The flight from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan is approximately 1½ hours. Flight times are based on seasonal schedules and departure times are subject to change. Visas and flights to and from Bhutan are pre-arranged and the schedule and travel documents will be given out in Nepal. Once arrived in Bhutan, our group will depart by private motor coach from Paro to Thimphu, approximately 43 miles, or around 1 1/2 hours. The elevation over the next 3 days will be about 7,700 ft.
In the hotel café, enjoy the breakfast buffet with water, coffee and tea. The café opens at 6am and is located on the first level overlooking the landscaped gardens and pool.
A Road Scholar representative will greet everyone in the morning and coordinate our early morning transfer to the Kathmandu airport for the flight to Paro, Bhutan. We will meet our group leader in Bhutan Once arrived in Bhutan, our Group Leader will greet us with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
At a local restaurant.
Join a staff-led visit to the National Museum, now housed in a new location next to the ancient watch tower, which visually introduces Bhutan’s history and culture. The museum provides a good introduction to the Kingdom’s rich culture and heritage. Then take a scenic drive to Thimphu (7,700ft.) along the Paro and Thimphu River. Note: The Museum that used to be housed in the watch tower suffered partial damage from the earthquake in September, 2011 and remains closed while undergoing renovation; it is scheduled to be opened in 2020.
'Welcome Dinner' at the hotel with bottled water, coffee, tea; other beverages available for purchase.