This is a short and easy trek through Punakha, once the capital city of Bhutan. The trail passes through several villages, forests and rice fields. You can also enjoy glorious views of Phajoding Monastery and also cross the Sinchula Pass. It will truly provide an insight into one of the most beautiful districts of Bhutan. The trek also includes visits of Paro and Thimphu; and the world reknown hike to Taktsang monastery, perched on the face of giant rock cliff. So this 9 days trip will allow you an insight into western Bhutan.
DAY 01. Paro (Ta Dzong)
Fly into Paro on the national carrier Drukair, or the more recent company Bhutan Airlines, and enjoy the aerial view of Paro valley and its surrounding peaks. At the airport, you will greeted by the company guide, who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. Transfer to your hotel, where lunch will be served. Then visit the famous “ Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Then, enjoy leisure time in the evening, to get acquainted with the town of Paro. Dinner will be served in the comfort of your hotel.
DAY 02. Paro (Taktsang, Drugyel Dzong)
Time for an adventurous day! Drive to the base of the very famous Taktsang Monastery, also called the “Tigers nest, from which point the approximately 2 and a half hours’ breathtaking hike through a pine forest begins. Taktsang was built on the side of a gigantic rock face, dominating the view of the mountain at the height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand).
Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew to this rock on which the monastery is built on the back of a flying tiger named Dorje Drolo. Experienced ponies can be hired for half of the journey upwards, for those who do not feel up to the task. Lunch will be served at your descent from the mountain. After some rest, visit Drugyel Dzong , at about16 km away from Paro town. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people, as it is where they had defeated their long time archirivals, the Tibetans centuries ago. If the weather is clear on this day, have a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Then, replenish yourself with your dinner served at your hotel.
DAY 03. Paro – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Zorig Chusum, Tashichho Dzong)
Today it will be time to discover the capital city. Drive to Thimphu, after breakfast, on a one hour scenic drive, giving spectacular views of the young and fresh mountains of the Bhutan. The road will take you through winding roads, by the Paro Chu (Chu meaning water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu. At this point, turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. Lunch will be served upon arrival. Then visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place where most important religious as well as non religious events, regularly graced by members of the royal family, are held. For example, a beautiful Flower Exhibition was organized there in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit to Bhutan, in June 2017.
Then visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), where you can appreciate the beautiful local crafts and art. In the evening, visit the spectacular Tashichhodzong, the main seat of power of Bhutan, home to the Kings’ Throne room. It also serves as the summer residence of the Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. End the pleasant day with a dinner at your hotel, in Thimphu.
DAY 04. Thimphu – Dopshing
17km, 8 hours The trekking phase of the trip officially begins. After breakfast, drive to the north of Thimphu valley towards Dechencholing Palace. From that point, walk to Chamina Village, which is the starting point of the hike through an unsealed road, on an old footpath, towards the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. Walk on gradual slopes and if the weather is clear, have a spectacular view of the Phajoding monastery, one of the most sacred and famous monasteries in Bhutan, located just above Thimphu. Also, enjoy an incredible view of the Himalayan ranges. After a few kilometers, spot the Thinleygang village and Talo Monastery and the vehicle road leading towards Punakha. From this point, the trek will more or less be downhill and finally reach campsite for the night at Dopshing. A hot dinner will be served at your campsite.
DAY 05. Dopshing – Chorten Ningpo
18km, 6-7 hours Today, journey mainly through a thick forest, while passing some villages on the way. Catch some wonderful photo opportunities as you pass through the beautiful paddy fields. Campsite will be located at an altitude of 2,700 meters near Chorten Nignpo, a very well known, stupa connected to the very popular patron saint, The Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley, of Bhutan. Dinner will be served at campsite.
DAY 06. Punakha (Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten)
No more trek, but time to explore Punakha. After breakfast, pack up and drive to Punakha. First stop is the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It stands between two rivers, the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the Government until 1955. The much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place in the Dzong, to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. After lunch, drive about 7km out of Punakha town, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River.
From this point, enjoy a walk of about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa), perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog. The stupa took 9 years to build under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world. An interesting fact about the stupa is that it is the first of its kind in the world to have been constructed in consultation of holy scriptures, as visualized by Dudjom Lingpa, rather than engineering books. End the day with dinner at your hotel in Punakha.
DAY 07. Punakha (Chimi Lhakhang) – Dochula Pass - Thimphu
Today, on the way back to Thimphu, there will be a stop at Chimi Lhakhang. It is a famous monastery built n 1499, by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the famous patron saint of Bhutan, also known as the Divine Madaman!) in his honor for having subdued a nearby demoness with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. Also, this monastery is famous as the “Temple of Fertility”, as it is known to be a place where people trying to conceive a child come to for blessings.
Next stop before Thimphu will be at the Dochula Pass where you can appreciate a spectacular array of 108 chortens, built in honor of the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. A wonderful location, very popular amongst tourist as well as locals, offering a 360 degree panoramic view of the snowcapped Himalayan ranges. If the weather permits, even catch a glimpse of Gasa Dzong at a distance. Then continue the journey towards Thimphu. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore more of the nooks and corners of Thimphu town. Dine at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 08. Thimphu (Tango Monastery, Kuenselphodrang) - Paro
Have a relatively relaxed second last day in Bhutan, but only after a one hour hike to the Tango monastery. After breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna from which point the hike begins through a beautiful forest. Tango monastery was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and the great founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was known to have meditated in its cave.
After lunch and some rest, drive uphill to the Kuenselphodrang to see a large statue of Buddha Shakya at 52 meters high. From this point, you will have an excellent location for pictures and be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. Next stop is the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, followed by the National Insitute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house. Then time to bid adieu to the capital city, Thimphu, and its sights and smells. Your guide and driver will escort you, in the evening, back to Paro. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 09. Departure from Paro Airport to onwards destination
Drive to the Paro International Airport and get checked in. Then it will be time to part from your guide and driver! We can only hope that you would have had an unforgettable and fantastic trip to Bhutan! Tashi Delek!
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1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
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By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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Trip Length: 08 nights/09 days
1pax = USD 2250
2 Pax = USD 2170 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 2130 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others