Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, a land so peace loving, that it could deprive every soul of its negativity. Bhutan has untold stories, unseen faces, unexplored places and unfound treasures. Come witness the other side of this coin named Bhutan. This land could give you the adrenaline rush that you are looking for. And it’s not the adventure that would leave you awestruck, but the experience of a tradition so simple, yet spontaneous,is what would leave your mind boggled with beauty. Come, let Offbeat Tracks provide you with an unforgettable experience of adventure and thrill like never before.
Day 1: Arrive at Paro International Airport.
Day2: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day3: Drive to Dochu La Pass, Cycle into Punakha, Settle into homestay after sightseeing
Day 4: River rafting in Punakha, Evening drive to Paro and settle into Homestay
Day 5: Tiger’s Nest Trek
Day 6: Departure from Paro International Airport.
- 2N in Thimpu
- 1N in Punakha
- 2N in Paro
Room with Breakfast: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha
A mix of SUV and Wagon R
Day 1: Paro-Thimpu
Arrive at Paro International airport. Then we drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, the city that glitters with stars and lights during the night.Enjoy authentic Bhutanese dinner at the Traditional Arts and Crafts Museum. Here are some places you could visit:
National Textile Industry, National Library and Botanical Gardens
Day 2: Thimpu
Today we do local sightseeing in Thimphu. Following are some places you could visit:
We drive up to Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park where the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is located. It one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world.
Located 14 kilometers to the North of Thimphu is the Tango Monastery which was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century. The monastery’s excellent architecture has stayed for decades now. It consists of six temples, each with unique architecture.
National Memorial Chorten:
Visit the National Memorial Chorten which is built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thimphu Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.
Archery is traditional Himalayan sport, but in Bhutan it was developed to perfection. Sport is very different to what we know. It’s a team sport where teams of 13 competes against each other. While the traditional bamboo bows are still in use in some cases, most players today prefer to compete in modern compound bow from US which are actually meant for hunting.
During our session you will have experience to try both traditional bamboo and modern compound bow. You should mind safety as the compound bow can be dangerous in case you have no experience with that. We will also give you thorough explanation of the Bhutan archery game rules.
Apart from archery you can also try popular “archery of the poor” called khuru – the darts. These are actually quite demanding and interesting as well.
Day 3: Punakha
After breakfast we drive Dochu La Pass, Cycle into Punakha, Settle into homestay after sightseeing.
Later we will hike around 1.5 hours to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a temple dedicated to the divine Madman and people come here to pray for children.
Continue to Punakha Dzong, a large and spectacular Bhutanese architecture, located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. It was the religious and administrative centre of Bhutan until 1950 when the capital moved to Thimphu.
After that we visit the nearby Suspension Bridge, which is the longest bridge of Bhutan.
Day 4: Mo Chu river
Today after breakfast we drive to Mo chu river for River rafting in Punakha.
Mo chu river originating in the mountainous hills of Northern Bhutan and Po Chu river fed by Glaciers in upper Punakha glacial valley offer tremendous rafting opportunity.
During this meticulously organized river rafting trip, you journey through the most scenic and secluded miles featuring incredibly blue water, breath-taking alpine scenery, sighting world’s rarest birds and amazing rapids on the backdrop of striking 17th century Punakha Dzong (Monastery cum fort).
Rivers in Bhutan also offer great potential for Kayaking. If you’re looking for more adventure we would be happy to customize a suitable Kayaking adventure.
In the evening, drive to Paro and settle into homestay.
Day 5: Tiger’s Nest Monastery trek
Tiger’s nest monastery: This is a strenuous day as we will hike up to the holiest Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). It is located in a cliff about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the Paro Valley. After about 2 hours hiking, we arrive at this spectacular monastery, where you will appreciate the awesome architecture and take in the beauty of the Paro Valley.
The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty
Day 6: Departure
Departure from Paro International airport. Fly out with memories for a lifetime!