Homestay & Hiking

Durations

7 Days

Altitude

1240 – 3100 m

Destination Choice

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Phobjekha

Excluded

Air fare cost, Insurance for travel and other contingencies, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, Personal shopping & tips

Tour Included

Hotels 3-star accommodation on twin sharing basis, All meals + tea, Sightseeing program & monument’s fee, surface Transportation, licenced & experienced English-speaking guide, Govt. SDF & 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.

Sights across your journey:

  • Paro
  • Tamcho Lhakhang
  • Thimphu City
  • Semtokha
  • Dochula Pass
  • Lamperi

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arriver 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 Haa – Sightseeing

Drive to Haa via Chelela Pass Haa is the westernmost valley in Bhutan, bordering on the Tibet region of China. The valley is traversed by the Haa Chhu (river) and its characteristic features are the three almost conical shaped hillocks considered to be holy by the local people dedicated to Chundu, the supreme local protective deity of Haa. Morning drive to Chelila Pass. The drive is a gentle uphill climb through forests of blue pine, fir, oak and rhododendrons till the Chelila Pass at 3810 m. Highest motorable pass in Bhutan. Stop at the pass for a Himalayan Mountain View, as well as Haa and Paro Valleys. Hike above Chelela ridge to see beautiful alpine flowers and plants. From the Chelila Pass, it is to drive downhill for 24 Km to the Haa valley and the Haa Township. Overnight: Haa Home stay

Day 3 : Haa to Thimphu Sightseeing

Haa valley sightseeing

Morning: Explore Haa Valley and visit its unique temples, Visit Lhakhang Karpo one of the oldest temple. Drive from Haa to Thimphu follows the Haa river till its confluence with the Thimphu River, from which point you will take the road along the Thimphu River valley till Thimphu. Visit weekend market, stroll through Thimphu Town En route to Visit Dogar Dobji Dzong which is believed to be the first model Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong was built in 1531 Visit special healing holy water or Drupchu

Day 4 : Thimphu Sightseeing

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 centers 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, visits to:

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

Day 5 : Thimphu to Punakha Sightseeing

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 

Evening Drive to Aum wangmo Home stay for Overnight 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

Day 6 : 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 Evening cultural program by villager Overnight: Home stay.

Day 7 : 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. You 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 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 : Pobjekha To Paro

We retrace our journey today, back to Paro via Thimphu, where we will stop for lunch. En-route to Paro visit Semtokha Dzong one of oldest Dzong built in Bhutan. Visit: Tamcho lhakahng

Day 9 : Paro

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.

Day 10 : Transfer to Airport for Departure

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