Glimpse of Bhutan

HIGHLIGHTS

This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan's rich buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan's capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the 'Divine Madman'.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Paro-Thimphu. 65 km/1 hour drive
Day 2: Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu-Phajoding, 3 hrs hiking
Day 4: Thimphu-Punakha. 77 kms/3 hours
Day 5: Punakha
Day 6: Punakha-Paro. 124km/drive 4hrs
Day 7: Paro
Day 8:Paro(Departure)


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Day 1: Paro-Thimphu
On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our guide. Drive to Thimphu. After refreshment, visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the art school of Wood Craft and Painting where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. In the evening, we visit theMemorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972.

Day 2: Thimphu
In the morning, we visit Buddha point where is the biggest sitting Buddha located, Changangkha lhakhangand Takin zoo. After lunch, we visit main Bazaar where you can see all kinds of local productions. In the evening, we visit Tashichoe Dzong. Rest time shopping or at leisure.

Day 3: Thimphu-Phajoding
Early morning, we set off for one day trek to the Phajoding monastery which was established in the early 13th century by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhipa from Tibet. From there we can have a amazing panoramic view of all Thimphu as well Himalayan mountain. We will come back to hotel only in the evening. Picnic lunch will be served near the monastery.

Day 4: Thimphu-Punakha
We drive to Punakha en route to Dochula pass where you can see 108 stupa which were built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan. Later on we drive to the village of Talo (alt. 2,800m) which is scattered along the hill slopes, known for its cleanliness and hygiene among Punakha villages. Picnic lunch at Talo village. We visit one nunnery in the Talo village.

Day 5: Punakha
We visit Chimi Lhakhang monastery which was blessed by divine made man known as Drukpa Kinlay in 15th century. This monastery is dedicated to fertility. Hundreds of people from all over Bhutan visit this monastery to pray for children and in the temple; a monk holding a symbolic phallus blesses them make wishes to conceive. Picnic lunch at the back side of monastery. We visit the Punakha Dzong ,which was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history.

Day 6: Punakha-Paro
We drive to Paro en route to Semtokha Dzong which is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. After lunch, excursion to The National Museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro RimPong Dzong. It was converted to the National Museum in l968. Visit the RimPong Dzong which was built in 1645 AD. Also visit 7th Century Kichu lhakhang and Duntse lhakhang. Evening at leisure or shopping.

Day 7: Paro
We start to hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest". The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. and offers an excellent view of Paro valley. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated, having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. All evening for relax after tiring hike or optional village excursion. Farewell party at hotel with live traditional songs and dances.

Day 8: Paro
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and see you off.
 

TOUR OVERVIEW 2016

Tour date

by request
(8 days / 7 nights)

Group size & price

from 3-12 pax:
1440 USD (low season) per person
1790 USD (high season) per person

Price includes

  • accommodation in standard hotels (certified by TCB). DBL occupancy.
  • 3 meals per day
  • transfers and transportation
  • road permit fees
  • all taxes
  • entrance fees to all monuments
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • visa fee

Not included

  • airfares (as listed separately)
  • personal expenses such as beverages, spa or message
  • travel & medical Insurance
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