Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centres. However, it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization. Thimphu is one of the few towns in Bhutan that have been equipped with ATM banking facilities and is a good place to stock up on some currency.
This lovely fortress (Dzong) and monastery is majestic in appearance and architecture. It boasts of a couple of huge courtyards amidst class rooms and staying quarters for the lama students who inhabit this amazing property. At the far end of the property to the left is a lovely temple with a beautiful statue of the calm Buddha which soothes and bless all who visit. Adjacent is a lovely viewing gallery from where you can see the entire Paro city with the river flowing through. On the right is a huge prayer hall with lovely painting of the stories of Buddha and a quiet prayer hall which also has statues for prayer. Not all get to visit this hall specially if class is in attendance. Once you step out of the Dzong do take a walk around the gardens of the property (clockwise if you wish). You will be witness to some of the best view of Paro city, the watch tower and even a heavily laden orange tree - all ideal spots for photos. You can then head down to the cantilever bridge across the river from where you may choose to exit this meorable attraction. Definitely worth a visit and an hour well spent!
Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. Punakha Dzong is not only the second oldest and second largest dzong but it also has one of the most majestic structures in the country.
Journey will be started from Dhaka International Airport. Tourists will be received at Paro Airport, Visit Museum & Airport View Point. Transfer to Thimphu Hotel. It’s 1.5 hours scenic drive. After having lunch visit Archery Ground, Memorial Chorten. In the evening strolling/ shopping. After having dinner night halt at Hotel/ Resort, Thimphu.
After having breakfast visit Zoo, Sangay view point/ BBS Tower & Zigmey Doorje National Park/ Cherry Monastery. Drive back to city. On the way visit Stupa. In the afternoon visit SAARC Building, Tashicho Dzong & Dachen Lam. In the evening enjoy Thimphu nightlife & Night halt at Hotel/ Resort, Thimphu.
After having breakfast drive to Punakha. On the way visit Dochula (Pass) & enjoy snowcapped Himalayan Picks. Arrive at Punakha & visit Picturesque Phunakha Dzong & Monastery in the city. Lunch & proceed to Wagdi. Dinner & night halt at Hotel/ Resort, Ponakha.
After having breakfast drive to Pubjika. On the way visit Kicho Resort & PeleLa (Pass). Lunch & Visit Gangtey Gompha in the Picturesque Pubjika Valley. Dinner & night halt at Hotel/ Resort, Punakha.
After having breakfast strolling in the Pubjika Valley to see the Black Naked Carnes (Tibetan Bird). Lunch & Drive back to Paro. O/N at Paro.