Trip overview :
Bhutan is a remote Himalayan kingdom located east of Nepal and west of Burma, between Tibet and India. On its northern border, Bhutan is flanked by some of the tallest mountains in the world.
Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.
The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means “Land of the Thunder Dragon” it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s.
Bhutan is a beautiful and peaceful country. The surrounding mountains coupled with the wide array of vegetation and wildlife is a beautiful sight that tells you just how magical it is!
Bhutan is a very unique vacation travel destination. It is not commercialized like most vacation destinations you visit. The country cherishes a “high value low volume” tourism policy for the preservation of the country’s unique heritage and culture in a fast changing world. Bhutan is famous today for the preservation of its traditional culture, its pristine environment, and its official policy of Gross National Happiness .
Brief Itinerary :
Day 1: Arrival Paro by Flight
Day 02: Thimphu (Altitude 2320m)
Day 03 : Thimphu – Trongsa (Altitude 2310m) (200 km, 6 hours )
Day 04 : Trongsa – Bumthang (68 km, approx 2 hours & 30 minutes drive) (Altitude 2600m)
Day 05: Bumthang -Altitude 2600m
Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey (Phobjikha) (153km, approx 6 hours drive) ( 3000 m )
Day 07: Gangtey (Phobjikha)- Punakha & Wangduephodrang (85 km, approx 3 hours drive) (altitude 1300 m)
Day 08: Punakha & Wangduephodrang (Altitude 1,300m)
Day 09: Punakha & Wangduephodrang – Paro (125km, approx 4.1/2 hours drive) (Altitude 2280m)
Day 10: Paro (Altitude 2280m)
Day 11: Departure
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be received and welcome by our representatives.
Paro – is a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area. North of town, the Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Northwest of here are the remains of a defensive fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, dating from the 17th century.
Paro visit Rinpung Dzong. The dzong's correct name is Rinchen Phug Dzong but has been shortened to Rinpung Dzong. The name means 'fortress of the heap of jewels.' The dzong was built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel on the foundation of a monastery built by Guru Rinpoche. Some of the scenes from the film 'Little Buddha' by Bernardo Bertolucci in 1995 was filmed at the Paro Rinpung Dzong.
Visit Ta-Dzong. The Ta-Dzong was originally the watchtower for the Paro Dzong and stands imposingly on a hillock overlooking the Paro valley. In 1968, it was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious thangka paintings, Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps, coins, handicrafts, and a small natural history collection. A short visit here will give you an idea of the cultural and ecological richness of Bhutan. Overnight Hotel in Paro.
Late afternoon visitBuddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang); A place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang. The area also gives a very good view of the Thimphu valley from the west.
Then an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.
Evening drive around Thimphu valley after the dusk once the lights are on, capturing the nights view of some of Thimphu’s prominent monuments.Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley with visit to the National Library, a collection of valued scriptures, historical, religious and cultural books of Bhutan . The Institute for Zorig Chusum (the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.Later visit Textile Museum to learn on Bhutan’s textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibres and the Royal collection.Also visit Folk Heritage Museum, to understand the rural history and living styles.
After lunch, drive to Sangaygang view point (2685 meters) to have view of whole Thimphu valley then visit to Pangri Zampa, two 16th century monastic school for astrologers.
Later visit Memorial Chorten,( built in 1974) a memorial to Bhutan’s 3rd King and the manument of world peace & prosperity.
Lastly we visit of Trashichhoedzong fortress/monastery which houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) a perfect viewpoint enjoy the himalayas and 108 chortens. Later we driving to Wangduephodrang following the long windy road down hill. After a brief visit of Wangduephodrang town, continue on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 feet), the traditional boundary between east & west which is marked by chortens and white flags . Enroute we visit 18th century Chendbji Chorten, which is similar to Nepals Swayambhunath stupa with eyes painted at all 4 directions. On arrival at Trongsa check in at the hotel & Evening free to explore the Trongsa town. Overnight at the hotel in Trongsa.
After breakfast, visit most impressive and huge Trongsa Dzong ( built in 1648), ancestral home to Bhutan’s king it was the power center to east and central Bhutan . Then we visit Ta Dzong ( built in 1652) popularly known as the watch tour to keep an eye over gigantic Trongsa Dhozng . Later we drive to Bumthang, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 feet). Few kilometers of road section is steep and windy than passes throuh the forest into the wide and fertile Chumey valley where where wheat, barley, potatoes and buckwheat are grown. Chumey is also popular for wool weaving called Bumthang Yathra. On arrival at Bumthang check in at the hotel .
