This seven days tour will take you through some of the most culturally and historically important monuments of Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. Western and central Bhutan is considered as the more developed parts of the country, the former more than the latter. For example, you can visit the main seat of government at the Tashichhodzong in Thimphu, the city which is also home to the Royal Family, and civil servants. Then enjoy the wide green valley of Paro and the little hamlets around it; also where the famous hike to the Tigers’ nest is located. Punakha is home to the beautiful Punakha Dzong which serves as the winter residence for the central monastic body and its leader, the Je Khenpo. Also get adventurous and participate in a white water rafting excursion in this district. So this tour will reall give you a good insight into the western and central part of Bhutan, all whilst giving opportunities to appreciate the unparllelled beauty unique to each district.
DAY 01. Paro International Airport - Thimphu (Tashichhodzong, National Library, Painting School)
Once at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by the guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. Transfer to the capital city through winding smooth roads on a one hour drive through beautiful sceneries of mountains and river. Lunch will also be served there. Then, time to put on your explorers hat as you will be starting your sightseeing! Firstly, visit the TashichhoDzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery housing most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. Next visit the National Library, safeguarding a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that, drive to Painting School, famous for traditional “thangkha” paintings, where you may also catch a glimpse of students at work producing intricate design on cloth. If time permits, visit the Traditional Medicine Institute. It would have been quite a bit of sightseeing for the first day, then return to hotel to enjoy dinner.
DAY 02. Thimphu -Dochula Pass – Punakha (Lhuenchutse, Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong)
Today, after breakfast, head towards Punakha via the Dochula pass, at an altitude of 3150 meters, 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. The spot offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and if the weather permits, you may even get the chance to see the Gasa Dzong at a distance. Then, you have the option of taking a 3 hour trek to Lhuenchutse monastery, several hundred meters above the Dochula pass. Lunch or afternoon tea will be served at the Dochula Resort.
Then continue the journey to Punkha, but on the way there will be a stop at one of the most famous monasteries of Bhutan, the Chimi Lhakhang. It was built in 1499, by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the Divine Madman: famous patron saint of Bhutan) in his honor for having subdued a nearby demoness with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. This monastery is also known as the “Temple of Fertility”, for people trying to conceive children come there for blessings. Lunch will be served at the Chimi Lhakang cafeteria. Next will be a visit to the beautiful Punakha Dzong, which served as the seat of the Government until 1955. A truly magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatized Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. Punakha Dzong also serves as the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the Central Monastic Body. Finally after a long day, dinner will be served at your hotel in Punakha.
DAY 03. Punakha (Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, Rafting Mochu/Pochu river) – Thimphu
Today, start with 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 was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to remove evil forces and promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world, and took nine years to complete. An interesting fact about this 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. Then, time for white water rafting! Even though you are not one for an adrenaline rush, you definitely must try rafting on the Punakha River, against the gorgeous backdrop of the Punakha dzong. After a late lunch, drive to Thimphu, where dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 04. Thimphu (Tango Monastery, Memorial chorten, Kuenselphodrang)
The day in Thimphu, today, will be relatively relaxed, but only after a one hour hike to the Tango monastery. After a breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna from where the trek through a beautiful forest will begin. 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. This monastery overlooks a forested valley and other Buddhist retreats high in the mountains so be ready to click away once again, but of course only after catching your breath! Upon descent from the monastery, lunch will be served.
After some rest, visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Important religious events such as the recent Flower Exhibition in June 2017, in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit to Bhutan; graced by members of the Royal Family of Bhutan are held there. Next, drive uphill to Kuensel Phodrang to see one of the largest statues of Buddha Shakya Muni 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. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore Thimphu town and perhaps buy some souvenirs from the numerous handicraft stores, for your family and friends back home. Dinner will then be served at the hotel.
DAY 05. Thimphu – Paro (Drugyel dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta dzong, Rinpung dzong)
It is time to bid adieu to the capital city of Thimphu and drive to Paro, after breakfast. Once in Paro, first stop will be Drugyel Dzong, about16 km away from Paro town, built in 1644. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people as it is where they had defeated Tibetan invasion centuries ago. If the weather is clear, enjoy a most spectacular sight of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until a fire in 1951 caused by butter lamp, destroyed it.
Next, drive to Paro town and visit the Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit. After lunch in Paro town, proceed to the famous “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Located right below it is Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”, the administrative seat of Paro. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town, and maybe pick up some souvenirs from the numerous handicrafts shops. Finally, dinner will be served at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 06. Paro (Taktshang Monastery)
Today, time to put on your hiking shoes as you will be climbing up to the Taktsang monastery also known as Tigers nest. A drive will take you to the trail head of the mountain, from which point the breathtaking and memorable uphill hike of about 2 and a half hours, through a beautiful pine forest begins. This monastery was built on the side of a gigantic rock face. It dominates the view of the mountain at a height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for altitude sickness beforehand) and clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Also, 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. Steadily climb up, but also get the chance to rest and refresh yourselves with some light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before continuing on. Experienced ponies will be available for those interested. Lunch will be served at the Taktshang Cafeteria on your way back.
Next, if you are sore from the hike, or even if not, have the option of taking a Bhutanese hot stone bath, in the evening. Highly recommended, as it is known to have excellent medicinal purposes! Be ready to be calmed and soothed in a traditional hot stone bath. Following this, enjoy dinner at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 07. Departure from Paro International Airport to onwards destination
You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!
Start planning your tailor-made Dream Holiday to Bhutan – The Land of happiness!
In order to experience the best and rewarding fulfillment clients must plan in advance the different logistics that you have in your minds before actually venturing into the world of trips. You might have wishes and hopes for which you need to plan.
The following information will help you to plan your dream trip to Bhutan.
1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.
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/
2. What are your itineraries?
All the tours can be customized and extended as per our valued client’s requirements. There are sample itineraries for your kind reference and it will give you some general idea of the likely trip scheduled.
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After confirming your reservation, we need the scanned copy of member’s passport.
Please remit us full payments and send us the copy of remittance paper via email. Visa will not be accepted without full payment.
We will send you the flight ticket copy and Visa Clearance Copy prior to your departure to Bhutan via email. You need to print out and carry along with you.
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Trip Length: 06 nights/07 days
1pax = USD 1750
2 Pax = USD 1670 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 1630 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