Highlights

  1. Trekking the trail to Tango Goemba monastery
  2. Visiting the iconic riverside Punakha Dzong
  3. Hiking to the eighth-century Tiger’s Nest temple
  4. Rafting the Pho Chhu River’s class 2 to 4 rapids
  5. Cycling to Paro from the high-altitude Chele La pass

Day 1: Paro to Thimphu

With awe-inspiring Himalayan views, the flight to Paro from Kolkata (Calcutta) or Kathmandu is one of the world’s most spectacular. Transfer to Thimphu – stopping at the confluence of the Thimphu and Paro rivers en route – before exploring the city’s sights with a dedicated guide. Overnight at Hotel Druk.

Day 2: Thimphu

Trek to Tango Goemba, a hillside monastery dating back to the 12th century. Offering magnificent views across forested peaks, this is the perfect introduction to Bhutanese temple life. Later, visit Thimphu’s National Library and Buddha Point – home to the country’s largest statue. Overnight at Hotel Druk.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

Head north-east to Punakha via the Dochula pass, taking in some mesmerising mountain views along the way. From the pass, walk to Lungchuzekha Goemba before a final stop is made at Chimi Lhakhang – perhaps better known as the temple of fertility. Overnight at Kunzang Zhing Resort.

Day 4: Punakha

Today begins with a visit to the 17th-century Punakha Dzong, the seat of the Bhutanese government until the 1950s. Proceed to the Pho Chhu River this afternoon for a 16 km white-water rafting session, taking in approximately 15 class 2 to 4 rapids en route. Overnight at Kunzang Zhing Resort. Image: Zachary Collier/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Day 5: Punakha to Paro

Travel south-west to Paro, breaking up the journey with a visit to the 12-sided Simtokha Dzong – home of Bhutan’s Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. On arrival in Paro, proceed to the National Museum of Bhutan and the impressive Rinpung Dzong. Overnight at Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa.

Day 6: Paro

This morning starts with a trek to Taktsang Monastery. Also known as the Tiger’s Nest, it’s famous for being precariously positioned 900 metres above the valley floor. Later, proceed to the ruined fortress of Drukgyel Dzong and the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang temple. Overnight at Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa.

Day 7: Paro

Be driven to Chele La pass – the highest section of road of its kind in Bhutan and something of a botanical paradise. After admiring views of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains, you’ll return to Paro by mountain bike – a 35 km descent from 3,988 to 2,200 metres. Overnight at Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa. Image: Tomas Belcik

Day 8: Paro

Proceed to Paro Airport after breakfast for your onward international return flight.

Activities to consider

  • Additional hikes or treks can be arranged on request
  • Additional white-water rafting excursions on request

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