Later in the afternoon visit 7th century Jambey Lhakhang one of 108 monasteries built by by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Jambay Lhakhang is also home to early winter festival that brings thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Then visit to Kurje Lhakhang( built in 1652) , one of Bhutan’s holiest shrine which was the resting place of Guru Rimpoche. This temple consist of 3 temples surrounded by 108 chorten wall .
Later we drive to Tamshing Lhakhang( built in 1501), founded by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padsambhava. The temple is famous for its painting of 1000 buddhas and Godess Tara .Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
Today we have the whole day in Bumthang the spiritual center of Bhutan. This holy place has numerous monasteries and spiritual sites keeping the bhutanese culture, history, tradition and religion alive. After breakfast, excursion to Tang Valley. En route visit to Membartsho –the burning lake . This holy site where religious treasures were discovered. We will see lots temples ( Lakhang) and monasteries and mueseums . We will hike to 19th century,Ugyen Chholing Palace which is now a mueseum.
Also visit Tang Rimochen Lhakhang, a sacred place of Guru Rimpoche. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
After breakfast, we visit Jakar Dzong (Castle of the white bird). Whch is now used as administrative centre for Bumthang valley, and houses the regional monk body.
Then drive to Gangtey through picturesque landscape and terraced farmland, river valleys and farmhouses. A few kilometers away the Gangtey Monastery there lies beautiful Phobjika valley .
We visit Gangtey Gompa (monastery), situated on a hill overlooking Gangtey valley . Then we will visit Phobjikha Valley, the winter(nov–feb) home for the endangered Black Necked Cranes. Overnight at hotel in Gangtey .
Morning visitMonastic School see the prayer ceremony and later drive to Punakha with the welcome of Punatshangchhu River and the Wangdue valley. Until 1955, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan and today fertile valley with temperate climate providing good potential for fruits, crops and vegetables growing .
Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This is the perfect example of Bhutanese richness in its arts and craftmanship. Later excursion to Chimi Lhakhang popularly known as the temple of fertility capable blessing the child for the chlldless. Evening free to explore Punakha & Wangduephodrang towns.Overnight at the hotel in Punakha .
After breakfast, visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery overlooking the Punakha and Wangduephodrang valley . The temple houses a tall bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara .Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity).
Our walk will take us throuh the farms and villages to Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, built by queen mother for positivity , wold peace , friendship and harmony. Alfter lunch excursion to beautiful Talo village which houses the Talo Sangnacholing Dzong. Here we will visit plenty of farm houses at Nobgang and Talo village and meet the faimilies ,interact with them and understand the bhutanese lifstyle and living . we Also visit Nalanda Buddhist Institute which is a monastic school near the village of Talo, above the Punatsangchu river a perfect place to meet and speak with monks to understand buddhism and importance of Meditation .Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast, drive back to Paro via Dochu La, along the Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys.
Enroute we will see Hongtsho Goemba known for its ancient wall paintings and 17th Century Simtokha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s first fortress-monasteries .On arrival check in at the hotel and later to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as watch tower but now it houses National Museum which is the home to Bhutan’s ancient and historical artifacts. The we visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (fortress of the heap of jewels) famous for its wooden galleries ,Wall paintins , Buddhist folk lores , wheel of life, mandala, scenes form Milerappa mountain .Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 4 hours round trip walk). Taktsang (also known as Tiger’s Nest) is one of the holiest monasteries, on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Must visit place the Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.
Later in the afternoon, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen from the road leading to the Dzong. Time permiting visit the farm houses to understand the Bhutanese livingstyle .
We continue our tours visting Dungtse Lhakhang, a small chorten like temple, built in 1421 by Thangtong Gyelpo. We continue to visit visit the 7th centuryKyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast transfer to the airport in time to connect he flight to Kathmandu or onward journey .
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner in the local restaurant .
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
- All the government taxes /Government Royalty
- FIT surcharge
- Visa Fee
Welcome and Farewell with KHADA Scarf , Welcome drink , 01 bottle of mineral water every day during sightseeing ).
Services exclude :
- Travel insurance
- Flight cost to and from Bhutan
- International flight cost
- Emergency rescue
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks/barbills , internet, laundry, telephone, postage, tipping.