Day01: Arrival at Paro (2300m) from Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu or Bangkok
The flight into Paro is a mountain flight and as you approach Paro, you have great views of all the mighty Himalayan peaks including Everest. Upon arrival our crew will receive you to the airport and drive you to your hotel. You can explore Paro town.. Overnight at your hotel in Paro
Day02: Paro sightseeing
Today morning dress up in Bhutanese Traditional Dress Gho (for Bridegroom) & Kira (female) and drive to Lhakhang where your wedding will be arranged . You will be welcome by the monks and the wedding ceremony will be as follows:
- Butter Lamp
- Zhugdrey Phunsum Tshogpa
- Dhar Naynga
In afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Paro
Day 03: Paro
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery . The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor . The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Romantic candle light dinner will be arranged. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day04: Thimphu sightseeing.
Drive to Thimphu and checkin your hotel. Later drive to viewpoint of Thimphu and visit the Takin sanctuary, Takin is the national animal of Bhutan with the head of a goat and body of a bull. Legend has it that Lama Drukpa Kuenley the Devine Mad Monk Saint, created this animal. Later visit the Zilukha nunnery, folk heritage muesuem, the textile weaving center, Institute of Arts and Crafts called the Zorig Choesuem. Visit the handicraft emporium, Handmade paper factory, Visit the post office with its vast collection of stamps and other items. Visit local handicraft center . Private candle light dinner . Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
Day05: Thimphu to Punakha (1700m). 77km 3hrs.
After breakfast transfer to Punakha, the old winter capital of Bhutan. En route we’ll cross the Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3150mts. On a clear day the whole range of Eastern Himalayas can be seen from here, so fingers crossed!
We then descend down to the Punakha Valley at an altitude of 1350mts. The road has lots of sharp bends, but lots of breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. Enroute hike to visit Chime Lhakhang where many locals go to pray for progeny with great success. Lam Drukpa Kuenley who was a highly unorthodox Buddhist saint whose deeds form the basis of many local legends blesses the monastery. The temple is fondly regarded as a potent fertility shrine. If we get to Punakha early enough we’ll visit the glorious Punakha Dzong, also known as the “the Palace of Great Bliss”. In the evening drive 10mins from Punakha dzong to local farm house for local Bhutanese dinner with the local family. Before dinner you can enjoy hotstone bath. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha.
Day 06: Punakha – Paro
In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
Take a romantic picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before exploring Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. In the 17th century Wangduephodrang played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern regions of the country. Afterwards proceed to Paro, Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 07: Departure