Journey to the high reaches of the Eastern Himalayas and travel back in time to discover the distinct kingdom of Bhutan that blends culture and spirituality with the happiness as a national goal. Explore the most spectacular and heritage-infused valleys of Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro, and embark on an amazing adventure to Bumdra camp- a paradise above clouds. Explore Bhutan’s rich natural environment and trekking timeless trails while staying at some of the luxurious camp and lodges of Bhutan.
Duration : 09 Nights/10 Days .
Destination Covered : Thimphu-Phobjikha- Punakha- Paro- Bumdra .
Discover the great Himalayan peaks as you fly into Paro Airport. On arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your private guide with a traditional white scarf of auspiciousness and transferred to Thimphu. Discover the mountains speckled with sacred Dzongs and Lhakhangs unfurl its magic as you drive.
Reach Thimphu situated at 2,300 meters sprawled along the Wang Chhu (Thimphu River).
Duration of Drive: 1.5 hours (54Km)
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
Chagri Monastery Hike:
Dive to the Northern end of Thimphu valley passing through the countryside of Begana village before reaching the bridge at Dodena. After crossing the crystalline river on the oldest wooden cantilever bridge of Bhutan, enjoy your hike through the off-beaten tracks leading to the tranquil surrounding of the hilltop Chagri monastery where monks and wildlife mingle freely.
Later visit the College of Bhutanese astrology at Pangrizampa enjoying a good meal at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
After a healthy breakfast, journey through the mountains to the Golden Punakha valley, the ancient capital and preferred winter place of Bhutan situated at 1,200 meters.
On the way, stop at Dochu La Mountain pass at 3,100 meters marked by 108 Buddhist Shrines. Hoist the concreted prayer flags on one of the highest point and make aspirations to benefit of all being.
Upon reaching Punakha wind your way up to Wolakha village before reaching the thriving Sangchen Nunnery in Punakha; participate in an intense butter lamping offering with the Nuns.
A little further from Laptsakha village takes you to Leki Wangmo Homestay, a traditional Bhutanese farm-house offering grand view of Punakha valley. Experience the rural life of Bhutanese villages by engaging in their daily activities; you can try your skills in cooking Bhutanese dishes or learn the art of making butter tea or just relax by taking in the view of the Punakha valley.
Drive Duration: 3 Hours (80Km)
Overnight: Leki Wangmo Homestay in Punakha
Journey to Phobjikha valley which one of the most beautiful glacial valleys of Bhutan and also the winter home to the endangered Black Necked Cranes.
Gangtey Nature Trail Hike
Upon arriving at Gangtey, take a walk to explore the most beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha before visiting the stunning Gangtey monastery and capture images of little monks in the monastic primary school.
Later soak in the tranquil environment of Phobjikha valley.
Duration of Drive: 4-5 hours (130Km)
Overnight: Hotel in Phobjikha
Journey to Punakha valley and explore the winter place of the central monk body.
Visit the exquisite Punakha Fortress and feast your eyes to the intricate sculptor and carving of the Dzong before returning to your hotel to try a game of local archery.
Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten:
After a healthy breakfast, start the day by taking a drive along the Mo Chu (Female River) to Nyizergang in the North. A walk through the verdant rice field leads you to the most elaborately built Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten; a fascinating temple built by the Queen Mother. The fresh glacial river and lush valley amid soaring mountains is a spectacular view to capture.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
Lungchutse Hike (Optional): Journey towards Paro by stopping at Dochu La (Pass) for another chance to catch the Snowcapped Mountain peaks before starting your hike to the mountaintop Lungchutse Temple. The Lungchutse hike takes you through enchanting forest of Rhododendron and Hemlock; and in spring season hikers will have the opportunity to witness gorgeous rhododendron flowers of red, pink, white and yellow color blooming on the trail. From Lungchutse temple you will be able to get panoramic view of the entire mountain range beautifully. From there descend to Tashigang Goemba at Hongtsho through the forest of cypress and pine. Your vehicle will pick you up from there and head to Paro after a hot tea.
Hike Duration: 4 hours
If you are not interested in long hours hiking we can skip the Lungchutse hike and drive straight to Paro and take a gentle hike to the ancient Zuri Dzong from where you can see the Paro Dzong and the valley beautifully.
Later try your taste pallets to the different flavors of Bhutanese beer at Namgay Artisinal Brewery.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Drive to Chele La Mountain Pass, one of the highest road points in Bhutan at 3,988 meters. It offers a breathtaking view of Haa Valley on one side and snowcapped Himalayan peaks like Jomolhari (7326meters) & Jichu Drake (6,714meters) on the other. The trail which goes down the pass introduces us to the lush valley, spruce, pine, primula, and Rhododendron forest and we can also get a good view of Paro Valley. However, if we hike through the trail going upwards from the pass, then we can even hunt for Blue Poppy, the rare & National flower of Bhutan.
