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This trip covers Thimpu-the
capital city of Bhutan, Paro, Punakha-the old capital of Bhutan, Wangdiphrodang and
Phubjika. Phubjika is the winterhome the rare black-necked cranes that fly over from
Tibet. Phubjika has one of the only two Ngimgma monasteries of Bhutan.
Day 1 Arrival at
Paro and drive to Thimpu
Meet Windhorse representative at the airport and drive to Thimpu. Overnight hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing
Morning visit to: colorful vegetable market; the Memorial Chorten and the National
Library. After lunch visit the Handmade Paper Factory & the School of Thangka
Painting; stroll about town.
Day 3: Thimpu to
Punakha and Wangdiphodrang.
Early morning scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan
passing through the Dochula pass (alt. 10,000 feet); stunning scenery of Himalayan ranges.
Descend to Punakha & tour the town. After picnic lunch by the Wangdi River continue to
Wangdiphodrang Dzong, the most picturesque in Bhutan.
Day 4: Punakha to
Phubjika ( Gangtey)
Excursion to serene Gangtey valley, home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly over
Tibet in the winter; visit the Gangtey monastery.
Day 5: Gangtey to
Paro via Thimpu.
Retrace the way via the Simtokha Dzong the oldest one in Bhutan. After lunch visit
hospital for Traditional Medicine; National Library. Continue to Paro. Overnight hotel.
Day 6: Sightseeing
In the morning visit the fortified tower Ta Dzong, now a natural history museum- one of
finest in Asia, the impressive Drukgyel Dzong ruins (monastery fortress) and Kyichu Temple
of 7th century. Overnight hotel.
Today you will hike up o Takstang
monastery situated in a cliff overlooking the valley. This is the highlight of your trip.
You will walk back to Paro. Overnight hotel.
Transfer to airport for departure.