Bhutan, a country nestled in the Himalayas, is a blend of colours, of mountains and plains, snow and greens, skins and traditions, Bhutan is where brotherhood is best defined. This hilly and green landscape is perfect to lure all kinds of travellers. Discover the unexplored side of North Bhutan as we take you on an adventurous and culture filled expedition. Explore the secrets of Bhutan as we take you on a mystery filled trip in Gasa. Interact with one of the last tribes of Bhutan in Laya. Stay at our traditional homestays to understand Bhutan’s diverse culture better. Awaken the adventurous side of you with our treks, river rafting and archery lessons. Pack your backs and discover unexplored Bhutan with Offbeat Tracks.
- Day 1: Paro – Arrive at Paro International Airport, settle into resort. Go for Paro sightseeing
- Day 2: Paro – Tigers Nest Monastery Trek
- Day 3: Dochula/Punakha – Dochula and Punakha sightseeing
- Day 4: Punakha – Punakha sightseeing
- Day 5: Gasa – Drive to Gasa and sightseeing
- Day 6: Laya – Hike to Laya and sightseeing
- Day 7: Laya – Laya sightseeing
- Day 8: Gasa – Hike back to Gasa and sightseeing
- Day 9: Thimphu – Thimphu sightseeing
- Day 10: Departure – Departure from Paro International Airport
- 2 Nights in Paro at resort
- 2 Nights in Punakha at resort
- 2 Nights in Gasa at a homestay
- 2 Nights in Laya at a homestay
- 1 Night in Thimphu at hotel
Room with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
A mix of SUV and Wagon R
Arrive at Paro International airport. Then we drive to your resort and freshen up. We start our journey with the following visits and activities:
1. Visit the Rinpung Dzong and get close to its 17th Century architecture
2. Get up close to Himalayan relics at the National Museum of Bhutan
3. Visit the ancient ruins of Drukgyel Dzong
4. Learn Archery, the national sport of Bhutan
Today we will go on an adventure filled and tiring quest as we go on a trek up to the Tiger Nest Monastery which is one of the most iconic monasteries situated on a cliff about 3000 feet above 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.
After breakfast, we continue towards Punakha and on the way we stop at Dochula Pass. Dochula is the pass between Thimphu and Punakha. For centuries people have travelled through this pass when heading East or West in the country. On a clear day the views are astonishing. At Dochula we experience the following sites:
1. Take in the Himalayan vista at Dochula Pass
2. Experience modern history at the Druk Wangyal Lhankhang
3. Honor the fallen warriors at the Dochula Chortens
4. See the many blooms at Lamperi Park
After the sightseeing at Dochula Pass we continue our journey to Punakha. On reaching Punakha we interact with the locals of Punakha and pay visit to the following places:
Punakha Dzong is one of the biggest monasteries in Bhutan and carries rich Bhutanese heritage and culture. You can relax besides the calm flowing river or go on an adventure filled river rafting run.
Khamsum Yuelley Lhakhang
Later that day we hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Lhakhang which is a small temple with stunning landscape. We rest there for a while and enjoy the beauty of nature.
After that, we return to our resort in Punakha.
After breakfast, we go on a local sightseeing to the following places:
Chimmi Lhakhang is a holy temple dedicated to the divine Madman and people come here to pray for children.
Sangchhen Dorji Luendrup
Sangchhen Dorji Luendrup is situated on a hilltop and is a temple as well as a nunnery which boasts an amazing interior. Experience the Buddhist way of living. Interact with the friendly nuns at the nunnery and know more about their culture.
Jigme Dorji National Park
The Jigme Dorji National Park, named after the late Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, is the second-largest National Park of Bhutan. Enjoy diversity of the region as we take a scenic drive through the Jigme Dorji National park.
After breakfast, we continue our journey to Gasa which is the largest district in the country, as an environmentally sacrosanct land. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park is most of it, which is home to snow leopards, blue sheep, red pandas, and takins (the national animal), as well as much rare flora. After reaching Gasa we check into our homestay and then take a dip into the relaxing and refreshing hot springs. Later that day, your host at the homestay would take you around the mystery-filled places in Gasa. The host’s in-depth knowledge of the area will allow you to see things you might not otherwise–like sacred relics and secret underground passages.
After breakfast we advance on 6-8 hour hike from Gasa (beyond the military checkpoint) which will bring you to Laya village; one of the world’s ten highest settlements. The closest Bhutanese village to Tibet, absorbing Laya’s unique culture and gentle personality is a lifetime experience even for the world’s most tenured traveller.
Day 7: Laya
Explore the tribal lands of Bhutan and interact with the tribes to know about the cultural traditions and rituals of the Laya tribe. the rest of the day can be spent by visiting local sightseeing places.
Day 8: Gasa
After breakfast, we return back to our homestay at Gasa where we continue to explore the secret underground passages and view the sacred relics of that region. With the leftover time, we visit the local attractions of Gasa.
Day 9: Thimphu - Sightseeing
After breakfast we continue our journey to the final destination of our quest to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The city of Thimphu, being the largest in the kingdom, hosts a wide spectrum of Bhutanese languages, arts, and culture. 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 kilometres 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 honour 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.
Day 10: Departure
Drive to Paro international airport and depart.