Explore Bhutan

Destination: Bhutan
Duration : 7 days
Best Season : All year around

Grade : easy
Max. Altitude : 3500

Bhutan, also known as the land of the Thunder Dragon, has become a very popular destination for international tourists. As the last remaining Buddhist kingdom in the Himalaya, Bhutan maintains unique cultural and religious traditions, attracting visitors from around the world wanting to discover the secrets of the so-called “Happiest Country in Asia”. Experience stunning mountain landscape, ancient Buddhist architecture, religious festivals, and a delightful and hospitable people who are always ready to welcome you to this fascinating and wonderful country. This seven day tour package, a favourite with our clients, gives you the chance to experience the tradition, culture and lifestyle of Bhutan. The journey will take you from the capital city Thimpu to the former capital of Punakha before heading to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. From Gangtey you will travel to the charming town of Paro before flying back to Kathmandu.

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Paro, Bhutan
 
Day 2 - Tour of Thimphu
 
Day 3 - Thimphu to Punakha
 
Day 4 - Punakha to Gangtey
 
Day 5 - Gangtey to Paro
 
Day 6 - Paro
 
Day 7 - Departure from Paro

Day 1 - Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan.  On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at ttiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to Thimphu that takes an hour. Afternoon visit Tashicho Dzong, The memorial chorten, handicraft stores and emporium and city of Thimphu.
 

Day 2 - Tour of Thimphu

Heritage Museum - Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households.
Textile Museum - Witnesses the art of traditional weaving.
Thimpu Dzong - The largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.
National Memorial Chorten - Built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Papermaking Factory - Witnesses the art of papermaking
Simtokha Dzong - Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge stands Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the Bhutan.
Centenary Farmers’ Market - Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products.
 

Day 3 - Thimphu to Punakha

Dochula Pass - The 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the soldiers lost.
Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of Bhutanese architecture and art, and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.

 

Day 4 - Punakha to Gangtey

Chhimi Lhakhang - A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ’divine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women.
Passing Wangdue (left), one of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan. Located south of Punakha, Wangdue is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.
We will pause to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Built in 1638, Wangdue Dzong is dramatically perched on the spur of a hill and overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers.
Phobjikha Valley- The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black-necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century.

 

Day 5 - Gangtey to Paro

Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu River that flows through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.
Paro Dzong - Also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.
Ta Dzong - Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
 

Day 6 - Paro

Taktsang Monastery- A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage viewpoint whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.
Drukgyal Dzong - A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.
Kyichu Lhakhang - After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
 

Day 7 - Departure from Paro

After early breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak.

Personal Belongings:

- Camera, chargers, phone, ID/Passport, personal medical kit, diary/notebook, money-wallet etc...

Gear:

- Sunglasses

- Cap/hat

- Walking shoes

- Water

- Umbrella or rain coat

- Day bag

Cost  Includes:

  • Transportation by private car or Hiace as per the group size
  • All necessary travel permits
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis 
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary
  • Meal plan:- fullboard basis (B/L/D)

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal required entry visa fee
  • Client and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, guide tips, etc.

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