A Taste of Thimphu
Today you’ll travel to your comfortable hotel in Thimphu. Your hotel is right in the heart of the city, walking distance from souvenir shops, bars and cafes. Thimphu is an interesting city which encapsulates Bhutan’s juxtapositions of old and new and reputedly the only capital city without traffic lights. In the evening you’ll head out to a local restaurant to cook up your own traditional dinner.
Warm Welcomes & the Mighty Dzong
Now it’s time for a glimpse of life in the Bhutanese countryside. After crossing the prayer-flag laden pass of Chelala you’ll arrive amongst the lush greenery of the Punakha Valley where you’ll spend the night in a small hotel just outside the town. The next day you’ll walk through rice fields and visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in the country; the Punakha Dzong.
The colourful towers and white walls of this characteristic building form a striking contrast to the emerald green scenery and turquoise rivers. Next you’ll travel by car into Bhutan’s countryside, arriving at a local bed & breakfast late in the afternoon. This is where you’ll spend the night. The accommodation is simple and functional and you’ll have your own private room. This is a real opportunity to get a glimpse of Bhutanese village life.
Haa! A Hidden Shangri-la
Your journey to the untouched Haa Valley will take you through the Chelela Pass and past the Kila nunnery, the oldest in Bhutan. Along the way you’ll also see remnants of a time when this was the main trade route between Tibet and Bhutan. The area is so peaceful and beautiful we would recommend a walk along the banks of the river, with Tibet’s majestic peaks as your backdrop.
Winding Trails to Tiger’s Nest
On arrival in the charming town of Paro you’ll be taken to your typical Bhutanese hotel. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the town and try your hand at a spot of archery. After your first night you’ll begin your hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery perched on the side of a 3000m cliff. A holy atmosphere pervades the area where only the creaking of prayer wheels and occasional gust of wind can be heard.
A peek at your accommodation