Bhutan often known as the “Land of last Shangrilla” is a magical country situated between the borders of India and China. Bhutanese cuisine is influenced by Chinese, Tibetan and Indian flavors and yet carries a unique and different character to it. Taste the delicacies of Bhutan as we take you along various picture perfect locations and teach you the secrets behind the famous Bhutanese dishes. Master the art of Bhutanese cooking with our exclusive culinary tour. Experience the perfect blend between food, landscape and heritage in an experiential trip to Bhutan with Offbeat Tracks.

BRIEF ITINERARY:

  •  Day 1: Arrive at Paro and transfer to Thimphu.
  • Day 2: Thimphu Tour 
  • Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha
  • Day 4: Punakha to Gangtey 
  • Day 5: Gangtey Tour
  • Day 6: Gangtey to Paro 
  • Day 7: Hike to Tigers Nest
  • Day 8: Departure

ACCOMODATION:

  1. 2N in Thimphu
  2. 2N in Paro
  3. 1N in Punakha
  4. 1N in Gangtey

MEAL PLAN:
Room with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

TRANSPORT:
SUV/Tempo Traveler 

INCLUDED
 5% GST Accommodations
Local Transportation Permits
 Guide
NOT INCLUDED
Air/Land Fares
Incidental Charges
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Day 1: Arrive at Paro and transfer to Thimphu

  • Arrive at Paro International Airport and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
  • Visit the National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a
    memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely
    regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ‘ seat of
    faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the
    elderly generation in circumambulation, especially in the evenings, at the National
    Memorial.
  • Check in homestay and relax for sometime.
  • Drive to the Babesa Village Restaurant for lunch, where organic Bhutanese produce
    is use for cooking. Taste the fresh produce of Bhutan here.
  • Visit the Thimphu Fortress. The fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641
    by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by
    the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses
    the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central
    monk body.
  • Spend time of leisure time in the evening. Have authentic Bhutanese dinner at the
    homestay tonight. Overnight to Thimphu

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Day 2: Thimphu Tour

  • Have breakfast at the homestay today.
  • Visit the Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory. The handmade paper making
    in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of
    Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of
    Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional
    paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world. Jungshi
    Paper Factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal
    Government of Bhutan. The unit now boasts as a major and sole dealer in handmade
    paper and its products.
  • Visit the National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional
    weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection
    of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving
    with intricate designs.
  • Also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine , where medicinal herbs are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medical practitioners trained.
  • Drive back to the homestay for lunch and take a cooking class to prepare the national dish Ema Datshi (chilli & cheese) and other dishes like Pasha Paa (dried porkstrips) with dry turnip leaves/Radish and red chilies.
  • Visit the School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
  • In the evening we visit the Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people.

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Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

  • After breakfast, you will travel to Punakha & Wangdue which will take you through
    Chunzom (confluence of Pachu- the river flowing through Paro valley & Wangchu –the
    river flowing through Thimphu valley). On the way, visit Tachog Lhakhang (temple) ,
    this 14th century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu on the
    Paro-Thimphu highway, is a must visit temple in the Paro valley. Built by the great
    master architect Thangtong Gyalpo, the temple houses some unique statues. To get to
    the temple one may actually walk over the iron chains that spans over the Pa chu.
  • After crossing Chunzom, the drive will take you along the Wangchu upto Simtokha
    where road diversion leads you to Punakha/Wangdue through Dochula Pass (3,088m).
    In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain
    ranges. At Dochula Pass you will see the beautiful 108 chortens (stupa) built on the hill
    by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and
    well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. You will also visit Druk Wangyal
    Lhakhang (temple) .The temple was built to honor His Majesty Jigme Singye
    Wangchuck (the 4th King of Bhutan). The past and future appear to merge in the details of the temple that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.
  • After refreshment at the Dochula Pass Resort you will continue your journey to Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held here. Punakha Dzong (fortress) is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan.
  • On the way , stop and visit the local market where farmers sell their produce. Interact
    with the farmers and get to know their way of life.
  • You will stop at Lobesa Village to visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.
  • After lunch at Lobesa Village, with the monks in Chimmi Lakhang, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male river) and the Mochu
    (female river).
  •  Check into the Homestay in Punakha. Cook dinner with the family members of the
    homestay/farmstay and enjoy dinner with the local family. Overnight to Punakha.

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Day 4: Punakha to Gangtey

  •  After breakfast we visit the longest Suspension Bridge in Punakha.
  •  Drive to Phobjikha valley. Driving through the dense forests of the Phobjikha Valley
    you arrive at Gantey village where you see the Gangtey Monastery and visit the
    monastery. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National
    Park ( formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan’s most
    important nature sanctuaries. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions
    in Bhutan and is only just opening its doors to the outside world.
  •  After lunch at village farm restaurant in Phobjikha valley, explore the valley and also
    visit the Black Necked Crane Center.
  •  Drive to the homestay and interact with the local family here.

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Day 5: Gangtey Tour

  •  Have breakfast at the homestay here
  •  Take a lesson of vegetable gardening at the homestay in Phojhikha, where you can
    take a tour around the farm and be a part of the farming process by helping the farmers and gardeners with their work.
  •  Visit Gangtey Monastry and lunch with Monks in the temple.
  •  Hike in Gangtey Valley for some recreation and experience the scenic beauty of
    Bhutan.
  •  For dinner, prepare a local dish with the family at Gangtey.

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Day 6: Gangtey to Paro

  •  After breakfast drive to Paro.
  •  Arrive at the homestay in Paro and relax.
  •  Spend time visiting the local attractions like the famous Ta Dzong and Paro Dzong.
  •  Visit the local market in Paro.
  •  Have authentic diner at the homestay.

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Day 7: Hike to Tigers Nest

  •  After breakfast,drive to Paro which takes about 1 hr and then hike up to Taktsang
    Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk up to the viewpoint will take
    about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point 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.
  •  After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for
    lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point.
  •  On the way back to the homestay, visit the Kyichu temple,one of the 108 temples
    built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
  •  In the evening you can relax in the Traditional Bhutanese Hotstone bath.
  •  Witness the culture and traditions of Bhutan at the Cultural program, post which a
    closing dinner will be organized at the homestay

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Day 8: Departure

Our team will drop our guest to the airport for their onwards journey

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