Day 1: (12 Oct, Wednesday): Arrival in Paro then transfer to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour
As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take you to your hotel in Thimphu for a good night's sleep. In the evening you can either take a rest at your hotel or stroll through the town. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 2: (13 Oct, Thursday): Thimphu Tsechu festival
After an early breakfast, we participate in the Thimphu festival which will be held at the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong. During the festival, we get to enjoy religious mask dances, other national dances, receive blessings and socialize. The Tshechu is a festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan and the Himalayan region. Bhutanese believe that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once in their life in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3: (14 Oct, Friday): Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
After breakfast, we enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La pass at 3,100m, where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, we drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. In Punakha we visit the Punakha Dzong which is located between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 4: (15 Oct, Saturday): Punakha to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km, 7 hours
After an early breakfast, we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La Pass. There is even a chance of spotting yaks on the trail at certain times of a year. We stop in Trongsa for lunch. After which we visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece in Bhutanese architecture. Then, proceed to Bumthang through lush valleys and forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and we can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 5: (16 Oct, Sunday): Thangbi Mani festival and Sightseeing in Bumthang
After an early breakfast, we will get to witness the Thangbi Mani festival. It is another popular festival of Bhutan and is held in Chhoekhor Gewog in Bumthang to bring peace, prosperity and also for better harvest. Mask dances are also a part of this festival. After spending half the day at the festival, we go for sightseeing in Bumthang including Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurje Lhakhang, a sacred place where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. We then visit Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings and we can also visit local shops. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 6: (17 Oct, Monday): Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft): 197 km, 5 - 6 hours
We begin the day by touring Bumthang market then drive to Wangdue. On the way, we stop at Chendebji Chhorten for lunch. The chhorten was built in the 18th century by lama Shida. It is built in the Nepalese style with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. Next, we cross two spectacular high passes before reaching Wangdue. The village is well known for its magnificent bamboo work and slate carvings. Overnight in Wangdue.
Day 7: (18 Oct, Tuesday): Wangdue to Paro: 124 km, 4 - 5 hours
On the way to Paro, we stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After reaching Dochu La pass we also visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery. With elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works, the Druk Wangyal Monastery is the one of its kind in the country. We stop at Thimphu for lunch and also tour the weekend market at the bank of the Thimphu River. The vendors sell all kinds of goods from fresh chilies, cheese and mangoes to Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. Overnight in Paro.
Day 8: (19 Oct, Wednesday): Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and return to Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 9: (20 Oct, Thursday): Final departure
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after breakfast, we will be taken to the airport for final departure.