If lucky we can also come across beautiful and exotic bird species like Himalayan Monal and Kalij Pheasant.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Hike from Sang Choekor Buddhist College (2,800m) to Yak Pasture below Bumdra Monastery (3,800m). The adventure begins with an early morning drive up to the Sang Choekor to meet our ponies and while they are being loaded, we may pay our respects at the College. The initial 1–2-hour ascent of a ridge can be steep at times but in cool shade. We will reach a clearing with prayer flags and enjoy a spectacular view of both Paro and Do Chhu valleys.
About 1-2 hours walk away is the Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple); which nestles at the side of the mountain. The trail continues and when we reach the last steep elevation, we will see a temple overlooking the views of Paro airport and the snow-capped Himalaya. After another 20 minutes of climbing through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we hike into the ancient forest for about 40 minutes before we reach a wide meadow with sacred Chortens and prayer flags. We will spend a night at Bumdra Monastery (the cave of a thousand prayers).
It has an awesome view of the Himalayan. After lunch we can visit the monastery (if it is unoccupied) and climb towards the north of the peak (about 4000m) for a better view of the Himalayan before returning for dinner.
Overnight: Luxury Camp under the blanket of star.
After a hearty breakfast in the jaw-dropping landscape, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or linger awhile soaking up the view and perhaps hang some prayer flags of our own. Eventually, we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zig-zagging trail. After 1-2 hours of descent, we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below and soon come upon the first of many on our way back from the wilds.
The path snakes across the mountainside between the monasteries and temples before reaching the gardens of Zangdopelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can bravely peer over edge and straight down onto the ornate roofs Taktsang in the cliff far below. An hour later and we are at the gates of Taktsang looking across the gorge a steep descent to a waterfall then ascent on steps and you are passing into the Tiger’s Nest itself.
Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest) is the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Built over the caves that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in for three years, this eighth-century father of Bhutan Buddhism is said to have been brought there on the back of a tigress. One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan it offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Our team will drop you to the airport and bid you farewell.
5.0 / 2 Reviews
We just came back from a 7N8D wonderful trip of Bhutan (16/12/19 to 23/12/19, 2N Thimphu – City Hotel Thimphu, 1 N Punakha – Zhingkham Resort, 1 N Phobjikha Valley – Dewachen Hotel & Spa, 3N Paro – Tiger’s Nest Resort). Bhutan is an unbelievably beautiful, extremely clean and peaceful country. Bhutanese people are very friendly, disciplined and hospitable. We had booked this trip through Bhutan Best Inbound Tour.
Like all our trips, we initially thought of booking the hotel stay on our own through one of the travel portals and rely on local cab service, but soon realized that unlike other places it might not be a good option as it is highly recommended to have a local guide accompany you throughout your trip and availability of local taxis might be an issue. (Except for tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives it is mandatory for all tourists to book the tour through one of the local tour operators). Honestly, initially we were bit hesitant to book the trip through one of the local tour operators hence started exploring the popular international and Indian tour operators. But we were not satisfied by the responses and attitude and thought of exploring local tour operators registered with The Tourism Council of Bhutan. I contacted many local tour operators but was really impressed with the prompt responses and quote of Bhutan Best Inbound Tour.
I coordinated with Mr. Thinley to plan the itinerary. He patiently replied to all my queries (extremely detailed answers, very impressive!) and tailored the complete tour as per our request. He even ensured that all the hotels are booked as per our preference. Though we had booked our flight tickets on our own, Bhutan Best Inbound can help book the tickets and take care of all other formalities. One can definitely rely on them for a hassle free end to end tour.
On arrival at Bhutan Airport we were welcomed by our guide, Mr. Phurba Tsherig and our driver, Mr. Jigme. Thinley had even arranged a local sim card for us. Phurba is extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about his job. At every location he keenly and enthusiastically explained all the details. He even accompanied me to Tiger’s Nest hike. Jigme is one of the best drivers we’ve seen and we felt very safe because of his smooth driving. Both of them are extremely well mannered and were never intrusive. Phurba facilitated check-ins and check-outs at every hotel and ensured that rooms with best view are allocated to us. He also instructed all the hotels about our dietary restrictions. He ensured that we have a pleasant stay at all the hotels and are well fed :D. It was nice on part of Thinley to personally come and meet us at City Hotel, Thimphu. He presented us a holy prayer flag that we hoisted on our way to Punakha, a small purse for my wife and a fridge magnet! He was accessible through-out the trip and was checking about our trip’s progress at regular intervals.
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I was contact person for organising our trip. The company always gave clear and prompt response to all my ems. Flexible in package options and organised all the necessary documentation and flights, even sent us boarding passes for flights. Our guide Namgay was very informative, knowledgeable and helpful in every possible way. Our driver was very careful and both guide and driver were friendly and accommodating . Hotels were very good.
We visited lots of places and thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Would recommend this company to anyone.