Haa - is the ancestral home of the Queen Grandmother and the illustrious Dorji family. This valley remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest. The wooded hills of Haa provides an ideal location for hiking and mountain biking. Biking around the valley to visit the dozen or so local temples is an enjoyable way to spend the day when visiting. Bhutan is a mountainous country linked with series of passes. Located at 3810m (13,000ft), between the valley of Paro and Haa is Chele La, the highest road pass in the country.
Punakha Valley - has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. Two major rivers in Bhutan the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu converge in this valley. Punakha Dzong is built at the confluence of these two rivers and is an especially beautiful sight on sunny days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls.
Dochu-La Pass - is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.
Thimphu - The Kingdom’s capital city is home to approximately 100,000 inhabitants including the Royal family. Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan however it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernisation. The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary and just immerse themselves in the lifestyle of contemporary Bhutanese.
Paro Valley - extends from the confluence of the Paro Chhu and the Wang Chhu rivers at Chuzom upto Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North. This picturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley. Accentuating the natural beauty are the many elegant, traditional-style houses that dot the valley and surrounding hills. Visitors often spend several days in Paro as there are over 155 temples and monasteries in this area, some dating as far back as 14th century. Among them is the temple that is considered Bhutan’s most iconic landmark Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. This awe-inspiring temple was constructed upon a sheer cliff face, hundreds of meters above forests of oak and rhododendrons and the valley floor. Dzongdrakha Temple and Kila Gompa are secondary examples of cliff-side temples that are also located in Paro Dzongkhag.
Places to Visit
Day 1: Arrive Paro, transfer to Haa via Chela La pass Day 2: Explore Haa Valley
Day 3: Transfer to Thimphu
Day 4: Explore Thimphu
Day 5: Transfer to Punakha
Day 6: Explore Punakha, transfer to Paro
Day 7: Expore Paro incl Taktsang
Day 8: Depart
Tour Duration: 8 Days