Day 1 : Arrival at Paro
You will arrive at the picturesque Paro International Airport via a Druk Air flight. If you are travelling from Delhi, we are certain you would have enjoyed the awe inspiring views of the great Himalayan Mountains and on a clear day caught a glimpse of the mighty mount Everest. On the approach to the airport you will also catch a glimpse on 2 of Bhutan’s highest peaks, mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. After completing the immigration and custom formaliites you will be greeted with a traditional scarf welcome by you TravelBhutan.com’s Bhutan travel expert and tour guide. From there we will escort you to you hotels for refreshments and lunch. Post-lunch we will bike down to the Ta Dzhong also known as the National Museum of Bhutan which is situated just above its parent fort the Paro Dzhong. We will pay a visit to both these historical monuments. The Paro Dzhong was constructed in 1645 AD by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. We will then return back to the hotel for a nice dinner followed by a nights rest .
Day 2:Paro- Thimphu
After breakfast we will begin our 3 jour bike journey towards Thimphu the capital of Bhutan. The journey will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete and you will drive ride along the excellent Paro- Thimphu highway. Upon reaching Thimphu we will bike down to the post office to see some of the finest Bhutanese stamps and then proceed onwards to the National Memorial Chorten. The National Memorial Chorten is a large stupa dedicated to the memory of the 3rd king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We will then ride up to the Sangaygang viewpoint, and if there is time and the riders willing we will ride out to the Simthokha Dzhong, which is the oldest fortress in the country. The Dzhong today operates as a monastery and is also home to a Bhutanese cultural institute.
Day 3: Thimphu- Wandue Phorang – Punakha
Today we will be leaving the city of Thimphu and ride up to the Dochu La Pass which is at an altitude of approximately 11,000 feet. We will stop here for a well-earned rest and enjoy a view of the eastern Himalayas and visit the 108 stupas that were build there by the queen mother for the wellbeing of all sentient beings on the planet. Now comes the fun part was we begin our decent into the valley to Wangdue and Punakha where we will have hearty dinner before turning in for the night.
Day 4: Punakha – Wangdue Siteseeing.
After a nourishing breakfast we will bike around the region till we reach the Wangdue Phodrang Dzhong, which is situated a hill top surrounded by cacti the Dzhong is one of the most imposing Dzhongs in the country, the Dzhong is considered one of the most significant strategic Dzhong in the country. We will then take a driving excursion to Khurunthang from where we will cross the river and bike to the scenic village of Shengana. The entire excursion will take about 4 hours after which we will return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Punakha - Thimphu
Today we will retrace our route back to Thimphu via the Dochu La pass. You can discuss with you guide if there any any places of of special interest you might be interested in visiting en route to Thimphu. We will arrive in Thimphu by afternoon and after a brief rest stop and lunch we will visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper factory, watch an archery match and pay a visit to the Mohithang Takin Preserve, the Takin preserve is a natural preserve that houses Bhutan’s national animal the Takin. The Takin is a unique specie of Goat Antelope whose origins are shrouded in mystery, according to legend the animal came into being when Lama Drukpa Kuenley put together the remains of a goat and a cow to create a completely new creature that is now known as the Takin. If time permits we will also visit the National Textile Museum.
Day 6: Thimphu – Taktshang - Paro
Today we will depart early in the morning towards the Paro valley and our eventual destination the world famous Taktshang Monastery or as it’s known more famously the ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery. The monastery sits atop a 3000 ft high vertical cliff and is one of the most awesome feats of human engineering known to the modern world. The monastery is said to have been built over of the spot where the Guru Rinpoche landed after flying to the valley atop a flying tigress. We will have a nice picnic lunch at the view point cafeteria after paying our respects at the monastery before trekking back down to our bicycles we can either ride back to our hotels on our cycles or take a the car back since the hike can be quiet tiresome. We will return to the hotel for some well-earned rest and a hot meal before turning in for the night
Day 7: Paro – Haa Valley – Paro
After a sumptuous breakfast we will undertake a day long trip to the Haa valley. We will first climb up to the Chele La pass before we decend into the Haa valley, the valley has only recently been opened up for tourists. We will have lunch in the scenic valley before departing back for Paro. Upon return we will have a farewell gala dinner for our group as this is effectively the last day of the trip.
Day 8 Departure from Paro International Airport
After breakfast you will be dropped off to the airport for flight back home. We hope you have had a pleasant a memorable trip to our beautiful country and wish to see you again. Bon Voyage.