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Duration - 6 days, 5 nights

Places of visit - Thimphu, Paro and Punakha

Best times to travel - All year round

This classic journey takes you to some of the most vibrant towns in the western region of the country, including the capital city, Thimphu. This short stay is just right for those with limited time, but a thirst to know Bhutan. From the lush green fields to the exquisite paintings on the walls of the monasteries, from the prayer flags fluttering in the wind to the red chillies drying on the rooftops – everywhere you look, colours dazzle you. Be prepared to fall in love with Bhutan!

Day 1: Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your personal guide will take you to your hotel. After lunch, a leisurely walk through the Paro town and a visit to the nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan. Evening could be spent at a local bar.

Night halt: Paro


Day 2: After breakfast, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (built 659 A D). Then a 2-3 hours hike up to the enchanting Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff. Evening drive to Thimphu.

Night halt: Thimphu


Day 3: Early start to Punakha, with a stop over at Dochhu La. If it’s a bright day, you will enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayan range in the horizon. We then descend into the warm valley of Punakha. En route an easy trek off the highway will take you into the Botanical Garden at Lamperi with exotic collection of plant species. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. On the way back to Thimphu, visit Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the Divine Madman.

Night halt: Thimphu

Day 4: Full day in Thimphu. Visit notable landmarks in the city – Memorial Chorten (Stupa), Folk Heritage Museum, National Institute of Zorig Chusum, and a hike up to Tango and Cheri Monasteries. In the evening a stroll in the town and if it’s the weekend, visit the vibrant local weekend market.

Night halt: Thimphu


Day 5: Visit Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Library and the Textile Museum. After lunch, leave for Paro. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (built 1647, a fortress that saw many a battles being fought between the Drukpas and the Tibetan invaders from the north). Evening can be spent according to your wishes.

Night halt: Paro


Day 6: Leave for the airport. Your guide will see you off at the airport for your departure.