- Trip Overview
Spectacular views and amazing atmosphere of Bhutan will capture the eyes of every visitor. Holiday to this forbidden country will become the most memorable and adventurous experience. Mountain lakes, imposing glaciers, endangered species of animals to the architectural aspect rich in cultural diversity and religious aspect will amaze you in every step. Buddhism is the main religion of the country. Every monasteries and temple have different stories and history to be told. Besides sight-seeing, trekking and hiking are the other attractions of the country. Where you can encounter the beauty of the landscapes, flora, and fauna.
This trip starts from Paro airport and taking the pleasure of the beautiful natural scenarios we will head towards the capital of Bhutan – Thimphu. Passing and exploring the Tashichodong /simtokha dzong we will understand the history and cultural aspects of the monasteries. Where we can also see the national animal of Bhutan at takin sanctuary. Next destination starts with the visit to Punakha dzong (built by shabdrung Nawang Namgyel). Exploring the Buddhist architecture and culture we will also see the statues of guru Rinpoche at Punakha. From punakha the journey heads to trogsa, tang valley, Bumthang etc. Beautiful landscapes, handwoven materials, architecture, and rich religious background makes these places at Bhutan very interesting and delightful.
- Day 01:: Arrival at Paro airport.
- Day 02:: Paro – Thimphu (65 km, Alt - 2350 m).
- Day 03:: Thimphu – Punakha (77km, Alt – 1310m).
- Day 04:: Punakha – Trongsa (142 km, Alt- 2200m).
- Day 05:: Trongsa – Bumtang (68 km, Alt – 2800m).
- Day 06:: Hike to the monasteries around Jakar.
- Day 07:: Short trip to tang Valley.
- Day 08:: Bumthang – Gangtey (188 km, 2900m).
- Day 09:: Drive Back to Thimphu.
- Day 10:: Thimphu – Paro valley .
- Day 11:: Hike to Taktsang and Paro Valley.
- Day 12:: Flight back to home.
Day 01:: Arrival at Paro airport.
Arrival to Paro International Airport. Reception by guide and a short drive for lunch at restaurant in town. At Paro we can get the beautiful scenario of Poplar trees, houses with shingled roofs and bright paints, wheat or rice planted all around the valley. We will also take a short walk to Dzongdrakha (Temple at Paro) that has excellent marvel architect, peaceful environment situated beside the river. At dzong we can also get to explore the thangkas, artworks, collection of ancient weapons. Evening walk in the town in very mesmerizing at paro. We will spend the night at the hotel of Paro.
Day 02:: Paro – Thimphu (65 km, Alt - 2350 m).
We will head to Thimphu, early after breakfast. Drive from Paro – Thimphu is 1.5 hrs. Check – in to hotel. After lunch we will visit Simtokha Dzong (built in 1629 is a small dzong ) which is also known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang. On the way we will also visit Tashichodzong Buddhist Monastery on the northern edge of Thimphu. Thimphu Dzong, largest monastery of Thimphu (open after 5 pm from Monday- Friday) is also another most important place to visit. Bhutan Post Office Headquarters is where you can also make stamps with your own photos. Cost for stamps- USD 4 for 12 stamps. We will also get the chance to observe the national animal of Bhutan (Takin) at takin sanctuary.
Day 03:: Thimphu – Punakha (77km, Alt – 1310m).
Our next trip is to the city Punakha. 72 km away from the capital of Bhutan. It takes 3hrs to reach punakha from Thimphu. Places to visit at punakha are Punakha dzong (built by shabdrung Nawang Namgyel ) rich in Buddhist architect and culture, surrounded by rivers Phochu and Mo chu. Massive statues of Guru Rinpoche and Shabdrung Namgyel can also be witnessed at the fort. Which is surrounded by soaring sandalwood pillars coated with gold-plate. This valley is also famous for Rice Farming. We will take a break at Dochula pass for coffee on the way to punakha. Coffee with the spectacular views of snowcapped mountains and 108 stupas will make the trip more fascinating. Another highlight of the trip is Chimmi lhakhang – sacred temple dedicated to devine madman. People pray for children in this temple. We will spend the night at punakha.
Day 04:: Punakha – Trongsa (142 km, Alt- 2200m).
Trongsa is our next travel destination from Punakha. It takes 5hrs to reach trongsa (130kms). First of all we will visit the Wangdue School for early prayer ceremony. Trongsa is also known as new village. First temple at Trongsa was built in 1543 by Drukpa Lama. Bhutan’s most ancient and precious temples lies in between the way of Wangdue to trongsa. Nature at its best can be experienced during our travel through the roads of pele la pass. We will also encounter the yaks of Bhutan on our way. Fertile lands, dwarf bamboo’s, oaks, huge forests, blue pines, Rhododendron, spruces are few attractions of the trip to trongsa. Hike from one point to another takes nearly about 2 hours normally. Trongsa valley is at the altitude of 2200mts from sea level.
Day 05:: Trongsa – Bumtang (68 km, Alt – 2800m).
3hrs drive from Trongso will take us to the city Bumthang.69 km from Trongso, this place is very beautiful and historic with large number of ancient sacred places. Dzong museum is one of the famous place at Bumthang. Bumthang is rich in farming. Buckwheat, dairy products, honey, apples, potato, rice, woolen products are few products produced at bumthang. We can get along to interact with various people and different cultural aspect, architecture and sceneries of this region. On the way to Bumthang, we journey up to the yontongla (third pass), located at the central; region of bumthang. Valley of buckwheat fields, broad and wide are perfect for walking at evening. Also can be called as Switzerland of Bhutan. Central Bhutan is the inhabitant of the ancient historic settlements. Surrounded by the four other valleys. This place is always famous for the ancient temples, monasteries and palaces. We will spend our night at the lodge of jakar.
Day 06:: Hike to the monasteries around Jakar.
On our 6th day of the trip we will start the journey with our breakfast at the hotel. Kurje lhakang, jambay lhakang are on our visit list for the day. Which was built around 7th century and a home place for 200 monks. Trip will also be accompanied by the short hike to thangbi Monastery and further to tamshing monastery. Discovering the farmhouses, bamboo woven fences and extraordinary beauty of the valley. We will return to the lodge of jakar and spend the night there.
Day 07:: Short trip to tang Valley.
Journey starts with the visit to community school of Tang valley. Hike to ugencholing palace and museum. And at the end of the day drive back to jakar.
Day 08:: Bumthang – Gangtey (188 km, 2900m).
Today we will approach to gangtey gompa, which is 188 kms and will stop at the nearby village. We will see the black necked cranes in this region that visits the place during the end of October and leaves the place by the end of March every year. We will take the walk to the gangtey gompa monastery.
Day 09:: Drive Back to Thimphu.
Drive to Thimphu, take lunch. Will spend the night at Thimphu.
Day 10:: Thimphu – Paro valley .
We will drive back to Paro and after having lunch, start the tour with Ta Dzong, highly profound with architect and abundant cultural aspects. We will also take a tour to National museum where the ancient watchtower is also available. Here we can get the closer look of the livelihood of the people of paro.
Day 11:: Hike to Taktsang and Paro Valley.
Our next day plan includes the hike to Taktsang – also known as tiger’s Nest. This is the sacred temple which is hanging on the rocky cliff of the paro valley. Amazing views of the Paro valley can be witnessed from the nest. Later, we will move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built after the victory of Bhutan over the Tibetan invaders. During the good weather, great view of Mt. Chomolhari is seen from the place.
Day 12:: Flight back to home.
This is our last Day at Bhutan. After Breakfast we will drop you to the airport for the further flights.
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