Spend a week in the magnificent land of Bhutan and experience the unexperienced beauty and culture of this Land of Thunder Dragon!
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. Let’s take a journey to this land, where National Gross Happiness defines the country’s progress. Come and explore the beauty of the snow clad mountains, the luscious green forests, the untouched traditions, the peaceful monasteries and the smiling faces of Bhutan.
- Day 1: Thimphu: Arrive at PHB, Drive to Thimphu and settle into homestay
- Day 2: Thimphu: Thimphu Sightseeing
- Day 3: Thimphu: Day trip to Punakha via Dochu La Pas
- Day 4: Paro: Drive to Paro and Local Sightseeing
- Day 5: Paro: Tiger’s Nest Trek
- Day 6: Paro: Day trip to Haa Valley
- Day 7: Departure: Today we drive to PHB and Depart
- 3N in Thimphu
- 3N in Paro
Room with Breakfast: Paro, Thimphu
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 interaction with local family and eat local Bhutan. We do some local sightseeing at Thimphu.
You could visit the Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum, before continuing to the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory
Day 2: Thimpu
After breakfast we will visit the below attractions:
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
Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park
Thereafter, we will 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.
Day 3: Day Trip to Punakha
After breakfast, we will drive you to Punakha and stop at Dochula Pass, where you will have a coffee break, regard the grand 108 stupas (sacred structures) and appreciate the stunning view of the Himalaya’s if it is a clear day.
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.
We do an evening drive to Thimphu
Day 4: Drive to Paro
Visit the Paro Dzong and the Ta Dzong.
You will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a sacred monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.
Overnight halt at Paro.
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:Day trip to Haa
Arrive at Haa Valley which is blessed by the presence of Meri Puensum, three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Gonpo: Jampelyang (manjushri), Chana Dorje (vajrapani) and Chenrezig (avalokiteshvara)
You can explore the remote village, which will take 30 minutes walk and stroll in town later. You will also visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo. Evening drive back to Paro and stroll in town and visit shops.
Overnight halt at Paro.
Day 7: Departure from Paro
Fly out with memories to cherish for a lifetime!