The flight from Kathmandu to Paro 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 in Bhutan, we will take a private motorcoach from Paro to Thimphu, a distance of approximately 43 miles, or around 1½ hours. The elevation over the next 3 days will be about 7,700 feet.
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.
After lunch we join a staff-led exploration of the National Museum, the recently-renovated 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. We then take a scenic drive to Thimphu along the Paro and Thimphu Rivers.
We have a welcome dinner at the hotel with included bottled water, coffee and tea; other beverages available for purchase.