Drukair, the national airline of Bhutan, connects from many airports throughout Asia to Paro International Airport in Bhutan. This is where a tourist’s travels to Bhutan begin.
Day 1: Paro / Thimphu
Guests arrive to Paro, flying past the world’s highest peaks. They then transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital.
Day 2: Thimphu
Visit Bhutan’s National Library and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, the college of traditional arts & crafts. This is followed by a tour of the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, where guests have a chance to visit the religious site of the National Memorial Chorten (built in memorial of Bhutan’s third king) and Tashichho Dzong (Dzong means “fortress”), and are able to browse and buy souvenirs from the Handicrafts Emporium.
Day 3: Thimphu / Trongsa (Central Bhutan – 6-hour drive)
Traveling from the capital to Trongsa, visitors cross Dochula Mountain Pass (which offers 360-degree Himalayan mountain views from 3,116m high), visit the town Wangduephodrang, and Chendebji Chorten (a structure built to subdue mischievous spirits).
Day 4: Trongsa / Bumthang (Central Bhutan – 3-hour drive)
Visit Trongsa Dzong (a famous and picturesque fortress) in the morning before traveling over Yutong-la Mountain Pass to enter the district of Bumthang.
Day 5: Bumthang (Central Bhutan)
Visitors can unwind and relax by visiting the beautiful Kurje Lhakhang Monastery and Tamshing Lhakhang Monastery.
Day 6: Bumthang / Punakha (Western Bhutan – 7-hour drive)
At this stage the itinerary turns back east to the farming valley of Punakha, and on the way visits Wangduephodrang Dzong (a fortress built in the 17th century and recently razed to the ground by fires, but currently being rebuilt).
Day 7: Punakha / Paro (Western Bhutan – 2-hour drive)
Visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) followed by Bhutan’s oldest fortress, Simtokha Dzong.
Day 8: Paro (Western Bhutan)
In Paro, tourists learn about Bhutan’s culture and history at the National Museum in the beautiful Ta Dzong and then visit Paro Dzong (fortress) below. A 30-minute drive brings visitors to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (fortress), one of the most historically important fortresses in Bhutan.
Day 9: Depart Paro.