Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Day 1 Arrival in Paro & transfer to Thimphu (65 km/ 02 hour drive approximately)
Once you arrive in Paro, you will be received by our representative and guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Thimphu. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Depending on arrival time, we can proceed for sightseeing or relax in the hotel.
For the beautiful Sightseeing’s we can visit:
Trashi Chhoe Dzong: Also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion, situated on north of the city on west bank of the Wang Chhu, the Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth King in 2008 and hosts the city’s biggest annual bash, the colourful tsechu festivities. The opening times 5-6 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-6 PM Sat & Sun.
National Library: Housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) is where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
Spend rest of the evening at leisure enjoy a warm dinner before you go to bed.
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
After breakfast in the morning we will visit handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (closed on Sundays, government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan.
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum - A fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
We drive pass by memorial chorten - King's Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Bhutan's third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. People are continuously circumambulating the chorten, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.
Buddha Viewpoint - Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.
Changangkha Lhakhang-The oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.
Overnight stay in Thimphu
Day 3 Thimphu to Punakha (72 km/ 03 hour drive approximately)
Early in the morning after the lovely breakfast check out from the hotel and drive pass through Dochula pass, the most beautiful pass in Bhutan.
108 Druk Wangyel Chortens - Built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees.
After a photo break, we will continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha.
On arrival, check into the hotel after some rest get ready for amazing sightseeing’s
Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Overnight stay in Punakha
Day 4 Punakha to Trongsa (156 km/ 05 hour drive approximately)
After early morning breakfast check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route, stop to see Wangi ruin dzong.
Continue the journey to Trongsa over Pelela Pass at 3300m which forms the part of Black Mountain Range that divides the country into east and west.
On arrival in Trongsa,check in at the lovely hotel and after some rest visit Tronga Dzong which was ancient home of our royals.
Evening relax at your hotel. Overnight stay in hotel
Day 5 Trongsa – Jakar (65 km/ 03 hour drive approximately)
After early morning breakfast check out from the hotel and visit Watch tower which houses a museum now and further drive pass by Yotongla pass
En route, stop over the weaving place, beside the road where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is done which the valley of Bumthang is famous for.
White bird fortress Jakar Dzong. - The Jakar Yugyel Dzong, commonly known as the Jakar Dzong, is located in the Chamkhar valley of Bumthang, situated on a ledge above Bjakar village.
Evening we will relax in the hotel in Jakar or walk into the town by foot.
Overnight stay in Jakar
Day 6 Jakar sightseeing
After the lovely breakfast visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually.
Kurjey temple -The site where the royals are cremated. One can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing on foot or drive there.
End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm.
Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Overnight stay in Jakar
Day 7 Jakar to Phobjikha (188 km/ 07 hour drive approximately)
After early morning breakfast check out from the hotel and drive back to the valley of Black-necked crane. Black-necked crane is one of the rare specials of the birds in the world, which migrates from Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in winters.
On arrival in Phobjikha check in the hotel and after some rest, get ready for the amazing sightseeing
Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan and take 2 hours natural tail walk before checking into the hotel.
Evening relax in your hotel. Overnight stay in Phobjikha
Day 8 Phobjikha to Paro (192 km/ 06 hour drive approximately)
After the early breakfast get check out from the hotel and drive to Paro.
Check in the hotel in Paro and after some rest get ready for the amazing sightseeing’s:
National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings.
Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.
Kichu Lhakhang, one from the two oldest temples built in 7th century.
Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 9 Paro sightseeing
In the morning, we will hike to Tiger’s Nest Temple, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley at 900m above the valley floor. The temple is associated with Guru Rimpoche who visited in 8th century and believed to have meditated three months in this cave and converted entire valley into Buddhism. It is 2 hours walk up hill for an average hiker; however it can take our almost entire day too.
Evening back to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 10 Departure: Take away the sweet memories of Bhutan .Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport
Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned hotels
Round trip transportation (SUV/Hiace/Coaster) depending on group size, including airport pick up/drop
Sightseeing as per the itinerary
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Internal permits for visiting temples and municipal areas
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Any other destination not mentioned in itinerary.
Any expenses of personal nature.
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