Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport
You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel. After refreshment in hotel, short briefing about the programs.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE: Durbar Square, one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1315m)
Today we explore the Kathmandu valley.
SWOYAMBHUNATH: Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) with its commanding views of Kathmandu, its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism.
PASHUPATINATH: It’s a sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and yellow sit serenely meditating – when they are not posing for photos for rupees.
BOUDHANATH: The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the stupa.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Paro (2180m) – Timphu (2320m)
Day 4: Thimpu Sightseeing
Day 5: Thimpu – Punakha (1310m)
Later you visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung, the spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan prior to the present dynasty. It is an old capital which still serves as the winter residence of the monks. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. It has withstood damages by fire, earthquake and flood. The latest flood of Oct’ 94 caused great damage to the fortress but miraculously the statue of the Buddha Jojampa remained untouched.
Day 6: Punakha –Tongsa (2200m)
The drive is taken via the Pele La Pass (3300m) to reach Chendebji Chorten where we will stop for our picnic lunch. Further continue the drive to Trongsa and enjoy the beautiful view of Trongsa Dzong, while approaching Trongsa. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Trongsa –Bumthang( 2700m)
Day 8: Bumthang – Ura Village – Bumthang
Day 9: Bumthang – Gangtey Valley (2800m)
Day 10: Gangtey Valley – Paro
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Hike to Taktsang Monastery ( 3000m)
We will stop at the view point of Taktsang (hike uphill for about two to three hours for a close up of the Taktsang or Tiger’s nest). This is the famed site where Guru Padmasambhava alighted upon the back of a tigress. Overnight at the hotel.