Day 1: Arrival, check in, show around and acclimatization
Druk Air, Bhutan’s national airline, provides a spectacular raven’s-eye view of the great Himalayan peaks for your first glimpse of Bhutan. At 2250m, you will descend into the beautiful Paro valley and land in the beautifully crafted traditional airport.
Your journey, rare in time, place and spirit has begun. NAT staff will welcome you at the airport to transfer to Gangtey Palace, your hotel for the evening.
This morning we will visit the National Museum, and meet with Director Khenpo Phuntsho Tashi (if in residence), who will introduce us to the natural history and Buddhist art of Bhutan. This will give us understanding of the incredible artwork that we will be seeing throughout our journey.
We will also find time to pay our respects at the twin temples of Kyichu. Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in the country, dating as far back as the 7th century. Afterwards we will begin our hike to the town of Paro, stopping along the way to view prayer flags, chortens and old farm houses.