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The flight into Paro (2280m/7524ft) on Druk Air is spectacular. In the clear weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks give way to the verdant greens of Paro valley. The first gift from Bhutan is the cool, clean fresh air as we step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are receive by Norden Adventure representative and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with a walk through the main streets of Paro. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Paro.
Today is hike to Takshang Monastry. Request your guide to start early in morning. To reach at cafeteria before, so that you will not suffer in sun heat. Depending on your hike, Lunch will order by guide either at cafeteria or in Town. After lunch visit ruin Drukgyel dzong and Kichu temple one very oldest monument in the country.
After breakfast visit Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century as a watch tower for the Paro Dzong. This Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong, is now used as an administration center and school for monks. A short walk below the Dzong, takes you across a traditional cantilever bridge and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take around one hour. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000.The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In afternoon visit Folk Heritage Museum founded in 2003 by Queen mother. It displays the utensil and real life of Bhutanese ancient lifes. Visit handmade paper factory and Evening walk around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast drive to Buddha statue built on hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. The statue is one of biggest in the country built with budget of 15 million dollar to mark the 100 years of Monarchy. Visit Memorial stupa built in 1974 for the late king Jigme Dorji Wangcuk and to bring peace and prosperity in the world and Visit Texile Museum, where the art of tradition weaving is still kept alive and preserved though exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its colors and design. After lunch visit painting school where Bhutan student are learning 13 different arts and preserve their culture and visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see national animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Hike to Wangduetse monastery takes 30 minutes walk through pine forest and after office hour visit Tashichhoe Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the Central Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.
Morning depart for Punakha. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through the forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. On the way visit Chimi Lhakhang the temple of fertility. The hike takes only 15 walk from road. Your guide will tell you humorist history about the divine mad man and significant of temple for Bhutanese society. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Punakha
After breakfast drive to Bumthang. The road ascends up to till Yutong la pass (3,400m) through fir and dwarf bamboo forest. The pass is marked by Stupa and prayer flags. After crossing pass we descend through pine forest in Bumthang valley the road enters into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as Chumey valley and drive over the kiki la pass through pine forest. Bumthang is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. After lunch visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century) and visit Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). Hike to visit the Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa), on the way back visit Jakar Dzong, (seat of the district administration). Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Bumthang.
Drive back to Wangdue passing over the Yutong la and Pelela pass. When you cross Pelela pass drive to Phojikha valley to Visit Gangtey monastry that lies towards the East of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountain. This is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers from the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phojikha. The gentle sloping hillsides of Phobjikha are described as the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas. This is winter home of black necked cranes that migrates from arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate and drive back to Wangdue valley. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Wangdue.
After breakfast drive back to Paro via Thimphu passing over the Dochula pass and start Longchutse hike that takes 2 hours walk through fir, maple, Daphne and Rhododendron forest with panoramic view of Himalayan mountains. Your lunch will be at Dochula cafeteria and proceed to Paro. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Paro.
In the morning Norden Adventure escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home.