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” and 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. Relatively few travelers get to visit this tiny magical kingdom, but for those who do, the experience is unforgettable!
Brief Itinerary :
Day 01: Arrive Paro by Flight Day 2: Thimpu to Paro and Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest )
Day 02: Paro
Day 03: Paro – Haa valley (70km, approx 3 hours drive)
Day 04: Haa valley – Punakha & Wangduephodrang (180km, approx 6 hours drive)
Day 05: Punakha & Wangduephodrang
Day 06: Punakha & Wangduephodrang – Gangtey (85km, approx 3 hours drive)
Day 07 : Gangtey – Thimphu (150km, approx 5 hours & 30 minutes drive)
Day 08: Thimphu
Day 09: Thimphu – Paro airport (50km, approx 1 hours & 15 minutes drive) & departure !
Kathamandu Paro flight one of the most spectacular flight After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards transfer to the hotel.
The enchanting valley of Paro is rich in culture, scenic beauty and full of myths & legends. The valley is home to many of Bhutan’s ancient temples and monasteries.
Afternoon visit to Rinpung Dzong, meaning (‘fortress of the heap of jewels’), which has a long and fascinating history. Then drive to 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Evening explore paro town on your own .
Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2280m)
After breakfast, hike to to Taktshang Monastery( tiger’s nest ) (approx. 4 hours, round trip walk). 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 said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is also called ‘Tiger’s Nest’.
Later drive to the base of Drukgyel Dzong, a 17th century fortress. Time permiting we will visit the local farm house to understand the local arts, architecture agricuture and living .
Also visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique paintings, textiles, weapons and historcial artifacts. Overnight at the hotel in Paro .
After breakfast, drive to Haa valley, en route to Chelela pass.( 3988 m).
From here we move on to Kila Gompa, a nunnery perched on a steep cliff face at 3500m.
After lunch, drive towards to Haa valley. Also known as the ‘Hidden-Land Rice Valley’, Haa is culturally rich valley. Haa is one of the least populated district of Bhutan .Most of its area is covered by forest and remaining land is for cultivation of wheat,barley, millet, and on the lower elevation is rice. Evening free to explore Haa valley .
Overnight at the hotel in Haa valley.
After breakfast visit, 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple)by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. According to legends, a black and white pigeon were released to select the site for temples and the white pigeon landed on the foothills of the three towering mountains worshipped as ‘Rigsum gonpo’ and is where this temple stands today. Then visit, 7th century Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple), by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and situated towards the north of Lhakhang Karpo. Both these temples stand as the guardian sentinels keeping watch at the south entrance of Haa valley.
Thereafter hike to Haa Chhu and after the confluence with the Wang Chhu, along the latter towards the old capital at Punakha. En route stop at 16th Century Dogar Dobji Dzong.This dzong became Bhutan’s first jail in 1976 but has since returned to its monastic origins.
Then drive further across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft), and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), Gangkar puensum 7,497m. Briefly visit at Dochula Pass, 108 chortens and some views of Royal Botanical Park.
Afterwards, drive onward to Punakha the ancient capital until 1955 , it continues to be the winter residence of the central monk body. Neighboring attraction to Punakha is Wangduephodrang a meeting point to Weast central and south Bhutan .Majestic wangduephordang Dzong is the landmark .
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangduephodrang.
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong or (Palace of Great Happiness’), built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. The best specimen of bhutanese arts and wooden craftmenship.
Hike up to Chimi Lhakhang the temple of fertility which believed have blessed the chlidles couple with the child . The trail continues to the local village , rice fields which gives you incredible opportunity to understand the local living .
After lunch visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang situated on a ridge overlooking the Punakha valley and Wangdue. 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). Thereafter a beautiful hike (total about 2 hours round trip walk) takes you to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan promote peace, stability and harmony in the world .
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangduephodrang.
Morning after breakfast, drive to Gangtey, passing through dense forests of oak and rhododendron trees.
The valley of Gangtey, is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in Bhutan.A few kilometers beyond the Gangtey Monastery, on the valley floor lies the fascinating valley of Phobjikha.
Afternoon visit Gangtey Goempa (monastery), balanced on a ridge overlooking the valley. Then excursion to Gangtey Nature Trail passing the local village , monasteries, chortens ,meadows, forestes and wide valley . Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey
Morning explore Phobjikha valley home of black necked cranes that migrate from the plains during winter . The valley two beautiful rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water). Also visit Black Neck Crane Information Centre on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane information Centre has an observatory. Then drive to Thimphu via Dochula pass to en route visiting Simtokha Dzong (built in 1627) which stands on ridge before reaching Thimphu. it is one of the oldest dzong of the country and now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural studies. Since 1955, Thimphu has been the capital of Bhutan. Besides its position as the seat of government, religion and commerce, its many glittering monuments, temples, monasteries and dzong as well as premier museums, the National Library, Arts & Crafts School and various other key attractions make an important centre for tourists. Evening explore Thimpu town.
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, Textile Museum; established in 2001 and showcases range of beautiful Bhutanese textiles, Folk Heritage Museum; providing a fascinating insight into the traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and rural past through its exhibits. After lunch, visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. It is a fortress like temple and monastic school on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was established in 12th century by tibetan lama. Later drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) the largest Buddha statue overlooking the Paro valley.
Then visit, National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 and is the memorial to the 3rd King and manument to world peace and prosperity. At the Last we visit of Trashichhoedzong the fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.
After breakfast transfer to the airport in time to connect your flight to Kathmandu or onward
- 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