Day 1 | Arrival Paro
Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport you will be received formally with a Tashi Khadar, a white scarf symbolizing peace, prosperity and happiness by your tour guide and driver. After a brief rest at your hotel, you will start your magical experience of Bhutan by first visiting the impressive Rinpung Dzong/Fortress of the Heaped Jewels, a fine example of the ostentatious Bhutanese art and architecture. The Dzong houses about 14 shrines and chapels housing numerous prominent statues of the Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, Guru Padmasambhava (patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan), Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (founder of modern Bhutan) and many other religious saints and revered figures.
In the evening stroll through the main town and visit the many small handicraft shops and market areas
Day 2 | Thimphu - Wandue - Trongsa
After breakfast check out of your hotel and drive for about three hours to Wangdue and Punkaha valleys. Enroute stop over at the Dochulaa Pass (3150 meters) and enjoy the spectacular views of the snow capped Himalayan Mountains. The 108 small stupas built over a small hill is also a beautiful sight.
The road from the Pass winds down to the warm and fertile valleys and after a brief rest visit the Fertility Temple / Chime Lhakhang. Continue and enjoy your drive through sleepy villages and settlements till you reach Trongsa. Overnight at your hotel in Trongsa.
In the evening you can visit a traditional Farmhouse, enjoy a hot stone bath and a traditional dinner with the local family and overnight at your hotel in Paro
Day 3 | Trongsa - Zhemgang
Today you will drive to Zhemgang locally known as Kheng and is one of the most remote and least developed districts of Bhutan. You will hardly meet any vehicles and will surely enjoy the peaceful drive. The main town of Zhemgang consists of few houses and you can enjoy a stroll through the small market and visit the traditional style house and shops. Overnight at your Eco Lodge at Dangkhar village in Zhemgang.
Overnight at campsite near the temple or hike back to Shaba, drive to hotel and overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 4 | Kheng Valley
You will spend the day visiting the three main villages of Dangkhar, Trong and Dakpai located in and around the main town. The Trong village consisting of traditional centuries old houses is being preserved as a heritage village and the small village still has intact old structures and pathways.
You can visit some of the houses, interact with the villagers and visit their farmlands and vegetable gardens. Overnight at your eco lodge in Dangkhar in Zhemgang
Day 5 | Tingtibi - Gomphu
After breakfast drive towards the satellite town of Tingtibi where the weather is much warmer. After a stroll through the small settlement continue drive till you reach Gomphu village. From there walk downhill for about 2 hours till you cross the Mangdue Chhu / River and reach Dunmang Hot Springs. There are many ponds of varying degrees of water temperature and you can spend the rest of the evening at the hot spring. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 6 | Dunmang Hot Spring
Today you will spend the whole day enjoying the various hot spring pools with different medicinal and healing properties. Overnight at the Guesthouse.
Day 7 | Pangtang Village
Hike back to the road point at Gomphu from where your vehicle will take you through Rendaybee village till you reach Pangtang. The road is newly constructed and you will enjoy this safari like drive through the serene and beautiful nature. Overnight at your eco lodge in Pantang.
Day 8 | Pangtang - Bhudashi - Goshing Valley's
Enjoy the full day excursion of the rural villages of Pangtang, Bhudashi and Goshing. Walk to the three villages and visit their community schools and Basic Health Units. Visit some traditional houses and their farmlands, interact with the villagers and with your guide as your translator you can listen to their stories and legends of the places
Day 9 | Pangtang - Pangbang Satellite Town
Drive through the same newly constructed road through the villages and enroute visit the rural villages of Shilintoe and Repati villages. Overnight at your guesthouse in Pangbang.
Day 10 | Royal Manas National Park
Apart from being one of the world’s biologically outstanding parks the Royal Manas Park is the most diverse protected area in Bhutan with thousands of animal and plant species and many of them globally endangered. The park is connected with India’s Manas Tiger Reserve
Manas is also extremely rich in wildlife species, including the highly endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, gangetic dolphin and pangolin. Found virtually nowhere else in the world is the especially rare golden langur, a primate of extraordinary grace and beauty with its long, silky blond fur.
Day 11 | Pangbang - Bjoka
After an early breakfast you can either hike for about 6 hours to reach Bjoka village, enjoying the landscape and walk OR you can drive through the farm road to Bjoka and spend the day exploring Bjoka village. Bjoka is one of the most remote and lease developed of all the places in Zhemgang. The unique feature of Bjoka is the production of handmade cane and bamboo products which is the main source of livelihood of the people. Items like the bangchungs (round tiffin-like plates) andsmall storage containers are made and sold off to the other parts of Bhutan.
In the past when there were no roads (till 2014) people had to walk for 4 – 5 days to reach Bjoka from the main town of Zhemgang.
Overnight at your farmhouse in Bjoka.
Day 12 | Bjoka - Gomphu
From here on you will drive back to Gomphu and stay the night at the Eco lodge in Gomphu.
Day 13 | Gomphu - Zhemgang
Continue drive to Zhemgang and overnight at the Eco Lodge in Dangkhar village.
Day 14 | Zhemgang- Punakha
After an early breakfast drive from Zhemgang to Trongsa to Punakha and overnight at your hotel in Punakha. In Trongsa you can visit the Trongsa Dzong / Fortress of the Vanguard of Warriors, and the National Museum.
Day 15 | Phunaka - Paro
After an early breakfast drive for a few minutes up north and walk for about an hour to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten stupa. The walk is beautiful through the pine tree and lush paddy fields and enjoy the beautiful and rural landscape of Punakha valley from the Stupa. Enroute you will also be walking through a suspension bridge over the Puna Tsang Chhu – Punakha River.
After visiting the Punakha Dzong/Fortress of Great Bliss, drive back to Paro via the Dochula Pass and Thimphu. Check into your hotel in Paro and rest well for your hike to the Tiger’s Nest tomorrow.
Day 16 | Taktsang Monastery
Have a good breakfast for your hike to Taktsang Monastery / Tiger’s Nest which is about 3 hours uphill and 2 down. Located around 900 meters above the Paro valley on a precarious almost vertical mountain cliff, Taktsang Monastery is truly a wonderful and spectacular sight in terms of its location, setting and history.
Visit the Kyichu Lhakhang/temple, one of the oldest temple built in the 7thCentury. In the evening visit a traditional farmhouse in Paro and enjoy a traditional hot stone bath and a traditional dinner with the local family. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 17 | Paro Departure
After breakfast drive to Paro International Airport where your guide and driver will bid you farewell and hope you had a pleasant holiday and hope to see you in Bhutan again.