Trip overview :
Bhutan is a tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbours, India and China .
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”.
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.
Brief Itinerary :
Day 1: Arrival in Paro & drive to Thimpu (54 Kms , 1 hr)
Day 2: Thimpu to Punakha /Wangdue drive (71km/2.5 hours )
Day 3: Punakaha Short Nature hike/sightseeing and drive to Phobjika valley
Day 4: Phobjika Sightseeing and Phobjika Thimpu drive .|
Day 5 : Sightseeing in Thimpu and drive to Paro and Paro Sightseeing
Day 6 : Day hike to Taktasang Monastery .
Day 7: Departure .
We fly to Paro by Durk air (Royal Bhutan airlines ) in Bhutan where we are met and driven to Thimpu, the capital. Exquisitely beautiful and brimming with traditional Bhutanese art, architecture, and culture, this tiny capital of Bhutan is nothing less than Shangri-La.
Later we take a walk through ‘downtown’ Thimpu – a cultural immersion and a step back in time. The places we visit are
The folk heritage mueseum ,farmers market , Tashichhoe Dzong, Buddha view point (Kuenselphordang) and craft bazaar .
After breakfast you will travel to Punakha/Wangdue via Dochula Pass 3140 mtr which offers excellent mountain view. You will also visit 108 Chortens at the Dochula . On the way to Punakha you will also visit CHHIMI Lakhang the famous fertility temple known for its fertility blessings. Until 1955, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan and even today, it continues to be the winter residence of the central monk body. Finally we arrive at the Punakha Dzong situated at the bank of MO chu and pochu river . In the evening visit the Nunnery for the great view of the surroundings. Overnight at Punakha .
This morning after breakfast we trvel through upper Punakha valley passing through the suspension bridge to the beautiful KhamsumYulley Namgyal Lhakhang. After lunch we travel Phobjika valley through Wangdue . This valley is part of the Black Mountain National park . Each winter there arrive the flock of 300 rare black naked cranes. The surrounding hills are very scenic and home to nomads. On arrival check in at the hotel in Phobjika valley .
After breakfast we will visit Gangtey monastery and we will take short hike following the Gangtey Nature Trail enjoying the valley view and we will also visit the Black Naked crane center. Following the lunch we will drive to Thimpu through the Nobding village and we will pass throuh Wangdue Phordang and Dochula Pass . After whole day of intersting tours we will arrive Thimpu in the evening . Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu .
After breakfast we visit National memorial chorten– a memorial to the 3rd king of Bhutan which was built in 1974 . Later we visit the school of traditional paintings and arts . and later we drive to Paro and on arrival in Paro we visit Paro Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1645 to protect the valley from Tibeatan invaders . Now this Dzong serves as the school for monks . Laer we visit Naitonal mueseum ( housed in TA Dzong) where antiques and valuables artifacts are preserved . This will give deep insight into Bhutnaese culture and history. Time permiting in the everning explore paro town on your own . Overnight at the hotel in Paro .
After breakfast drive to Satsam Chorten and from there commence our hike to Taktsang Goempa. The hike to Taktsang Monastery is the highlight of the whole trip for many as it is breathtaking to see. Taktshang is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.It is believed that during the early 7th century, Guru Padma Sambhavav, known as Guru Rimpoche in Bhutan, flew here on the back of a Tigress and meditated in a cave for over 3 months to subdue the demons and also spread the Buddhist religion in the region. Later they built the Taktsang Monastery over this cave.
After viewing the monastery we enjoy lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking back to our vehicle. (The hike is quite a steep uphill climb and may take up to 2 ½ hrs each way. On return we visit Kitchu Temple( Kithch Lakhang ) one of the 108 temples built by the tibetan king Srongtsen Gampo which were built across the himalays to drive the evils/demons away and protect the people and religion . Time permiting we visit hisotric Drugyaal Dzong a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro valley. Evening free and overnight at the hotel
In the morning we drive to airport in time to connect your flight to Kathmandu or onward destination .
- 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.
- Expenses arising from from flight delays, flight cancellations, bad weather , road blockade,landslides, riots,political reasons ,natural calamities, incidents beyond our control.
- Room/hotle upgrading
- Services other than specified in the inclusions.