views of Punakha Dzong. The names of the rivers are Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body and also the office of the district Administration. Lunch in Dochula Pass. Afternoon drive to Paro. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
PARO – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT for departure
Early morning drive to Paro International Airport and your Bhutanese friends Makalu Adventure will accompany to bid farewell as you embark on your onward journey to back.