Receive by Rainbow representative. Transfer to hotel. After lunch visit Paro Rinpong Dzong.
This is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). The Museum was the former watch tower for the Rinpong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley.
Drive 16 Km from Paro town to visit the Drugyel Dzong - ruined fortress. The dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. On a clear day this spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Jumolhari, "Mountain of Goddess" (Alt. 7329 m).
In the evening walk through Paro town and have dinner at a local restaurant.
Evening: stroll through Paro town.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel
Paro sightseeing: Morning: Hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest (3-4hrs)
Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century.. It was said that he meditated there for about three months. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998. Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. You can visit three different temples inside the main Takshang complex. Riding Ponies provided upon request.
Lunch at Taktshang Cafeteria. After you descend from Taktshang, visit Kychu Lhakhang (temple). This is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. The inner temple was built by a Buddhist Tibetan King, Srongtsen Goempo in the 7th century. Evening transfer to Thimphu.
Morning : Thimphu sightseeing
Visit the Textile Museum, National Library (where ancient manuscripts are preserved), Traditional Paper factory, Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third king), Semtokha Dzong (oldest fortress in the kingdom) and Arts and Crafts School.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel
Transfer to Wangdue (3 hours drive)
The drive takes about 3hours. En route stop at Dochula Pass (3150 m), 30 Km from Thimphu, for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern Himalayan mountains. From Dochula to Punakha, it’s another two hours drive. After lunch in Lobesa, visit the Punakha Dzong. This is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between two rivers known as “Phochu” (Male River) and “Mochu” (Female River). After Punakha take a short hike to Chhi-Med Lhakhang in the picturesque Lobesa valley, to visit the temple of one of Bhutan’s foremost saints, Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the “Divine Madman”.
Wangdue-Paro via Thimphu for lunch
En route visit Wangduephodrang town.Lunch in Thimphu. After lunch visit some shops in Thimphu and in the evening drive to Paro for overnight at Hotel