5D 4N | Mezmerising Bhutan

Paro, Thimphu & Punakha

A journey to 3 most popular towns of Bhutan, Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, this triangular journey will take you through ancient valleys lined with iridescent rivers and sacred mountain passes offering breathtaking views. Visit heritage sites and monasteries and soak in the local culture, sights and sounds that will leave you feeling mezmerised.

Day 1: Arrive at Paro International Airport and transfer to Thimphu
Day 2: Half day sightseeing in Thimphu and travel to Punakha
Day 3: Half day sightseeing in Punakha and travel to Paro
Day 4: Hike to Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
Day 5: Depart from Paro International Airport
Day 1: Arrive at Paro International Airport and transfer to Thimphu
Your journey into Bhutan starts with your Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines flight into Paro International airport. As the flight approaches Bhutan, enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, including the Jhomolhari (7314m) and Jichu Drake (6794m), the loftiest peaks of Bhutan. On arrival, you will be received by your Mezmer Journeys guide who will be with you throughout the rest of your stay in Bhutan.
Then drive to Thimphu; your first stop will be at picturesque Tachog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan's Iron Bridge Builder. You will then drive to Chuzom and witness the confluence of Paro Chu or Paro river and the Wang Chu or Wang river, marked by 3 chortens or stupas of different styles, built to serve as protectors of evil.
The evening is kept free for you to take in the local culture and flavours, giving you time to acclimatise. Stroll through the market and mingle with the local people and indulge in some shopping.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Half day sightseeing in Thimphu and travel to Punakha
Start your day with a visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.
Then stop at one of our selected local restaurants for lunch.
After the lunch start your journey to Punakha and stop at one of the the most spectacular mountain passes called Dochu La (3050m), on a clear day, snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges are a beautiful sight, stretching for about 25km
The pass is also home to the Druk Wangyal Chorten, or 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother.
On the way to Punakha, visit Chimi Lhakhang, well known by all the travelers as the temple of fertility. Chimi Lhakhang is located on a hillock below the Metshina–Punakha road, it was built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after the lama subdued the Demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Punakha

Day 3: Half day sightseeing in Punakha and travel to Paro
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, and proceed to visit the imposing fortress, the Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Built in 1637, this beautiful structure boasts of some intricate artwork and is the winter residence of the Chief Abbot Je Khempo.
Next, travel to Paro spend the rest of the day exploring the valley. Visit Paro Ta Dzong, the national museum of Bhutan.
Lunch will be in Paro town at one of our local restaurants where you can savor authentic Bhutanese fare.
After lunch, visit Drukgyel Dzong and Rinpung Dzongs which are located 14 kms from Paro town. The Rinpung Dzong is a stunning structure, visible from most parts of the valley.Formerly the meeting hall for the National Assembly, it now hosts both the monastic body and district government offices, including the local courts.
After visit to Rinpung Dzong, you can explore the town and indulge in some shopping.
Stay the night at a hotel in Paro.

Day 4: Hike to Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
Visit the one of the most revered sites of Bhutan, the Paro Taktsang Monastery. It is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This intriguing temple clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site.
Have your lunch back in the town and enjoy walking around this quaint town and interact with the local people.
Stay overnight in in your hotel in Paro.

Day 5: Depart from Paro International Airport
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and proceed to the Paro International Airport to depart Bhutan.
MonthValues (Celsius)ParoThimpuPunakhaTrongsaBhumthangMongarTrashigang
JanuaryMax
Min
9.4
-5.8
12.3
-2.6
17.0
4.3
13.0
-0.2
10.8
-5.1
15.5
8.2
20.4
10.5
FebruaryMax
Min
13.0
1.5
14.4
0.6
19.0
7.8
13.9
0.4
10.0
-1.4
15.9
8.3
21.7
11.5
MarchMax
Min
14.5
0.6
16.4
3.9
22.8
10.4
16.7
4.4
16.2
3.5
20.0
11.6
24.8
14.4
AprilMax
Min
17.6
4.6
20.0
7.1
26.2
12.9
20.1
6.6
18.7
3.9
22.8
14.0
28.3
17.0
MayMax
Min
23.5
10.6
22.5
13.1
29.1
17.7
21
11.6
21.3
9.5
25.1
17.4
30
22.6
JuneMax
Min
25.4
14.1
24.4
15.2
29.2
20.1
22.2
13.6
22.5
13.5
26.1
19.5
30.7
22.6
JulyMax
Min
26.8
14.9
25.9
15.6
30.4
20.5
25.3
15.3
24.1
13.6
27.1
19.8
31.5
23.1
AugustMax
Min
25.3
14.7
25.0
15.8
29.1
20
23.8
15
23.0
13.7
25.4
19.6
30.2
22.7
SeptemberMax
Min
23.4
11.7
23.1
15
27.5
19.1
22.6
14.2
21.6
12.1
24.7
19.4
30.0
21.9
OctoberMax
Min
18.7
7.4
21.9
10.4
26.1
14.7
21.8
11.7
19.5
5.9
22.7
15.8
29.1
17.7
NovemberMax
Min
13.9
1.4
17.9
5.0
22.6
9.6
19.8
6.4
16.1
-0.5
19.9
11.2
26.1
13.6
DecemberMax
Min
11.2
-1.7
14.5
-1.1
19.1
6.3
18.2
2.5
12.3
-2.3
17.7
9.5
23.0
11.6
Your guide will be equipped with a basic first aid kit but please do remember to bring the following with you:
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Hat
  • Walking Stick
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