Bhutan Journey

Durations

8 Nights

Altitude

2300 –3800 m

Best Season

All Time

Destination Choice

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Phobjekha

Tour Included

Meals and mineral waters, Transportation, Accommodations, Tour Guide, Sight Seeing, SDF and visa

HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP

Site visit to the sacred monasteries of Tiger’s Nest, Kychu Temple, Punakha, Paro, and Thimphu Dzong Takin Preserve, Great Buddha Dordenma statue, Indigenous hospital & Art school in Thimphu

Temple of Fertility (Chimilhakhang in Punakha Dochula 108 Bhutanese style Stupa at 3150 Mt with eastern Himalayan view Connect with Nature Hike through old forests, high valleys, endless rice fields, old villages, and organic local markets Local Experience :Experience farming, cooking and home stay in a rural Bhutanese Farm House (Spend with families) Enjoy delicious Bhutanese food in Punakha typical Farm house Soak in Natural Hot Stone Bath.

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrival to Paro

Transfer to airport for flight to Paro, your introduction to our enchanting kingdom begins on a flight over the Himalayas into the lush green valley of Paro; truly one of The world’s most spectacular sights. During your flight, You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation. On arrival to Paro you will be received by our representative, the tour guide, and driven to the hotel, After Lunch to Paro valley Sightseeing

National Museum : National Museum(TaDzong) overlooking the Paro Valley, This is once the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into a National Museum in 1968. It has many national treasures and a visit to the Museum will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history.

Paro Dzong: 17th century fortress today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. The Dzong was built in 1645 A. Stroll through Paro town overnight at Hotel

Day 2 : Paro to Thimphu – Sightseeing

Drive to Thimphu, the capital city. The beautiful drive From Paro to Thimphu takes about an hour, following the Paro River till its confluence. After the confluence, you will take the road along the Thimphu river valley till the capital city of Thimphu.

Visits to:

  • Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) which has an iron chain bridge cast in the 14th century, After Lunch in local restaurant
  • Kuenselphodrang where the world’s biggest Buddha statue is built overlooking the valley.
  • Thimphu Trashichhodzong, important Central Secretariat of the Government
  • Memorial Chorten where many locals come for Prayers.
  • The Arts and Craft school(Zorig Chusum ) Overnight : Hotel

Day 3 : Thimphu Valley Sightseeing

Hiking to Cheri Goemba monastery Drive 30 minutes to Dodena and hike about 40 minute through beautiful forest trails to Cheri Monastery built in 1620. Cheri monastery is one of the main retreat centres and a popular pilgrimage site in the country. You can see a beautiful painting of Guru on the solid rock Picnic lunch will be served near the river bank near wooden bridge

After Lunch, visit to:

  • Pangri Zampa Astrological collage, you can meet with astrology for consultations
  • the Indigenous hospital, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes a herbal medicine
  • Takin Zoo (National Animal of Bhutan) trails hike near Takin Zoo, through beautiful streams

Day 4 : Punakha Valley

Drive to Punakha (77 Km/3 hours). En route, stop at Dochula Pass (3,150 m.) Enjoy a spectacular view of the ranges of the eastern Himalayas if the sky is clear. We will also come across 108 stupas that lend the place an air of deep spirituality Then drive down to Lobesa village to see the Temple of Fertility dedicated to the 15th century Buddhist master and iconoclast Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. Today, the temple is frequented by barren couples to receive the blessings of fertility from a 15th century wooden phallus.

After Lunch, visit the most significant Punakha Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) It is in this monument that the Kings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of Buddhism in Bhutan (Chief Abbot) winter resident Experience the Bhutanese Home stay real life of their hosts – cooking and eating authentic Bhutanese cuisine, helping out with the farm chores, enjoying hot-stone baths and sleeping in mud-rammed houses Taking a hot stone bath is relaxing and therapeutic and adds to the experience of a farmhouse stay. Yummy authentic Bhutanese meals at the homestay not typically found at restaurants and hotel buffets and night at Home stay

Day 5 : Punakha Valley Sightseeing

After typical Bhutanese break fast Engage in Farm House activities, hot stone baths, darts, Archery and field work,

Village hiking to Nubgang

After Lunch, we drive to Nubgange village and hike down towards home to stay through villages with its quaint farming activities and the rural life in general. You can view the magnificent Punakha Dzong from this hike. Overnight at Home stay.

Day 6 : Punakha- Phobjekha Valley

Drive to Phobjekha takes about less the 2-hour crossing over the Gangtey Pass (3140 m), and then drop into the Phobjikha Valley. The Phobjikha Valley is one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes (grus nigri collies.) Each year in winter, the birds migrate from Tibet and Siberia. Visit the 16th century Gangtey Goempa monastery overlooking the valley.

Phobjekha Nature hike

The hike starts below Gangtey Gompa near Mani wall chorten, first part of the walk is downhill F through the pine forest with the view of main Phobjekha valley where the Crane feeds in winter. Come across Khewa village located in the middle of the Potato fields and Meadow. Visit the old Khewa Lhakhang built in 14th century. Your spent some time meditating inside the temple Lunch at the lodge After lunch : Visit Crane information’s centre to see the Crane preservation Project, They have a nice display on community and RSPN working together to preserve the Crane. Overnight: Guest house

Day 7 : Pobjekha to Paro

We retrace our journey today, back to Paro via Thimphu, where we will stop for lunch. En-route to Paro visit Dobji Dzong one of oldest Dzong built in Bhutan. You can visit the holy water site, known to be medicinal. Evening checks in the hotel for overnight.

Day 8 : Paro Taktsang Excursion

Taktshang “Tiger’s Nest” Day Hike

Today, we go to a place that has become a must for every visitor to Bhutan – the hike up to the “Tiger’s Nest” or Taktshang monastery. This religious edifice, about 800 meters above the Paro valley floor, is built on a dizzying ledge of a gigantic granite cliff that hangs on a mountainside. As to how it could have been constructed in the 17th century remains a mystery; a story has it that celestial nymphs (Khandromas) aided in its construction. It was here that Padmasambhava, an eighth century master who is considered to be the second Buddha in the Himalayan Buddhist world, mediated and concealed religious teachings for the future generations.

Afternoon on the way back from Taktsang hike, Visit Drugyal Dzong “Fortress of Victory” Dzong beautifully rebuilt after many years in ruins. From here, we can see the snow-clad Mount Jumolhari (Abode of Goddess Jumo, alt. 7,329 m), one of the most sacred and beautiful peaks in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight Hotel

Day 9 : Paro

After breakfast, transfer to Airport for Departure abroad as per your schedule sector.

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