Enjoy the festivities of the Paro Masked Dance Festival
Witness the unfurling of the thangkha, the highlight of the festival
Hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery at Taktsang
Explore vibrant temples and monasteries
Marvel at the stunning views and memorial at the Dochula Pass
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Day 1 Arrival Paro
Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you’ll be escorted by car to your accommodation in Thimphu.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights of Thimphu, including the Chang-gangkha temple, Tashichho Dzong, and meet Bhutan’s national animal – the takin.
Day 2 Dochula Pass – Punakha
Today you’ll be privately driven to Punakha, stopping en route to explore the majestic Dochula Pass and memorial, visit Chimi Lhakhang known as the Temple of Divine Madmen, and wander around Punakha Dzong.
After settling into your hotel, choose between two guided walking tours before dinner.
Day 3 Phobjikha Valley
Start your day with a gentle hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, where you have the option to join a rafting adventure.
After lunch, transfer to the Phobjikha Valley, where you’ll explore the Gangtey Monastery and visit the rare black-necked crane sanctuary.
Day 4 Phobjikha Valley
Set out on a nature walk through the spectacular Phobjikha Valley. This area is heaven for hikers and you can choose the length and difficulty of your hike – the trails are endless!
After your hike, relax back at your hotel and take in the serene views. Treat yourself to a hot stone bath if desired.
Day 5 Paro
Today you’ll transfer back to Paro to enjoy the festivities of the Paro Masked Dance Festival. Watch masked dances with a moral theme, listen to chanting and blessings, and see locals dressed in their finest silks.
The highlight of the festival is the unfurling of the thangkha, which takes place at dawn, followed by prayer ceremonies and public blessings.
During your stay, you’ll also visit the ruined fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples.
Day 7 Taktsang Temple – Paro
Enjoy a morning hike or horse ride to the Taktsang Monastery and Temple, known as the Tiger’s Nest.
The afternoon is free for you to spend at your leisure. Your Travel Designer can recommend activities that suit your needs prior to departure, or you could choose to simply unwind with a massage in the spa.
Day 8 Departure
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.