a VirtualTourist member from Copenhagen
I am going to be 7 days in Bhutan. I prepared an itinerary. I assume that it is overloaded but it is my first (and probably last) visit to Bhutan. Is it realistic to do it this way? Any comments are welcome
19 March – Arrival 10:55.
Visit Paro city.Paro (Rinpung) Dzong. Kyichu Lhakhang. Evening shopping and night in Paro.
20 March - Day in Paro:Tigers Nest, Taktchang Goemba. Evening trip to Thimpu, on the way: Tamchhog Lhakhang. Evening shopping and night in Thimphu (Hotel Pending)
21 March - Thimphu, weekend market, Tango, evening trip to Phobjikha
22 March- Visit Phobjikha. Night at Punakha
23 March - Punakha and Wandue Phodrang, Khamsun Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, Chiming Lhakhang,Evening trip to Thimphu.
Evening shopping and Night at Thimpu.
24 March - Visit Thimpu. Later travel to Paro (with a stop at Tamchong Lhakhang), Night in Paro.
25 March- Departure at 11:00.
This is feasible though I think you could tweak it a bit better:
Day 1 - Thursday, March 19
Paro to Thimphu
Arrive Paro, transfer to Thimphu (1 1/2 hours) with Tamchoe Lhakhang en route. Afternoon free for shopping, cultural touring, and evening in Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 2 - Friday, March 20
Morning visit to the Weekend Market (Friday-Sunday) with later hike to Tango. Another evening/night free for Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3 - Saturday, March 21
Thimphu to Phobjikha
Morning drive to Phobjikha (6 hours) with sightseeing en route at Dochu La Pass. Afternoon arrival to Phobjikha with time to visit Gangtey village and Goemba. Overnight in Phobjikha.
Day 4 - Sunday, March 22
Phobjikha to Punakha/Wangdue
Possible early morning walk around Phobjikha valley or continue directly back to Punakha/Wangdue (3 hours). Afternoon visits to Chimi Lhakhang, Wangduephodrang Dzong and town, and Punakha Dzong (busy day, but possible). Overnight in Punakha or Wangdue.
Day 5 - Monday, March 23
Punakha/Wangdue to Paro
Morning hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten with afternoon drive to Paro (5-6 hours). Evening and overnight in Paro.
Day 6 - Tuesday, March 24
Early morning hike to Taktsang with afternoon visits to Paro Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang. Evening free to explore Paro town (another busy day but very doable).
This is just a suggestion, but hope it helps. Driving at night keeps your days a bit more open but you also don't get to enjoy the scenery. Safe and happy travels!